Back in 1971, the Stewart family founded the Raleigh Flea Market at the Historic State Fairgrounds with just six tables for barely a handful of vendors. By the 1980s, this flea market had grown into one of the area’s most popular shopping destinations with nearly 1000 vendors, quite the expansion over just a few years! It continues to be one of the best attended flea markets in North Carolina, spanning six buildings and several acres.
One of the reasons for the popularity of the Raleigh Flea 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 and 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 somewhat expert in their wares, and their knowledge greatly appeals to specialized 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 to this flea.
The organizers of the Raleigh 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 endeavors 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 in to 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 expect to leave empty handed!
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
When I’m not able to travel, I check out a variety of online sources overseas and over the years have developed relationships with certain vendors who’ll let me save up my purchases until I have enough to fill a big box.
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