Your Guide to Flea Markets Around Wisconsin

One-of-a-kind finds await at these open-air fairs for frugal shoppers.  

The flea market is at once the thrill of the hunt and the joy of discovery, a little nostalgia spiced up with the satisfaction of a good deal. These gatherings bring together a world of assorted items, new and used, rare and practical, from collectibles and antiques to housewares and clothing. Here’s where to go and how to score the best deals this summer.  

Elkhorn Antique Market 

JUNE 25, AUG. 13, SEPT. 24 | ELKHORN

With over 500 vendors, this market at the Walworth County Fairgrounds is huge – furniture to jewelry, taxidermy to retro dishes. Wear good walking shoes and comfy clothes. $5 admission

7 Mile Fair 


At 40 acres, this hybrid outdoor/indoor market is the state’s largest, known for its oddball mix of stuff (sports memorabilia to “As Seen on TV” products). $2 admission

Elkhorn Antique Market; Photo courtesy of @twocavaliergentlement via Instagram
Elkhorn Antique Market; Photo courtesy of Vintage Junkies of WI


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The Famous Princeton Flea Market 


Buy fresh, warm doughnuts to eat while browsing the tools, trinkets, antiques and crafts at the largest flea in central Wisconsin. Fresh produce and plants, too. Free

The Art of Haggling 

It’s not uncommon that prices are fluid at markets, but be polite if you negotiate! Chat with vendors a bit. Don’t just blurt a number. “Is that a firm price? Would you consider…?” Know your target, and when a vendor accepts it, etiquette says you’re committed. Never haggle if you’re not serious. And keep in mind that prices often get looser at the end of the day. 

Photo courtesy of Elkhorn Antique Market

Adams Flea Market 


On a grassy triangle along Highway 13, this family-friendly market offers vintage items, crafts and a local farmers market. Free

Shawano Flea Market  


The market is small and easy to navigate, with a focus on antiques and collectibles. On Labor Day weekend, the market joins Antigo’s at Langlade County Fairgrounds. $2 admission

Dodge County Flea Market 

JUNE 17, JULY 22, AUG. 26, SEPT. 23 | BEAVER DAM

Find antiques, memorabilia and rummage sale items at this smaller, open-air market. Free

Flea for All

New to the game? Here’s how to play: 

  • Get there early. Aggressive diehards may show up before opening time in hopes of cherry-picking.  
  • Take a quick walk through to see what’s there, or start in the middle.  
  • If you’re looking for something specific, know the typical price online and aim below it.  
  • Don’t hesitate if you want it; return later and it’ll probably be gone. 
  • Bring bags in case you score a big haul – or even a bigger vehicle if you’re antiquing.  
  • Food is often for sale, but pack sun protection and water.  
  • Bring cash, including small bills, as most markets don’t have ATMs on site. Many vendors take credit cards or payment apps, but fee-free cash might be an extra carrot for haggling. 
Photo courtesy of Elkhorn Antique Market


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