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For those of us who love a good treasure hunt, the increasing number of flea markets and vintage & antique malls makes us do a happy dance. To the uninitiated, it may seem that once you’ve seen one flea market, you’ve seen them all, but that is definitely not the case. Here’s a run-down of the top eight flea markets and vintage & antique malls in Northwest Arkansas. Feel free to add your favorite to this list in the comments section!
Prairie Grove still shines as a mecca in the wilderness for those of us who love old, repurposed, or unique handmade items. There is a new bypass around the little town, so you have to be headed to Buchanan Street on purpose to find it, but if you’re serious about quality vintage and antique items and adorable handmade décor, plugging the address into the GPS on your phone won’t be a challenge. There are also a couple of new spots to keep your shopping energy up. Check out Fat Rolls Bakery for some fabulous carbloading options, or Mel’s Diner for a classic American menu.
124 East Buchanan, Prairie Grove, Arkansas 72753
Summit Hill’s owner, Suzanne Slinkard, has unabashedly claimed the “Shabby Chic” design aesthetic since opening her shop in 2012. Painted furniture, handmade décor and lots of white with touches of rusty metal make this shop a must-see. She’s right across the street from Daisies & Olives, so you can park close by and spend hours on a Saturday with nothing to do but enjoy yourself. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?
132 W Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764
Closed temporarily as of 8/30/2020. May schedule pickup.
Although she calls it an antique store, there are so many small, unique items at Cellar Door, it’s worth including on a list of top flea markets and vintage malls. Shop owner, Joy Parker, keeps her inventory moving with affordable prices and frequent posting on social media. Treasure hunters will find a wide selection of items here, from lovely large pieces of furniture, to vintage cookie jars and linens. Mr. Taco Loco is just next door to satisfy your margarita and taco fix, and there are a few new retail shops on the block to visit as well.
308 S.Thompson St., Springdale, Arkansas
What started as a little consignment store on the west side of Springdale has grown into a 10,000 square foot space full of beautifully-styled booths full of vintage and antique items and quality handmade crafts that keeps vendors hustling to keep up with shopper demand. In addition to the items they sell, owner Debbie Eden, stocks Plaster Paint Co. supplies and offers custom services for customers who love the look of painted furniture but hate the work.
There is so much awesome here that it spills out onto the sidewalks outside. If you’re looking for rusty, chippy, and fresh-from-the-barn items, this is a great source. If you’d rather not do any refurbishing, they also have booths full of fine antiques and vintage items. Just down the street is Lucy’s Diner – a 24-hour restaurant that serves a mean omelet anytime you ask.
410 is THE PLACE to go if you’re looking for Mid-Century Modern style. Lamps, chairs, sectionals, patio furniture – just about anything from that era that you need, they either have or can source for you. In addition to their MCM selection, they also house a number of vendors who sell everything from vintage clothing to painted furniture and lampshades recovered with modern fabric. Their music selection on the p.a. system is always fun, and you never know what you’ll find here. It’s close to the University of Arkansas campus and historic downtown square. Stop by Little Bread Company on Block Street to recharge your battery with a freshly-baked pastry or one of their amazing sandwiches.
This giant double-decker building is packed from floor to rafters with booths that kind of defy one single definition. A favorite with college students from the campus just up the hill, in this store there are vinyl collections, clothing, art (and “art”) furniture, cameras and other electronics, and a booth dedicated to disc golf. You get the idea. You can find vintage and antique items here, but true to their name, there is a whole lot of “funky” as well. It’s hard to describe but definitely worth a look. Fun game: See if you can spot the shop cats while you browse.
This is a smaller store crammed full of cuteness. Shabby Chic is the lead aesthetic here with lots of colorful painted furniture and décor, but you’ll also find some boutique clothing items and accessories. There is a great mix of vintage and vintage-inspired so there’s something for everyone, no matter your budget. It’s a great place to shop for gifts for your girlfriends, but you’ll probably end up leaving with a couple of things for yourself as well.
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Header image courtesy Cellar Door Store Antiques
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