Bargains Abound at Quirky Tampa Area Flea Markets



Those in the know find the best deals in Tampa at one the area's many flea markets. Each market has its own flavor and specialties, with one being the best spot for antiques, and another great for arts and crafts. Some are big and some are small, but they all offer an authentic glimpse into local life. To find the best flea market to suite your interests, 10 Best has compiled a list of the top options to choose from.

If you're looking to get lost for a few hours (or days), visit the enormous Big Top Flea Market. Hard to miss with its colorful striped roof, this market features over 1,200 stalls to choose from. While large, the Big Top is fairly easy to negotiate as it's organized around a central hub with stall lined spokes radiating out from the middle.

One of the smallest fleas in the area is the Gunn Hwy Flea Market. This market is a favorite of antique dealers looking to find hidden gems. Its small size also lends itself to a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with many of the vendors being long-time veterans of the market. 


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Tampa Bay Northwestern Outskirts


The Gunn Highway Flea Market is a throw-back to the way flea markets used to be. It's smaller than most in the area and has a slower pace. This market specializes in yard sale items, fresh produce, used books, and vintage clothing. If you look...  Read More


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Tampa Bay Eastern Outskirts


Located in Plant City, just 30 minutes east of Tampa, is the Plant City Farm & Flea Market that is notable for it's 7-day-a-week wholesale farmer's market that has grown since its inception in the late 80's into one of the larger Independent...  Read More




One of the most spirited spots in the Tampa, Florida area, this cherished flea market's 1,000-plus booths and lively atmosphere draw huge crowds every weekend. With a good mix of old and new, this is one of most well-rounded markets in the area....  Read More


Fun-Lan Swap Shop Flea Market


What could be more fun than a drive-in movie followed by flea market browsing? This Tampa landmark, and one of the busiest markets in the Bay, is located at the historic Fun-Lan Drive-In Theater, originally opened in 1950. The swap shop moved...  Read More




International Market World is located about 40 miles east of Tampa, but is well worth the drive with over 1,200 vendors offering shopping, dining and entertainment options. Bargains can be found with all types of merchandise, tools, crafts,...  Read More


Ybor City Saturday Market
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Located in heart of Tampa's historic district, the Ybor City Saturday Market is a popular spot for finding locally produced gifts and specialty items unique to the area. The Market has been operating since 2000 and is the largest...  Read More


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Outside the city


The Red Barn Flea Market is located less than an hour south of Tampa and boasts a daily attendance of 10,000 in their 145,000 square foot facility. It's also large, clean, air-conditioned, and has a family-friendly appeal. Featuring over 650...  Read More




The Webster Westside Flea Market is for serious bargain hunters and is generally thought to be the best flea market in Florida, if not the entire southeast. People flock from all over the state to search through the overwhelming number of booths...  Read More




Born from a single roadside vendor in 1966, this market has grown to over over 1,100 vendors with an average daily attendance of 20,000. This flea market is a Tampa area must with friendly vendors offering merchandise ranging from knockoff...  Read More




The biggest and best of all Tampa's flea markets, Big Top is a colorful, festival-like market with over 500 vendors, more than 1,200 booths and the Bay's most intriguing people watching. After energizing at the food court located in the central...  Read More


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Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye

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