Date: Jun 14, 2018

13 Strange But Totally Awesome Flea Market Finds

By Anna Camburn

Sometimes the things you can find at the Shipshewana Flea Market are a little...well...strange. 


Believe me, you will find things that you've never heard of or thought of - things you didn't even know you needed! One of the best parts about visiting an outdoor market is that you get to actually talk to the real-life person selling the product. It's so much fun learning about their unusual products and why they believe in them! 



So, here are some of the weirdest (but also amazing) finds at the Shipshewana Flea Market.

Warning: the items, booth locations, and prices in this blog may change without notice, as is the nature of a vendor market.


1. Toilet TweetsToilet Tweets Repositionable Vinyl from Shipshewana Flea Market

Ladies, listen up! Do you have a man at home who also seems to forget to put the toilet seat down? You need one of these Toilet Tweets.


Simply peel and place the vinyl decals on the top underside part of the toilet lid. The hilarious sayings like "Git-r-done then Git-r-down" or "If You Can Read This, Blame a Man" will remind men to put the seat down! Also, what a great conversation starter for guests. They are removable and washable as well.


Find them: Pine Corner Merchandise, Booth 609, 641-643, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: $3.99 each


2. I Pooped Today T-ShirtsI Pooped Today T-Shirts at Shipshewana Flea Market

 Sometimes, you've got to celebrate the little victories. Even if that has to do with basic bodily functions. Luckily, there's a T-shirt for that. 


This vendor prints the T-shirts right there in his booth, and he's got some FUNNY t-shirts (warning: some of them are pretty crude though!) Besides the "I Pooped Today" shirt, my favorites are the dog mug shots and the ones that say "I love cats, It's humans that annoy me."


Find them: Booth 1019, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: $10 Each


3. Emu Oil Lip RefreshersEmu Oil Chapstick Lip Refresher Sold at Shipshewana Flea Market

According to this market vendor, Emu oil is great for relieving cold sores, arthritis, mosquito bites, poison ivy, bee stings and all sorts of other ailments. Yes, it's actually oil from an emu. She sells it by the bottle, but she also has emu oil lip refreshers (chapstick) for just a few dollars. It's a best seller and feels amazing on your lips!


Find them: Pondview Emus, Antique Building South D, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: $3 Each


4. Precious Moments CollectiblesHundreds of Precious Moments Collectibles at Shipshewana Flea Market

A few Precious Moments figurines by themselves may not seem so strange, but when you put hundreds and hundreds of them in a single booth - well then woah!


Precious Moments is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year - so what better way to celebrate then by sifting through these hundreds of figurines out at the Shipshewana Flea Market? Great for gifts, or for any Precious Moments enthusiast.


Find them: Booth 710, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: Varies, Approximately $10 - $30


5. Goose ClothesFall_Winter_Goose Clothes_#157-336758-edited

According to a 1991 Chicago Tribune article written by Sharon Stangenes, concrete geese are "the pink flamingoes of the 1990s."


Have you ever wondered what happened to this trend of dressing lawn geese? Well, it's apparently still alive and well here in the Midwest because shoppers love buying the handmade goose clothes for sale at the Shipshewana Flea Market. You can find all sorts of outfits for your goose including holiday attire and even cowboy clothes!


Find them: Jo's Crafts, Booth 157, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: Varies by outfit


6. Mac-n-Cheese SocksMac-n-Cheese Socks at Shipshewana Flea Market Foozys

This flea market booth has 200 different fun sock designs. I guarantee that you'll be able to find a sock for whatever you love (like, for example, macaroni and cheese). Look closely on the noodle, it even has a smiley face! 


This booth also has Kids Socks, Gripper Socks, and Diabetic Socks!


Find them: Foozy's by Endless Summer, Booth 749, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: 3 for $10 or 7 for $20


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7. Swankie HankiesSwankie Hankie Because 'merica that's why tissue at Shipshewana Flea Market

It's just not cool enough anymore to blow your nose on a plain white tissue. Behold - the Swankie.


These tissue packs have unique prints and designs on them. Some of them even get pretty sassy! My favorite is the one that says "Hangry" in large red letters.


Find them: Specialty Tin Signs / The Napkin Place, Booth 700, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: $0.39, or 4 for $1


8. Magnetic EyelashesAll About You Boutique Magnetic Eyelashes at Shipshewana Flea Market

These magnetic eyelashes are called Mirage Lashes, a product by All About You Boutique. They use tiny, almost invisible magnets to secure the lash along your natural line. A lot easier than using adhesive glue for false lashes!


This vendor sells different styles of lashes including simple, sweet, sassy, stunning and subtle to fit your mood. I'm so tempted to try these out!


Find them: All About You Boutique, Booth 364, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: $25


9. Cooling PadsCooling Pad Display at Shipshewana Flea Market booth

These neat little blue pads are good for pillows, bedding and pets - whenever you need a little cooling off! All you have to do is put them in a cool place to activate them. Or you can stick them in the refrigerator - but NOT the freezer - for 10 minutes. Pretty cool!


Find them: J&L Enterprises, Booth 650, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: $7 for medium, $5 for small


10. Medieval SwordsMedieval Swords Oak Tree Lane Blades for sale at Shipshewana Flea Market

It's like a fantasy world come alive in this booth. Oak Tree Lane Blades has dragon swords, crusader swords, decorated shields, swords with horns, swords with skulls, daggers and so much more. 


Find them: Oak Tree Lane Blades, Booth 526, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: Varies


11. Concrete Bird Baths Made from Giant LeavesConcrete Bird Baths Made from Rhubarb Leaves Casting Green at Shipshewana Flea Market

This talented vendor grows all kinds of leaves in her garden at home - and turns them into concrete bird baths that are so beautiful and unique! They are made from rhubarb leaves, elephant ears, and other large leaves that can be formed to hold water. So cool!


Find them: Casting Green, Booth 1003, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: Varies, Approximately $10 - $30


12. Coasters and Salt & Peppers with Your Favorite CelebritiesIMG_5078-553930-edited

I guarantee you'll find a coaster you can't live without. This vendor makes coasters with all kinds of prints on them - from sports to TV shows to musicians to movie stars! She also makes salt and peppers shakers that use printed bottle caps for decoration. The coasters protect your counters and the picture will last and last.


Find them: Picture This, Booth 714

Price: Coasters are 4 for $22; Salt & Peppers are $10


13. Toilet TattoosToilet Tattoos - The Sticker Shop Booth 641 at Shipshewana Flea Market

I know, I know. It seems from this blog post that I'm obsessed with all things "toilet." But I mean, come on, now we have toilet tattoos? Where will the madness stop? 


I guess these are pretty cute though. Decorate your toilet seat tops each season, or it could be great for a kids' bathroom. 


Find them: Pine Corner Merchandise, Booth 609, 641-643, Shipshewana Flea Market

Price: $7.95 each or 3 for $21 


There are so many other unusual items to find at the flea market. What's the strangest thing you've seen in Shipshewana? Let us know in the comments.


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