The Sunshine State might be best known for its beaches, magical theme parks and water activities, but it’s also home to some of the most diverse shopping experiences in the country. You’ll see malls, boutiques and outlets of every kind, but if you’re looking to pick up a unique piece or bargain find, Florida’s many flea markets are the place to explore.
From arguably America’s largest flea market to small, country markets and family-friendly events, here is our choice of the 15 best flea markets in Florida.
1. Red Barn Flea Market
The family owned and operated Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton has been running since the early 80’s, and now covers 80,000 sq. ft. With over 600 flea markets stalls and shops, the former lumber yard is the perfect place to browse for a bargain, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many food courts. If you’re looking for fresh produce, you can also check out the adjoining 145,000 sq.ft. open-air farmers market.
With up to 10,000 visitors each weekend, the popular Red Barn Flea Market also has permanent stores – with everything from clothing to jewellery and homeware – as well as garage-sale booths, and 10 murals created by local artists to spot whilst you are shopping.
2. Wagon Wheel Flea Market
Starting out as just one man – Hardy Huntley – selling goods that he had bought and fixed by the side of the road in the 1960s, the Wagon Wheel Flea Market is now one of the most popular flea markets in Florida. 2,000 vendors sell their wares here each weekend, come rain or shine, at the venue located in the heart of Pinellas County, between St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
With everything from books to bikes, clothing to car accessories and perfume to plants, the Wagon Wheel saying that “If you can’t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist” seems completely appropriate.
3. Fleamasters Fleamarket
Close to Fort Myers, Fleamasters Fleamarket is arguably one of the more touristy markets in Florida, but with such a huge offering of stalls and vendors, it’s an unmissable destination for bargain hunters.
There are over 900 shops and 20 food stalls set over 400,000 sq.ft, with everything from arts and crafts to fresh produce, antiques, kitchenware, clothing, jewellery and more. New stores and stalls pop up every week at this market, so even if you’ve visited before, it’s worth checking in to see the what the most recent additions are selling.
You can also catch shows and live music at the recently added Music Hall at Fleamasters – a 300-seated stage area with state-of-art concert sound and lighting.
4. Flamingo Island Flea Market
Occupying the size of a football field and featuring bars, entertainment and live bands, the Flamingo Island Flea Market is more than just another collection of weekend market stalls.
Located between in Bonita Springs, between Fort Myers and Naples, the Flamingo Island Flea Market has over 200 vendors, selling everything from leatherware to books and plants. While you might be able to find other markets in the state offering similar goods, it’s the atmosphere of Flamingo Island that makes this such a worthwhile flea market to visit.
5. Redland Market Village
One for the food lovers, Redland Market Village in Miami is home to more than 20 food trucks serving cuisine from all over the world, and hundreds of flea market booths, covering 27 acres of land.
Opened in 1989, the Redlands Market Village continues to be family owned and operated, and is one of the only fleas in the area to offer visitors shopping seven days a week. Pick up fresh produce at the farmers’ market, enjoy the fun-for-all-the-family atmosphere with regular live entertainment or hunt amongst the stalls for hidden treasure.
6. Trading Post Flea Market
Easily recognised by its signature landmark, “The Big Red Caboose”, the Trading Post Flea and Farmers market is perhaps one of Florida’s best, smaller fleas.
Located in Okeechobee, the Trading Post has been running every week for over 20 years. With over 150 vendors, and new booths being adding regularly, there are some great retails bargains to be had here. From garage-boot sale items to shop stock clearances, this weekend flea also has plenty of food options and the chance to pick up some great, fresh local produce.
7. Renningers Flea and Farmers Market
The Melbourne instalment of Florida’s most famous twin fleas, Renninger’s Flea & Farmer’s Market is the largest on the Space Coast.
Running since 1987 Renninger’s is situated over 20 acres of land, with more than two miles of covered market shopping and over 800 booths. From open-air stalls to speciality shops and a huge range of places to eat and drink, Renninger’s is Florida’s flea not to be missed.
Whether you want to pick up a Sunshine State souvenir, need everyday household items or simply want to soak in the atmosphere in one of the sunny market beer gardens, a trip to Renninger’s is a perfect weekend escape.
8. Waldo Farmers and Flea Market
Family owned and run since 1975, North Florida’s largest flea market – Wal
do Farmers and Flea Market – is one of the best in the state, if not the country.
With over 40,000 visitors every week, and 900 vendors selling their goods over 50 acres of land, Waldo Farmers and Flea resembles a small town, rather than just another market.
Aside from the hundreds of stalls and stores offering a huge range of items such as gadgets, home goods and clothing, the market also has a dedicated antique “village”, where collectors can find rare pieces or shoppers can pick up gifts for special occasions.
9. Pecan Park Flea & Farmers’ Market
Jacksonville’s largest and most established flea market, Pecan Park is a fantastic, free day out for the whole family. Opened over 30 years ago, the flea currently has over 750 vendors, with both permanent and new storefronts each week.
The open-air market is a well-known tourist spot, and is particularly popular with foodies, thanks to its collection of food trucks. Items are similar to those in Florida’s other flea markets, but there are still plenty of hidden treasures waiting for those who are willing to search through the stalls.
10. 192 Flea
One of Florida’s oldest fleas, the 192 Flea Market in Kissimmee is a popular stop for tourists visiting nearby Disney World and Universal Studios. Open seven days a week from 9am, the 192 has more than 400 booths and thousands of items to browse through.
Boasting discounts of 45-75% off retail price, you’ll find everything from jewellery to pets, health products to clothing and much more at the 192 Flea Market. The market also offers a great selection of food and drinks, as well as local fruit and vegetables available to buy.
Tourists looking for the perfect souvenir to take home will find plenty of discounted Disney-gifts and Florida-branded items.
11. International Market World
If you’re looking for a flea market with a difference, the International Market World Flea – located between Orlando and Tampa – might be the one for you. This huge flea not only features over 1200 vendors each week, but also offers visitors unique entertainment and shows, including the chance to get up close and personal with some of Florida’s most famous reptiles – alligators!
Once you’ve seen the ‘gator show, browse the huge variety of stalls for antiques, bargain electronics, gifts and more. There’s plenty to eat at the International Market World Flea too, with everything from Asian cuisine to locally-made strawberry shortcake.
12. Tropicana Flea Market
First opened in the early 90’s, the Tropicana Flea Market has established itself as one of Miami’s largest fleas and provides shoppers with over 200 stalls, as well as over 600 jobs for the local community.
There’s a huge selection of products at this particular flea, despite it being smaller in vendor size than some of the state’s larger markets. You’ll find merchants selling everything from tools and garden supplies to clothing, live pets and homeware. Tropicana also has a range of food to choose from at the market’s food courts.
13. Hollywood Dog Track Flea Market
Open every weekend, in the grounds of the Hollywood Dog Track at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, this flea market gives guests the chance to make a full day, or even a weekend, of their visit.
There are hundreds of vendors and booths to browse through, and shoppers can expect to find items ranging from clothes to luggage, antiques, electronics and more. Once you’ve had your fill of bargain hunting, you can always try your luck at the Mardi Gras Casino or pop into one of their four restaurants for something to eat.
14. B&A Flea Market
One of the oldest flea markets on the Treasure Coast, the B&A Flea has over 500 vendors each weekend, and is particularly popular for those who love to search for unique finds and bargains – thanks to the “Garage Sale Alley” section of the market.
Whilst you might find most of the wares – such as clothing, jewellery and bric-a-brak – at Florida’s other large fleas, the B&A has a more old-world flea feel. Amongst the regular stalls, you’ll also find fortune tellers, exotic homeware and treasures from around the world.
There is also a selection of local and international food, as well as regular live entertainment and activities for all the family.
15. Webster Westside
Widely believed to be Florida’s oldest flea, the Webster Westside has been running for over 50 years. With 35 acres of open air market to explore, visitors can stock up on fresh food, flowers, pet supplies, clothing, electronics and more.
The market also has an excellent reputation for rare collectibles and quality antiques, and it’s common to see both professional collectors and antique hunters searching amongst the stalls.
Open year round, Webster Westside also has two restaurants and regular shows, including a car show and motorcycle swap/meet event.