Part of a series of occasional articles highlighting summer destinations and activities along several Massachusetts highways.
WELLFLEET — Just off of winding Route 6, past the motels, clam shacks, and myriad beach shops that line the Cape Cod byway, sits the decades-old Wellfleet Drive-in Theatre.
Its massive asphalt parking lot often fills up by 10 a.m. during the summer. But the trailers, trucks, and vans are not packed with movie buffs out for an early matinee. Instead, they are laden with clothing, antiques, and knickknacks.
Popcorn and soda will have to wait for later.
Four mornings each week, the theater devotes nearly a square mile of parking lot to one of the Cape’s largest and most legendary flea markets, where are many as 200 vendors line up to sell homemade jewelry, baseball cards, music, movies, and nearly everything else under the sun.
The drive-in first opened in 1957 and vendors say the market — open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday — has been taking place for at least 40 years.
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