America's Best Flea Markets
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, OH
Even a gold standard like Springfield—which draws more than 20,000 shoppers, including designers and collectors from as far away as Japan—sees fit to up the ante once in a while. In 2012, it has rounded out its dealers of 19th-century midwestern antiques and 45 food vendors (Crazy Uncle Larry’s one-pound pork chops!) with live music, beer and wine stands, and a tented Vintage Marketplace dedicated to more trend-driven clothing, accessories, and housewares. The same exit of Interstate 70 leads to two more outstanding places to shop: AAA I-70 Antique Mall and Springfield Antique Center.
Tip: Pick up a program at the main gates to help navigate the booths of this 130-acre fairground arranged like a wagon wheel, with spokes radiating out from a central point.
Springfieldantiqueshow.com; the third full weekend in most months; next Extravaganza events Sept 14–16, 2012, May 17–19, 2013, and Sept 20–22, 2013. Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Extravaganza admission $7, regular shows $3; free parking.