Located in scenic Knox County and spanning 85 acres, the Rutledge Flea Market is one of Missouri's longest running and most popular flea markets. It has been operating since 1948 and attracts vendors from surrounding states as well as local businesses to come and sell their wares. Held once a month except during the winter months, the market is a shopper's paradise.
The Rutledge Flea Market opens early, so set your alarm clock and get up with the sun to get the best deals. There is a campsite on site, however, which makes it easier to be the first shoppers at the booths!
With hundreds of vendors, even more on Saturday than Friday, the Rutledge Flea Market offers so much to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. More serious collectors will not be disappointed, but as a layman it is a fun market to browse and see what kinds of curiosities catch your eye.
Many of the items for sale at the Rutledge Flea Market capture the culture and history of midwestern Missouri. There are plenty of antiques, from furniture to ornaments, as well as works of art, craft booths, old book collections, toys, garden tools and equipment, and a whole lot of guns. This market is also known for its dog breeders, and many people come specifically to find their next family pet or working dog.
The location of the Rutledge Flea Market is easy to find and there are plenty of refreshments available on site. Many visitors like to make a weekend of it, taking advantage of the nearby campground, which creates a special atmosphere that is incredibly welcoming.
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Gail7th June 2019 at 16:35
This year has proven to be so much better than in the past ! So clean and nice. Whoever is taking care of it is doing a phenomenal job. Huge variety from dogs, poultry, guns, antiques and so much more… You can probably find it here!
Bargain Hunter15th July 2019 at 01:07
The actual flea market is huge with many permanent vendors (not many bargains) On site camping was a 110 volt plug in a pasture. $25/night. No water hookup. It was very quiet though. There was a dump station. Saturday is the best day as locals bring stuff out and are more willing to negotiate prices. Must say there was a lot of variety. Including guns, chickens, rabbits, dogs, goats, quail, and who knows what. The folks were very friendly. We traveled 180 miles to check it out. Probably won’t return.
Mary10th July 2020 at 01:41
We bought the best blonde mountain Curr there and she was hit by a car…we are just devastated and want to find the man we bought her from last year in September…best dog we have ever had. Wish I knew the cowboy looking older man who sold us this wonderful dog…all I know is he had about 16 of his own and had a cabin he took his dogs to. We would like another blonde female from this man.