Monday, April 5, 2010

The Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market In New Milford, Connecticut Is Worth The Trip For Antiques And Collectibles

The Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market In New Milford, Connecticut Is Worth The Trip

It was hippity hop, off to The Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut yesterday.

Easter Sunday, Opening Day For Elephant Trunk Country Flea Market

Yes I know it was Easter Sunday, but The Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market opened for the season on Easter Sunday.

The Elephant's Trunk has been operating since the 1970's growing from fifteen vendors to over 400 dealers each Sunday. It's amazing to me how the dealers start waiting on line to get into this popular flea at 4:30 A.M. to be ready to greet the public who are allowed in at 7:00 A.M. for a mere two bucks. (The public can also come in at 5:45 for a $20.00 (cash) early bird fee.

You'll Find Everything At The Elephant's Trunk

This is a great market with lots and lots of antiques and collectibles. . You can easily find glassware, kitchenwares, sculpture, paintings, prints, textiles, ceramics, vintage tools, vintage clothing, costume jewelry, coins, decoys, old and new books, garden stuff, ornaments, rugs, toys, collectibles, antique furniture, Depression glass, pewter, new and old clothing, old bottles, craft items, art deco items, and lots of other usual flea market goodies.

Visiting The Elephant's Trunk As A Free Agent

I hadn't been to the elephant's trunk in quite sometime, In fact I'm pretty sure the last time I was there was pushing a stroller or two and bribing my kids with ice cream and promises that they could pick out a toy. But now, I was a free agent. The kids are grown up and it's just me and my valet (husband).

I really had an amazing time yesterday. Even though we arrived mid day, I had plenty of dealers to visit. This is truly a country flea market with lots of antiques and collectibles.

Wheeling And Dealing

I came across one vendor who was here from New Jersey. He had an enormous collection of adorable ceramic planters. I tried so hard to buy the whole lot, but he just wasn't budging on the prices. I wheeled and dealed but I just couldn't get this guy to let go of his piggies, roosters and donkeys.

Find A Large Bauer Batter Mixing Bowl

So I moved on and met plenty of other dealers who were happy to unload some of their inventory. I came home with a large Aqua Bauer ceramic batter bowl , a needlepoint, a watercolor and a vintage print. It was a fine day!

  • Dealer spaces (20'x25')
  • Over 1000 spaces of customer parking
  • Wonderful variety of food concessions
  • Best offering of merchandise:
    50% antiques and collectibles
    20% new
    30% mixed
  • Dealers: 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Early Buyers: $20 per person from 5:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Public admission: $2.00 per person from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Open every Sunday from April 4th * See special announcement above
  • No pets allowed on the premises
Dealer Information"The parking lot opens to dealers at 4:45 a.m. and the exhibitor fields open at 5:00 a.m. The fee is collected once you are in line in the parking lot. Exact change is appreciated. You will be placed in the next available space. No spaces may be saved by dealers, nor may dealers choose where they want to go. This is a mixed field and we do not segregate merchandise. The $50 fee entitles two people to enter in the vehicle. "

Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market. Route 7, New Milford CT (contact number 508.265.9911)
(Exit 7, I-84; 7 miles north of Danbury)

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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