One of Triangle’s most interesting and fun events, the Raleigh Flea Market is a weekend adventure not to be missed. Located at the Historic State Fairgrounds at 1025 Blue Ridge Road, the flea market is a great place to find both practical and unpractical things. Whether you love bargain hunting or people watching, you’re sure to have a unique experience every time. Better yet, it is easy and convenient to find, located close to the NC Museum of Art only 15-20 minutes from downtown Raleigh.
The Stewart family started the Raleigh Flea Market back in 1971. Though it started out small, it has gradually turned into an epic fiasco of over 600 vendors selling just about everything including collectibles, antiques, clothing, furniture, homemade treats, jewelry, artwork, food, and so much more. There is even an archaeologist who has been selling arrowheads and other items there for over 30 years. When you visit the flea market, you will notice that such long-standing vendors have prime spots close to the entrance while newer sellers are located further back.
Thanks to its size, and awesome diversity, the Raleigh Flea Market gets tens of thousands of shoppers every weekend. That might have something to do with its ranking as the 9th best flea market in the United States by CNN.
If you love shopping for incredible items at incredible prices, and like a funky and alternative atmosphere, be sure to check out the Raleigh Flea Market. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. year-round, and with free parking there’s no reason to not see it for yourself!