The Best of Shipshewana Flea Market and Downtown Shopping

Your guide to a memorable day at the Shipshewana Flea Market and shopping in town. The Shipshewana Flea Market is the largest flea market in the Midwest, located in Shipshewana, Indiana, and consists of over 700 vendors! Shopping in Shipshewana is a unique and a great way to learn about Amish heritage, and a great way to support local businesses, and the Amish community.

  1. Planning Your Visit

Make sure and visit Shipshewana on a Tuesday or Wednesday to go to the flea market, as it is only open on these days. Explore various transportation options and find convenient parking areas near the flea market and downtown. Make sure and check out the vendor directory and create a list of must-visit shops to make your day more organized. The vendor directory is listed below.

Vendor Directory

  1. The layout of the flea market

Familiarize yourself with the different sections and areas of the flea market to navigate easily. Discover popular attractions like the Antique and Miscellaneous Auctions, Livestock Auction, and the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center. Dive into a treasure trove of Amish crafts, antiques, handmade goods, local produce, and more. Keep an eye out for authentic Amish quilts, furniture, and homemade treats.

  1. Downtown Shopping

Stop at the Davis Mercantile to enjoy multiple restaurants and coffee shops, and plenty of other stores to choose from. Take a walk down Harrison St. and Morton St. to enjoy lots of unique shops! Don’t forget to check out the stores by the 4-way stop in town such as the Craft Barn, Blue Gate Theatre and Restaurant, and multiple furniture stores.

  1. Making the Most of Your Day

Plan your day, saving time for both the flea market and downtown shopping. Make sure and find time to relax! Find seating areas or restaurants and cafes to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or a slice of homemade pie. A few spots include the Blue Gate Restaurant, Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market Restaurant, Five Lakes Coffee, and more. Don’t forget to bring a camera or smartphone to capture the unique moments and beautiful sights you encounter throughout the day.

  1. Insider Tips

Arrive early to beat the rush and have more time to explore. Make sure and bring some cash, although some vendors accept cards, it’s advisable to have cash for smaller purchases. Strike up conversations with the friendly vendors to learn more about their products and with some, the Amish way of life. You can even try to get a bargain with them!

Shipshewana has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping, and you don’t want to miss out on any of it! If you can’t fit everything into one day, plan for a weekend trip and book a hotel room at one of the many hotels in town. Make lasting memories as you come to visit Shipshewana and shop from the numerous spots in town.

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