Raleigh Flea Market

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds Flea Market is open every Saturday and Sunday, except during the annual State Fair in October. Admission is free.

A Raleigh Tradition Since 1971

“The Raleigh Flea Market at the Historic North Carolina State Fairgrounds has been a Triangle tradition since 1971. It’s a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that draws tens of thousands of shoppers every weekend. The flea market showcases more than 600 vendors, offering everything from antiques and collectibles to handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing, jewelry, and…well, the list just goes on and on!”

The Experience

That’s a very brief description of something much larger and much more interesting! The Raleigh Flea Market, often referred to as the NC Fairgrounds Flea Market, is an adventure in the unusual and the needed! Where else could you find cowboy boots, fine jewelry and exotic art in the same place?! That’s the magic of the Raleigh flea market.

For years it has been the go-to place for people and families on the weekends. Just to stroll through the market viewing the various vendors and their wares is an experience. It’s never the same experience twice. And, no matter what you’re looking for, or if you’re not really even looking for anything specific, you’ll still find something you just can’t live without!

You’ll find tools of all kinds, both used and new, clothing for everyone in the family, toys for the kids, produce for dinner, furniture for the house, utensils for the kitchen, jewellery for the ladies, tires for the car, boots for the rodeo, a faucet for the sink… you get the idea!

There’s literally something for everyone.

The Layout

What started out as a few tables back in the early 70’s is now a thriving weekend market with often more than 600 vendors, and come rain or shine they are always there!

The Raleigh Flea Market is composed of several areas, each with it’s own variety of vendors. The areas include the Governor’s Building (Commercial & Education Building), the antiques area with an area for furniture, an outdoors semi-regular vendors bargain area, the restrooms, a row of permanent stores, an ATM, and a garage sale area. The flea market covers an area larger than a football field, being more than a hundred acres in size. Lots of space for lots of intriguing finds!

The Governor’s Building

The heart of the Raleigh Flea Market is the main Governor’s Building which contains probably a hundred or more semi-permanent stores/booths with vendors that are there every weekend.

The Governor’s building is used for special displays and functions during the annual North Carolina State Fair, but for the rest of the year it serves as the hub for the entire flea market. It also provides a place that is climate controlled and out of the weather for when one of those pesky rain storms hits, or it’s just too hot or cold outside.

Inside they sell a wide variety of mostly new merchandise, food and services. There’s a stall that sells leather in sections and pieces for crafts and clothing creations, a fine jewelry store, a watch store, music store, outdoors furniture vendors, home furniture and furnishings, a place where you can actually buy a building, stores for new clothes and shoes, collectable toys, hats, wall art, sculptures, rocks and fossils, ink cartridge refillers, ice cream, food and much, much more. You have to see it, to believe it!

The Antiques Area

This area is right behind the Governor’s Building and usually contains antiques of almost every kind. Although you can find antiques everywhere in the market, this is where the highest concentration of them are found. Many of the vendors here are regulars who attend the market every week. It’s like walking through history laid out on tables, or an open air museum. From glass bottles to period furniture, dolls, books, military relics and so much more, it’s the place to find the collectible!

In addition to antiques, this area has furniture and home items, and even wrought iron decorative pieces, if that’s what excites you!

Bargain Bin Area

The Raleigh Flea Market Bargain Bin area goes from the Antique area behind the Governor’s Building all the way over to Dorton Arena. Here you’ll find the restrooms more modern items for sale. Most of it’s new, but there are also a few used merchandise vendors here as well.

On any given weekend you can pick up a new fishing rod and tackle for your next lake or ocean expedition, a stylish new dress and shoes, anything a sports fan could want and even a bundle of new socks. There’s also new tools for sale, leather belts, sunglasses, dollar store items, wooden accessories, handmade jewelry, produce, toys, pet supplies, flags and even a great quarter pound hot dog with all the dressings!

The best part is that everything at the Raleigh Flea Market is usually available for less than you’d pay online or at the mall. It’s a bargain lovers paradise!

The Row Shops

The row shops are a grouping of permanent stores near the sky lift that carry things you often don’t find in other retail stores. Here you’ll discover shops that include food, an unusual novelty and art store, an army surplus store, survivalist gear, unusual furniture and a lot more unusual things. Where else could you outfit your platoon, decorate the barracks and get lunch, all in the same place?! Only at the Raleigh Flea Market!

The Garage Sale Zone

The garage sale zone is probably the most interesting place in the entire market. As the name implies, it’s a large grouping of people selling what you would often find at a garage or yard sale. Some of it’s junk, but a lot of what you’ll find are treasures or diamonds in the rough. Used boots, clothes, toys and other tems of every description. If you enjoy going to garage sales, imagine attending a few dozen yard sales all at one time!

If you’re looking to have a garage sale, this is an excellent place to do so. The only drawback is that you have to haul your merchandise to the market. It’s a minor inconvenience though when you consider that anyone can reach far more potential customers here, in a limited amount of time. Far more in fact, than you would with a sign on the corner in the neighborhood! Anyone can sell here for a small charge. For more information call 919-899-3532.

Other Attractions

As if everything going on at the Raleigh Flea Market weren’t enough, there are trade shows and major market events going on in the buildings all around the market every weekend! The market is part of the overall North Carolina State Fair Grounds complex. From car shows to model train shows, pet shows, jewelry shows, gun shows, horse shows, rodeos and more, it all adds to the excitement and diversity of going to the Raleigh Flea Market! There are more than 500 events and shows that occur here every year, and many of them are free!

Make It An Adventure!

So, what are you doing this weekend? Why not plan a visit to the fairgrounds and see what special things you’ve been missing? If you really like finding a bargain, experiencing the unusual or discovering an unknown treasure, you’ll enjoy your visit to the Raleigh Flea Market!

The Flea Market is open 9am to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday with SPECIAL WINTER HOURS from November through February.

Raleigh Flea Market
Open Every Weekend
9am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays
North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh

For more information visit: www.raleighfleamarket.net