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Flea Markets
By Ben Crookshanks, Contributing Writer

Going to a flea market is like venturing into the unknown. It's hard to tell what you might find. Anything from a $30 computer that works, to a horse collar (complete with a set of hames), a pint of homemade applebutter, or a brand-new microwave, still in the box.

There are three major flea markets here in southern West Virginia. The largest is at Pence Springs in Monroe County. It is open every Sunday, April through October. To get there from Oak Hill, WV take Rt. 19 south to Beckley, then I-77 south, then I-64 east to the Alta Exit (161). From there, follow Rt. 12 to Alderson, then Rt. 3 to Pence Springs.

The Greenbrier Valley Flea Market at the state fairgrounds in Fairlea is open every Tuesday and Saturday, year-round. It is held outside in summer and inside in the winter. To get there from Oak Hill, as above, take Rt. 19 south to Beckley, then I-77 south, then I-64 east to the Lewisburg Exit (169), proceed south on Rt. 219 through Lewisburg to the fairgrounds. The flea market is in the free parking area on the right. In the winter, it will be in the West Virginia building on the fairgrounds. During the state fair in August, the location is changed to a lot in front of nearby Greenbrier East High School.

The opening and closing dates for the flea market at the New River Livestock grounds at Cranberry Heights in Beckley vary with the weather. It is open every Saturday and Wednesday, roughly April through October.