Best Flea Markets In Washington DC

September 17, 2013 8:00 AM

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Flea markets are the ultimate shopping experience for consumers who are searching for vintage finds like no other. The merchandise on hand at these DC flea markets is unlike goods purchased at the local mall. Most flea markets are held over the weekend, so rearrange your busy schedule to witness the outdoor bazaars firsthand. You may be impressed and consider making flea market visits a weekly affair.

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Arlington Civitan Flea Market
15th St. N
Arlington, VA 22207

Civitan clubs across the country work to improve communities through service. This flea market is like a major garage sale for residents of Arlington and surrounding areas with money-saving treasures for sale. The market is held April through November on the first Saturday of each month. Frequent visitors suggest getting there early as the market ends at 1:30 p.m. and is often crowded.

15th & P St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Founded just over a year ago, the DC MEETMarket takes place in Logan Circle on the first Saturday of every month from April through December. The market, which is entirely free to enter, is comprised of over 40 local vendors who come together to commemorate the community and support local craftsmen. Vendors consist of food and produce stands, clothing and artists who display their works. Virginia Arrisueno of DC MEETMarket says they are now offering a free concert series to visitors. “We recently partnered up with Rock-n-Romp, a family-friendly rock concert series. One of our goals at the DC MEETMarket is to make our market more kid-friendly, a market where parents can shop and enjoy their Saturdays while listening to music they love with their kids,” she says. The market connects with fans via social media and frequently updates, uploading pictures and adding new participating vendors.

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Eastern Market
225 7th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 698-5253

Community-operated Eastern Market is open daily, minus Mondays. The market, located in Capitol Hill, is over 13 decades old. There are two standing markets, the north hall and south hall. In these centers, indoor merchants continuously sell their goods. On the weekends, the outdoor market and farmer’s line draws a crowd. Visitors can eat from the food vendors while they shop. The arts and craft vendors cover a wide variety of styles. Eastern Market is always lively and very much recommended.

Georgetown Flea Market
1819 35th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Michael Sussman started the Georgetown Flea Market four decades ago. The market is open every Sunday throughout the year from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on the season. In the summer, hours are longer, and in the winter, hours are shorter. There are roughly 50 vendors, almost all reoccurring, who sell antiques and collectibles outside in tents. If you are in the market for original furniture, art, china or fashion accessories, Georgetown Flea Market is the ideal destination. Merchandise is rare and exclusive to the market. Eat your lunch in Georgetown with one of the tasty food vendors. Few vendors accept credit cards, so stop by the ATM before you browse.

Bethesda Farm Women’s Market
7155 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-2291

The oldest market in the area, located just off the Bethesda metro stop, this staple started as a farmers’ market. During the Great Depression, farmers’ wives of Bethesda and surrounding areas started the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, also known as the Bethesda Farm Women’s Market. The flea market features apparel, fresh farm produce, collectibles, antiques and much more. While being sure to honor the local tradition and past, Bethesda Farm Women’s Market is also undergoing a renaissance with new management to move forward into its ninth decade of business. The indoor and outdoor market is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at

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