Whether you’re searching for that just-right item for your Bradenton apartment or simply want to indulge in a little retail therapy, consider the unique experience of Florida's flea markets. Here in the Bradenton/Sarasota area there are some great options where you can find antiques, kitsch and even fresh produce.
Make sure you set a whole day aside if you’re going to venture out to the Red Barn. Housed in an old, 145,000-square-foot lumberyard, this place features standard flea market fare, fresh produce, prepared foods and even a little entertainment. No matter what you’re hunting for, you’re sure to find it here. Need some jewelry as gift for your mom? Check out the vendors with beautiful baubles. How about a football bobblehead for your Uncle Cliff? One of Red Barn's 600 vendors is sure to have it. Outside, farmers are selling fresh, tasty produce and inside you can grab a sandwich for lunch before plunging back into the maze of booths.
From vintage cars and boats to nicknacks and produce, this swap meet has something for everyone. Along with private swap meet vendors, this venue features handcrafted furniture, local honey, fresh herbs and even a stable of bicycles for sale. Wander the outdoor booths and see what gem catches your eye. Maybe a new plant would brighten your apartment? Perhaps that gorgeous wooden bench is the perfect gift for a friend? When lunchtime rolls around, you’ll find delicious BBQ sandwiches available, too. And if you need to make room in your closet, get a booth, bring your stuff and do you own swap meet selling.
A day trip down to Venice is worth it to experience this colorful place. A landmark destination for over 30 years, the Dome features vintage, quirky, handmade and everything in between. Visit Bob's Jewelry and Joe's Watches to find beautiful accessories. Melissa's Handcrafts boasts intricately sewn items sure to be welcomed as holiday gifts, and John's Luggage will let you pick out all the things you need for your next dream trip. When you need some extra energy, make your way to The Cool Spot snack shack and try a Key West Key Lime Pie Bar, a decadent frozen key lime pie dipped in rich dark chocolate.
So, the next time the urge to splurge strikes, don't just visit any shop around the corner. Go to an interesting area flea market and make your shopping trip a whole experience.