Top Six Shows in the US to Build an Antique Collection

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Antique shows can hold the key to the vintage luxury items you have been seeking. However, with the multitude of markets that are held on a yearly basis across the US, it can be daunting to decide which ones are worthwhile. This comprehensive guide has an offering of six shows from around the country, and can help you hone in on the items you have dreamed of to build an antique collection. And in the process, hopefully, assist you in planning a trip to one of these impressive markets.

Brimfield Antique Show

 Located in Massachusetts Hampden County, the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market, boasts being the largest outdoor antique show of-its-kind in the US. Held three times a year, this show takes place over a mile stretch of land. And it features over 5,000 dealers that fill up an impressive 21 fields!

The show is held in May, June, and September from Thursday to Sunday; and it attracts a wide range of vendors from inside and outside of North America. It is held rain-or-shine, and antique-goers are encouraged to check the weather, dress accordingly, and remember to bring cash. With the incredible number of items that are view during this massive event, it is a dream come true for some looking to build an antique collection! Items you may find could include: furniture from various historical periods, estate jewelry, art, vintage textiles, clothing, and linen, games, folk art, clocks, radios, and more.

Alameda Point Antiques Faire

 The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest of its kind in Northern California. Open on the first Sunday of the month, this faire fills over 800 booths, with vendors coming from all over the state and farther to participate. If the event happens to be rained out, it is held on the following Sunday.

This market is dedicated to the sale of older wares; meaning all things for that are on sale here are over 20 years old. Alameda Point is really for those looking for that special antique item. Some things you might find for sale include: vintage jewelry and clothing, a variety of furniture from antique to more modern, antique and collectibles, ceramics, glassware, art work, pottery and more.

First Monday Trade Days/Caton Flea Market

 Started 150 years ago as a market for horses and livestock, the First Monday Trade Days, has evolved into a huge antique affair. With over 28 miles of booths, this show is not for the faint of heart. It has thousands of visitors per year; and it is held Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of the month in Caton, Texas.

To make finding the vintage items you are after easier to find, this market features the Civic Center’s Indoor Antiques and Collectible Market. Items here must be approved ahead of time, which works to the shopper’s advantage. It is a range of newer and collectible items so be sure to keep that in mind while venturing through this Texas jewel. While enjoying the First Monday Trade, you will be sure to find a variety of items ranging from: antiques to collectibles, vintage clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glassware, art, vintage homeware items, paintings and more.

Long Beach Antique Market

 The Long Beach Antique Market prides itself on the number of items for sale. With over 20 acres of antiques and 800 booths, you will be sure to find the treasures you are seeking here. The wares offered at this market must be at least 30 years old, which adds to its authenticity.

Held on the third Sunday of the month, this market is held year-round. It is also one of the shows that will attract more of an antique crowd. No new items are permitted to be sold here, so this also increases the chances of finding those treasures to build an antique collection. Items you are likely to find include: stamps, coins, vintage textiles, linens, clothing and jewelry, furniture, books, ceramics, art works, folk art, sports memorabilia, lamps, telephones, cameras and more!

Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

 The Springfield Antique Show & Flea in Ohio, attracts buyers, collectors, and vendors from all over middle America. The show offers high end antiques and vintage items from an impressive number of vendors. The show is spread out over 100 acres, giving it’s 2,500 vendors plenty of space to showcase their wares!

The market is active from May to October and is open every Tuesday and Wednesday. There are year-round auctions held on Wednesday mornings, as well as a monthly swap meet. Additionally, it has been active for over 25 years and is well-known in the antique community. With the wide number of sellers, and the emphasis on antiques at this market, antique hunters will be hard-pressed not to walk away with many new acquisitions. Buyers will be sure to find items like: antique furniture, art, glassware, vintage linens, jewelry and furniture, estate jewelry, books, ceramics, sports memorabilia, stamps, coins, and much more!

Fremont Sunday Fair

 Started in 1990, this Seattle open air market, has quickly come to establish itself as one of the best on the West coast, and arguably the US. Although it is smaller than some of the other markets on antiques fair circuit, the Fremont Sunday Fair, has up to 200 vendors who regularly participate. This market has a bit of a hipster vibe, and has even started to attract various gourmet food trucks and is located between two popular Seattle spots–Theo Chocolate to the West and the Red Door Ale House on the East.

The market is held year-round, even in colder weather, when it moves indoors. It has evolved over the years, and has an eclectic mix of antique and local vendors with many items for sale. There is a gambit of things you will be sure to find at this funky fair including vintage antiques, jewelry, clothing, art, textiles and many other items.

By attending well-known fairs that attract many buyers and vendors, this will increase the chances of both growing your antiques collection, and getting to know this industry. These six fairs are well-known within the antiques community, and by attending them you will get a first-hand experience and the opportunity to see the antique world from a new perspective. And hopefully in the process, give you some insider tips to obtaining the vintage luxury items you are seeking.

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About the Author:

Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.