The Mile High Flea Market is one of Colorado’s best places for shopping, eating, and entertainment. Set just 10 minutes from downtown Denver, this huge, 80-acre market hosts over 3,000 outdoor sellers each weekend. In addition to its vast assortment of electronics, household items, furniture, toys, beauty products, and more besides, there’s also a farmers market to browse for fresh produce, a great amusement section for kids, countless eateries, and live music. If you’re looking for somewhere new to head this weekend, here are 10 reasons to check out the Mile High Flea Market.
1. There’s something for everyone
If you’re struggling to find something the whole family will enjoy, the Mile High Flea Market might be your answer. Along with the huge assortment of new and used furniture, car parts, housewares, and children items to browse, there’s a rollercoaster to keep the kids happy, a farmer’s market for foodies, craft beer stalls for anyone in need of a cold one, and a great selection of indoor cafes to catch up over coffee and cake.
2. It’s an excellent money-spinner
Checking out the stalls is one thing, but if you want to make more money than you spend, you might want to consider what side of the table you’re standing on. According to the market’s official website, the average seller makes around $250 -$1000 each weekend at the market. Whether you’re starting your own business or simply want to clean all that junk out of your basement, the market is a great way to make some extra mullah. If you want to find out more before you commit, the market offers a handy newsletter full of tips, offers, and advice.
3. There’s a year-round farmers market
If you think flea markets are nothing more than a big garage sale, prepare to be surprised. Sure, there’s a garage sale element, but there’s also a whole lot more, including a year-round outdoor farmers market. If you want to pick up some of the finest fresh produce in Colorado, this is the place to do it. Be sure to take advantage of the “by the bowl” prices to get a great deal on fruit and vegetables. There’s also a good selection of imported foods, along with fresh-cut flowers, plants, and crafts.
4. It’s a paradise for bargain-hunters
If you get a thrill from picking up a bargain, the Mile High Flea Market is your kind of place. Throughout the year, the market runs special sales with huge discounts on everything from beauty and household products to home furnishings and car parts. Even if what you’re looking for isn’t part of the sale, don’t be afraid to ask for a better price. As The Spruce notes, second-hand sellers at flea markets expect you to haggle, so don’t be afraid to use your negotiation skills to grab some huge savings.
5. You’ll never know what you’ll find
Each weekend, over 3000 weekend vendors set up their pitches at the Mile High Flea Market. Some sell the same kind of products week in, week out…. others like to keep you guessing. The garage sale areas are the best places to check out for surprises, with some vendors pitching up just a few times a year for a big blowout and others re-selling the goods they’ve hunted down that week. One week you might find that rare comic book you’ve always wanted, the next you might find the perfect winter jacket. Either way, there’s always something to keep your interest piqued.
6. It’s more than just a flea market
As if browsing the vast array of stalls for quirky finds wasn’t enough to keep you happy, the Mile High Flea Market is also a great place for entertainment. Most weekends throughout the year, the market hosts local musicians and special events to add even more value to your day of bargain-hunting.
7. It’s perfect for lazy Sundays
If you’re sick of wasting your Sundays binging on box-sets and worrying about work the next day, the Mile High Flea Market is your perfect alternative. With its huge range of cafes, stalls, and shops, you can kiss goodbye to boredom as you explore its 80-acre site. If you’d rather keep your Sundays for something else, the market is also open on Fridays and Saturdays between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Whichever day you visit, you’ll have no problem finding it. Located on 3rd Avenue between L & K Streets, it’s just 10 minutes from downtown Denver.
8. The amusement rides are amazing
The Mile High Flea Market might be best known for its shopping opportunities, but getting a great deal on a new pair of shoes or a second-hand sofa isn’t the only attraction. Its ever-growing amusement rides area is one of its highlights, offering hours of fun for the young and the young at heart. As well as a classic roller coaster, there’s a giant slide, a bumper boats pool to cool off in, toddler-friendly mini mobiles, a bounce house, a 4×4 jeep course, a Mayhem truck course, an arcade zone, and a 60-foot tall, 16-bucket heritage Ferris wheel.
9. It’s a dream come true for foodies
If you have an appetite when you arrive at Mile High Flea Market, you won’t by the time you leave. Everywhere you turn, there’s a food cart, a restaurant, a cafe, or a walk-up eatery. Whether you’re in the mood for eggs and bacon at The Marketplace Grill; hot-buttered whole-ear corn on the cob at the Cobb Stop; a loaded jacket potato at Papa’s Patatas; a taco to go from Paco’s Tacos; an ice-cold aguas fresca from Delectables Sweets & Treats; or one of the market’s famous turkey legs from just about anywhere, there’s a little something to please all tastes.
10. It’s a great way to support your local community
We all want to do more for our communities, but finding the time and a way to do it that doesn’t involve getting our hands dirty can be challenging. As boothbooks.com notes, flea markets are a great way to help fulfill your sense of community, while still being fun. Most of the vendors you meet at the market will be from Denver or the surrounding area. By shopping their odds and ends, you’ll be supporting local businesses and loading up on some great bargains.. it’s a win-win.