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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.
If you love handcraft and want to help those in the poorest of nations, then One World Market is the best place to be in while in Durham. Opened in 1992, this not for profit and volunteer based store is entirely based on fair trade. It features the works of artisans from over 65 developing countries as well as indigent areas of the United States. It was an initiative of Watts Street Baptist Church and Durham Congregations in Action, and is a wonderful space to buy unique gifts, jewelry and accessories.
Enjoy the flurry and excitement at this market that specializes in selling local produce. Farm fresh fruits, vegetables, and other organic produce are easily available here. After sampling the many peaches, eggplants and tomatoes, one can also pick out a few colorful flowers for the garden or purchase bread, confections, and craft items that are sold by busy vendors offering bargains.