Flea market season is underway and we can’t wait to get out there and see what vendors have to offer, what people are collecting this year and where the bargains can be found. If you’re in the same frame of mind, here are some of our best suggestions for where to go, what to look for and how to enjoy the hunt.

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The hunt is supposed to be fun. Get in the right frame of mind for the experience with expert advice on how to have an enjoyable—and successful—flea market excursion.

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Among the thousands of items on offer at even the biggest sale, you can hone your search by focusing on knock-out pieces that will stand the test of time. Here are our some of our picks for must-have treasures with enduring appeal.

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With all the options for an antiquing getaway, where to begin? Following are some of our favorite venues around the country. Starting with perhaps the biggest, the Texas Antiques Week in Round Top, Texas.

There are roughly 60 show venues within the area, each operated by different owners. The thrill of the hunt just doesn’t get any better than this.

The Marburger Farm Antiques Show is a show within a show at Round Top. Vendors take pride in creating displays that will not only sell their wares but also capture buyers’ imaginations. The displays also give unique ideas for incorporating antiques and vintage elements into your home decor.

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For a shopping experience like no other, head to the tiny town of Brimfield, Massachusetts. Three times a year, this small village becomes a mecca for antiques dealers and shoppers alike.

Madison Bouckville Antiques Week

While not as well-known as Brimfield or Round Top, Madison-Bouckville is another large must-visit flea market to put on your list. Sometimes these lesser known flea markets are where you are more likely to find bargain treasures.

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Grab your pals for the weekend (held twice a year in April and September) and head to Junk Bonanza, one of the Midwest’s premiere vintage markets. There’s something about Midwest markets that really capture Americana.

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In Walnut, Iowa, a small town’s turn-of-the-century buildings, brick and (shady!) tree-lined streets, country hospitality and existing antique malls and shops are the perfect setting for an annual antique show that’s not to be missed.

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With so many markets to choose from, picking your next trip can be challenging. Need some help planning your next flea market excursions? Use our list of the can’t-miss vintage markets to plan your travel and shopping calendar.

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Our nationwide map breaks down what’s on in each season or you can check it month by month. Simply filter by time and location and it will show you what’s around. And if you know of a great show that’s not on the map, we’ve included a form you can fill out to call it to our attention.

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