Joplin Flea Market in Joplin, MO, is celebrating its 36th anniversary in business this year. Laverne Miller opened the market in 1976 when she purchased the City Market and Market Square Center from the city of Joplin. When the flea market opened, it was the only business of its type in Joplin. Today, just as in the mid-1970s, vendors with nearly 200 booths sell a wide variety of items including antiques and collectibles, new and used merchandise, clothing and fresh produce. J&M Café sells breakfast, lunch and desserts.
In addition to the flea market, Miller owns several properties and businesses in Joplin, including a salon, a used car lot and a pawnshop. Previously, Miller owned a trucking company, the Nite Owl Grocery Store and the Copper Kettle Restaurant.
Joplin Flea Market will be holding special weekend events from June 30 to July 28:
- June 30—Market History Weekend, Celebrating Laverne Miller
- ROTC Flag Ceremony and Veterans Memorial through July 4th
- July 7—Antique Car Show and Cute Kids Photo Contest
- July 14—Health and Safety Weekend, Fire, Police, EMT Exhibits
- July 21—Chili Cook-Off Contest and Country Music and Gospel Benefit Concert
- July 28—Hot Dog Eating Contest and Celebration of Market Manager Carl Floyd’s 25 years with Joplin Flea Market
The market is open year round, Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has more than 40,000 square feet of vendor space and 90,000 square feet of shopping. Indoor booths are 9′ by 20′ and outside booths are 10′ by 18′.
For more information:
Joplin Flea Market
Virginia Avenue (1200 Block)
Joplin, MO 64801