Locals Give Insider Tips to Shopping the Stormville Flea Market
Long before the sun rises over the former Stormville Airport, nearly 600 vendors from all over the northeast prepare their wares for opening of the Stormville Flea Market. It all started in 1970 with two dozen vendors. Today, it’s one of the region’s largest antique shows and flea markets, with buyers and selling traveling from across New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
If you love the thrill of a flea market treasure hunt, or love shopping for unique antiques, make the trip to southern Dutchess County during one of the six weekends the market runs this year. The upcoming 2018 dates for the Stormville Flea Market are: May 26-27; June 30-July 1; September 1-2; October 6-7; and November 3-4.
Around sixty percent of the dealers are antiques vendors, while the other forty percent offer up new merchandise of every type imaginable. Some surprising things you can find for sale include make-up and toiletries, holiday décor, pet supplies, tools, and garden plants. In addition to multiple food stalls (yes, that means fried dough), you can also purchase specialty food items to take home – notable favorites include fresh kettle corn and homemade salsas and pickles.
We asked Dutchess County residents for their insider tips for shopping the Flea Market. We’re passing along their good advice for coming to the market prepared and strategies for covering the most ground.
Best way to get to the Stormville Flea Market
Your first challenge of the day, even before you begin to haggle over prices, is getting there. The Stormville Airport field is accessed by one-lane back roads. The shortest route is via Route 52 to Route 216, which is how a GPS will lead you. Locals know that alternate routes may not be the shortest routes, but will have less traffic.
“Go in from the Beekman Road exit off the Taconic Parkway. Make the second right onto Phillips Road. Take it to the end at Route 216, then turn left. You will only be about a half mile from the airport entrance. Much shorter wait.”
--Jennifer M., Hopewell Junction
What to bring with you
“I would say go super early... before opening. Pack a lunch because the food area gets crowded. Bring your antique-seeking eye, a wagon, water, sunscreen, and wear good shoes.”
--Christina C., East Fishkill
Bringing kids to the Flea Market
Coming with your kids? You’ll be walking quite a bit, so a stroller is a good idea. The sturdier, the better – since not all aisles are paved, and the parking lots are in the grass.
“Keep kids interested by giving them $1 or so of ‘their’ money so they have a vested interest in being patient and looking around. Also, freeze water bottles for them that will melt as you shop on hot summer days.”
--Megan Z., Hopewell Junction
Market days take place rain or shine, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. There are no parking or admission charges. Pets are not allowed.