Flea markets are some of the best places to shop, simply because of the comprehensive variety of items you’ll come across. New, slightly used, antique, vintage, collectible – they all have a home at a really good flea market. Vendors come from far and wide to display their treasures, many of which buyers can take home at extremely low prices compared to their local shopping malls and markets. In Virginia, it’s no different, as the numerous flea markets come together daily, on weekends, or seasonally. Here, you will be able to buy, sell, and trade goods that can vary from decorative items and clothes to works of art and rare LPs that will be difficult to find anywhere else. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Andricks Front Royal Flea Market
2.Azalea Flea Market
3.Bellwood Drive-In Flea Market
4.Big Top Flea Market
5.Ingrams Flea Market
6.Hillsville Flea Market
7.Jefferson Davis Flea Market
8.The Jefferson Flea Market
9.Lake Country Indoor Flea Market
10.Massaponax Flea Market
11.Pulaski County Flea Market
12.Shenandoah Valley Flea Market
14.Sissy’s Flea Market
16.Strasburg Flea Market
18.The Waynesboro Flea Market
18 Best Virginia Flea Markets
- Andricks Front Royal Flea Market, Photo: Andricks Front Royal Flea Market
- Azalea Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of Michael - Fotolia.com
- Bellwood Drive-In Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of taknote - Fotolia.com
- Big Top Flea Market, Photo: Big Top Flea Market
- Ingrams Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of anastasianess - Fotolia.com
- Hillsville Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of ChiccoDodiFC - Fotolia.com
- Jefferson Davis Flea Market, Photo: Jefferson Davis Flea Market
- The Jefferson Flea Market, Photo: The Jefferson Flea Market
- Lake Country Indoor Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of detailfoto - Fotolia.com
- Massaponax Flea Market, Photo: Massaponax Flea Market
- Pulaski County Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of Elena Belyaeva - Fotolia.com
- Shenandoah Valley Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of Fiedels - Fotolia.com
- Double Tollgate, Photo: Courtesy of 3desc - Fotolia.com
- Sissy’s Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of Alex Green - Fotolia.com
- Edinburg Flea, Photo: Edinburg Flea
- Strasburg Flea Market, Photo: Courtesy of FPWing - Fotolia.com
- VA Bazaar, Photo: VA Bazaar
- The Waynesboro Flea Market, Photo: The Waynesboro Flea Market
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More Ideas in VA: Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is located at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The arboretum is home to 125 acres of land, which include 33 acres of botanical gardens, 92 acres of wooded lands, a bike path, foot path and nature trails. The Frances Plecker Education building houses the arboretum’s botanical library, offices, and event spaces for meetings and workshops.
An open-air pavilion at the John Clayton trailhead is home to performances, lectures, classes and events. The Ann O’Connor Jurney Stage Garden acts as a trailhead for the wheelchair accessible trail, and is also the site of concerts and live performances. Gardens include the Hall Garden, which is home to a legacy green ash tree, as well as native shrubs, ferns and jack-in-the-pulpits. A Wetlands Garden features a coastal plain swamp tree as well as cattails and other plants favoring acidic soil. The Ballard Planting features a maidenhair tree, otherwise known as Ginko Balboa, a species that existed at the time of the dinosaurs. The Drury planting includes flowering trees such as the magnolia, Japanese maple, dogwoods and Forest Pansy redbud. The Daffodil Garden blooms in April and offers a wide variety and color of daffodils, planted in natural groupings. The Sinclair Garden flowers between May and July and is home to a variety of perennials. Fern Valley is found on a steep slope under the John Clayton Trail bridge. In this damp area shielded from sun, ostrich and other sensitive ferns thrive. The Smith Shale Barron is considered the most unique garden at the arboretum. The manmade shale barren flowers from spring through summer and offers several eccentric species that thrive in the harsh, rocky conditions under direct sunlight. Multiple Rhododendron and Azalea gardens include experimental plantings of large, winter resistant varieties, old growth plants up to 25 years old and over 15 feet high, and hybrids native to the mid-Atlantic area. Wooded areas offer wildflowers, an Oak Hickory forest, and a children’s garden that invites play among the trees. The Monarch Waystation is a pollinator’s garden that provides haven for a variety of insects, chief among them host plants for Monarch caterpillars. Statues are placed throughout the gardens to enhance the beauty of each site, and benches offer places for visitors to rest and observe. A labyrinth just off the nature trail to the west of the gardens provides a space for quiet contemplation.
History: The arboretum takes the name of Edith J. Carrier, the wife of Ronald E Carrier, who was James Madison University’s president from 1971 through 1998. The arboretum effectively began in 1964 when faculty in the natural sciences and botany began using the “college woods” as an educational site for their students. Throughout the 1970’s the university began planning in earnest for a true arboretum on the campus. The plan was put into action in the 1980’s when a board of directors was formed and a water feature was put in place with help from the US Soil Conservation Service. The forest acreage was acquired in 1993. The John Clayton Botanical Society, which fundraises for the arboretum and its maintenance was founded in 1990, and named for John Clayton, a famed self taught botanist who lived in Virginia in the early 1700’s. The nature trail and the Claytonia Virginica “Spring Beauty” plant are named in his honor as well. The arboretum is affiliated with more than 15 local and national botanical and conservation societies, including the American Public Gardens Association. A master plan includes a future Visitor’s Center, children’s garden and expanded herb and rose gardens.
Ongoing Programs and Education: The Frances Plecker Education Center is home to a gallery which hosts rotating art exhibits. A robust birding program is in collaboration with James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University and local bird clubs. Members have identified over 115 species of birds in the arboretum. Ongoing community programs include yoga, outdoor painting workshops, and story time for children. The arboretum hosts a variety of educational workshops and lectures. Recent topics have included “The Dirt on Bacteria” and “Tagging for Migratory Monarchs.” The Museum is host to National Poetry Month activities, and several of the trees in the forest offer hanging baskets where guests can place their own poems year-round. Monthly photo contests take place on the arboretum’s Facebook page, winners are voted on by the public. The arboretum is open for free from dawn to dusk daily, self-guided audio tours are available through the website.
780 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, Phone: 540-568-3194
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More Ideas in VA: Hampton University Museum
The Hampton University Museum is located in the recently renovated Huntington Building on the Hampton University Campus. Visitors to the museum will be able to peruse the museum’s collections which showcase over 9,000 artifacts, including traditional African, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island, and Asian art along with other artifacts that pertain to University’s history.
The Hampton University Museum was established in 1868 and is the oldest African American museum in the country and one of the oldest in the state. Its mission is to provide knowledge, understanding, tolerance and respect for other cultures and traditions.
The 1870s the saw the founding of an African studies program completes with African artifacts from a variety of cultures. In 1878, Hampton initiated a program in Native American education. Over 1300 American Indians attended the school set up by the museum between 1878 and 1923.
The museum founded the first African American art collection in the world in 1894 with the procurement of two paintings by Henry O. Tanner. The African American collection grew in 1967 when the museum was gifted with hundreds of artworks from the Harmon Foundation.
The Asian and Pacific Island collections were established in artworks from Japan and the Philippines. The collection of Japanese artwork was obtained from Alice Baron’s estate in 1918. She was a teacher that went to Japan in 1888 to teach the women of the Imperial Court. The collection from the Philippines was procured in 1914.
Collections and Exhibitions
The Hampton University museum’s collection include works from traditional African, Native American, Asian, and Pacific Island cultures. It is also the home of the world’s first African American art collection which contains over 1,500 pieces. The Asian and Pacific Island contain artifacts and artworks representing Japan and both northern and southern regions of the Philippines.
The newest assemblage of artifacts at the museum is the history collection. Made up of almost 700 objects, the exhibition of artifacts represents Hampton’s mission to teach students.
Soul and Spirit: Two Hundred Years of Art from Hampton University Museum- Visitors to this exhibit get to tour four galleries of the museum that recount the history of African American art. The collection showcases work from the earliest African American painters to more modern works by artists such as Jacob Lawrence, and Elizabeth Catlett.
Enduring Legacy: Native People, Native Arts at Hampton- Visitors to this exhibit get to explore the cultures and lives of Native Americans of the area through the historic American Indian art and artifacts of this collection.
The Art of Africa: Power, Beauty, Community- Visitors to this exhibit get to explore African American beginnings with over 200 artifacts from sub-Saharan Africa. Objects from the historic African American collections as well as pieces procured by the Museum since the 1960s are on display here. As a relatively new exhibit, almost half of the artifacts are on display for the first time in Hampton.
University Archives- The archives of the Hampton University Museum are on of the country’s biggest and most complete collection of resources on the history and culture of African American and Native Americans. It consists of more than eight million documentary materials and more than fifty thousand photographs and glass negatives that tell the story of Hampton’s part in American education, the philosophy of education, political events, labor issues, and business and global relations. The archives also comprise around two million items and nineteen thousand photos concerning the American Indian Education Program including historic images of the western reservations that can be found no where else in the world.
The Hampton University Museum has its own Department of Education that offers guided tours in collaboration with the SOL’s. Several programs for students in all age groups are available. These programs offer an introduction to the museum’s art and artifact collections in the appropriate historical and cultural context and explore he association between form and meanings. High school programs are geared towards comprehensive explorations of the various collections within the Hampton University Museum.
The Curiosity Room is geared towards children pre-K through first grade and is located on the second floor of the museum. The room is open only at certain times through-out the year. Visitors should call ahead to see when the next opening is. The Curiosity Room is also available by reservation. Children learn appreciation for the various types and ways of art through exploration of the room. Guided tours of the Curiosity room are created based on age group.
Annual Holiday and Kwanza Marketplace- Visitors to the Hampton Museum in December can purchase gifts from the gift shop in the museum which focuseson African, African American, and other gift items.
Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668, Phone: 757-727-5000
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More Ideas in VA: Virginia Discovery Museum
The Virginia Discovery Museum (VDM) is an interactive, educational museum for young children in Charlottesville. Established in 1981 to showcase traveling exhibits throughout Central Virginia, the Virginia Discovery Museum grew in leaps and bounds and today is a center of learning, exploration, and discovery for the local community.
Located in Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, the Virginia Discovery Museum aims to inspire intellectual curiosity and educational development for all children within the community through a variety of exhibitions, displays, educational programs and special events.
The Virginia Discovery Museum features two galleries which house engaging exhibits and displays, including A-Mazing Airways, a Construction Zone, the Literacy Lounge, a STEM Lab, the Virginia Heritage Area, Creation Station, and a Sensory Studio. Other interactive presentations include Little C'Ville, a mini-town that includes a Sound & MusicStudio, the Discovery Firestation, UVA Children's Hospital, and an Observation BeeHive.
A-Mazing Airways explores the use of the properties of air through an effective pneumatic air system that combines large air tubes, interactive diverter boxes, sophisticated air systems, and soaring manipulatives of all shapes and sizes.
The STEM Lab introduces visitors to Math, Engineering, Science, and Technologythrough the principles of gravity, flight, and motion. The STEM Lab features a Flight Lab, which focuses on the principles of flight, and a Magnet Wall that allows children to explore the principles of gravity, cause, and effect, slope, and physics. AnAutomoblox Ramp where visitors can learn the concepts of how gravity, force, and motion work together to make objects move on five ramps of different slopes.
The Literacy Lounge focuses on literacy development through nursery rhymes, book play,storytimes, and early writing skills, while the Construction Zone gives children the opportunity to test their critical thinking and building independently or with other kids.
Children can take a step back in timein the Showalter Cabin and harvest vegetables in a garden, plays games of skittles, checkers or dominoes, collect chicken eggs in the coop and cook a farmstyle meal for the family in the Virginia Heritage Area exhibition.
The Sensory Studio is a designated area where children under the ages of two can explore, discover and imagine with climbing structures, ramps, tunnels, bubble tubes, book nooks and light tables, while the Lite Brite Wall allows kids to create illuminated works of art and improve fine motor skills.
The Creation Station is a multi-purpose art studio where children can create their own masterpieces, and the Sound and Music Studio enables children to explore the concepts of music and its elements such as pitch, melody, vibration, and volume. Little C'Ville is a village environment where children can become postmen, bakers, firemen, doctors and nurses, actors and actresses.
The Pollination Station is all about bees and educates visitors about honeybees and pollination, harvesting fruit and vegetables and selling them at a market.
The Virginia Discovery Museum offers a wealth of educational programs, workshops and classes for adults and children. These programs include Poetry Club, Pay What You Wish Day, Story Time, Living Lab, Toddler Time, Kids Club and Art Time.
The Museum presents eight unique week-long and half-day summer camps where children can learn a wealth of recreational skills, such as knot-tying, cooking, painting, sports, sculpting, and of course, making friends!
Events at the Museum include the popular ‘Boo Bash' - a family-friendly party where visitors can dress up and explore the witch's creaky, old cabin, meet the ‘mad' scientists, try Boo Bowling, and win fantastic prizes in a variety of crafts, games, and activities.
The Virginia Discovery Museum is located at 524 East Main Street in Charlottesville and is open from Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm year-round. The Museum is conveniently located across from the Market Street Garage where visitors can enjoy two hours of free parking with museum validation.
The Virginia Discovery Museum can be hired for birthday parties and other special occasions and offer unique birthday packages. These packages include exclusive use of theMuseum's party room, access to both of the Museum's art galleries, free parking across the road for two hours, a professional hostess to help set up, greet guests, and clean up afterward, linen tablecloths and tableware, and exclusive goody bags for each party guest.
524 East Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, Phone: 434-977-1025
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