The Pickens Country Flea Market & Pickens Bargain Exchange Flea Market have been a staple in the Pickens community for almost 35 years. On any given Wednesday morning, you will find thousands of visitors enjoying the wide variety of vendors selling nearly anything you can imagine from roasted peanuts to discount tires. According to co-owner of Pickens Bargin Exchange, Trey Boggs, “…running a flea market is like running a zoo with no cages. All these different personalities are on one property."
Today Pickens County Flea Market and Pickens Bargin Exchange are home to the area’s largest yard sale providing quality vendors in a family friendly environment. Pickens Bargin Exchange stands out with its continuous shed, the longest of it’s kind in South Carolina stretching ¼ mile with room for over 100 tables. The entire property consists of 32 acres of flat open ground with a 12-mile river stretching around the property. There are talks of partnering with Upstate Forever, an Upstate SC based group interested in redeveloping land for recreation.
Ya'll come out and see what the Pickens Flea Markets have for you. You’ll never know what you’ll find…. you’re just going to have to find out for yourself.
Pickens County Flea Market
1401 Walhalla Hwy, Pickens, SC 29671
Bargain Exchange Flea Market
1449 Wallhalla Hwy, Pickens, SC 29671
Beautiful hanging tomatoes and plants by Blantyre Growers, LLC
Mac and Guy, proud members of American Legion Post 11, have a regular stand at the market selling and chatting it up with the many visitors that pass their table.
Mac holds our business card and goes on to say “Off the grid sounds like something to eat, what do we have burgers or something?”
After telling Mac that we believe Pickens Flea market is part of what makes the Upstate great, he responds with “Well bless your heart, I’m glad you know that!”
While the post office might already have their picture, Mac claims to have a picture of Marilyn Monroe in the backseat of his car. He’ll take $100 for it, but he's okay with only taking half. Hey, need some brass knuckles? These guys have it all.
Robert Perry (76), The Mountain Man, plays the mountain bass with dancing girlfriend, Sharen (68). She explains that “Robert always has a JAM IN, it’s not a band. Whoever shows up is free to play and sing.” For the last 20 years, he’s been playing every Wednesday and both are daily cloggers who make their rounds.
Artist, Gene Autry aka Gene Ocean shows us some of his latest work.
Rick and Austin (son) created R&A Knife Makers as a means to raise money for kids who needed Christmas gifts. And yes, they get their own handmade knife.
David Keys (72), a retiree from Duke Energy, grows corn as a hobby out of Belton, SC.
Don’t miss the authentic Mexican food at “Delicias Maria” where $3 gets you a HUGE cup of Aqua Fresca, a refreshing flavored water in a variety of tropical fruit flavors. Her street tacos are QUE RICO delicous for $2 each – your choice of carnitas, carne asada, al pastor, or pollo. Red and green salsa are on the tables...
Betty Flea or Farmer Betty (not sure which names she's going with... it seems to keep changing) cleaned out her house and is selling her goods for $.50 each. We quickly get out of her way, so she can make a $.50 sale.
It’s been another successful morning at Pickens Flea Market. And remember, “If you can’t find it at the Pickens Flea Market, it hasn’t been made yet.” Trey Boggs.