As any regular flea market attendee will attest, a good flea market has a lot of variety, plenty of vendors, good food, and a way of making you feel as if you are entering another time. Flea markets are a completely unique experience––it’s not antiquing and it’s not the same as hitting neighborhood garage sales. These five vendors have their own unique style and truly embody the flea market experience.

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Dixieland Flea Market Place
2045 Dixie Highway
Waterford, MI  48328
(248) 338-3220

Dixieland is one of the oldest and largest flea markets in Oakland County with more than 250 vendors. Open Friday through Sunday, the market has everything, including food, clothing, collectables, antiques, books, music, instruments, furniture, and even dirt bikes. You just never know what you will find when you walk through the doors. Isn’t that what you want when you go to a flea market?

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Taylortown Trade Center
22525 Ecorse Road
Taylor, MI 48180
(313) 295-6901

This place is chock full of vendors ensuring that there is something for everyone and even hosts auctions every Saturday and food auctions second Sunday of each month. Taylortown Trade Center is also the home of the Michigan Reptile Expo, which gives this place yet another unique niche. If you are into electronics, coins, antiques, collectables, jewelry, sports memorabilia, military, or just like to find the odd and unusual, Taylortown is definitely worth a visit.

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Tri County Market Place
14401 Frazho Road
Warren, MI  48089
(586) 872-2129

Tri County Market Place definitely has the odd and the unusual items treasure hunters love. One of a kind shoes, clothing, jewelry, collectables, video games, electronics and even an antique Model T can be found here. The market has events year round and provides free admission, parking and even free wi-fi. There is also a café on site, which features everything from Coney-style food to healthy choices and even some unique fare that you don’t find elsewhere. With 65,000 square feet to cover, shopping at Tri County can definitely turn into an all day affair.

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Weekend Pickers
1650 Howard
Lincoln Park, MI  48146
(734) 559-4620

Weekend Pickers is a local treasure and possibly one of the best kept secrets in the downriver area of Metro Detroit. The market is smaller than some of the other vendors, with just more than 50. However, Weekend Pickers makes the most of the 25,000 square foot space with items like antiques, collectibles, vintage items, furniture, tools, arts and crafts, clothing, video games, baked goods, electronics, books, and the odd and unusual items. They are open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all year long and parking is free.

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Warren Community Flea Market
2300 East 10 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48091
(586) 756-7660

Boasting a sizable collection of vintage pieces, antiques, books, new and used electronics, sports memorabilia and more, the Warren Community Flea Market is a great place to find treasures both new and old for budget-friendly prices. Open since the early 90s, the indoor/outdoor flea market spans 40,000 square feet and also includes a snack shop and eatery, billed Jordan’s Grill, that serves up fare like fried foods and grilled cheese sandwiches. The free parking and admission means you’ll have more to spare on the treasures you find, making the 20 minute drive from downtown well worth the trip.

Marci Savage has recently adopted Detroit as her new hometown. Besides writing for online news publications, she has been an executive director for a disability advocacy organization, a small business owner, a financial adviser, a licensed personal banker, an expert quilt teacher, a model and a published author. Her interests include fashion, politics, art, theater, storm chasing, Sci-Fi, and technology. Her expertise is on shopping and style. Her work can be found at