Located in Central Iowa, about 20 miles South of I-80, What Cheer Flea Market is a true collector’s paradise. Held three times a year in Spring, Summer and Falls, this indoor/outdoor market hosts +400 exhibitors from several states and is one of the premiere antique and collectibles markets in the Midwest, gathering a huge crowd every year.
Now in its 41st year, What Cheer flea market is a sprawling web of second hand merchant shops packed into the Keokuk County Fairgrounds. The market truly is massive: 7 rows of pop-up stands, tents, RVs, and tables encircle the ground’s grassy areas, winding back through the middle of the field, spilling over into the 5 or so show barns scattered across the grandstand area. What Cheer flea market is an affordable place to set up shop, resulting in a juxtaposing mix of local amateurs and seasoned traveling professionals, hawking everything from furniture to action figures. Anything you can dream of you can find, in varying quality, for a negotiable price.
The market offers a little bit of everything, including: antiques and collectibles, tools, primitives, post cards, antique glass, farm machinery, jewelry, upcycled items, serious collectibles, porcelain, stamps, coins, furniture, baseball cards and more. You’re sure to find a hidden treasure here! Another reason to attend What Cheer Flea Market, is to give one of its 4 concession stands selling all kind of yummy treats, popcorn and the best funnel cake, a go.
Just keep in mind that if you go to What Cheer Flea Market with the wrong mentality, you’ll probably find yourself wandering aimlessly, literally overwhelmed, adrift in the dilapidated fairgrounds of second hand commerce. But if you attack What Cheer flea market with a sense of adventure, an opportunistic pride, you’ll find the experience redeeming and worth repeating, and probably bring home a few gems!
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