After many years of hearing talk of the Packwood Flea Market, I finally got to go last year. I’m a huge fan of thrift shopping and street markets, so needless to say, this was right down my alley. It’s filled with pretty much anything and everything you can imagine. And it’s huge!
The market is held twice yearly – on Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. It’s a four-day event, that takes place on four acres of property. An estimated 30,000 visitors attend the event, many with campers, tents and trailers in tow. Packwood is smack-dab in the middle of the forest, which makes for a great weekend outdoors. We spent the day at the market and then headed to Riffe Lake with hopes to catch some fish, but it was a little late in the season.
If you go to the market, you can expect to see everything from unique antiques and handcrafted goods, to fresh-squeezed lemonade and potatoes on a stick. There are more vendors than you can imagine, which means, something for everyone.
Packwood is located just west of the White Pass Ski Area, on the corner of US Highway 12 & Snyder Road. The market starts on Friday, May 24th, and runs through Monday the 27th. So if you’ve yet to make plans, you could make a day, or a weekend of the flea market fun.