Courtesy of Missouri Life Magazine
Tools and dishes and furniture, oh my!
There is plenty of each, along with hundreds of other “must haves” at Missouri’s flea markets. We’ve scoured the state in search of the best bargains and chosen five notable flea markets.
If you are concerned about gas prices, Rutledge flea market co-manager Joyce Clark says, “The gas may be high, but the bargains are low.” That’s a great reason to fill up the car, pack a cooler of snacks, and head out to find your treasure.
There are at least 25 flea markets in Missouri, says John Schoen, executive director of the National Flea Market Association. “It’s a solid business that supports thousands of families when you consider all the owner-operators, vendors, and others who work to serve the customers.”
The NFMA is a membership-based organization that monitors legislative issues pertaining to the flea market industry, such as counterfeiting and sales tax. Interested in launching your own flea market? The organization has two levels of membership: owner-operators who are open at least once a week in the same location and affiliate members who want access to the membership but are primarily vendors, insurance companies, and concessions people.
“We help each other,” John says. “We have a two-day conference where owners can come and learn all about managing a flea market. We share a lot of information there.”