So. Much. Sweat. The heat and humidity. Why did I choose to do this today? Because it’s a guarantee of many hours of entertainment. You may be hot and sweaty but you’re sure to have a blast at the Nashville Flea Market.
I grew up going to flea markets. Close to my hometown in middle of nowhere west Tennessee there was a flea market every weekend. It was not first class but I always had fun. We didn’t go every weekend but we went once a month.
I actually remember coming to the Nashville Flea Market with my parents when was maybe 11? I thought it was so amazing. Throughout my life we went to MANY flea markets but most were small with lots of junk. The Nashville Flea Market was huge and it had lots of not junky stuff. I remember the outfit my parents bought for me- white shorts that were made of jogging suit material and a white tshirt. There was some kind of symbol or emblem on both the shorts and shirt but I cannot recall what. I thought that outfit was the BOMB.
Back to present day. Located just south of downtown, the Nashville Flea Market has hundreds of vendors carrying a multitude of items. Socks, tomatoes, vintage records, new shabby chic decor, quilts, homemade soaps, and on and on. It is held one weekend every month at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and free to get into.
The current flea market is in many different buildings. There are some indoor air-conditioned spaces but most are outside. Outside some are in the open while others are covered by a roof. The city is currently renovating/remodeling the fairgrounds. By the end of the year, it seems that all of the flea market will be indoors in new buildings.
If you’re looking for a particular old item you may be in luck, as long as everyone else isn’t into the same things. I like looking at mason jars but apparently, that’s an “in” thing to buy now so they are priced more than I’m willing to pay. My husband likes old hand tools and can sometimes find one at a good price. The pricing, in general, is very all over the place. Since vendors set their own price there are often big differences in pricing of similar items.
At the Nashville Flea market, you’re always sure to find a variety of products, prices, and people.
The Nashville Flea Market is a great place for people watching. You see lots of different people. Those who come to SHOP with their bringing wheel baskets. Every socioeconomic status is easily found here. No matter how much money someone has, everyone wants a deal!
It’s also fascinating to see what people are looking at buying or already bought. We’re human in that we judge people and it’s easy to misjudge what you think someone will buy.
This last time I saw something I had never seen (surprisingly) before -someone singing. That was the first time there was a couple of people singing and playing. I find it odd that this had never happened before since we are “Music City”.
There are food and drink vendors. I honestly don’t know the prices. If it’s summer, I just bring my own water bottle and it keeps me going. There is an ATM and restrooms. Some vendors do accept credit cards but I’m not sure if it’s a large amount or not.
This is proof that you never know what you’ll find at the Nashville Flea Market. Why would anyone even taxidermy a ram? Who cares, I like his cowboy hat though.
So do yourself a favor, when you’re in Nashville you MUST visit the Nashville Flea Market.
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