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Fourth of July flea markets open in Iowa Great Lakes

Three times each summer three locations around the Lakes see vendors show their wares for antique shoppers and hidden treasure seekers.

The second of these summer occurrences starts up on the Fourth of July at Treasure Village, Vick’s Corner and the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. Hours and days vary, so be sure to check each venue’s website or call ahead for details.

Antiques, primitives, trading cards, toys, crafts and much more are on display at each location. Food vendors will keep shoppers fueled as they make their way around the Lakes to each stop.

Seasoned antique shoppers might have a preferred plan of action as they search for a specific item, while casual visitors are sure to find intriguing items all around as they meander through the stalls.

No matter how they shop, the flea markets always attract a huge number of visitors to the area each summer.

“It’s a huge economic benefit to have the flea markets here,” said Blain Andera, CEO of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “They attract people on day trips and even the vendors themselves are here for a few days getting groceries, gas, supporting local businesses.”

Never lacking for fun activities, the Lakes have one more attraction to offer each time the flea markets open up shop.

“We’re always excited for the flea markets around the three summer holidays,” Andera said. “It’s one more thing for people to do. Not everybody actually comes here just to go boating — this is one more activity for people to enjoy while visiting the Iowa Great Lakes.”