The Raleigh Flea Market at the historic State Fairgrounds in North Carolina is one of the largest and best flea markets for antiques in the United States. It is hard to believe that this market started with only six tables and a handful of vendors back in 1971! By the 1980s, this flea market had grown into one of the area's most popular shopping destinations. Raleigh Flea Market continues to be one of the busiest flea markets in North Carolina, spanning six buildings and several acres.
One of the reasons for the popularity of this market is the incredibly wide range of goods that are for sale here. With over 600 vendors attending the Raleigh flea market on a weekly basis (100 to 300 of which are antiques dealers), the offering is almost endless! The wares includes everything from antiques and collectibles to furniture, Nepalese arts and crafts, sporting apparel, fishing equipment, dolls and toys, pottery, leather products, antique jewelery, linen and lace and Indian crafts, to name just a few.
Many vendors selling at the Raleigh Flea Market are experts in their area, and their knowledge greatly appeals to collectors who visit this flea market searching for something specific. Most vendors are regulars too, and the returning visits of both sellers and shoppers creates a great atmosphere.
The organizers of this flea market are very much driven by a community-spirit and offer deals and host events for many local non-profits. This also adds to the awesome atmosphere here, as it really feels like those that attend are interested in supporting local endeavours and getting to know more about the community; not just frantically searching for the best bargains to be had.
Stall holders at the Raleigh Flea Market are happy to enter into bargaining conversations with interested shoppers, so do not be shy to approach with offers for desired pieces. It really is a great market for picking up odds and ends for the house, at really great prices, so don't fear to leave empty handed!
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