You’ve heard of Brimfield, the oldest outdoor antiques event, and Round Top, the Texas-size market, but Madison-Bouckville is another must-visit flea market to put on your list.
Oh, the possibilities! Just looking down a row of vendor tents is enough to get a collector’s heart racing. The flea market at Madison-Bouckville is made up of over 2,000 sellers in 14 show fields.
No matter your passion, you will see something to feed it at the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week in Upstate New York. You’ll unearth fantastic finds like vintage fabrics and linens, shabby chic cabinets, collectible ceramics, old toys, repurposed industrial lighting and furnishings—the list goes on and on. See that sold sign on the tailor’s dummy? It’s mine. I bought it from the great owners of Vintage Station—really a lovely couple.
Held twice a year, with a three-day event in June and a full-on week in August, the Madison-Bouckville flea market is conveniently located on scenic Route 20 in the antiquing community of Bouckville, New York—south of and approximately mid-way between Syracuse and Utica.
Farmhouse style is an appealing look, as the booth for Lake Girl Antiques demonstrates here. Freestanding kitchen cabinets, old scales, galvanized metal, mason jars, tin ceiling tiles, and rustic signage all epitomize the style.
Pedal cars bring out the kid in all of us. AJS Toys & ‘tiques from Rochester, New York, carries a remarkable selection of vintage metal toy vehicles. They don’t make them like this anymore!
Glass candy dishes were ubiquitous a few decades ago. With the addition of glass candlesticks, these examples have taken on a new role: feeding hungry songbirds.
With artist, hairdresser, designer and purveyor of needful things Robert Price at the helm, Assemblage333 offers an artistic array of objects that reflect a small part of history and are as vast and varied as its owner’s skills.
These vessels made in Liverpool, England and always called Liverpool jugs by collectors, are print-decorated wares from 1756. Many later pieces were made for the American market and feature patriotic emblems.
This vintage cabinet, with its multiple drawers and cupboards of various sizes, is an organizer’s dream! It would be ideal in a dining room to store linens and service pieces. Or tuck it into a walk-in closet for your unmentionables.
Eye Openers, purveyors of collectible McCoy African violet pots and vintage kitchenware, plus Victorian wire pieces, books, tins, and much more show their wares every year in the East Expo Field.
The owners of Americana Antiques travel the country in search of rare, unusual and quality antiques.
A mirror inserted in a salvaged porthole from Big Ship Salvage makes a unique accent piece.
Collectible graniteware was produced in the Midwestern and Eastern United States from the 1870s until the end of World War II.
This 1950s hairdresser’s cabinet from J&L Antiques would make a fabulous retro bar!
Souvenir tea towels from the 1940s and ’50s sport engaging and colorful graphics. Take your pick at Judith Murray’s booth.
Travel decals enhance this well-traveled suitcase.
Vintage instruments have a sculptural quality that makes them collectible even if you’re tone deaf.
Learn how to raise muskrats and other esoteric skills from old books.
Just the Facts
Here’s the basic lowdown on the Madison-Bouckville flea market.
There is ample parking available at several points along highway 20. Most will cost $5 for the entire day but if you’re willing to walk, you can find parking for just $2 on the fringes.
Unlike some other big shows, admission to all fields is free of charge. Spend your cash on collectibles instead!
EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY
Food vendors dot the entire length of the show. You can get usual flea market fare—ice cream, sodas, burgers, kettle corn— but you can also get a lobster dinner and a bowl of clam chowder.
Looking for a flea market or vintage extravaganza nearer to home? Check out our Flea Market Map to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods. And don’t miss our tips for shopping success.
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