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The 5 Best Flea Markets in the Indianapolis, Indiana Area

Helena Ricketts enjoys looking for ways to save money and make money. She shares her findings with her readers.

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Croy Creek Traders Fair

Croy Creek Traders Fair is located in Reelsville, IN which is about 30 minutes west of Indianapolis. The flea market is off of W County Road 1000 South. This flea market has been around for over 40 years and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

You can buy anything at Croy Creek, and I do mean anything! Some of the things that vendors there offer:

  • Live animals such as horses, chickens, rabbits, puppies, kittens, and ducks.
  • Yard tools such as chainsaws, lawn mowers, and hand tools.
  • Firearms such as rifles and shotguns (handgun sales are not permitted).
  • Antiques, furniture, household décor, and kitchen items.
  • Electronics, video games, and stereos.
  • Some clothing (not much though) purses, jewelry, and accessories.
  • Books, including cookbooks.
  • You name it, they probably have it!

This flea market runs every other weekend from April to November. Saturday is generally vendor set-up day, but the flea market is open for anyone to come and shop on Saturdays and Sundays. They are open from dawn to dusk and the charge to get in is $3.00 per person.

Bargersville Flea Market

Bargersville Flea Market is located in Bargersville, IN, about 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. It is a multi-acre flea market right off of State Road 135 which is also called South Meridian Street in Indianapolis. There is no entry fee for shoppers to get into this flea market.

The vendors at this flea market sell an interesting and eclectic array of items! Some of the things you will find for sale at the Bargersville Flea Market are:

  • A lot of men's, women's and children's clothing.
  • Collectibles, new and used novelty items and décor.
  • Antiques, furniture and kitchen items.
  • Jewelry, purses and accessories.
  • Hand made items from different local artists.
  • Lawn care items and tools.
  • Many other interesting items that vary from weekend to weekend.

The Bargersville Flea Market is open every weekend in the warmer months of the year from dawn to dusk. Although a lot of the vendors do start to pack up between 1pm and 2pm on Sundays. Sunday is usually the busier day of the two for shopping at this flea market.

Southside Flea Market

The Southside Flea Market is located on the south side of Indianapolis on US 31, also called East Street in some areas of the city. This market is open 7 days a week between the hours of 10am and 7pm. I must forewarn you that many of the vendors only operate on the weekends.

This is an indoor flea market with many booths where vendors set up their own individual shopping areas. There are many different things available for sale at the Southside Flea Market.

  • Electronics, video games and cell phone accessories.
  • Women's, men's and children's clothing.
  • Antiques, furniture and kitchen items.
  • Home décor and hand made items from local artists.
  • Jewelry, purses and accessories.
  • Auto accessories and tools.
  • And many more other items! Their inventory changes all the time.

The Southside Flea Market is open year round so anytime the urge to shop at a flea market hits you, you can go.

Strawtown Flea Market and Auction

The Strawtown Flea Market and Auction is held every Thursday in Strawtown, IN. Located 7 miles north of Noblesville off of HWY 37, this is one of the best flea markets in Indiana in my opinion. The market opens at dawn and ends whenever all of the vendors have left and the auctions are over.

There is free parking at Strawtown and there is no charge to shop at the flea market or the auction. Auction times vary for the type of items being sold but the auctions start after 6pm.

Some of the things that you will find for sale at the Strawtown Flea Market are:

  • Memorabilia.
  • Men's, women's and children's clothing.
  • Toys, games and gaming consoles.
  • Household items including kitchen, décor and general need items.
  • Books, CD's, records, DVD's and VHS tapes.
  • Artist creations.
  • Produce directly from the farmer.
  • Antiques, vintage items and retro items.
  • Furniture.

Strawtown Flea Market is a multi-acre flea market with many vendors inside a few different buildings and outside. They are open rain or shine. This one is definitely worth checking out!

Irvington Flea Market

Irvington Flea Market is located on the north east side of Indianapolis on East Washington Street in the historic district of Irvington. You can't miss the building when you get close, just look for the blue roof. This flea market has been in business for the last 18 years. They do not charge to come in and shop the market.

Their hours of operation are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Some vendors are inside and if the weather permits, this market also allows their vendors to set up outside.

Some of the things that you will find at the Irvington Flea Market are:

  • New gifts and collectibles.
  • Jewelry, purses and accessories.
  • A lot of women's, men's and children's clothing.
  • Baby items, toys and other things for children.
  • Electronics, game consoles and games.
  • Books, DVD's, VHS tapes and CD's.

This flea market usually sticks to items that don't have to be cleaned to be sold.

The Irvington Flea Market is an indoor flea market so they are open all 12 months of the year. If the urge hits you to shop a flea market in December, you are in luck here!

They are the Best Hands Down

There are many flea markets running at different times of the year in the Indianapolis area but these are the five that I am most familiar with and are my personal favorites. As an occasional flea market vendor, it's my business to know where the best markets in the area are so I know where to set up shop at. These five have been the most successful around here, hands down!

Questions & Answers

Question: Are you aware of the flea market in Greenfield at the fairgrounds? It happens twice a month, and is an up and coming flea market.

Answer: No, I didn't know about that one. I will definitely look into, make the trip to check it out, and add it to the list.

© 2012 Helena Ricketts

Comments

Terry Hallett on April 05, 2018:

This is a good guide to the various flea markets in the central Indiana area. Thank you.

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on January 03, 2016:

I thought you guys were closed too! I'll look and update the article.

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on January 03, 2016:

The specific things available change all of the time but I'm sure at some point during the year they do. I would suggest talking to a couple of the vendors that sell vintage china and letting them know you are interested in flowered tea cups. Some will look for items that people specifically ask for.

Jackie on October 23, 2015:

I would like to invite you to visit Liberty Bell Flea Market, 8949 E Washington St. Visit our Facebook page. There are a lot of people that think the establishment is closed. We r very much opened.

Jaime on September 26, 2015:

Do these flea markets that you suggested have things like flowered tea cups?

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on July 17, 2015:

Yes Angela, they are. There might be a few vendors here and there that charge higher prices but the majority of the ones at the markets I have listed are very reasonable. I can even confidently say cheaper, on their prices. Even for antiques.

Angela on July 17, 2015:

Are these good flea markets versus an "antique flea" marketwhere everyone puts antique in front of stuff and asks $300?

Looking for good prices. neat stuff. Different stuff.

Do these fit the bill?

Thx

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on June 07, 2014:

I can't say that they would have them every weekend but I have seen Harley Davidson stuff at these markets.

tneal on June 07, 2014:

dovany of these havr harley davidson stuff. likr leather dtuff

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on May 16, 2014:

Yes, they do sell and auction live animals at Strawtown. There are also live animals for sale at Bargersville and Croy Creek.

Indiana does have a lot of flea markets. The ones that I talk about here are the ones that I use on a regular basis that are close to Indianapolis.

1stranger on May 15, 2014:

Don't they also sell live animals at the Strawtown bazaar?

BTW there are many other flea markets in Indiana. There are a few just in Parke Co. one being an Amish one that has the best deals on animals of all sorts. However, unfortunately I do not know its location.

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on January 24, 2014:

I agree. We do need more flea markets in the area!

Girl on January 23, 2014:

Wish we had more flea markets around Indiana

Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on March 24, 2013:

I added maps to the article so each one of these should be easy to find. Thanks for the suggestion, that was a great idea!

John Q Public on January 06, 2013:

Some directions to the southside flea market might be helpful, 31 south goes a long way.