7 reasons to visit your local flea market this spring

Are you and your family looking for an interesting family adventure that won’t break the bank? Have you considered visiting your local flea market? Yes, the flea market!

Stop what you’re doing right now, go online and find your local flea market. Here are seven reasons why you can plan on spending a full day there with your family.


One of the main reasons we love shopping at flea markets are all of the bargains. Since flea markets have such a wide variety of different categorized items, you can find something–reasonably priced items for next to nothing, one-of-a-kind items, and items that you had no idea you actually needed until you find them–for just about everyone in the family.


It can be really enjoyable to look at antiques from the past with the family. Explore the past together and start up conversations about the history of the items you are looking at. Bonus, you never know if the antique you find is a hidden treasure worth lots of money.

Handcrafted items

Looking for something no one else is likely to have? Several vendors sell handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items. The more unique and rare the item, the more excited you’ll be about the purchase.

Local food vendors

Food vendors are popular at flea markets, so fill your stomach, stimulate your taste buds and boost your energy (for more shopping!). Your support helps the vendor stay in business.

Homemade baked goods

Local bakers are always in attendance at flea markets selling a seemingly endless amount of sweet treats. You are usually able to sample goods before purchasing, so give into your sweets cravings and give back to your local community.


Some flea markets offer entertainment during the market’s regular business hours, from local singers performing and live remote radio broadcasts, to cooking demonstrations and more.

Kids activities

Most flea markets offer some type of activities for kids such as meet-and-greets with local children’s authors, petting zoos and the opportunity to build your own snow cones.

Flea markets taking place this month

Kane County Flea Market

525 South Randall Road, St. Charles

March 3-4

Saturday 12-5 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

$5 for adults, children under 12 are free

Grayslake Illinois Antique & Vintage Flea Market

1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake

March 10-11

Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,

$7 for adults, children under 12 are free

Wheaton Illinois Vintage Flea Market

2015 Manchester Road


March 25

8 a.m.-3 p.m.

$5 for adults, children under 12 are free

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