Whether on the prowl for a wicker fan chair, a chrome bar set or a handcrafted objet d’art, it can certainly be found at one of the Detroit-area flea markets. Eclectic in execution, vendors and wares, each market holds a distinct personality that caters to local crowds in search of scoring a great deal, finding an exotic treasure or just simply browsing around while soaking in the scene.
The Rust Belt Market
22801 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
Packed with every handcrafted item you have been searching for and things you never knew existed, this indoor market contains discovery after discovery. The Rust Belt Market offers shoppers a unique experience that is complemented by the live entertainment, coffee vendor and curated collections of vintage trinkets and apparel. Step into a community of vendors that offer enthusiasm and expertise while browsing the one-of-a-kind goods available at this crafty bazaar.
Royal Oak Flea Market
316 E. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
The Royal Oak Flea Market has special pieces that cannot be found elsewhere. This is where you will find that perfect something for the spot in the corner that you have scoured all corners of the globe to find. Score amazing jewelry, some records for the ole turntable, stand-out furniture and the perfect outfit from the 100 or more vendors who bring in truckloads of stuff for your browsing pleasure. This flea market has a seriously steady influx of vendors, so merchandise is constantly evolving.
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1600 Clay St.
Detroit, MI 48211
Looking for adventure? It can be found at Russell Bazaar. This bustling wonderland even features an art gallery, live music on the loading dock and tons of tempting treats in the food court. Shoppers can spend the afternoon prowling around, and the warehouse space houses more than 130 businesses that rent space in the building.
Depot Town Flea Market
800 Lowell St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
This flea market features collectibles and antiques, all housed under one roof, with additional shopping outdoors. With up to 50 vendors slinging their wares, shoppers will not go home empty handed. From unique vintage decor and accessories to coveted pieces of antique jewelry and baubles, this market is a heaven for those seeking items from past eras.
GreenLawn Grove Flea Market
16447 Middlebelt Road
Romulus, MI 48174
Sift through the boxes and displays to discover a treasure at the GreenLawn Grove Flea Market. Outfitted with general items from attics and basements, there is an occasional gem, including antique bicycles, automotive parts and vintage home furnishings. The space is sprawling and moves indoors as weather turns cold, allowing this flea market to operate throughout the year.
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