Welcome To The Only Place On Earth Fully Dedicated To Flea Markets In And Around The City Of Philadelphia, And Those Who Love Them!
Flea Market Philadelphia is an online resource for sharing relevant and useful flea market information. It is run by one person, me, and here I go by the name Phlea. My goal is, and always has been, to create an online resource where local flea marketers—vendors and shoppers—can find (and share) real, relevant, and useful information on the subject. Basically, Flea Market Philadelphia is a one-stop spot for finding when and where flea markets are taking place and (equally important) helping vendors and shoppers decide which flea markets are best for them based on their inventory and their interests. I do this by publishing constantly-updated lists of upcoming markets, in-depth and first-hand reviews, and various types of how-to articles. No flea market is too small or insignificant to be included here and everyone is welcome to participate.
To view my full About page, click this link.
My Declaration of Independence
One thing that’s been very difficult for me to make clear over the years is that this website is fully independent and has absolutely NO affiliation with any flea market or flea market organization. Most often Flea Market Philadelphia is confused with Phila Flea Markets, the organization that runs large vintage flea markets throughout the city. Phila Flea Markets has its own website that only contains information on its markets while Flea Market Philadelphia (this website) contains information and schedules of many flea markets taking place in and around the city. Why in the world anyone of at least average intelligence would think that Phila Flea Markets has any interest in listing the schedules and writing reveiws of other organizations’ markets—their competition!—is beyond me but even after five years of explaining my non-affiliation, I still sometimes get emails addressed to “Tony” (Tony Soprano runs Phila Flea Markets). Though my moniker here, Phlea, is obviously a psuedonym, I can assure you my real name is not Tony.
Once again, this is Flea Market Philadelphia, not Phila Flea Markets. My name is Phlea, not Tony. I write about flea markets, I don’t run them.
Thank you for finally grasping this (I hope).
For the first five years of its existence, Flea Market Philadelphia (formerly Philadelphia Flea Market News) was 100% free. I gladly shared much of what I learned over the years both selling and shopping at various flea markets in and around the Philly area, and encouraged others to do the same. Now, with the substantial time, effort, and expense it takes to keep this website running, I find it necessary to charge a small membership fee in order to sustain this site and help improve it in the near future. About six months ago, I installed a voluntary paywall to ease visitors into the idea of having to pay for content that for many years they were getting for free. Recently, I changed the voluntary paywall to a “hard” paywall and now Flea Market Philadelphia is fully a membership site, though on this page I offer links to free content that newcomers can sample before deciding whether or not to join (see “Sample This Site” below).
The cost to access all of Flea Market Philadelphia is just $3 per month or $30 per year. A ridiculously low price for a wealth of information!
Sample This Site
Before purchasing a subscription, I’m sure you’d like to take a look around. Below are a few samples to give you an idea of what Flea Market Philadelphia has to offer. Whether you become a member or not, I thank you for visiting and hope you enjoy what you see.
Flea Market Listing Page
Click the link below to sample one of Flea Market Philadelphia’s past listing pages. This one is for September of 2016. Listings include flea markets that have been submitted by their organizers (see “Still Free To List”) and those I find by scouring the Internet and various newspapers. Submitted flea markets are the bold and bulleted ones that stand out and contain more information. All listing pages are current and contantly updated.
Fairmount Flea Market Review
Non-members can read part one of the two-part review I wrote for the Fairmount Flea Market by clicking the link below. This flea market, which takes place around the historic Eastern State Penitentiary at 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue, in the Art Museum section of the city, is held twice a year normally in May and September. It is Phila Flea Markets’s most popular events and attracts more than 150 vendors and thousands of shoppers.
How-To Flea Market Article
To sample one of my informative how-to articles, click the link below. This particular article that I wrote was published, in an edited version, on the international website, Flea Market Zone. The title of the post “How To Choose The Right Flea Market To Sell At.” In it, I explain, in detail, what vendors and prospective vendors should look for when deciding where they want to sell their wares. As I state in the post, all flea markets are not created equal.
How Much It Sell For?
Click the link below to sample one of a series of feature posts where I share with members various items that I have found over the years at sidewalk, moving, and yard sales and flea markets and then flipped either online or at other flea markets. This sample is for a pair of vintage Elsa Schiaparelli earrings. I give thorough details of where I found each item, how much I paid for them, and where and for how much each one eventually sold. I also include pictures.
Still Free To List
Though there is now a fee to access this website, for organizers, it is still 100% FREE to advertise their upcoming markets—and they don’t have to be a paid member to do so. Submitted flea markets get bold, bulleted, and more comprehensive listings in addition getting priority positioning. Not only that but submitted flea markets are featured for several days on this home page (see “Featured Flea Markets” below.) All they need to do to get this free form of advertisement is follow the easy instructions below:
- Click the ‘List Your Market’ tab at the top menu bar of this page (or click the green link below).
- Complete the form—it’s comprehensive but very easy (the form is basically a checklist of all the important information shoppers and vendors need and want).
- Click Submit and I will take it from there (flea markets do not automatically appear but are added by me manually in no more than 24 hours, though often much sooner).
- After submitting, changes can be made by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org (no need to fill out the form again).
Featured Flea Market
This sections features upcoming flea markets whose organizers have submitted their events by filling out our “List Your Market” form. (See “Still Free To List” above.) To find many more future flea markets taking place in and around Philadelphia, simply purchase a subscription to this website for as little as $3.
INDOOR ANTIQUE & VINTAGE MARKET AT PENN’S LANDING CATERERS. Sheet Metal Workers Union Building, 1301 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Presented by Phila Flea Markets (“Philly Flea”).
- Date: Sunday, December 17
- Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Rain date: Rain or shine
- Admission fee: Free
- Merchandise allowed: Antiques & vintage only
- Food available: Yes
- Bathrooms: Yes
- Parking – shoppers: In lot (free parking)
- Parking – vendors: In lot (free parking)
- Phone: 215-625-FLEA (3532)
- Email: PhilaFleaMarkets@aol.com
- Space prices: $120, indoor or out
- Space sizes: Indoor 15′ x 8’/outdoor 27′ x 16′
- Set-up time: Day before market: 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m/day of market: 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.