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A Local’s Guide to the Nashville Flea Market

Guest author and Nashville native Ashley Hubbard tells us about her top Nashville shopping pick.

As a Nashville local, I like to think I know the best my city has to offer. I can tell you where to find Nashville’s flakiest biscuits or how to join the locals at a real honky-tonk bar (check out my Nashville Do’s and Don’ts for tips). When it comes to shopping, I steer my visitors away from Nashville’s generic malls, which are filled with the same stores you’ll find everywhere. Instead, I send my visitors to the Nashville Flea Market.

The Nashville Flea Market is only held once a month, but is so fantastic that it’s worth planning a trip around. With over 1300 booths sprawled out over the Tennessee Fairgrounds, the market is one of the largest in the country. Even though it’s enormous, the market is manageable because it’s pretty well-organized and broken out into sections (e.g. you’ll find all the larger furniture in one area).

While you could easily while away the day browsing the Nashville Flea Market, you don’t necessarily need to– the market is centrally located and parking is right next door, so it is possible to just dip in for an hour or two.

Here are some of my top tips for shopping the Nashville Flea Market:

  • Head to the market rain or shine— there are both outdoor and indoor areas so you can duck inside if you get caught in a shower.
  • Ignore the “no dogs allowed” signs. You’ll see pooches welcomed throughout the market.
  • Wear comfy shoes. Did I mention the Nashville Flea Market is huge?
  • Dress down, the fields can be dusty and even muddy when it rains.
  • Like all flea markets, it’s best to come early for the best selection.
  • Although many vendors accept cards, bring plenty of cash, especially if you want to bargain hard.
  • Come to the Nashville Flea Market in October for the very best stuff of the year– it’s known as the ‘Big One.’
  • Be prepared for charming vendors who will go out of their way to show you that Southern hospitality.

Some of my favorite finds from my last visit to the Nashville Flea Market :

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Because who doesn’t need a bowl full of blue mermaids?

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One of the absolute coolest finds I’ve seen yet – these lovely antique spice containers.

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Not too sure how well this bike would work, but it could be a great decor piece. Antique jars are always great for decor or a crafty person.

Never been a clown person myself. What about you? Ed. Note– what is it about flea markets and creepy clowns?

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Anyone a Blues Brothers fan? These models were easily a couple of feet tall.

Souvenir Finder Shopping Tip Sheet

What to buy: everything from fine antiques to vintage toys to wholesale-priced clothing and jewelry
Where to get it: Nashville Flea Market, Tennessee Fair Grounds, Nashville, Tennessee. Open every 4th weekend of the month, Friday – Sunday. Except December, which is the 3rd weekend.
What to know: Parking is close and inexpensive, about $5.

Have you ever been to the Nashville flea market? What’s your favorite flea market find?

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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused on adventure, outdoors and wildlfe, and is headed to Southeast Asia in November on her first long term, solo trip.

 

 

3 Responses to A Local’s Guide to the Nashville Flea Market

  1. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer 10/23/2014 at 9:33 pm #

    There is a lot of the south that I still want to see. I haven’t been to Nashville yet, only Knoxville during my one-time trip to Tennessee, but I would be really interested to go there and check out this flea market 😀

    • Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy 10/23/2014 at 10:20 pm #

      I hope you can get to Nashville one day – it really is amazing! Knoxville is great too 🙂

  2. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy 10/23/2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Thanks for letting me contribute a little bit of the South! 🙂

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