Do you love thrifting for unique items and vintage finds? Wait until you see what I found at the outdoor flea market in Vermont.

Are you a fan of unique treasures, vintage finds, and one-of-a-kind items? If so, then visiting a thrift store or outdoor flea market in New England should be on your bucket list.

We’ve got a cabin in Vermont and go every time we travel there. Vermont is known for its picturesque landscapes, charming towns, and vibrant local culture, making it an ideal destination for a memorable shopping experience.

Our cabin is located in southern Vermont and from late May through October, there is an outdoor flea market in town that we LOVE.

In today’s post, I’m sharing what makes shopping at an outdoor flea market in Vermont so special while providing some tips to make the most of your visit.

Plus, I’m sharing some of the cool things we bought while there.

Wait until you see what I found thrifting this month!

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The Charm of Vermont Flea Markets

Vermont flea markets offer a delightful blend of natural beauty, local artisans, and a sense of community.

The open-air setting allows you to enjoy the refreshing Vermont air while browsing through a diverse array of vendors and their wares.

Whether you’re a collector, a vintage enthusiast, or simply looking for something unique, you’ll find plenty to satisfy your shopping cravings.

flea market finds that are perfect to use with succulents that I found at the outdoor flea market in wilmington vermont

Exploring Unique Finds

One of the joys of shopping at a Vermont flea market is stumbling upon unexpected treasures.

From antique furniture to vintage clothing, handmade crafts to local artwork, there’s no shortage of unique items waiting to be discovered.

The vendors are often friendly and passionate about their offerings, making it a pleasure to engage in conversations and learn more about the history and stories behind each piece.

thrift unique finds in Vermont at the outdoor flea market
flea market table of stuff in vermont

Tips for a Memorable Experience

To make the most of your visit to a Vermont flea market, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Come prepared: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather, as you’ll likely spend a few hours exploring the market. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and a reusable shopping bag or wagon to carry your purchases.
  2. Arrive early: If you’re searching for the best deals or hoping to snag highly sought-after items, arriving early is key. The early hours of the market often provide the opportunity to browse through the selection before it gets crowded.
  3. Bring cash: While some vendors may accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to have cash on hand. Smaller vendors may not have card-processing capabilities, and having cash allows you to negotiate prices and make quick purchases.
  4. Keep an open mind: Flea markets are all about unexpected discoveries. Embrace the element of surprise and keep an open mind as you wander through the market. You never know what hidden gems you might find!
  5. Support local vendors: Flea markets provide a platform for local artisans, small businesses, and independent sellers to showcase their creations. By purchasing from these vendors, you’re not only acquiring unique items but also supporting the local economy and fostering a sense of community.
outdoor flea market finds like old jug, strainer and other cool vintage finds

Exploring Beyond the Market

While the flea market itself offers a world of treasures, don’t forget to explore the surrounding area.

Vermont’s natural beauty is unparalleled, with rolling green hills, picturesque farms, and charming towns waiting to be discovered.

Take some time to enjoy a leisurely stroll, indulge in local cuisine, or visit nearby attractions to enhance your overall experience.

thrifting at the vintage market in vermont and stopping by an antique store

My Outdoor Flea Market Finds in Vermont

We’ve been up a lot since the outdoor flea market opened for the season. So I’ve been there a few times now and have found some great stuff!

Wait until you see what I found! You are going to love it.

Vintage Pheasants

As soon as I saw these, I knew I needed them for the library. They are just the right size and I love the vintage gold look to them.

So I bought them for $20.

Aren’t they so pretty?

vintage gold pheasant statues at the flea market in vermont

Old Colored Glass Bottles

It’s not uncommon to find colored glass bottles and vases like this at an outdoor flea market in New England, but this vendor had some beautiful ones for a great price!

I love the kaleidoscope of color, don’t you?

They ranged in price from $10-25 depending on what you chose. I considered snagging a few for the sunroom, but decided to keep on shopping the market before buying them.

When we saw these, we hadn’t gone through the whole market yet, and I wanted to see if there were other items I wanted more.

vintage colored glass bottles and vases at the outdoor flea market in vermont

Vintage Gold Urn

This antique urn really caught my eye for the library too. Unfortunately, this vendor is usually a little overpriced, so we skipped it.

But I love the texture and old-world feel. If it was a little more budget-friendly, I would have bought it.

It almost looks like an old artifact, doesn’t it? It felt pretty heavy too like you’d expect one to be.

Loved it, but left it.

vintage gold urn at the outdoor flea market in vermont

Old Rusty Things

One of the things that I love about the flea market and thrift stores in New England is the amount of old rusty items you can find.

They make great garden and home decor and you can usually find cool stuff for a song.

I didn’t buy anything rusty this time around, but there were some nice pieces at the flea market this month.

outdoor flea market junk in vermont

Old Metal Drawers

I love finding stuff like this.

These metal drawers would make great mini planters. They could even be used in the kitchen for spice organization.

The flea market vendor was selling them for $15 each. Do you think that is worth it?

old metal drawers at the vintage market in vermont

Concrete Statues

From the moment I saw this pair, I knew I had to have them. And the price was just right too!

I bought these concrete lion statues for $70!

When we purchased them, I wasn’t sure where they were going but knew they’d be perfect in the gardens.

They were SO HEAVY to carry out of the flea market too. We definitely needed a wagon for this purchase.

concrete lion statues at the outdoor flea market in vermont

Vintage Skis and Snow Shoes

I can almost guarantee you’ll find one vendor with outdoor vintage skis and snow shoes in Vermont at a flea market.

We already have a few at our cabin, or I’d shop for more.

But I was considering bringing back some snow shoes to decorate my front porch for Christmas this year.

Vintage snow shoes at the outdoor flea market in vermont

Vintage Croquet Set

Ok, I seriously considered picking this one up just because I thought it was so fun!

We could totally use a croquet set at our New Jersey home, don’t you think?

I remember a neighbor having one similar to this when I was a child. How fun would that be to play a round of croquet in the garden?

I have a tinge of regret for not just making an offer on this one.

Think you would have bought it?

Vintage croquet set at the outdoor flea market

Shopping the Outdoor Flea Market in Vermont

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Let’s See What My Friends Found Thrifting This Month!

My good friends Kim and Jennifer also went thrifting this month to decorate their home and garden spaces.

Wait until you see what they found!

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells went thrifting in the Puget Sound at the cutest shop!

I need that vintage sign in my life – isn’t it fabulous?

shiplap and shells puget sound vintage store

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill made scarecrow for her garden using her thrifted finds in New England.

It looks adorable, don’t you think?

I hope it works to keep the critters away from her garden plants too.

garden girl scarecrow by cottage on bunker hill

My good friend Lora from Lora B Create and Ponder shared her favorite spots for finding thrifted goodies.

And let me tell you, they look amazing!

Wait until you see the cool things she found.

Lora B Create and Ponder Thrifting

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16 Comments

  1. I love the pheasants!! The lions were a good find too, they will be perfect tucked into one of your gardens. I’m on the lookout for snowshoes this summer before the price goes up for Xmas.

  2. Oh my my, so many awesome thrifting finds in these photos. How did I forget you had a place in Vermont? We love going to a few places there when driving around in the fall. Those pheasants are darling! Happy Thrifting! Susan

    1. Thanks Susan! Do you travel around southern vermont at all? We’ll have to figure that out sometime!

  3. I haven’t been to Vermont since college; it would be fun to vintage shop there. Looks like there’s a great selection. What a wonderful way to spend the day! Love the gold pheasants, and oh those pretty colored bottles with the sun shining through! Fun to see what everyone’s been finding in their different states.

  4. What town is this flea market located in? I’d love to check it out when I’m in Vermont next month.

  5. So many great vintage finds! I’m on the hunt for vintage snowshoes so when I saw all of them lined up I was wishing I had gone shopping with you. You have such great places in Vermont Stacy!