The North Carolina State Fairgrounds is best known for the amazing NC State Fair that rolls into town every October. However, every weekend, the Fairgrounds transforms into an indoor/outdoor shopping mecca known as the Raleigh Flea Market. It is quite the attraction and consistently draws tens of thousands of visitors every weekend, rain or shine. Admission is always FREE!

Since the early 1970’s the Raleigh Flea Market has been solidly established as one of the Triangle’s top year-round tourist destinations, drawing crowds from all over the state and beyond. Annually over 2,000,000 million visitors stop by to shop and explore, as it is popular with all age groups, featuring a fun family-friendly atmosphere and acres of merchandise to take home if the price is right.

Every Sat & Sun from 9 AM to 6 PM you can find as many as 500+ local small vendors set up shop in Raleigh’s biggest marketplace, where you will discover unique collector’s items, crafts, furniture, art and plenty more at bargain prices. So next time you are looking for a unique weekend activity, or are just looking for one-of-a-kind gifts, check out this amazing local market that never disappoints.

Collector’s Items

If you collect baseball cards, coins, comics, or all things vintage, you will find a vendor at the Raleigh Flea Market. Whether you are just browsing or on the hunt for something specific, the vendors are often just as into collecting as you are. Collectors are sure to find something to add to their collection or learn something new about their hobby! There are also several army surplus stores located in the flea market if you are into military items.

Crafts

At the Raleigh Flea Market, you’ll find many vendors selling handcrafted items, such as jewelry, gift baskets, wood crafts and even leather goods.

Jewelry

The Raleigh Flea Market has one of the largest collections of jewelry for sale in the entire state at all price points. Looking for a particular stone or gem piece? You will find it here. Does your significant other love gold or silver? You will find that here too! You will also find beautiful antique pieces that you cannot find anywhere else.

Furniture and Home Items

In addition to jewelry, The Raleigh Flea Market also boasts one of the largest furniture collections in the state. At the Raleigh Flea Market, you will find wicker furniture, indoor furniture, outdoor furniture and even home accessories such as lamps and garden items. There are antique items as well if you are going for the vintage look!

Art

The Raleigh Flea Market is a popular spot for artists to display and sell their unique art. You can even order personalized items or commission a piece depending on the artist.

Food

Is all that shopping making you hungry or are you looking for a unique food-related gift? The Raleigh Flea Market features many local food vendors and artisans. Check out one of the hot dog stands or head to 1853 Grill for burgers and fries. Check out the Fudge Shop for a sweet treat or grab a bag of Corky’s Kettle Corn to snack on while you browse around for hours!

Entertainment

Also located on the State Fairgrounds is the J.S. Dorton Arena. The architectural marvel was built in 1952 and named a National Historic Monument in 1972. It hosts many fun events throughout the year, such as concerts and collectors’ shows. Keep an eye on their calendar for all the details. A day of outdoor shopping, exploring and some live entertainment to top it all off is hard to beat as far as fun local activities go in Raleigh.

Something For Everyone, Guaranteed!

The Raleigh Flea Market isn’t just for shopping, it’s also a place for many families and friends to get together over the weekend and share their passion. Vendors at the Raleigh Flea Market are extremely passionate about their crafts and want to share them with the community.

If you have items to sell or a craft to share, it’s easy and affordable to become a part of the Raleigh Flea Market family. Temporary spaces are only $50 to rent for a weekend.

So what are some of your favorite things to see or do at the Raleigh Flea Market? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication on 919Blog.com