Nov 14, 2013

Hillsville Hosts Largest Flea Market East of the Mississippi

HILLSVILLE, Va., — Every Labor Day, the town of Hillsville, Va., (pop. 2,700) becomes a flea market. The town doesn’t have a flea market; it becomes a flea market — the Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show. In one weekend, the population of the town grows to nearly 500,000 people, and it takes an effort by the entire town to accommodate the crowd.

Residential yards are turned into parking lots ($5 per day). Route 58 through the center of town is lined with food vendors for more than a mile on both sides of the street, and 400 acres of open space is rented by more than 700 antiques and collectible dealers, flea market sellers and gadget hawkers.

Vendors create a temporary city with row after row of RVs and tents set up behind the displays.

Sponsored by the Grover King VFW Post 1115, the show opened in 1967 and attracted 4,000 visitors. Today, dealers and shoppers come from Texas, Michigan, New York and Ohio; some have attended the show each year for decades. The event is a gathering place for both dealers and customers to visit, renew old ties, and scout for collectibles. Read More

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