Charlotte attracts tourists from all over the country, and many natives migrated after being taken by the city’s eclectic Southern charm. The neighborhoods of the city are a vibrant patchwork of individual communities that cobble together at local flea and food markets. Open-air farmers’ stands and indoor antique fleas are massively popular in North Carolina‘s largest city, and are an excellent way to spend a day on the town, on the cheap. So dust off your haggling skills and discover the best food and flea markets in Charlotte.
Emerging from concept stages in the blogger-sphere as a pop-up market is Vintage Charlotte in Plaza Midwood. This extensive market takes over an old warehouse starting in July and hosts clothing, food, art, antique, and jewelry vendors from surrounding areas. Everything from hand-made trinkets, antique typewriters, and vintage threads are available for bargain prices at the ‘VTG CLT.’ Admission is free from 11:00AM – 6:00 PM and features over 80 vintage and artisan vendors. A beer garden is sponsored by Sycamore Brewing, and all food is sourced from local vendors.
Vintage Charlotte, 2205 N. Tyron St, Charlotte, NC, (980) 263-0443
The Metrolina Vintage & Antique Show is one of the most elaborate flea markets in Charlotte. This venue features a wide array of antiques and collectibles, including old-fashioned home furnishings, vintage publications, jewelry, flatware, and artwork. Early edition comic books and antique toys/board games are also for sale at bargain prices, and potted plants and farm stands are outside in the open-air section of the market.
Metrolina Expo Vintage & Antiques Show, 7100 Statesville Rd, Charlotte, NC, (704) 714-7909
In the heart of Uptown is the 7th Street Public Market, an indoor collection of local vendors that offer farm stand shopping and table seating at restaurants or coffee shops. The market promotes local and regional farmers, craftsmen, and culinary entrepreneurs, selling everything from craft beer to beauty products. Vendors like ‘Small Keys’ are eco-friendly, right down to the recycled packaging and naturally extracted oils and perfumes. Peruse the produce, nibble the sweets at ‘Cloud 9 Confectionery,’ or sit down to a hot cup of coffee or tea at ‘Not Just Coffee.’ Check the market website for special events, cooking demonstrations, and tastings.
7th Street Public Market, 224 E. 7th St, Charlotte, NC, (704) 230-4346