Hillsville, VA

Hillsville Flea Market & Gun Show: Labor Day Extravaganza

John M. Dabbs

HILLSVILLE, Va. – Dive into the past, discover unique artifacts, and experience the essence of a community gathering this Labor Day weekend as the Hillsville Flea Market unfolds, drawing antique enthusiasts, traders, and tourists from all corners of the country.

Stretching across the quaint town of Hillsville, this annual flea market isn't just any event. It paints a vibrant picture, weaving together the fabric of the community, vendors, and over half a million expected visitors. From the winding streets to the vast expanses of the VFW parking area, including the iconic “Bowman” and “Hunley” fields, the entire town pulsates with the energy of eager shoppers and skilled traders.

History whispers in the vintage items: antiques, vinyl records, old photographs, coins, and army surplus. For the avid collectors, there's no shortage of comics, baseball cards, and rare knick-knacks. Even the everyday shopper can find a deal on clothing, tools, toys, and more, all amidst the background hum of deals being struck and history being shared.

A cornerstone of this event, which seamlessly merges the past with the present, is its origin. Born in 1967, the original Gun Show sprouted from the seeds of necessity. The Grover King Post 1115, Veterans of Foreign Wars, found itself amid the ruins of a collapsed post home. Funds were scarce, but hope and innovation were abundant. With the idea of a Gun Show, inspired by Pierce Webb, the community rallied, drawing a crowd double the expected size and laying the foundation for what would become one of the southeast's largest shows.

As you navigate this bustling market, remember that the entry fee is just a part of the experience. The event, which spans Friday to Monday, kicks off daily at 7 a.m., winding down around 6 p.m. Early birds can capture the best parking spots, usually available for around five dollars.

Should you wish to make a weekend of it, Hillsville is primed to cater to every visitor's need. From lodgings that offer a cozy night's rest to restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes, the town ensures that the experience is holistic. And for the real-time traveler, VDOT traffic updates and weather conditions are readily accessible.

Before wrapping up the trip, don't miss the charm of Historic Downtown on N. Main Street. After all, the Hillsville Flea Market isn't just about items on sale; it's about stories, memories, and a community that comes alive every Labor Day weekend.

So, whether you're a collector, a history enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique weekend adventure, the Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show awaits. Come be a part of the tradition. Experience Hillsville.

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