Local Outdoor Markets: May

This is YOUR space. Comment below with the local markets in your hood that you plan to attend during the month of May. Mine are listed for the Boston area. When you comment, list city, date, and event URL. This will benefit readers that live nearest to you. And who knows, you may meet a new friend to hang out with at the event! Oh, and if you are participating in a craft fair, shamelessly plug away!


Oh, a hunting we will go! Whether your space needs a quick pickup, or you're looking to add quite a few new finds to your home, vintage and antiques from open air markets are a satisfying option. Here in New England, we shop according to the weather, which means most of us don't get out much during the winter since we don't have open air markets then. (It's not Europe, cities can't seem to get their act together and treat winter like a festive season with fun outdoor activities. Annoying!) So when temps warm up, New England slips into this flea market mentality. Everyone is either attending one, planning to set up a booth themselves, or making their own sale in their front yard, aka "yard" or "tag" sale.

For me, it's fun to shop at flea markets and other open air events for several reasons. Health benefits for one. I can work on my tan and get some exercise. :) Then there's the chance to mingle with the locals, learn from vendors, swap business cards, and eat all the calories I'm burning with a giant cone of drippy, gooey, ice cream. And of course, score a treasure or two.

Where am I headed this month? Brimfield (May 8-13), coastal Maine (weekends), and the South End Open Market (opening May 19 + 20, then every Sunday thereafter until the end of October). Next week, right before I hit Brimfield (May 8-13), I'll post a "How To" guide here on decor8 showing you how I prepare for a big outdoor market, and of course, I'll share with you photos from Brimfield, my finds, and I'll be sure to list favorite vendors in case you plan on attending the next Brimfield event, scheduled for July 10-15 and again in September 4-9 (it's held 3x per year). I already have plans for this event, but if you'd like to meet up when I'm there again in September, please let me know!

What about you? Where are you heading this month? Any outdoor events that you'd like to tell us about in your part of the world? Please do!

(image from the south end open market)