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Most swashbuckling pirates left the coasts of Maryland a few hundred years ago, yet this state still has more than its fair share of buried treasures - just not along the ocean floor or deep beneath the dirt. To find the hidden gems here, you have to head to one of the many Maryland flea markets.

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Patapsco Flea Market

Spanning 230,00 square feet, this is the gem-hunter's paradise. From tech gadgets to retro toys to artisan jewelry and accessories, there is a little something for everyone at this Baltimore-based flea market - we dare you to find something you don't want. However, it's another thing entirely if you're not sure how you'll get all of your new stuff home!

If you work up an appetite during your perusing, head to the international food court onsite, which offers Asian, Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine and snacks. If you're looking to re-energize before you run through a few more booths, stop by one of the sweet shops here to enjoy a boost of sugar. You can thank us later!

To get to the goods from downtown, head south along South Hanover Street and take a slight right onto Potee. Take a right onto Patapsco, and you'll see the flea market on your right. If you hit Annapolis Road, you've gone too far.

Bethesda Flea Market

Also (or better) known as the Montgomery Farm Women's Cooperative Market, this classic Maryland flea market has been a mainstay of the region since 1932. The market started as a spot where male farmers and their wives sold their baked goods, produce and fruit and vegetable preserves. Today, local farmers, chefs and artisans continue to sell their goods, which in include everything from buttery croissants to fine red wines from the local Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard. Also available are seasonal veggies, fruits, local cheeses made from delighted Maryland cows and a cacophony of plants.

Like all fine treasure troves, the women's cooperative has maintained its high quality of offerings, and continues to garner awards for best area flea markets - in the past four years, the market has won one gold and two silver medals for its wide variety of goods.

To get your hand on some of these great goods, head to the market on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. From downtown Bethesda (near Easton and Prince Frederick), take Wisconsin Avenue south for about ¼ mile. The market is located at 7155 Wisconsin Avenue.

Columbia Flea Market

The vintage glory of the Columbia Flea Market! Located in Kingsville (northwest of Baltimore), this market specializes in all things retro and antique, including paintings, pottery, silver, rugs, glassware and jewelry. With a little more than two hundred vendors and few thousand visitors flocking to this market every month, you'll likely have to push and prod your way through the masses to reach your own charming jewels. Even if you come out a little disheveled, we promise that it is worth it.

If you're heading into the northern recesses of the state to look for "gold," be sure to time your visit between April and October - unlike many other markets in the area, this one is only around seasonally, so plan accordingly.

Anne Arundel County Fair Flea Market

All good things never last...that's the saying, right? Well as far as Maryland flea markets go, that's definitely true for the Anne Arundel County Fair Flea Market, a triannual event that usually occurs once in April, May and June - be sure to check the year's dates when you plan your trip. Located in Crownsville (near Annapolis) at the county fairgrounds, the event's annual dates hold rain or shine, and all booths are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids and adult clothing, gardening tools, power tools and electronics are all offered here. If you're looking to get rid of some of your stuff, feel free to set up an application - vendors are always welcome to have their own "yard sale" at the event.