12 Online Flea Markets You’ve Never Heard Of

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Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.

Where can you find antique Pez dispensers, hot vintage heels and (finally!) the perfect lamp to match your weirdly patterned bedspread — all for sale for just a few bucks?

Or better yet, where can you sell them to make some extra cash?

We’ll give you a hint: It’s not Walmart. At least, not our Walmart. (And if yours fits the bill … would you let us know where you live?)

No, it’s your favorite online flea market.

A New Way to Browse: Online Flea Markets

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Not only are regular flea markets wacky and wonderful, but their goods are usually pre-owned, pre-loved and dirt cheap. (Who wants to pay the full retail price?!) In short, they’re a Penny Hoarder’s dream.

But everything is virtual these days. You turn to your laptop (or, let’s be real, your smartphone) for everything from takeout to ride shares to a date for Friday night.

So it’s no surprise there’s a whole world of online flea market shopping out there. And it’s just as quirky and addictive as the real thing — especially since you can see it all with just a few clicks.

The Obvious Online Flea Markets

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Of course, a few online flea markets are industry giants you almost certainly already know about.

  • Amazon: A once humble bookselling website, Amazon has become an online marketplace so powerful that its astronomic growth sent its founder, Jeff Bezos, into space. Vendors big and small can sell new and used products on the site, and they can appear on your doorstep in as little as one day.
  • Craigslist: Known for sending shivers down the spines of journalists due to upending newspaper revenues, the online classifieds site is an easy way to pawn off your tchotchkes to neighbors, find some hidden treasures yourself — and so much more. It’s all anonymous, though. So give out your personal deets sparingly, and always meet in a safe, public space!
  • eBay: This classic buy-and-sell site has been around for more than a quarter-century. Although it bills itself primarily as an online auction site, it operates like most online flea market sites. Many of its listings are available for immediate sale — and it seems you can find just about anything you might desire.
  • Etsy: Sort of like eBay’s quiet, artsy little sister, Etsy specializes in handmade goodies, but it’s also a treasure trove for lovers of all things vintage. In fact, it has a whole category devoted to vintage items, and it’s well-organized enough that you can dive into niches as specific as bolo ties, fedoras and marbles.
  • OfferUp: In 2011, new fathers Arean van Veelen and Nick Huzar ended up with a bunch of extra stuff they didn’t need. They saw an opportunity and co-founded the company (with accompanying smartphone app). OfferUp claims to be the easiest and most dependable mobile marketplace in the U.S.
  • Facebook Marketplace: Compared to the other geezer sites so far, Facebook Marketplace is relatively new. Launched in 2016, the online marketplace feature is built into regular ol’ Facebook, and you can buy or sell all kinds of stuff on Marketplace, including cars and campers. You can even find rental properties. Marketplace is locally focused, but it also supports shipping.

Online Flea Markets You Might Not Have Heard of Yet

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OK, we covered our basic-online-flea-market bases, so now it’s time to move on to the weird and wonderful ones.

Half the fun of a traditional flea market is stumbling on offbeat items and great deals you never would have found elsewhere.

To replicate a real flea market experience virtually, we checked out a variety of smaller online flea markets and compared inventory, prices and user experience to help you find the best deals at the digital folding table.

Here’s what we found out.

1. Flea-bay.com

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Flea-bay.com at a glance:


  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Has smartphone apps
  • Haggle friendly


  • Lots of empty categories
  • Very little information on sellers
  • Listings may include very little information

Flea-bay.com Overview

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In a battle of the Fleabays (Fleabay.net is a less reputable site), the dot-com version comes out on top.

Also called Flea Market Bay, the site is a solid online flea market that features a pared-down and slightly dated interface. But that doesn’t make it at all difficult to use.

The site has more than 30 categories to browse, and includes the usuals like electronics, clothes or accessories. Of note are the antiques, arts & crafts and collectibles sections.

Like many small online flea markets, it lacks the thousands — or even millions — of listings like some of the better-known online marketplaces

Still, it’s fun to browse when you’re trying to get a quick flea-market fix online.

Similar to Craigslist, Flea-bay.com simply connects you with sellers. No transactions take place on the site, so haggle away!

2. Bonanza

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Bonanza at a glance:


  • Sleek interface
  • Fun and quirky inventory
  • Active community forum and blog
  • Vets sellers to some extent


  • Can be tough to verify vendor reviews
  • No bidding

Bonanza Overview

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Although Bonanza seeks to be the best eBay alternative, it doesn’t offer bidding or bartering options.

It does, however, list categories for everything from home goods to collectibles, including coins and paper money.

And there’s also a wonderful category called “Everything Else,” with subsections like “Metaphysical” (which features “haunted” items) and “Weird Stuff” (We found housefly earrings).

There’s even a “Vintage” section under “Fashion” so you can easily shop for those precious duds from another era.

3. Nextdoor

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Nextdoor at a glance:


  • Verified locals only
  • Popular option
  • Lots of easy-to-use filters to help you find the best bargains
  • Frequent listings for free stuff
  • Haggle friendly


  • Lengthy signup process
  • Smaller towns may not have any users
  • All purchases made offline

Nextdoor Overview

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Technically, Nextdoor is a social media site for your community. And it takes that seriously. You actually need to input a valid address, which you will have to verify, to join your community group.

Once you’re in, you can do all sorts of stuff.

Gossip. Post community PSAs. Discover local events. (Our photo director uses Nextdoor to save money by polling neighbors for recommendations and hunting for deals from local businesses!)

Another great feature? “Finds,” Nextdoor’s very own local buy-and-sell section. You can browse listings to find deals across all kinds of categories. Toys, games, furniture, vehicles, free stuff, and much more!

Its nifty filters make finding exactly what you want a breeze.

4. Mercari

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Mercari at a glance:


  • Pick-up and shipping options
  • Easy to review sellers
  • Tons of listings and categories
  • Haggling accepted
  • Very polished site and app


  • No niche — inventory fairly bland

Mercari Overview

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Mercari touts a user-friendly experience whether you’re browsing on its websites or scrolling through listings with the smartphone app.

There are tons of freshly listed items across a host of different categories. And if you live nearby the seller, you can opt for pickup. Otherwise shipping allows you to tap into a massive selection of goods.

What’s great about Mercari is how easy it makes reviewing the seller. Click the seller’s name and, boom, you can see more details about them and quickly check out any reviews.

Mercari also handles payments. So no worrying about forking over cash to strangers in person!

5. The Internet Antique Shop (TIAS)

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The Internet Antique Shop at a glance:


  • Inventory chock full of antique goodies
  • Simple browsing
  • Replicates the wonder of sifting through a quiet antique market
  • Still active after a 25 years
  • Verified vendors


  • Some listings contain little info
  • Dated site

The Internet Antique Shop (TIAS) Overview

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Founded in 1995, The Internet Antique Shop (TIAS) is a bit of an antique itself.

While it never took off quite like its buy-and-sell siblings eBay or Craigslist, TIAS has carved out a remarkable niche for all things antique.

The site looks a bit dated. But, hey, it sells antiques. Maybe that’s an intentional part of its charm? It still functions just fine.

The category’s sidebar makes browsing simple. And, before you click, it shows upfront how many listings are in any given category — a feature other virtual online flea markets could learn from.

This site is truly a gem. It’s one online flea market you don’t want to overlook.

With subcategories like vintage sewing tools and breweriana (read: old signage, steins and more from classic breweries), TIAS really makes it feel like you’re about to stumble upon unique treasures with each click.

6. Swappa

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Swappa at a glance:


  • Listings are reviewed for quality assurance
  • Low seller fees


  • Listings only active for 10 days

Swappa Overview

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When Swappa was founded in 2010 by techie Ben Edwards, it was a trusted place to sell and purchase mobile devices and more than a decade later, that trust lives on.

With excellent reviews on Trust Pilot and over $100 million in 2021 seller proceeds, Swappa is not only a place for mobile devices, but has also expanded to include sneakers, drones, cameras and more.

Want a computer for your trail bike? Check Swappa. Need a home camera system? Swappa has you covered. We even found a two-way radio for sale.

We’re not saying that Swappa mimics the joy of browsing through random tech at Radio Shack, but we’re not — not saying it either.

7. Everything But the House

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Everything But the House at a glance:


  • Easy site to navigate
  • Mobile app
  • Customer service number listed


  • High shipping prices
  • Watch for fakes claiming to be authentic

Everything But the House Overview

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If you seek the rare and wonderful, Everything But the House (EBTH) might have just what you’re looking for. With under 3,000 listings, it’s not the most robust site on the list, but maybe that’s on purpose.

Launched by estate sale and antique enthusiasts in 2008, the original focus was on virtual estate sales. Now, the site has grown to include consignment items as well as estate.

Most of the uncommon pieces are legit, but beware the suspicious seller with fake goods. Also, if what you want to buy is near you and you can pick it up, you’ll avoid the steep shipping fees.

8. 5miles

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5miles at a glance:


  • Offers bidding
  • Every item is vetted


  • Clunky website
  • Only available in larger cities

5miles Overview

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Founded in 2014, 5miles is similar to OfferUp because the focus is on local buying and selling.

A unique feature of 5miles is comparatively robust options for pro sellers, which means you might find more high quality and vintage items.

The site (and app) promotes safety and security in transactions.

Created by Lucas Lu who earned a doctorate in physics and has a professional background in e-commerce at Alibaba and Light in the Box, the look and feel of the site is more similar to Etsy than Craigslist.

Despite the name “5miles,” you can search up to 50 miles from your location, and there are shipping options if you don’t want to drive that far or meet up in person.

9. Poshmark

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Poshmark at a glance:


  • Established and trusted
  • App integrates social media elements


  • Known for pricey items
  • Slow shipping

Poshmark Overview

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Poshmark isn’t just for buying and selling used clothes. Now they sell kids toys, home goods, electronics, and even pet accessories.

If you’re looking for an online shopping destination that includes brand names for less, sustainable buying, and a social media experience in one, Poshmark could become your go-to.

With Posh Stories, sellers can craft videos to describe and promote their listing, which gives you a better idea of what you’re purchasing.

We talked to one user who had success selling high-ticket clothing items.

The user said, “If you have some gently used, brand name items sitting around, you can get more for them on Poshmark than on other sites.”

10. Ruby Lane

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Ruby Lane at a glance:


  • Unique vintage selections
  • Long history
  • Quality control


  • Maintenance fee under 15 items

Ruby Lane Overview

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With daily and weekly arrivals, a newsletter, and seemingly endless scrolling for one-of-a-kind items, we could easily get addicted to Ruby Lane.

Buyers and sellers can feel secure with the site’s long history in e-commerce. Founded in 1998, the shop pre-screens items and has a Secret Shopper program where buying experiences are checked for quality.

Oh, the weird and wonderful things you’ll find — and sell — for less.

11. Goodwill

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Goodwill at a glance:


  • Established company
  • Community impact


  • Expensive shipping

Goodwill Overview

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Goodwill Industries offers two ways to shop online — shopgoodwill.com and goodwillfinds.com.

Auction-based site shopgoodwill.com has been around since 1999, but the new option goodwillfinds.com launched in late 2022.

With about 100,000 items listed on the site at time of launch, you’ll be sure to discover both the unusual and the everyday things you need and want.

As the first online flea market to be started and run by a nonprofit, buying from Goodwill means you’re doing — well, a good thing — with your online purchase helps keep stuff out of landfills.

12. VarageSale

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VarageSale at a glance


  • Location-based communities
  • Unique items


  • Lower satisfaction rating

VarageSale Overview

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Created by a mom who worked with her programmer husband to make a better way to buy and sell online, this site is one of the closest we’ve seen to replicating the garage sale experience.

And what is a garage sale really but a mini, personalized flea market?

One of the things we love most about VarageSale is the “Handmade/Refurbished Item” category.

Sure, there are too many custom T-shirt listings, but the bespoke furniture and unique art pieces make up for that.

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