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Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market

345 S. Van Buren St.
Shipshewana  Indiana  46565
United States
(260) 768-4129
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Kit Bernardi
The Midwest's largest flea market sells imports and locally made goods and draws large crowds for its livestock auction.

Shipshewana's Flea Market is the largest of its kind in the Midwest—a 100-acre tent city with 900 vendors selling everything under the sun: toys, eyeglasses, cell phone accessories, DVDs, gloves, potted plants, tools, perfume, luggage and Red Hat items. Local farmers offer their products as well—fresh fruits and vegetables, smoked meats and cheeses.

Even if you’re not in market for a draft horse, sheep or veal calf, Shipshewana's livestock auction is worth checking out just to witness the noisy commotion. The whole Shipshewana operation got its start in 1922 when six pigs, seven cows and several head of young cattle were sold in the town's first livestock auction. In addition to the animals, Shipshewana's Auction offers folk art, antiques, quilts and even pajamas to bid on. Check the online schedules to see what's being offered in which barn and when.

Among all those tents are plenty of food vendors selling carry-out sandwiches, ice cream and beverages. For a sit-down option, the Auction Restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches and entrees, and the Farmstead Inn just across the street provides basic but pleasant hotel rooms. Visitors who need them can rent shopping carts, wagons and electric scoters at the market’s main entrance with at least one day's advance notice.

Visited: 
June 15, 2012

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