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The best flea markets in the Southeast

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Get deals on vintage finds

In warm-weather climates, flea markets stay open year-round. Discover the best places for vintage finds in the Southeast U.S.
Pendergrass Flea Market
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Whether you are looking for a good deal on used tools or antiques to spice up your home, a flea market is the perfect place to start searching. Enjoy fried food, local charm and unique finds at one of these top flea markets in the Southeast.

1

Great Smokies Flea Market

After opening almost 25 years ago, the Great Smokies Flea Market has hosted around 5,000 visitors a day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Parking is free, and local vendors sell tasty home-cooked food to keep you energized for flea-market picking.

2

Pendergrass Flea Market

Located northeast of Athens, Georgia, Pendergrass Flea Market is an enormous indoor flea market with family-friendly attractions, such as a small zoo and amusement-park rides. Because many vendors carry new items, it isn't your best bet for antiques — but it is a whole lot of fun.

3

Mustang Flea Market

At Mustang Flea Market, shoppers can pick up locally-grown produce and fresh seafood in addition to unique treasures and vintage finds. When you are done shopping, visit nearby Cajun Cafe for craft beer and authentic jambalaya.

  • Located in Pinellas Park, Florida
  • 727-544-3066
4

Anderson Jockey Lot and Farmers' Market

If you are tired of sifting through bootlegs, Anderson Jockey Lot is a breath of fresh air. This small-town country flea market is brimming with vintage goodies. Wear a good pair of walking shoes; it will take hours to explore the indoor and outdoor booths at this expansive market.

5

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market

These days, flea markets do not always involve antiques. At Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, you will find true classics. It is the perfect place to find a statement piece for your home or a foundation for a furniture renovation project. The $3 admission is worth the quality of the finds.

Flea market shopping tips

Make the most out of your flea market shopping trip with these handy tips.

  • Avoid stalls selling new items. Knock offs and imports are not good quality and may be sold by a vendor skirting the law.
  • Bring cash. Some booths may accept credit, but you are always better off with cash.
  • Haggle politely. The first price you see is never the final price. Haggle for a better price, but be polite.
  • Wear sunscreen. You do not want to bring home a sunburn in addition to cool antiques.
  • Know your materials. If you are looking for vintage items and antiques, practice spotting quality, such as hardwood and precious metals.
  • Avoid purchasing animals. Seek reputable breeders, or better yet, adopt your next pet.

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