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Come early and plan to spend a few hours browsing over 200 vendor booths offering everything from antiques, furniture and collectibles to jewelry, artwork and crafts. Vendors come from all across the state to sell their wares. Food vendors keep visitors fueled up for long shopping days. Two large buildings and several small shops provide indoor shopping opportunities. The Flea Market is closed in October to make way for the annual State Fair. Some vendors take major credit cards; many do not.
Reader’s corner is a new and used book, music, and comic book store. Visitors will be nicely surprised by the store’s first-rate organization, as the store’s many shelves offer even several editions of most books. The rare collection of classical music and opera on vinyl and CDs here is worth checking out. The entire storefront is lined with bookshelves with books for under a dollar, and sometimes under a quarter.
Chaz's Bull City Records is a music shop where vinyl addicts find kindred spirits. The store is stocked from floor to ceiling with a great collection of new and used vinyl records, CDs, and DVDs. The staff, led by Chaz himself, is knowledgeable and equally friendly. Bull City is a local point of pride, and has opened a corollary co-op performance space, a record label, and manages an album of the month club.
The Bargain Box has been selling used clothing, accessories, and household items in the heart of Raleigh since 1951. Run by the Junior League of Raleigh, an organization of women committed to volunteerism, the Box aims to serve the local community by donating thousands of dollars of store credit to human service agencies. The Box is in fact one of the Junior League’s oldest and most successful fundraisers. Bargain treasures and affordable designer wear are available here in good, though lightly used condition.