Shipshewana is a small town in northeast Indiana and home to an Amish community. It is, also, home to the largest flea market in the Midwest.
The Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition. What started out as a home business in 1922 is now Midwest’s Largest Flea Market with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 100 acres.
Vendors attending the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market, have a broad variety of products on offer: from vintage items, furniture, clothes, home decor, to quirky novelties, fresh seasonal produce, hand-made goods, re-purposed crafts, handcrafted furniture, cleaning supplies, snacks, accessories and everything in between, the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market is a true paradise for bargain hunters.
On Wednesdays, visitors can also take in the weekly Shipshewana Miscellaneous & Antique Auction (located on the same property), which is held every Wednesday, year-round. The auction starts by the sound of the bell at 9:00 am sharp, when six to ten auctioneers take up the auction cry and simultaneously sell antiques, collectibles, estate items, primitives, glassware, furniture, architectural salvage, and so much more.
As of June 2017 there is an all-new vendor village within Shipshewana Flea Market. The “FLEA”ture gathers vendors around a different theme every week of the month. Check first, before planning your trip, because not all of them are strictly focusing on vintage items or antiques. The rotating program focuses on (1) Shabby Chic, (2) Local Crafts, (3) Jewelry & Boutique Clothing, (4) Antiques & Collectibles. During the last week of August, a special event – Junk in the trunk – invites sellers to drive their cars onto the flea market to sell directly from their trunks. Check the organiser’s website for the latest details.
All in all, the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market provides a real treasure hunt in charming Northern Indiana Amish country.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
If you’re buying 19th-century furniture, you’re probably looking for pieces that have primary or secondary paint. With newly painted pieces that are trying to look older, there’s usually a repetition in the paint that seems too regular. On a piece that has been banged around for the last 200 years, the paint’s not going to be regular; it’s going to be chipped off in places.
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