Who doesn’t love a little flea market action? It’s been said that Seattle has a shortage of flea markets since a few favorites have closed down, but a little “rummaging” turns up several fun choices. There are plenty of street fairs and swap meets to be found throughout the Pacific Northwest. The famous Pike Place Market has tons of interesting vendors, is always fun, and is a must-see for out of town visitors. Here are some great options for bargain hunters in the Seattle area.

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Pike Place Market
85 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7453

No visit to Seattle would be truly complete without a trip to Pike Place Market, and many of Pike Place Market’s vendors have a decidedly flea market feel. Located in downtown Seattle overlooking Elliott Bay, this venue first opened on August 17, 1907.  Since opening day, Pike Place Market has been in continual operation ever since. In fact, no other farmers market in America has been in operation longer than Pike Place Market. Besides having a world famous fish market (watch out for flying fish!), Pike Place also has restaurants, fresh flowers, produce, antiques, handmade items, jewelry, and more. You name it, and you are likely to find it somewhere within the nine acres the market encompasses.

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Fremont Sunday Street Market
3401 Evanston Ave.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 781-6776

Farmers market, street food, antiques, and a variety of items can be found at Fremont Sunday Street Market.  They refer to themselves as a “HyperMarket,” where you never know what flea market-y treasure you might find. Since it is a street fair, there is no entry fee; just bring money for food and fun finds. Dog lovers can bring their best friends if they keep them on a short leash.

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2nd Saturdayz Market
Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Hanger 30
Seattle, WA  98115
(253) 709-6041

The 2nd Saturdayz folks refer to themselves as the Junk Tribe. With the claim, “a Saturday market of fine tastes and curious treasures,” who would not want to check them out? The market is open on the second Saturday of each month in Magnuson Park, and its there shoppers will find unique collectibles, vintage items, re-upholstered furniture and more. This is the best opportunity to turn the Tribe’s junk into your own treasure in the Seattle area.

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Antique Liquidators
503 Westlake Ave.
Seattle, WA  98109
(206) 623-2740

Antique Liquidators is a brick and mortar storefront, because sometimes you want to do the flea market thing seven days a week. This three-story shop is family owned, and word has it they like to haggle. This is mostly a furniture store, but jewelry, books, and plenty of other unique finds can be uncovered. The family that owns and operates Antique Liquidators is known for being friendly and helpful, which in and of itself can be a rare find these days.

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Funky Junk Northwest
13310 Bel-Red Rd.
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 880-7884

Just opened in May of 2012, Funky Junk offers 6000 square feet of heated warehouse space with more than 50 vendors, which makes this indoor flea market a pleasant place to be on a cool and rainy summer day, or any other time.  Funky Junk is east of Seattle and into Bellevue, but worth trekking over to find such lovely items as wine bottles that have been turned into lamps with fancy shades. You will likely discover handmade items that are also sold on Etsy and sweatshirts that have been up cycled into dresses.

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Capitol Hill Flea Market
Oddfellows Building
915 E. Pine St. (2nd floor in the ballroom)
Seattle, WA  98122

The Capitol Hill Flea Market is sponsored in part by The Stranger and held inside the Century Ballroom. This Saturday flea market is held year round, and allows hunters to discover everything from local designers and vintage items to jewelry and antiques. Capitol Hill Flea Market enjoys giving exposure to small businesses, so this is where the locavores will find great deals.

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