Packwood is a small town with a big flea market. Held twice a year, during Memorial and Labor Day weekends, the Packwood Flea Market attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers. First established in the 1970s, Packwood is one of the most popular and largest flea markets in the Pacific Northwest. Spend Labor Day 2023 at the Packwood Flea Market, open from Friday, September 1 to Monday, September 4.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to dusk on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Monday, it closes at 12 p.m. Known for its wide variety of items, from new and used to vintage and junk, you can find anything you’re looking for at the Packwood Flea Market, with everything from clothes and furniture to antiques, collectibles and more.

Find yummy food vendors selling everything from fair food to Chinese, barbeque and everything in between. You name it, and you can probably find it. Also, find wonderful eats at the local restaurants for those wanting to get out of the sun and sit for a bit, but they are often very crowded during the flea market weekends.

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Thousands come to Packwood twice a year for the Packwood Flea Market that covers the entire town. Photo courtesy: Cowlitz River Lodge

Tips for Visiting the Packwood Flea Market

  • Book your hotel early. The hotels in Packwood fill up quickly, especially for the weekend of the flea markets. Or camp at one of the nearby campgrounds.
  • Arrive early. The town gets crowded on flea market weekends.
  • Reasonably priced parking can be found throughout Packwood during the flea market. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget the sunscreen. You’ll be doing a lot of walking.
  • Bring plenty of water and some snacks. It can get hot in Packwood, especially in the summer.
  • Leave your pets at home. The market is not really pet-friendly.
  • Some vendors open on Thursday for “early birds.” If you’re looking for something particular, it’s best to come out Thursday.
  • Be prepared to bargain. Many vendors are willing to negotiate on prices.

The Packwood Flea Market is a great place to find unique items and great deals. It’s a fun and exciting event that you won’t want to miss this Labor Day weekend.

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