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From the flea market to auctions to general Shipshewana information and more, we have all of the most frequently asked questions to help you find an answer.

General

Are motorized scooters available to rent?

Yes, electric scooters are available during flea market season. Visit booth #1018 (Pac-N-Shipshewana) by the flea market's main entrance to rent electric scooters. For reservations, call 260-768-4476 at least one day in advance. Reservations are held until 8:30am. Please leave your name and arrival date in the message when you call.

Are there hotels in the area?

Yes! Directly across the street from the Auction & Flea Market and within walking distance to downtown shops and attractions is the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center.

How do I become a vendor at the flea market?

We're always on the lookout for new flea market vendors. Check out rates and vendor information.

How do I locate a certain flea market vendor?

Download our mobile app to search for vendors, visit our vendor directory page, or pick up one of our printed flea market directory guides available at the information booth near the main entrance of the market.

How do I sell items at the Antique and Miscellaneous Auction?

Sellers reserve spaces in advance. For information on how to become an auction seller, click here.

I want to rent one of your venues for my event. Who do I contact for more information?

Wanting to rent the Trading Place Pavilion or Farmstead Inn Conference Center? Contact Elaine at 260-768-4595.

Looking to rent the Misc. & Antique Auction Building? Call Michael at 260-768-4129.

Or do you want to host a dinner at the Auction Restaurant? Call Michelle at 260-768-4129.

For full details about all of our event facilities, click here.

What special events are coming up?

Check out our events calendar to view all upcoming events.

When is Shipshewana open?

The town of Shipshewana has shops and attractions that are open year-round. The Shipshewana Flea Market itself is a seasonal market (see dates and hours here [link to dates and hours page]), but the Auctions, Antique Mall, Farmstead Inn, and downtown shops are year-round. In the Amish/Mennonite community, it is commonplace to be closed on Sundays, so please consult shipshewana.com for specific shop hours.

Where can I find directions to Shipshewana?

Click here for directions via Google Maps. For detailed parking directions to the Auction & Flea Market, visit the Directions and Parking page.

Flea Market

Are pets allowed?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the flea market and RV park as long as they're kept on a leash at all times and cleaned up after appropriately.

Are you open on the weekends?

We pride ourselves on being a unique Tuesday-Wednesday flea market. If you can't make it during the week, we do have extended holiday markets on Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Fall Extravaganza plus other special events that fall on weekends. Antique Markets held across the street at the Pavilion fall on the first Saturdays in June, August & September and the Fall Market Series takes place on Saturdays in the fall as well.

Do vendors take credit cards?

You will want to bring plenty of cash, but several vendors are able to accept credit or debit cards. ATMs are available on site.

How do I become a vendor at the flea market?

We're always on the lookout for new flea market vendors. Check out rates and vendor information.

How do I rent an electric scooter?

Visit booth #1018 by the main entrance to rent electric scooters. Rental rates are $10.00 per hour (2-hour minimum) plus $20.00 deposit. For reservations, call the number listed below at least one day in advance. Reservations are held until 8:30 am. Please leave your name and your arrival date on a message when you call.

For Reservations, call 260-768-4476.

How much does it cost to get in?

Parking is $3.00 per vehicle, and admission is free. Those staying with us at the Farmstead Inn receive a free parking pass.

I’m looking for old or vintage items to up-cycle or refinish. Where can I find those?

Check out our list of Antiques & Collectibles flea market vendors on our website or mobile app. On Wednesdays, bid at the Miscellaneous & Antique Auction which specializes in unique items including architectural salvage, used furniture, collectibles and signs. You can preview items for auction on Tuesdays in the Misc. & Antique Auction barn.

Or, attend one of our other events:

Is the flea market outdoor or indoor?

The flea market is an open-air outdoor market. However, many of the vendors are under cover in tents or buildings, providing protection from the elements.

Is there food on site?

Yes! A variety of food options are available throughout the market. Six food locations feature everything from delicious chicken and sirloin tips to tasty sweets and treats. There is something for everyone.

For a traditional indoor dining experience, visit the Auction Restaurant located at the main entrance to the market.

Is there handicap parking?

There is ample handicap parking available at all entrances to the market. Electric scooter rental is closest to the S.R. 5 Main Entrance.

What if it rains?

The flea market stays open, rain or shine. Come prepared for any weather.

What products do vendors offer?

Because our flea market is so large, you will find vendors who offer something for everyone - new items, old items, quirky items, hand-made items, re-purposed items, and food. Many vendors specialize in home decor products and household items. View an online vendor directory.

What should I bring?

You may consider bringing some of the following items on your visit to the flea market:

  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Umbrella or poncho (just in case)
  • Cash
  • Extra bags for purchases
  • A cooler to keep in your trunk for cold food purchases
  • Water bottle
When is the flea market open?

The Shipshewana Flea Market is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from May through September, from 8am - 5pm (ET). Also open during special holidays and events, as listed below.

Extended Market 2017 Dates:

  • Memorial Day (May 29-31)
  • Independence Day (July 3-5)
  • Labor Day (Sept. 4-6)

Become a Vendor

Can I park on my rented space?

Yes, vendors can park on your space as long as your vehicle fits. Outdoor spaces are 25' x 20'.  All vehicles belonging to a vendor or vendor employee not parked on rented space are to have a parking pass issued by the Flea Market office and are to park in the designated vendor parking areas surrounding the market during shopping hours.

Do vendors bring their own tents and tables?

Yes, vendors may bring your own pop-up tent or tables. Canopies or tents must be staked to the ground, including those using cement blocks at the base. For big top tent inquiries (which require a minimum 18 week space rental and additional storage fees), contact Shipshewana Tent Rental at 260-768-7485 or the Flea Market Office.

How do I reserve a space at the market?

Making first-time reservations can be done in a couple of different ways.You can fill out a vendor application online, or print it out and mail it in (Shipshewana Flea Market, Attn: Michael Christner, P.O. Box 185, Shipshewana, IN 46565) with your payment or down payment. You can also call the flea market office at 260-768-4129 to reserve and make a credit card payment over the phone. Or, come in the day you'd like to sell (6:00 am - 8:00 am) and reserve/pay for the day and week at the Flea Market office.

What are the market’s days and hours?

The flea market opens for the 2017 season on May 2, and will run every Tuesday and Wednesday through September. We also have extended markets for Memorial Day (May 29-31), Independence Day (Jul 3-5), and Labor Day (Sep 4-6). The flea market is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all market days. Open rain or shine.

What facilities are available?

Restrooms: Seven different locations throughout the market that are open at all times during market days.

Showers: Showers are available for vendor use on all scheduled Market days including set up dates.

RV/Motor Home Park: For those not parking on their flea market space, we have a 70 site RV Park with full hookups.

Food / Refreshments: There are five food court locations and one full-service restaurant located on the grounds.

Rest Areas: The flea market has several covered pavilions throughout the market designated as rest areas for customers. These areas will have picnic tables and seating, and may feature special entertainment.

What information do I need to have in order to set up at the market?

All vendors must register both a personal and business (if applicable) name, address, copy of their State of Indiana Registered Retail Merchant Certificate (tax number) with the Flea Market office before setting up. If you need to register for a tax number, contact the Fort Wayne Office of the Indiana Dept. of Revenue, or start the application here.

When can vendors set up?

Vendor set up hours are Mondays (10:00 am - 10:00 pm), and Tuesdays / Wednesdays (6:00 am - 7:45 am). On Extended Market weeks where the market is open on Monday, early setup will be on Sunday beginning at 3:00 pm. All vendors must have their space tickets at entry in order to set up. Booths are to be occupied by 7:45 am, or it will be rented as a no show space for the week.

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