On the fourth weekend of every month, Nashville is host to one of the top ten largest and best flea markets in the country. Dealers and vendors from 30 different states come together with as many as 50,000 customers shopping for everything from antiques to fruit trees and shrubs, from fresh honey to handmade clothing, from patio furniture to jewelry. Over 1300 booths pack into the Expo Center at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, less than one mile south of downtown Nashville on Nolensville Pike at Wedgewood Ave.
Navigating over 120,000 square feet of vendor space can seem overwhelming to the average shopper, but keeping in mind that the indoor booths generally have new items while antique and vintage merchandise is mostly outside will at least provide a general guideline. Another tip from seasoned flea market shoppers is to go early (gates open at 7 am on Saturday and Sunday, noon on Friday) before the hoards of afternoon shoppers make the space more difficult to navigate. There is no admission fee and parking in the lots is free on Friday but $4 on Saturday and Sunday except for street parking, which is free – another reason to go early and beat the crowds!
These last four months of 2010 are likely the last opportunities to shop at the Nashville flea market at its current fairgrounds location. Beginning in January of 2011, the Expo Center is moving likely to the now-unoccupied Hickory Hollow Mall. Moving the flea market as well as the many other events that currently happen at the fairgrounds to Hickory Hollow could bring a spark back to that area, since the flea market alone brings in on average about $1.5 million annually. Although this new location will be ten miles further away from downtown, the flea market’s reputation as the “Best Flea Market in Central Tennessee” as voted by readers of Tennessean Magazine will continue to attract devoted flea market shoppers in the area.
Check it out this weekend!!
Friday- Sunday, September 24-26th.
For more information about the flea market, visit http://www.nashvilleexpocenter.org/expo/fleamarket/index.asp