10 Finds & 40 Photos From the Shipshewana Flea Market

On my very first visit to the Shipshewana Flea Market in 1989, I traveled three hours to walk the hallowed grounds with my soon-to-be mother in law. The traffic was so long, my car overheated and I had to pull off the road and wait until the engine cooled down before I discovered this Shipshewana attraction.

Now that I live nearby, I visit the Flea Market at least five times each summer, commencing with the purchase of several flats of flowers in late spring. Traffic isn’t nearly as bad these days, and my car hasn’t overheated since that warm August day 22 years ago.

About a month ago, I opted to hustle over to the Flea Market instead of visit the mall. I’ve listed my ten fantastic finds below, but if you want to take a visual tour of the Shipshewana Flea Market, click here for a video review.

Here’s my purchase list:

Stylin’ sunglasses that go over my glasses (yes, even those kinds of sunglasses can look good!)
A purse made by a local Amish lady.
Socks for the whole family.
All natural treats for our dog.
Napkins for a party we were hosting.
Ice cream from the concessions stand.
Fresh peaches.
A cell phone cover for my husband’s new phone.
A cool vintage sign for my son’s dorm room.
10. Inexpensive “bling” for my daughter.

I don’t remember what I purchased on that first trip to the Flea Market way back when, but  I do remember that my mother-in-law and I were close to a restaurant when my car overheated; we just waited things out with a nice visit over a piece of pie. These days whenever we visit the Flea Market together, we still manage to grab a special treat—some traditions really are worth hanging onto.

What’s your favorite find from the Shipshewana Flea Market?

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