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The Best Flea Markets in Boston

Picture of Ashley Kane
Freelance Writer
Updated: 14 January 2017
Step away from the shopping streets of Newbury and Boylston, and enjoy a weekend afternoon treasure hunting in these vintage Boston markets. Explore and search for hidden finds or have a bite to eat at one of the many local food trucks. A few of these flea markets are open regularly, while others are seasonal, so be sure to check the hours.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market features live music, a beer hall, and hundreds of vendors, and is open every Sunday from May to October. It has over 75 artisans selling handmade goods, a farmer’s market, and plenty of local food trucks. During the winter months, be sure to check out the three-day Winter SoWa Festival, complete with carolers, winter cocktails, and unique gifts.

SoWa Open Market, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 857 362 7692

SoWa Market | © Ashley Kane

SoWa Market | © Ashley Kane

South End Open Market

The South End Open Market is the mecca of flea markets. Located at Ink Block, the market is actually three separate bazaars partnered together – Arts Market, Foot Truck Market, and the South End Farmer’s Market. There are over 100 local art vendors, more than 60 delicious food stands, and 15 local food trucks. Dreams do come true! The market is open every Sunday from May to October.

South End Open Market, 375 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 800 401 6557

SoWa Vintage Market

Can’t keep all the SoWa’s and the South End markets straight? Not a problem as it’s worth exploring all three! All located within a 10-minute walk from each other, they each offer unique goods. The SoWa Vintage Market is located next to SoWa Open Market and is one of the few markets open year-round. Full of fashion, jewelry, art, and décor treasures, it’s a perfect place to wander around and find fresh finds for all seasons. Open every Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, USA

SoWa Antiques Market | © Jon Collier / Flickr

SoWa Antiques Market | © Jon Collier / Flickr

The Somerville Flea

The Somerville Flea market is brimming with unexpected finds. The marketplace features gifts, collectibles, art, music, jewelry, as well as beer and wine. From June to October, they operate every Sunday outside, rain or shine. During the winter, the holiday market is located in the historic Arts at the Armory building and is held only on certain dates, so check the site and mark your calendars!

The Somerville Flea, 52 Holland St, Somerville, MA, USA,

Cambridge Antique Market

The Cambridge Antique Market is open Tuesday through Sunday and has over 150 vendor spaces on five floors. Check out this beautiful space for collectibles, artwork, furniture, and more, and don’t forget to look at the mural outside. The antique market also has a location down on Cape Cod in Provincetown.

Monsignor O'Brien Mural Cambridge, MA | © Jane Fox / Flickr

Monsignor O’Brien Mural, Cambridge, MA | © Jane Fox / Flickr

The Flea at MIT

The Flea at MIT is a “swapfest” for buying, selling, and – you guessed it – swapping radio, electronic, and computer equipment. What else would you expect from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology? Visit the market on the third Sunday of every month, from April to October. All are welcome, regardless of computer expertise, to find reasonable deals on electronics.

The Flea at MIT, Albany Street Parking Garage, Albany St., Cambridge, MA, USA, +1 617 253 3776