Shipshewana Flea Market begins 2024 season

Apr. 30—SHIPSHEWANA — Tuesday was the first day of the season for the Shipshewana Flea Market.

Shipshewana Flea Market sits on 40 acres and has nearly 700 spaces of vendors selling their wares.

"You've never seen anything quite like it with so much to do here," Flea Market Director Michael Christner stated in a news release. "You can come to the famous Midwest's largest flea market and spend the day shopping; you can bid on one-of-a-kind items at the Antique Auction and you can explore the town."

Shipshewana Flea Market is now open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through September, rain or shine with holiday hours on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The market is also opening for their special weekend hours on June 14-15 and Aug. 2-3.

The weekly Shipshewana Antique & Misc. Auction is held each Wednesday, year-round inside the Misc. & Antique Auction building. Special featured sales of toys, signs and advertising and the weekly sale of antiques, collectibles, architectural salvage, furniture, glass, primitives and more offer buyers an abundance of items to bid on with the six to nine auctioneers who sell simultaneously each Wednesday, all year long.

Special events activities this season include:

—Giveaways totaling over $10,000 — Hourly drawings each day in the flea market where seven shoppers each day will win prizes including an overnight stay to the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center or "market cash" good for shopping from the 700 vendors, food courts or Auction Restaurant.

—Extended market holiday dates — Including Memorial Day, Independence Day & Labor Day.

—Featured hands-on events & weekend markets — To be held June 14-15, featuring a succulent plant workshop with snacks and drinks. People will be able to take home their own succulent planted in a unique treasure from the Antique Auction. There will also be hourly door prize giveaways at the Information Booth and attendees get the chance to meet the market's new mascot, "Shippy" the Prospector, with free photo opportunities at special times during the day.

—Mother Daughter Special Weekend Market — To be held Aug. 2-3 featuring hourly door prize giveaways, special activities for moms and daughters, plus the annual Shipshewana Antique Market and Shipshewana Swap Meet will also be open on Saturday, Aug. 3, for a day of unique shopping opportunities.

For more information and an up-to-date list of events for the flea market or auction, visit, call 260-768-4129 of find them on their Facebook page at Shipshewana Flea Market.