Flea markets are getting more and more popular. With more people looking for unique items, great prices and keeping still usable items out of landfills, it seems like there’s a new flea market popping up in greater Boston each weekend. But before you take a long road trip just to be faced with junkyard fines, try some of these flea markets instead. The Boston suburbs are home to some great flea markets. Each with its own niche and flavor, you’re sure to find something you just have to have at these Boston suburb flea markets.
The Davis Flea
52 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02144
While only in the midst of its second year, The Davis Flea has already made a name for itself as one of the best Boston-area flea markets. Located in the heart of Davis Square, you’ll find the usual flea market fare mixed with some very Somerville additions. Vintage clothing, repurposed goods and farmers’ market offerings all share the table space at The Davis Flea. There is a constantly rotating list of vendors so you won’t get stuck seeing the same goods each week. This is a curated show so you can expect great finds and great prices.
Maxwell Flea Market
65 E. Cottage St.
Dorchester, MA 02125
Don’t let the neighborhood intimidate you. Maxwell Flea Market walks the line between flea market and neighborhood festival and is absolutely worth a look. Inside you’ll find both new and used items from a constantly changing cast of vendors. Mixed in with all the shopping are everything from baked goods to farmers’ market finds. But what will really keep you coming back are the people. The vendors include a quirky cast of characters that are worth chatting with – both for the great stories and for their willingness to negotiate already great prices.
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The Cambridge Antique Market
201 Monsignor Obrien Hwy
Cambridge, MA 02141
The Cambridge Antique Market mixes the idea of a flea market with that of a consignment shop. Forget about flea marketing being a nice weekend activity. This market is open during the week as well. Inside you’ll find more than 150 dealers spread across five floors. And if the word ‘antique’ is giving you fevers, never fear. You’ll find flea market prices here, for the most part, not tags designed to rook the tourists who come looking for old New England farm antiques.
Lawrence Flea Market
468 N Canal St.
Lawrence, MA 01840
The Lawrence Flea Market is worth absolutely making the trip outside of Boston. It is truly a little bit of everything. Both a flea market and craft fair, there’s a thrift shop in the back and it even holds auctions if that’s more your cup of tea. The Lawrence Flea Market is a little heavier with clothing, shoes and handbags than other flea markets in the area, but you’ll still find a nice selection of housewares and furniture. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for to fill the house at the flea market, you’re in a great position to walk up the street and check out the Canal Street Antique Mall while you’re there.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.