Everyone has their own barometer of spring. For some it’s a crocus peering through the snow. For others it’s taking out the bike for the inaugural ride of the season. But for diehard treasure seekers of the Hudson Valley, it’s getting up early on a Saturday or Sunday and heading off to the first flea market of the year.
Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market
428 Rte. 216
Runs: 9 weekends between April and November
“This is a really exciting year for us, we’re celebrating 40 years of flea markets,” says Sheila McMahon. Her grandparents, Pete and Rose O’Brien, started the airport in 1927, and her mother Pat Carnahan continued to run it into the eighties. “The first flea market was held in 1970, with 50 vendors,” says McMahon.
Today the old airport fields (it was officially closed as an air field in 1995) play host to 7 markets a year, with over 600 vendors. The first show is Sunday only, April 25. Check the website for other dates.
The Stormville site also hosts what they call the Ultimate Yard sale twice a year, with the spring event being held Saturday, May 8 (no earlybirds for these dates). You never know what will turn up out of someone’s garage or attic.
Rinaldi Flea Market
900 Dutchess Tpke. (Rte. 44) Poughkeepsie
Runs: Every Sunday from April through October
This is the second year that Bill Rinaldi has been running the operation. He’s been in the business as an auctioneer and appraiser for over 40 years “It’s a wonderful market, no admission charge, plenty of free parking and good food.” Opening day is Sunday, April 11.
Flea Market at Rhinebeck
Dutchess county fairgrounds
Runs: April 17th & 18th, 2010
Free admission, and fun for the whole family. Call 845-876-4000 for more information. (Note: no earlybird entry).
Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market
Rte. 7, New Milford, CT
Runs: Every Sunday from April through November
Although this market is about a half hour outside of the Hudson Valley zone, it is one of the premier flea markets in the northeast, with hundreds of vendors bringing fresh vintage merchandise.
The general public gets in for $2 a head beginning at 7am, but those in the know show up at 5:30 and pay $20 to get first dibs on the goodies. Opens Sunday, April 4 (Easter). If the weather is rainy in the days before, call ahead. The market is cancelled if the fields get too muddy.
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