7 Mile Fair is the perfect melding of both traditional and unconventional. Its expansive venue allows for hundreds of vendors to push their products in what resembles a traditional European market; however, products sold here definitely do not resemble such a thing. Alongside fresh produce and food are mainly booths comically filled to the brim with some of the weirdest things known to man. From vintage toys to bizarre pieces of clothing, this is the perfect place to find an off-the-beaten-path gift.
HOURS: Sat–Sun, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
7 Mile Fair, 7 Mile Rd, Caledonia, WI, USA, +1 262 835 2177
Many don’t realize that Milwaukee Public Market rivals Seattle’s in the best ways possible. Its local vendors push out their finest products, like fresh fish and produce, and represent all that Milwaukee has to offer. The market’s second-floor pavilion is the best place to eat and a fantastic place to grab a glass or bottle from Thief Wine Shop & Bar, a Milwaukee staple.
HOURS: Mon–Fri, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI, USA, +1 414 336 1111
For a step into the past, head over to the flea market at Antiques on Pierce. Get lost in this positively huge venue, which holds gem after hidden gem, so finding a wedding dress, a mason jar of rare buttons, or an 18th-century armoire is not out of the question at all. The location itself is in a large warehouse with multiple floors, so set aside a few hours to explore this one.
HOURS: daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Antiques on Pierce, 1512 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, WI, USA, +1 414 645 9640