Big Top Flea Market
9250 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33592
Big Top Flea Market’s whereabouts is not the only unique find––the stuff inside of it is, too. Located on a huge plot about seven miles east of I-275, shoppers will find clothes, jewelry, makeup and other treasures all hanging in the hundreds of booths waiting to be bought. Big Top doesn’t just provided friendly smiles and air conditioning—it provides variety. Come in and see what fashion antiques and treasures you dig up. Insider tip: new Big Top visitors should plan ahead before coming down to the market, as some have found that it takes up to two days to even scan the area’s surface. Due to the large selection of different items Big Top’s vendors sell, this place is massive, so consider yourself warned. It’s not called Big Top for nothing!
Wagon Wheel Flea Market
7810 Park Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Its rain or shine at this indoor flea market that has a unique selection of goodies. At Wagon Wheel you can expect to find a wide selection of international produce, hair accessories, discounted name brand shoes and much more. Ever wished you had your own personal band playing in the background while you shopped? After taking a trip out to Wagon Wheel you’ll be shopping for your own group of musicians to serenade you as you browse, because they provide entertainment for shoppers. Don’t worry about hungry tummies getting in the way of your shopping––Wagon Wheel’s got you covered on that front, too. Live music, food, and inexpensive fashion? Sounds good to us.
Fun-Lan Swap Shop
2305 E Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33610
When Fun-Lan Drive-in isn’t featuring the latest blockbuster hits on its outdoor screens, it’s featuring some of the latest fashion trends. Who knew a local drive-in movie theater could be the hot spot for one of the busiest flea markets in the area? Fun-Lan swap shop is a great flea market to go to for affordable fashion accessories for under $3 and name brand clothing on the cheap. Prices rarely exceed above $25, so you’ll be amazed at what $10 will get you here. Don’t believe it? Check it out for yourself this weekend. Get there early because Fun-Lan opens at 6 a.m.
Oldsmar Flea Market
180 Race Track Road North
Oldsmar, FL 34677 3211
Oldsmar Flea Market is definitely a one-of-a-kind shopping destination. This market is so large that it claims to have to call the National Guard when shoppers get lost in the giant 1,200 stores. There’s something here for everyone. For music lovers, Oldsmar has plenty of guitar accessories and even some guitars on display. Sun worshipers will love the giant sunglasses stall and do-it-yourselfers can find a massive array or tools and trinkets to fiddle with. There’s also a nice little fish and golf area that will certainly please the outdoorsy types. You can even treat yourself at the end of the day with a stop at the Muddy Potter Art and Clay Studio, where you can design your own gifts for just under $20. Foodies will also revel in the massive selection of fresh produce, bakery items and groceries available here.
49er Flea Market
10525 49th St. North
Clearwater, FL 33762
Florida is known to hold a lot of history, but who would have thought that some of that history could be found in a local flea market? A great place for treasure hunting, 49er Flea Market holds more than 100 indoor and outdoor booths filled with 50s collectibles, electronics and a fantastic collection of bikes. Potential buyers can even do a little more bargaining of their own by selling or trading items they might want to have taken off their hands. Maybe that vintage Elvis poster you kept in your room all these years may have some value, after all.
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Geraldine Sanchez is a student, fashion blogger, and freelance writer struggling with a case of restless fashion syndrome. She is currently curing it with large doses of retail therapy throughout the Tampa Bay area. Her expertise is on shopping and style. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.