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It’s almost here! The Big Papi of flea markets starts Tuesday May 7th! It’s the Brimfield Flea Market! 

Seekers of antiques flock from all over the WORLD three times a YEAR to Brimfield Massachusetts! Thousands and thousands of items are on display for curious lovers of antique items. It’s heaven, if you’re a flea market person!


According to Wikipedia:

While the concept has existed for millennia, the origins of the term flea market are disputed. According to one theory, the Fly Market in 18th-century New York City, located at Maiden Lane near the East River in Manhattan, began the association. The land on which the market took place was originally a salt marsh with a brook, and by the early 1800s the Fly Market was the city’s principal market.

A second theory maintains that flea market is a common English calque from the French marché aux puces, which literally translates to “market with fleas”, labelled as such because the items sold were previously owned and worn, likely containing fleas.

Name Your Price

The expert flea market person brings out his/her best Jedi Knight powers to wear down the vendor and haggle on a price, like it’s the market place in ancient Egypt. Add to that, at a flea market you can FIND ANYTHING and EVERYTHING if you visit often enough. I knew an older family member that visited every WEEK. Each Sunday morning from 10a to 12noon this person could be found at a flea market.

Flea Market TV

You may have seen The Brimfield Flea Market on Good Morning America. GMA reporter Lara Spencer has even developed her OWN flea market reality show called Flea Market Flip on HGTV. You’re given $500 to find an item, and resell it for more, trying to OUT-DO your opponent and make more on the flip. 

So, here we go on the deep dive into The Brimfield Flea Market! 

  • What Are The Dates?

    The dates for 2023 are May 9-14, July 11-16, September 5-10. The 6 day event runs Tuesday at 6am through Sunday around 3pm.

  • What Are The Hours?

    The hours vary depending on which show field you plan to visit. Overall there are plenty of booths to shop from 8am to 5pm. On the opening day (Tuesday) many booths open at 6am or earlier to satisfy the early birds. The events are held rain or shine.

    Your best bet is to check the schedule on the website You can download and print the BSPA Brochure for a handy reference.

  • Is There An Admission Fee?

    No. Many of the shows are free. Some charge admission for the first day and stop after that. Overall, it’s not very costly to shop Brimfield.

  • Where Can We Park?

    Basically, there are parking lots all around town. If you know which area you plan to shop in on a particular day you should park in that area. Using the chart and map shown on this website you can make a good plan. Parking is very reasonable with the highest price we’ve seen is $10 per day.

  • Do They Take Checks If We Run Out Cash?

    There are several ATMs in town if you need more cash. Many dealers do accept checks with proper ID and some also take credit cards.

  • What are the GPS directions to get to Brimfield?

    If you use a GPS you can punch in 35 Palmer Road, Brimfield MA 01010.

    BUT, allow for time if you’re meeting up with friends of family. The road into Brimfield is a county back town road, that begins to back up on Route 20 in Sturbridge.

  • What Happens If I Buy Something TOO BIG To Carry?

    Most fields have porters available for a nominal fee. You can often arrange to drive onto the field where you made your purchase late in the day and they will load it into your vehicle. You might also consider making arrangements for delivery.

  • Can I Bring My Dog?

    The answer is yes and no. There are some show fields that do not allow pets. There are a few that do. The size and level of training of your dog would be a consideration. Service dogs would be an exception, of course.

  • What If I Lost My Friends and Can't Locate Them?

    There is no central headquarters at Brimfield. Each show field has its own management. You’d have to try at each individual show office to have your friend paged, etc. Some fields won’t page for this purpose and some are not equipped to page. Your best bet is to carry cell phones or walkie-talkies.

  • Do You Have Email Updates?

    You should bookmark the website You may also “Like” Brimfield Antique Flea Markets Guide on Facebook. Feel free to share the link with your friends!

  • How Do Dealers Rent Space?

    If you wish to book space please be sure to contact the owner/manager of the specific Antique Show Field that you have an interest in exhibiting with. Their direct phone numbers and other contact information can be found by simply clicking on the name of the Show Field listed on the left side of the homepage of the website

  • Can I Rent A Truck Nearby?

    The following is just east of Brimfield:
    Sturbridge Motors Inc. 210 Charlton Rd. Sturbridge, MA 01566
    508-347-9116 or 508-347-7900

  • Are There Porters To Help Move My Purchase?

    Yes, there are lots of experienced porters. Most dealers and show field owners have a few on hand to help. Just ask.

  • Can I Have My Purchase Delivered To My Home Or Shop?

    Yes, there are many creative ways to arrange for delivery. Please go to the blog called “Creative Delivery Options at Brimfield Flea Markets” on the website

  • What Are The 2024 Dates

    What are the future upcoming Brimfield Antique Flea Market dates?
    The upcoming 2024 dates are: May 14-19, July 9-13, September 3-8 2024

  • Is There Food Available

    Yes, there are many food vendors on site, with a cool, large outdoor food area in a picnic tables environment. If you want restaurant seating there are many restaurants in the area, mostly in Sturbridge. But, call ahead because 50,000 people can get hungry at once.

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