DC’s Big Flea Market

I’ve been going to flea markets ever since I was a kid growing up in Dallas, Texas. Now years later my obsession sounds more sophisticated and glamorous  here in the city as I scour “vintage boutique shops” for great finds but at the end of the day it’s all just one big flea market.

They say “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Absolutely. Even to this day, my twin sister and I trade our things every time we visit each other and I come back with what feels like a new closet. Her trash is my treasure and vice versa.

So you can imagine I was very happy to hear that the DC Big Flea Market is July 21-22 nd at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly VA. Everyone loves a good bargain and what better place to get that then the largest Antiques and Collectibles show in the Mid-Atlantic.The  DC Big Flea Market started in 1996 and is still going strong.

The show was created by 2 generations of women (mother and 2 daughters) Joan Sides (mother) Marthia Sides, and Dee Dee Sides.








What makes DC Flea Market unique, aside from the size, are  the prices. Dealer space is very affordable and so is the entrance fee (8 dollars for 2 days). Visit their website www.damorepromotions.com. The DC Big Flea Market has Antique Furniture, Collectibles, Vintage Clothing and tons of Estate Jewelry and much more, all at amazing prices!

Side Note: Where did the name Flea Market come from? The traditional and most publicized story is in the article “What Is A Flea Market?” by Albert LaFarge in the 1998 winter edition of Today’s Flea Market magazine. In his article LaFarge says, “There is a general agreement that the term “Flea Market” is a literal translation of the French marché aux puces, an outdoor bazaar in Paris, France, named after those pesky little parasites of the order Siphonaptera (or “wingless bloodsucker”) that infested the upholstery of old furniture brought out for sale.”


Happy buying and collecting!

Vanessa  Muah xoxoxo

About the Author
Vanessa Camozzi is the founder of DC on Heels.
  1. Jessica

    Great write up! I love the Big Flea Market. One can always find amazing, unique pieces!!