Raleigh Flea Market – Kara Smith

Raleigh Flea Market – by Kara Smith

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning in Raleigh is wake up on the early side, fill up my tumbler with coffee, and head out with my husband to one of Raleigh’s greatest little (…or should I say, giant!) treasures… The Flea Market! The Flea Market is located on the NC State Fairgrounds and open every Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine!), except for the weekends of the NC State Fair. It has been running for almost 50 years, and hosts vendors that are selling just about everything you could imagine. And when I say “giant” I really mean it… the Flea Market spread through 6 buildings and several acres!

A huge bonus is that the parking on the fairgrounds is FREE! When I drive in the main gate off Blue Ridge Road, I always try to find a spot just inside, on the right. It’s the closest place to park to walk to all of the vendors. Most of the same vendors are out there each Saturday, anxiously awaiting selling their treasures! There are so many great vendors, I can’t choose just one that is my favorite- but I will tell you, my living room coffee table and side tables came from there and they are gorgeous! They are all solid wood, painted with chalk paint and I love that they came from somewhere local!

In addition to finding great pieces of furniture for my home, I have also found lots of great seasonal décor. From fall decorations to eclectic Christmas treasures, I can always find something new and exciting to decorate my home! And don’t be afraid to negotiate! Most of the vendors don’t want to drag home everything they brought out there, so do a little bargaining! While several of the vendors do accept credit, I usually try to remember to bring cash (it also helps when you are trying to bargain!) After a few hours of walking around, I can usually get a hot dog and soda for a few dollars before heading home!

If you plan to head that way this weekend, give yourself a few hours to wander around; there is quite a bit to see! There are vendors both outside and in, and it is always worth taking the time to walk the entire space- there is always something new to see! You can read more about the Flea Market here: http://www.raleighfleamarket.net/ and if you yourself are interested in being a vendor, you can read more about it here: http://www.raleighfleamarket.net/sell.html

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