They say “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” right? Of course, if you’re a flea market shopper, you might ask yourself, “what is trash, really?”
Despite the name, “trash” certainly isn’t what you’ll find at any of Pittsburgh’s bustling flea markets. Throughout the region, you’ll find lively pop-ups and charming brick-and-mortar shops that bring together talented vintage curators and hard-working local artisans with nothing but the best clothing, home goods and collectible items to sell — and best of all, often at bargain prices.
Get ready, secondhand shopaholics: we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite flea markets in the Pittsburgh area, and you’re going to want to put aside several weekends to comb through them all:
A twist on popular “boot sales” (as in the “boot” or trunk of a car!) traditionally found in England, the Car Bazaar is Pittsburgh’s newest pop-up flea market series. Taking over multiple stories of a downtown parking garage, the Car Bazaar features local artisans, makers, and small retailers who are selling vintage, recycled, or secondhand items — of course, all from the trunks of their cars. The event also hosts live musicians and will have snacks and cocktails for sale from Downtown restaurant partners.
Car Bazaar takes place at the Sixth and Penn parking garage on Saturdays in April from 10AM to 2PM and is free to attend. Sellers can pre-register for $15 by visiting the Downtown Pittsburgh website.
Purposeful shoppers have long considered Neighborhood Flea to be their happy place, and if you’re a fan of impeccable vintage vibes, this is the market for you. Featured vendors are skilled artisans and vintage curators who are committed to selling valuable goods produced and procured locally and putting those dollars right back into the community. Plus, live performances and fun beats from the market’s DJ turn shopping local into a party!
After a hiatus in 2020, Neighborhood Flea is returning on May 9th for a special Mother’s Day market from 10AM to 3PM at 26th and Railroad Street in the Strip. Keep an eye on their website for weekly updates to their already extensive vendor list!
Kinsey Vintage Market
Kinsey Vintage Market owner Whitney Jurgovan and her husband Tony have converted what was once the old Kinsey Electric warehouse building in Oakdale into a unique event venue and vintage market. This event-based market features more than 50 artisans, antique vendors and small local businesses from throughout the region, and shoppers can expect to find everything from floral arrangements and funky jewelry to handmade home goods and stunning antiques. Kinsey Vintage Market events also feature food vendors with sips and snacks like fresh lemonade, moonshine, and artisanal chocolate.
Kinsey Vintage Market holds three market events per year, and their spring market is tentatively scheduled for July 9th through the 11th. Ticket prices range from $5-10, but you can save a dollar when you bring a non-perishable food item to donate!
Trader Jack’s Flea Market
If you’ve got a keen eye for secondhand goods and love a bargain, Trader Jack’s is the place for you. Trader Jack’s has just about anything and everything, and you could easily spend an entire weekend morning (and afternoon) combing through dozens of vendors before you track down a truly special find — but isn’t that half the fun? Plus, if you ever need a break from the rows and rows of goods for sale, you can stop by the Black and Gold Sports Bar for a cold drink and a snack and watch your fellow bargain hunters at work.
Trader Jack’s is open all year round, and its flea markets are every Saturday and Sunday from 6AM to 3PM — perfect for early risers and dedicated shoppers!
Rossi’s Pop-Up Marketplace
What started as just a few vendors in the atrium of an empty theater in North Versailles has turned into Rossi’s Pop-Up Marketplace, Pennsylvania’s largest pop-up flea market. We can’t overstate it: Rossi’s is big, made up of two wings of indoor shopping and a full market of outdoor vendors that total 100,000 square feet of shopping heaven. In addition to traditional flea market finds like vintage apparel and unique home decor, shoppers can procure fresh produce, vinyl records, handmade gifts and crafts and even kitschy Pittsburgh-themed decorative items. Rossi’s also hosts food trucks and live entertainment so you can relax and fuel up between excursions through its many aisles.
Rossi’s Pop-Up Marketplace is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8AM to 3PM. Interested in becoming a vendor? Apply on their website to learn more about how you can partner with Rossi’s to put your products in front of 2,000-3,000 shoppers every weekend!
Miller’s Crossing Fleatique
Beechview and Irwin
Let’s say you’re more of an indoor cat, but you still enjoy spending hours searching through row after row of unique vintage finds. Miller’s Crossing Fleatique has not one but two locations that are open daily and are entirely indoors, meaning you can shop to your heart’s content without having to worry about the sun, snow or rain. Its Beechview location features wares from more than 100 vendors, and its Irwin shop has over 14,000 square feet of antiques, collectables and vintage home goods.
Visit the Beechview and Irwin Facebook pages for updated hours (and more than a few funny memes to inspire your shopping).This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.