The 6 Best Flea Markets near San Antonio - Roaming Texas (2024)

The 6 Best Flea Markets near San Antonio - Roaming Texas (1)

There’s nothing I love more than the bargains you find at flea markets. They might not be the most glamorous thing, but as a kid, I loved spending my allowance at flea markets, roadside stands, and trade days.

Fast forward to today, and I still source clothes, household goods, decor, and even furniture at flea markets. The sad news is that they aren’t quite as plentiful these days, but there are still several awesome flea markets in the San Antonio area.

Ready to hunt for a deal? Check out these top 6 flea markets in the San Antonio area to get the best prices.

Contents

  • Map of San Antonio’s Best Flea Markets
  • Best Open Air Market: The Mission Market
  • Largest Indoor Flea Market: Eisenhauer Market
  • Best Latino Flea Market: Mi Mercado
  • Best Flea Market To Buy Animals: Las Esperanza
  • Most Popular Flea Market: Bussey’s Flea Market
  • Most Entertaining Flea Market: Trader’s Village

Map of San Antonio’s Best Flea Markets

Best Open Air Market: The Mission Market

The Mission Market bills itself as a “mall without walls.” This is easily one of the biggest flea markets in San Antonio, taking up acres of space.

And it’s actually pretty legit! The parking here is always free, there’s a huge covered area to protect you from the sun, and they include shopping carts for free, too. Admission is $2 a person, but that’s a steal since parking is free, anyway.

It’s a flea market, so you’re going to find your typical fare, but Mission Market usually has:

  • Clothes, shoes, and boots
  • Power tools (fun fact, we bought a refurbished lawn mower here and it’s still ticking!)
  • Snacks
  • Vinyl
  • Home goods
  • Jewelry
  • Fresh produce

There are vendors here who sell hygienic products and makeup, but I personally stay away from those. (They rarely have the safety seal on them, which is kind of gross.)

Mission Market is open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6 AM – 5 PM, although I recommend going early. If you get there around 9 AM, most of the vendors will be set up, but you’ll miss the huge crowds and the killer heat in the summer.

If you’re feeling peckish, some of Mission Market’s vendors sell food, but the market itself has a big concession stand, too. In the morning you can get Tex-Mex faves like breakfast tacos, while lunch is typical carnival fare like corn dogs and chicken nuggets.

Largest Indoor Flea Market: Eisenhauer Market

Eisenhauer Market isn’t the cleanest or the nicest flea market in San Antonio, but there’s a lot of history here. This flea market has been in operation since 1979, so it’s been a staple in the Alamo City for generations.

And yes, it has cracked floors, broken ceiling tiles, and outdated decor, but you can find good enough deals here that you won’t care.

Eisenhauer Market is absolutely gigantic. It has three huge indoor buildings that house over 200 vendors, so there’s plenty to see here. More often than not, you’ll find cheap trinkets, but depending on the vendor, you might also find:

  • Collectibles
  • Jewelry
  • Used furniture
  • Purses
  • Vintage clothes
  • Plants

… And I even saw a bruja here before!

I love that Eisenhauer Market is indoors, so you can come a little later in the day and not have to sit outside in the San Antonio sun. (It’s also great if there’s a sudden, torrential downpour, which SA is famous for)

At this flea market, you’ll see dozens and dozens of small booths run by families. And it really is a family affair! The Texas Cantina Grill is a great place to pick up nachos, burgers, fries, funnel cakes, and other carnival food favorites with the kiddos. On Saturdays and Sundays, the market brings in live bands to perform from 3 PM – 7 PM (no cover!).

Best Latino Flea Market: Mi Mercado

Mi Mercado (“my market” in Spanish) is a really unique place. On one hand, it’s an outdoor flea market where you can find some pretty decent deals. On the flipside, they have an indoor event hall where they host high-end quinceaneras.

I love Mi Mercado because it perfectly captures the soul of San Antonio’s Latino community. The crown jewel at Mi Mercado is obviously the outdoor stage and covered pavilion, where you can listen to Norteño music and dance the day away. And yes, there’s an outdoor dance floor!

Entertainment aside, you can find some good deals at this flea market. There are some vendors in the indoor area of the market with fancier setups, but I’ve found that their prices tend to be higher. If you want to get a real deal, visit the vendors in the outdoor, uncovered areas. Depending on the vendor, it might not be the most organized shopping experience, but if you’re willing to dig, you can score some sick deals on books, DVDs, clothes, and more.

Mi Mercado doesn’t charge for parking and it’s totally free to enter. They’re open Wednesday – Sunday from 7 AM – 4 PM.

Best Flea Market To Buy Animals: Las Esperanza

Las Esperanza (“hope” in Spanish) is my idea of a flea market. You can buy goats here, for Pete’s sake!

There’s absolutely nothing fancy about this flea market, which makes it the best place to spot deals. If the “booths” are just people selling out of the back of a truck, you know it’s gonna be a good time.

This is the best place to go if you’re wanting to buy animals like:

  • Puppies
  • Parrots
  • Peaco*cks
  • Chickens
  • Goats

However, there are some vendors who sell clothes, decor, and your typical flea market fare.

P.S. There’s always a few people who make homemade tortillas here. You absolutely need to buy these tortillas; the luscious, buttery goodness will change your life.

Most Popular Flea Market: Bussey’s Flea Market

If you find a giant armadillo on the side of the road, it means you’ve arrived at the iconic Bussey’s flea market. They’re only open on Saturdays and Sundays, but it’s one of the most popular and organized flea markets in San Antonio.

You can spend an entire weekend here, honestly. There are over 500 vendors at Bussey’s on a given weekend. Most of the vendors are set up outdoors, under Bussey’s covered patios, selling wares like:

  • Military memorabilia
  • Jewelry (plus repairs)
  • Plants
  • Clothing
  • Vinyl
  • Electronics
  • Artwork
  • Kid’s toys

If you forgot to grab cash, there are several ATMs throughout Bussey’s. They do charge $2 for parking, though, so I strongly recommend going to the bank for a few one-dollar bills before you go.

Most Entertaining Flea Market: Trader’s Village

My friends from Dallas begged me to take them to Trader’s Village one weekend. We arrived bright and early, only to find a sleepy market where most of the vendors weren’t open. This is one of the rare situations I recommend going to the market around lunchtime, otherwise, you’ll miss out on a lot of cool deals!

Trader’s Village is a neat, paved flea market that’s more than a place to find deals. It’s almost like a mini amusem*nt park, complete with rides and concession stands. Heck, they even have a petting zoo!

If you do bring the kids here, I guarantee they’ll beg you to go on the rides. Do yourself a favor and buy Trader’s Village’s Ride Pass—it’s way cheaper than buying single rides and your kids will tire themselves out for naptime.

The 6 Best Flea Markets near San Antonio - Roaming Texas (2024)

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