f you like hunting for bargains, or just like looking at acres and acres of stuff, head out to the Elephant’s Trunk Bazaar, a weekly outdoor flea market in New Milford that has been in operation since 1976, when it started with about 15 vendors. You will find everything from the truly classy to the trendy to the kitschy. The selection is about 60% antiques, 20% new and 20% mixed. In an open expanse along Route 7, hundreds of vendors gather on Sunday mornings at 5 from mid-March through Dec. 8, weather permitting (no market if there is snow or ice on the field). The exhibitor field has space for a maxium of 490 dealers, who pay $50 weekly for a 20’ x 25’ slot. There’s parking for 1,000 visitors and the true devotees get there early, but not as early as dealers who start setting up at 5 a.m. (Early buying admission, from 5:45 until 7 a.m. is $20, cash only). Regular hours are 7 to 2; admission is $2 for anyone over 10. Exact amounts appreciated at the gate. Expect to find slow-moving traffic near the flea market entrance. There is little or no shade, so a hat is advisable. In addition to tables with old and new things to buy, there are food vendors with everything from hot dogs to Italian ices. No pets are allowed on the grounds.
The Elephant’s Trunk Bazaar is on Route 7/490 Danbury Road in New Milford. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. For information: 508-265-9911 or www.etflea.com.