Cheap and Quirky Date Idea: The Raleigh Market

The Raleigh Market is a cheap and fun date day idea.

Since the 1970s, the Raleigh Market has been open nearly every weekend at the historic North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

According to Flea Market Insiders, the Raleigh Market is one of the top 20 flea markets in the United States. After moving to North Carolina, I found a new love for refurbishing furniture. Shopping flea markets to find new projects is undoubtedly one of my favorite ways to spend the day. (You can check out our visit to the Fayetteville flea market here!) I knew we had to check out the Raleigh Market before we left North Carolina.

We are always on the lookout for cheap and unique date day ideas on those rare occasions that we don’t have the girls with us. And this was undoubtedly one of my favorite date days ever!

Depending on the weekend, this flea market is home to 300 to 500 vendors! You can find everything from antiques to brand new toys to clothes to tools to jewelry. There really is something for everyone!

Before your visit, you can check out their website to see a list of vendors.

(This vendor had a huge selection of jadeite and pyrex!)

Every weekend thousands of people show up to stroll around the flea market searching for the perfect thing. There are two buildings that house the permanent vendors, plus booths set up outside. Make sure you wear a good pair of walking shoes, because you’re definitely going to get your steps in.

Thanks to a variety to food trucks, fair food vendors, and local farm stands, there is no way that you’ll leave there hungry! After our shopping, we opted for some fair food (funnel cakes and lemonade) before heading to Durham to check out the old Lucky Strike factory.

You can't leave the Raleigh Market hungry!
(This little restaurant is a permanent fixture at the Raleigh Market, selling fair food all year long!)

Admission and parking are free at the market. And thankfully, it is easy to find and get to….even for us out-of-towners!

Coupled with our visit to the American Tobacco Campus, this one of the cheapest and most unique date days my husband and I have ever had. My only regret in visiting the Raleigh Market was not going sooner and more often!

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