Fall in Maryland includes colorful leaves, pumpkins, corn mazes and flea markets. While flea markets are the same in a variety of ways, many are distinguished by specialty products or vendors. In addition to goods for sale, ranging from clothes to computers and pretty much everything in between, some flea markets include specialty food vendors for the occasion. In the Baltimore area, there are many flea markets available. Here are some of the best.
Patapsco Flea Market
1400 W. Patapsco Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
For more than 20 years, the Patapsco Flea Market has gained a reputation as one of the largest held in the Baltimore area. With about 230,000 square feet of shopping area, the venue features both indoor and outdoor shopping. The outdoor area is open spring through mid-winter, but may close due to bad weather. The indoor facility is open year-round. More than 1,000 vendors display wares ranging from cosmetic products, ethnic garb, perfumes and home décor to household wares, technology products, toys and games and other items. It also features an international food court.
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Bethesda Flea Market
7155 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, Md. 20814
The Bethesda Flea Market, which is also called the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative, has been operating since 1932. Open rain or shine, the site includes both indoor and outdoor facilities. In addition to locally produced food items, which are available on a seasonal basis, the flea market also offers furniture, collectibles, antiques, primitives, coins, books and more. The market includes freshly prepared foods, such as croissants, donuts and baguettes for a morning snack, as well as crab cakes, barbecue and other favorite items.
Columbia Flea Market
11959 Philadelphia Road
Kingsville, Md. 21087
Drawing thousands of visitors and more than 200 vendors each month, the Columbia Flea Market offers both inside and outside vendor spaces. Specializing in vintage collectibles, such as art pottery, paintings, vintage jewelry, coins, glass, silver, rugs and many more handcrafted items, the market is located in Harford County. The flea market also features many unique shops and boutiques.
North Point Plaza Flea and Amish Market
2401 N. Point Boulevard
Baltimore, Md. 21222
Billed as the largest flea and farmers’ market in Baltimore County, the North Point Plaza Flea and Amish Market offers more than 200 vendor booths. Specializing in Amish-inspired foods, along with handcrafted furniture, new and used items, collectibles, electronics, clothing, jewelry and more, the flea market is a local favorite. Food vendors offer everything from Chinese dishes to burgers. The Amish Market features handcrafted quilts and other unique gifts. In addition to prepared foods, the farmers’ market offers fresh butcher shop meats, along with various seasonal vegetables and produce.
Fairgrounds Flea Market
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut St.
Gaithersburg, Md. 20886
Hundreds of vendors sell their wares each weekend at the Fairgrounds Flea Market at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Merchandise available includes antiques, collectibles, crafts, books, art, household items, tools, electronics, jewelry, new and used items, along with many other products. There is no admission fee for shoppers. The fairgrounds are located across from the Hilton Hotel.
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