The Best Flea Markets and Thrift Stores in New Orleans

The Palace Art Market is great place to stop by on an evening stroll
The Palace Art Market is great place to stop by on an evening stroll | © Andriy Blokhin / Alamy
Sarah Ravits

If you’re trying to take a little piece of New Orleans home with you, there’s no need to shop for mass-produced souvenirs. This is a city where creativity and originality flourish, and there’s also a strong sense of history – making it a hotbed for flea markets and unique thrift shops. Whether you’re looking for a re-purposed or vintage clothing item, a one-of-a-kind accessory or a handmade piece of art, the following places are sure to be goldmines for you.

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Saint Claude Social Club

© Saint Claude Social Club

The Saint Claude Social Club is an accessory-driven shopping experience in the Lower Garden District, reflecting the eclecticism, creativity, and international influences that thrive in New Orleans. At this Lower Garden District boutique, you’ll find a number of one-of-a-kind vintage dresses, robes, and costume pieces, in addition to accessories and other handmade trinkets by a variety of local and global artists. Saint Claude Social Club also hosts creative workshops and networking events.

French Market – New Orleans

French Market – New Orleans dates back to 1791 when it was a Native American trading outpost. Renovated and re-purposed multiple times over the years, it now stands as a simple market full of tasty treats. It’s a great spot to listen to live jazz while chowing down on muffuletta sandwiches, hot sauce, pralines, and sipping an Abita beer before wandering around.

Piety Market At Hotel Peter & Paul

This is a festive monthly flea market in an old ironworks offering vintage goods & crafts and some food.

Factory of Weird

This is a vintage clothing store in New Orleans that also has hand made items, such as jewellery, fascinating antiques and creative works. It is recognised as one of the best places in the quarter to find an unique present for a friend.

The Bargain Center

As the name suggests, the place has it all. It is fun and surprising, and definitely a gem for antique lovers. They have preowned wardrobe, lots of random and unique houseware, books, music… Definitely worth to make a visit when in town.

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