It’s always a treat when you discover hidden gems for a great price. In Miami, you'll find flea markets from the Redlands near horse country all the way up to Fort Lauderdale (which is technically not in Miami, but it’s just a 20 to 30 minute drive from all the Magic City action). Grab a truck and get a move on; the earlier the better, because Miami gets hot, and it’s never fun scouring for goodies in the scorching heat. Whether you’re in need of some car parts, vintage clothes, cool furniture (that may or may not need a little refresh) or just want to try a food you’ve never had before, a day at a South Florida flea market is always a day well spent.
The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop
This place claims to be the world’s largest daily flea market and you definitely need a full day to sift through everything. Open every day, 365 days a year including holidays, the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop is home to over 2,000 vendors. If you’re not a fan of driving 30 minutes north or so from Miami, make an adventurous day out of it; hop on the Brightline, grab a drink and get ready for a day filled with fabulous vintage finds. One thing you might not expect to find at this (or any flea market) is a drive-in movie theater, but old-school dreams do come true after all. Gates open at 8:30 p.m. nightly and the cost is $7 per adult and $2 per child, a steal compared to modern day movie prices.
Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market
Located a little north of downtown Miami, the Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market (which is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and has been in business for over 40 years) is an outdoor flea market with over 500 stores selling new and used goods, and fresh, local produce to boot. There are restaurants here, and a supermarket, and with free events and raffles taking place pretty often, you never know if you might get lucky during your visit, which makes the adventure even more worthwhile. More than 15,000 people visit this massive flea on a weekly basis and it’s no wonder. With over 55 acres of shopping space, there’s never a dull moment or the chance to be bored.
Redland Market Village
This indoor and outdoor flea market in Homestead started as a family-run, weekly farmer’s market back in 1987, but today it takes place every day. Drop in to the 27-acre space for food trucks, plants, leather goods, antiques and even car detailing. Need electronics? Redland Market Village has you covered. How about furniture or jewelry? You can find both here, too. The greatest treat at this flea market, though,, is the abundance of Mexican-inspired dishes. Mexican food isn’t as common on the East Coast as it is out West and, boy, are we glad it’s available and authentic in this part of South Florida.
The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market
An interesting variation of the traditional flea market, the Dania Marine Flea is the largest marine flea market (aka “nautical swap shop”) in the world since 1979. It takes place once a year over a four-day period and hosts over 300 vendors in Hallandale Beach. If you have a penchant for boating or fishing equipment, this is a great flea market to check out. Of course, food and drinks are for sale here, as well. The Dania Beach Marine Flea’s website boasts an “informal, almost party-like atmosphere” and we’d say this is a pretty accurate depiction of what to look forward to there. Even if you’re not a marine enthusiast, it’s worth checking out this flea even if its just once.
Tropicana Flea Market
Open weekly, Friday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Tropicana Flea Market was established in 1992 and hosts all kinds of vendors. This one is heavy on the Latin-American cultural influences and we’re here for it. Authentic Latin fare abounds and at phenomenally-low prices, too. Tropicana Flea Market is home to over 200 indoor and outdoor booths, carrying everything from shoes and clothing to pet supplies, cosmetics, bedding, auto accessories and tires, furniture, produce, tools and more.