Flea markets are one of the best places to head to if you’re in search of unique items like antiques, collectibles, and other goods that are hard to come by. They can also be wonderful places to find everyday goods like clothes, toys, and tools for extremely low prices. The collections vary from new to slightly used, and this is a great way to upcycle something, making one man’s trash another man’s treasure. Iowa has a number of amazing flea markets, some of which are open every day, all year long, and others that are open for extravagant three-day events seasonally. No matter which you decide to visit, you’ll be sure to go home with something you’ll treasure forever.
1.Awesome Possum Flea Market
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The Awesome Possum Flea Market is a beloved staple of Hamburg; locals and visitors alike head to the shop not only to find a unique array of goods, but also to catch up with the friendly owners, Kim and Kevin Johnson. Awesome Possum is a fun place to shop and has a constantly changing variety of goods for sale; items include glassware, toys, clothes, purses, hats, furniture, pictures, games, puzzles, odd novelties, and much more. The market is open throughout the year and is stacked with reasonably priced goods you’ll want to take home immediately. Be sure to check out their featured vendors, who always have an amazing collection on display.
1103 Main St, Hamburg, IA 51640, Phone: 402-459-0788
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Collectamania is one of the most versatile auction companies in Des Moines, Iowa. The auction outlet was established in 1982 and sells everything from antique and modern furniture and office furniture and equipment to household items, lawn equipment, real estate, vehicles, and much more. Additionally, Collectamania is also one of the only auction firms in the state that has a license to sell firearms. Auctions are held weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. onwards in addition to special auctions held at various locations upon request. Sellers and buyers can rest assured that selling and purchasing items through Collectamania will go smoothly and without any issues.
3200 Delaware Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313, Phone: 515-261-4550
3.Dubuque Flea Market
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The Dubuque Flea Market and Antique Show is a large event held three times a year. The 2018 schedule is February 11th, April 8th, and October 7th. Each of these Sundays, the flea market is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with only $1 admission; kids 12 and under can attend for free. Be prepared to come across a large collection of antiques, arts, crafts, collectibles, home goods, and unusual new and used items. Everyone in the area looks forward to the flea market, so it’s best to head there early to beat the crowds and get the first look at some amazing items.
14569 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Phone: 815-747-7745
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The Geneva Market is an inspiring flea market that came to be because of a desire to inspire passion and better the 200 or so people who live in the area. The market comprises over a hundred vendors and sees thousands of shoppers during the season. The down-home vendors come from all walks of life and sell everything from fabulous antiques and repurposed vintage to handcrafted items and freshly baked goods. Epic Eateries is a permanent part of the Geneva Market and is a popular spot to pick up ready mix flavor packs for barbecue rubs, stir fries, and more.
Maynes Grove Conservation Park, 948 Hwy 65, Hampton, IA 50441, Phone: 515-574-9572
5.Memory Lane Flea Market
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Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m., the Memory Lane Flea Market has quality merchandise from over 150 vendors on display. Visitors can spend hours walking through the indoor/outdoor flea market looking for collectibles, office supplies, shoes, movies, books – almost anything and everything. What makes it better is that the merchandize is constantly changing, so no two trips to Memory Lane are ever alike. The atmosphere is family friendly and visitors are urged to have a cup of coffee and a cookie while having a chat with the many vendors.
1551 Indian Hills Dr # 106, Sioux City, IA 51104, Phone: 712-252-0089
6.New 2 U Treasures
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Since 2011, New 2 U Treasures has been home to several vendors selling new and used goods at extremely affordable prices. There’s something for everyone at the antique store and flea market, which has significantly gained in popularity since its opening. The market is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout the week and offers free parking in the adjacent lot. Every nook and cranny is filled with goods, and customers will be more than pleased to find kitchen wares, unique dining sets, shoes, home decor, tools, electronics, collectibles, antiques, and much more.
1500 Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315, Phone: 515-953-0493
7.Peters Park Flea Market
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Peters Park Flea Market is one of the better flea markets in Sioux City as it is filled with all sorts of goods that are constantly changing – so no two trips are ever the same. Items that have been available for purchase in the past include a Volkswagen-style dresser for kids, a unique lamp made from a meat grinder, a Chanel purse, and even a Coca Cola vending machine. You never know what you’re going to find at Peters Park. Even better, they are open every day, throughout the year, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
3938 Transit Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106, Phone: 712-276-7000
8.Shaggy's Indoor Flea Market
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Located in the former Dbq. Regional Humane Society building, Shaggy’s Indoor Flea Market is the place to go if you’re looking for anything antique, collectible, handcrafted, or vintage. Their collection of goods is so expansive that you can go back home with a priceless gift as well as everyday toys, tools, and other goods for the home. Additional items include home decor, art, electronics, glassware, cookware, jewelry, homemade arts and crafts, and much more. The popular flea market is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you can’t make it in, you can still shop at Shaggy’s through their online store.
175 N Cres Ridge #2, Dubuque, IA 52003, Phone: 563-580-3633
9.Sweet Repeats Flea Market
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Sweet Repeats is a high-end flea market and consignment shop that is open all seven days of the week from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. throughout the year. Visitors are invited to come explore the nooks and crannies that are filled with goods such as home decor, jewelry, purses, makeup, fishing accessories, paintings, furniture, and many other repurposed items – all at extremely affordable prices. The store is renowned for being a pleasant and cheerful place to visit and is always clean and organized, making your flea market shopping experience a better one.
2326 B Transit Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106, Phone: 712-587-8830
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The Barn is actually a renowned wedding venue, but twice a year it is converted to one of the most amazing flea markets and fairs in the entire state. Offering a one-of-a-kind experience, the Vintage Flea & Fair hosted at The Barn attracts vendors and buyers from all over the nation. The entire premises is converted from a ceremony and reception site to a home for goods that are shabby-chic, handmade, or just plain necessary. While there, you’ll come across home goods, decor, books, and so much more. There’s even various food and baked goods stalls, while The Barn also sells delicious brick oven pizza and freshly made ice cream.
3271 V Avenue, Wellman, IA 52356, Phone: 319-325-5219
11.The Ladora Junque-tion Market
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The Ladora Junque-tion Market stands by the saying that “it isn’t junk if someone wants it.” Twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall, vendors from all over the nation head to Ladora, Iowa, to sell a collection of goods so varied that you can get everyday basics like deodorant and socks as well as priceless and unique works of art. The 2018 spring market was held on April 28th and 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days. Parking is free for all visitors and there are several concession stands and food trucks scattered throughout.
804 Iowa Street, Ladora, IA 52251, Phone: 319-623-7745
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Treasure Village is a unique flea market that is open for three 3-day weekends during the summer: May 26th to 28th, June 30th to July 2nd, and September 1st to the 3rd. The fun starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes on till 6:00 p.m. in the evening. There are over 60 vendors and dealers that have a variety of items on sale. Visitors will get to browse antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, sports memorabilia, tools, coins, toys, novelties, furniture, clothing, and much more. There are tons of food trucks and freshly baked goods on sale as well, so you can have lunch or a snack while doing your shopping. Admission and parking at Treasure Village are always free.
2023 Iowa 86, Milford, IA 51351, Phone: 712-337-3730
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13.Wapello Flea Market
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Wapello Flea Market has been around for 8 years now and has become somewhat of a tradition with locals and visitors alike. Seasonally open from April to October, visitors can head there every third weekend of the month, from Friday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The flea market has many vendors scattered throughout the market, both indoors and out, so it remains open rain or shine. Though it is one of Iowa’s newest flea markets, it has an extensive collection of new and slightly used goods for people to peruse and purchase.
709 US-61, Wapello, IA 52653, Phone: 559-927-3556
14.West Kimberly Mall
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Focusing on providing high-quality fun and service for the entire family, the West Kimberly Mall offers a unique shopping experience that has useful, everyday goods as well as quirky items that will make you feel nostalgic. There are over 130 vendors who call the West Kimberly Mall home, including the famed Dust Bowl Granny’s, who sell a line of whimsical invitations and postcards that are extremely popular. Some of the more unique items you may come across during a visit to West Kimberly include beer and liquor decor, vintage apparel, homemade crafts, Amish foods, and unconventional items that are often hard to find.
4004 W Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA 52806, Phone: 563-391-1616
15.What Cheer Flea Market
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Contrary to its name, What Cheer Flea Market is full of cheer! Visitors of all ages love perusing aisle after aisle of goods that range from everyday goods to items that may seem strange but you can’t seem to go home without. There are unique gifts for everyone, including fun toys for the kids, yard art and decor, and so much more. The market is open for three 3-day weekends, one during spring, one in summer, and the last one in fall. The 2018 timings are scheduled for May 4th to 6th, August 3rd to 5th, and lastly October 5th to the 7th.
13061 170th St, What Cheer, IA 50268, Phone: 319-404-4066
15 Best Iowa Flea Markets
- Awesome Possum Flea Market, Photo: Awesome Possum Flea Market
- Collectamania, Photo: Courtesy of fotoak80 - Fotolia.com
- Dubuque Flea Market, Photo: Dubuque Flea Market
- Geneva Market, Photo: Geneva Market
- Memory Lane Flea Market, Photo: Memory Lane Flea Market
- New 2 U Treasures, Photo: New 2 U Treasures
- Peters Park Flea Market, Photo: Peters Park Flea Market
- Shaggy's Indoor Flea Market, Photo: Shaggy's Indoor Flea Market
- Sweet Repeats Flea Market, Photo: Sweet Repeats Flea Market
- The Barn, Photo: The Barn
- The Ladora Junque-tion Market, Photo: Courtesy of claudettethebat - Fotolia.com
- Treasure Village, Photo: Courtesy of Elena Belyaeva - Fotolia.com
- Wapello Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of STUDIO GRAND OUEST - Fotolia.com
- West Kimberly Mall, Photo: Courtesy of robypangy - Fotolia.com
- What Cheer Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of francescodemarco - Fotolia.com
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