By John Stringfellow:
For many years I traveled the highways of Western New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania trying to make a living selling paintings, drawings and prints. I was never very successful but I did meet some wonderful characters and I learned a lot about flea markets. Eventually I learned to give people what they wanted and I made better money. When I gave up on fine art and prints and concentrated on selling as many dollar items as I could load up in my van, I doubled my income. I was then able to eat, buy gas and pay my rent. Life as a junk man was pretty good. Sometimes I still miss those days and it’s still hard to pass by a pile of treasures on the curb.
My guide will feature some markets that I know quite well and others that I’ve only heard about. When I have personal experience with a market, I’ll let you know my recommendations.
Columbus Flea Market, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday:
Columbus is a very strange market. You can find just about anything you could want here from art to car parts to tomatoes. The outdoor market can be brutal in the summer because that black pavement just soaks in the sun and heat all day long and throws it right back at you.
I recommend Thursdays [I was always too busy in Lambertville on the weekends]. I recommend eating before or after you get there at one of the local diners in Bordentown. I recommend going with an open mind, you never know what you might find.
Columbus Flea Market, Farmers Market, Antiques and Collectibles Market
2919 Route 206 South
Columbus, NJ 08022
Englishtown Auction Flea Market, Saturday and Sunday, All Year:
Englishtown has to be one of the biggest NJ flea markets with over 300 vendors indoors and 40 acres of market space outside. This is not just an antique market like some of the others in our guide. At Englishtown you’ll find fresh locally grown produce, clothes, shoes, electronics, vacuum cleaners, jewelry, collectibles, toys, furs and more. The market has been in business since 1929. As far as I can tell, they do not hold auctions here anymore. The market is located northwest of Freehold in Monmouth County. From Trenton or Philadelphia, take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 8 toward toward Hightstown Freehold.
Englishtown Auction Flea Market
90 Wilson Avenue
Englishtown, NJ 07726
Rancocas Flea Market, 2nd Sunday of every month, March-December:
I don’t know Rancocas that well, but I had lots of friends that never miss it.
Rancocas Flea Market, Rancocas Woods, or William Spencer Flea Market
118 Creek Road [about one mile from @ Exit 43 on New Jersey Turnpike, I-295]
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Website: None Found, Try the community site for Burlington has some information here.
Lambertville Flea Market, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday:
This is my favorite flea market of all time. It holds some wonderful memories for me. I learned allot of things here and made very good friends. Lambertville has an amazing array of dealers and customers. There are also more artists that set up here than in any other flea market that I’ve ever known. It is a wonderfully funky place.
I recommend Wednesdays to find some really good deals. On the weekends, I recommend getting there before dawn in the late spring and summer to find some incredible treasures. I recommend a good sunhat. I recommend that you know your stuff if you are buying or selling art here. I love this market!
Lambertville Flea Market, Lambertville Antiques Market, Gold Nugget, Golden Nuggett, Golden Nugget Antique Fleamarket
State Highway 29
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Dover NJ Flea Markets and Street Fairs, Sunday:
Every Sunday the historic town of Dover located in the heart of Morris County comes alive with the Dover Flea Market and Street Fair. The event runs from 9:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon every Sunday from April thru December. To get to Dover you take Interstate 80 to exit 35-A. There’s plenty of free parking and there’s no admission.
Dover Flea Market and Street Fair
18 West Blackwell Street
Dover, New Jersey, 07801
Neshanic Flea Market, Sunday:
Every Sunday the small community of Neshanic holds a flea market. It is located just south of Route 202 in rural Hunterdon County. They do not have a website.
New Egypt NJ Flea Markets, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday [Sunday is the main day]:
The New Egypt Flea Market was started in 1959. It has more than 40 buildings full of new and antique merchandise. Many of these shops were World War II barracks that were brought here from Fort Dix. New Egypt prides itself on being a country market. The market features everything from electronics to clothes. You’ll find tools, bicycles, lawn mowers, jewelry, antiques, books, collectibles, dolls, local art, hardware and more.
The market is open every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday year round. The parking is free and admission is too. There’s an antique auction onsite also.
933 Route 537 (Monmouth Road)
New Egypt, New Jersey in Ocean County, South Jersey
Telephone: (609) 758-2082
New Meadowlands Flea Market, Saturday:
The New Meadowlands Flea Market is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in the heart of Bergen County. The market was founded in 1991 and new management has taken over this year. Bob Brumale, the manager of the state fair is the new manager. The market is open every Saturday, special event days and holidays. The market features fresh produce, carnival food, free entertainment and games. Admission and parking are free.
The Meadowlands Flea is easy to get to. It is situated at Route 3 and the New Jersey Turnpike.There’s also bus and train service from New York City and Jersey.
New Meadowlands Market
102 Route 120
East Rutherford, NJ, 07073
Telephone: 973-450-1073 or 1082
Some other occasional flea markets are:
May 2, 2009: Main Memorial Park Flea Market in Clifton NJ
May 2, 2009: Flea Market @ Church of Grace and Peace – Toms River, NJ
May 3, 2009: Yanticaw Park Flea Market, Yanticaw Park – Nutley, NJ
May 9, 2009: Teaneck Armory Flea Market, Teaneck Road & Liberty Road – Teaneck, NJ
April 30, 2011: Cedar Lake will have a huge community-wide flea market at the Clubhouse on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 8 to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Vendors Wanted!! $35 inside clubhouse w/table; $30 outside without. Interested, please e-mail email@example.com for an application.