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“Disappointing”

Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition in Indiana's Amish Country. The flea market is the Midwest's Largest with nearly 900 vendor spaces in an open-air market. The Miscellaneous & Antique Auction on Wednesdays offers a huge barn full of hard-to-find items with up to 10 auctioneers simultaneously selling. Find bargains on bags, cell phone accessories, jewelry, leather goods, sunglasses, collectibles, primitives, vintage items, boxed cards, dollar items, party supplies, books, games, puzzles, pet supplies, toys, clothing, food, home decor, gifts, kitchen items, beauty supplies, tools, sporting goods, handmade items, silk flowers, crafts and everything in between. The flea market also has a Farmer's Market aisle with fresh flowers, plants and produce. The Flea Market is open every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September, from 8 am - 5 pm. The Miscellaneous & Antique Auction is year-round on Wednesdays starting at 9 am. Visitors enjoy great food on site at one of our 4 Food Courts or the indoor, sit-down Auction Restaurant and can stay overnight at the Farmstead Inn, our Amish-inspired hotel. Call us for specific hours and special holiday flea market dates. (Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day)
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The flea market is clean and well organized. Produce and floral (farmers' market type) were very nice. But the main booths were very disappointing. As Duce97 stated, most of the stalls were similar to the dollar store. Avon, Pampered Chef, and Mary Kay were represented. And there were several booths that contained items one might find in a boutique (wooden signs with saying on them, etc) that are mass produced.

I had hoped for more second hand items and hand crafted items (especially considering the area is full of Amish). We found two booths meeting that description.

Not worth the drive. So disappointing.

1  Thank LibsterP
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

July 2/13 was another great day at the flea market. Having been there a couple times before we knew what to expect. Lots of stuff to polk at and a few antiquish items we purchased. There was an extra day , July 3rd for shopping this year. The weather was great & sleeping that night was easy after all the walking which exhausted us. We'll be back again next year!!

Thank Tenman9
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of flea markets, you definitely need to visit Shipshewana! Our trip there last year was my third visit and it was just as exciting as my first! I love to travel and stop and go at will, and this little town, an Amish community, is so delightful. You'd want to visit all the shops, enjoy the buggy rides through town, furniture, fabulous food, beautiful flowers, and a wonderfully, friendly town! They have about 1300 booths, so there's no way you can see it all in one day. There are several campgrounds, one of which is right there on the site, which is great for us, as my mom travels with me and my grandchildren and uses a scooter or wheelchair. If you do decide to go, check out their site online to get the dates and times of opening and closing, as it's only open for a few months. Go and enjoy!

Thank ladygreyhound33
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Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

This was just a disappointment, most of the flea market is made in China junk. Very few Amish made goods here at all. Lots of folks selling plants and vegetables. There are a few stands sprinkled about that had some quality items but many of these were way over priced. The best value we found were some of the concrete made yard decorations. Not worth a three hour drive to get here and I doubt I will ever return. Unless you like stand after stand of the same made in China junk I would avoid this market.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were expecting smething better than just another flea market. Really big but lots of people selling the same foreign junk. There was some good items and we did buy some stuff but for the most part a lot of the same thing. Charged $3 to park but we went back the next day and it had rained and they weren't charging.

Thank Darrell W
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