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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 hard, you are sure to find something unique and interesting at a bargain price. If you're looking for new items or high-end antiques, this probably isn't the place for you. Other perks of the market include a reasonably priced breakfast and lunch, and free and ample parking.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: Located north east of Tampa, this Gunn Hwy Flea Market is a smaller, out-of-the-way flea market and a good spot to experience local life.

Skye's expert tip: If you're getting an early start, visit on Friday or Saturday as church takes precedence on Sundays.

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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 Farmers Market in the south. This is the perfect opportunity to score the freshest fruit and vegetables from suppliers to all the local supermarkets, fruit stands, and restaurants. The flea market aspect is only open Wednesdays with doors opening at 5 am and features 300 - 500 dealers depending on the season.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: The Plant City Farm & Flea Market features a large farmer's wholesale market that is open every day of the week.

Skye's expert tip: Stop in and say hello to the folks at "Boss Hogg Radio 1360 AM" located on-site in their new remote studio.

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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. Favorite items found amidst the collage of booths include antique clocks, record albums, legal DVDs, obsolete toys, exquisite vintage clothing and accessories, fresh produce and vibrant, healthy plants for home landscaping. Several aisles are air-conditioned, and after intense flea marketing, crispy corn nuggets, funnel cakes and ice-cold beer revitalize visitors.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: From fashion to flooring, you can find it all at the Oldsmar Flea Market with 20 acres and 1,200 vendors

Skye's expert tip: Special features of this market include a discount golf shop and plant nursery.

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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 from another drive-in to Fun-Lan in 1981 and features a quirky collection of outdoor booths overflowing with gorgeous antiques, one-of-a-kind collectibles, sporting equipment, locally made crafts and beautiful fresh produce. Take the whole family and let the movie occupy the kids while the adults explore for treasures. Vendors are friendly and you never know what you will find.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: The Fun-Lan Flea Market is centrally located in Tampa and gets points for its quirky pairing of a drive-in movie with bargain hunting.

Skye's expert tip: Walk in for free or pay $2 to park.

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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, clothing, plants, t-shirts and one-of-a-kind gift ideas. When you're hungry choose from Asian and Hispanic fare, as well as a selection of family favorites such as Pizza, BBQ, Corn-on-the-Cob, Funnel Cakes, and Strawberry Shortcake. Looking for more healthy fare? Try grabbing a fresh Florida orange from one of the produce vendors. The Market also hosts special events and musical entertainment throughout the year. Check their calendar for details.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: Located midway between Tampa and Orlando, International Market World is a perfect pit-stop for sampling local food, searching for gifts, and enjoying live entertainment.

Skye's expert tip: Don't miss the Florida State Championship Bluegrass and Clogging Festival held in March that attracts over 100,000 bluegrass enthusiasts each year!

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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 continually-running outdoor market in Tampa. Local vendors and artists offer fresh local produce, gourmet foods & sauces, fresh baked breads, prepared foods, herbs & plants, pet treats, honey, fine cigars, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath & body products, candles and much more! There is free parking and admission is free. Hours are 9am - 1pm, April to September and 9am - 3pm from October through March.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: Ybor City's Saturday Market makes the list of top markets due to its unique selection of locally produced gift and specialty items.

Skye's expert tip: Stop by the market before exploring Ybor City's other shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

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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 vendors, you can find everything from clothing and collectibles, to kitchen supplies and sporting goods. There is also a farmer's market stocked with fresh, local produce at bargain prices. After you're done shopping, you can take a break in their food court and enjoy some live entertainment. Although open every day but Monday, there is limited access during the week.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: Located south of Tampa in Bradenton, the Red Barn Flea Market is a great day trip for shopaholics featuring selection, food vendors, and live entertainment.

Skye's expert tip: This location hosts a great farmer's market, but is not the best spot to find antiques.

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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 and stalls. You can find almost everything here and get a great deal, but be prepared to bargain for it. This market is perhaps best known for its antiques, but make sure you get there early for the best selection. There are all kinds of food to be had as well, from the all-you-can-eat buffet at the cafe, to ice cream made on the spot.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: The Webster Westside Flea Market is Florida's oldest and best known flea market located an hour north of Tampa.

Skye's expert tip: Parking is $2 and to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic, get there by 7 am.

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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 designer sunglasses and decorative birdhouses to aromatic electric oil lamps and an unparalleled selection of fresh produce. The management also enforces a return policy, a rarity amongst flea markets. Live entertainment, a tram for easy transportation, a jovial beer garden and an international food court complete this extraordinary marketplace.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: Located across the bridge in Pinellas Park, the Wagon Wheel Flea Market is another of the area's largest and most popular markets featuring almost everything.

Skye's expert tip: Good market for a hot day as most vendors are located inside.

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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 hub, venture down the aisles that radiate out from the center like spokes of a wheel. A small sampling of the wares to be found include gardening supplies, eyeglasses, toys, swords, artwork, jewelry, fashion for every style, fresh produce, collectibles and even pets. Make an offer, and make out like a bandit with armloads of treasure.

Recommended for Flea Markets because: The Big Top Flea Market is one of the largest and most diverse of the area's flea markets located just 20 minutes from downtown Tampa.

Skye's expert tip: Pay attention to where you park or you might have trouble finding your car!

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