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The Last of its Kind is Staying Strong at The Saint Augustine Flea Market

By Elisha Neubauer

Saint Augustine is the oldest city in America, so it is no surprise that they like to hold on to their traditions- and the Saint Augustine Flea Market is one of them. The last old fashioned flea market around, the Saint Augustine Flea Market is home to over five hundred unique booths and sellers under their expansive roof, and hosts plenty more vendors outside.

Considered the best shopping experience in the area, the Saint Augustine Flea Market has something for every shopper. With so many distinctive vendors, they offer just about everything you could ever imagine needing, or wanting. In fact, according to John Gravesen, manager of the Saint Augustine Flea Market, their customer base seems to prefer shopping in a flea market compared to utilizing a regular shopping setting. "They can find so many different and unusual things all under one roof," he tells us. "And they find great bargains on things they need."

Variety is one of the biggest differentiators between a conventional shopping setting and the Saint Augustine Flea Market. Unlike a standard mall, whose tenants sign yearly or bi-yearly leases, the vendors of the Flea Market change quite regularly, always giving new choices to repeat customers. "We have some that have been here for years and others just for a day or a weekend," Gravesen explains. "They like to have their yard sales here because of the thousands of shoppers each weekend."

In addition to great merchandise and vendor selections, the Saint Augustine Flea Market offers a Farmer's Market produce merchant as well, giving them another leg up on traditional shopping centers. The produce vendor offers fresh produce, locally grown in the area. "Many shoppers count on being able to stock up on produce when they visit," says Gravesen.

The Flea Market offers many benefits to both shoppers and vendors alike, making it a convenient experience for everyone involved. An easy to access location, just off I-95, starts the encounter off on the right foot, which is extremely beneficial for both buyers and sellers. Conveniently enough, there's no need to drive around relentlessly looking for a parking spot. There is plenty of parking for cars, tractor-trailers, and RVs.

Once inside, there are hundreds of vendors, both inside and out, great food and fresh produce, clean restrooms, and free courtesy wheelchairs and strollers for those who may need them. The Flea Market also offers great hours- open to shoppers on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm, with offices open Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm for vendors, reservations and information.

The last of the old fashioned flea markets, the Saint Augustine Flea Market is teeming with eclectic vendors, such as Edna's Treasures, Guitar Sales and Repair, Big Bear Armory, and Vern's Peanuts. "We are a flea market with a great produce vendor that has been a part of the market for years," states Gravesen. "We have just about anything you could imagine. The Saint Augustine Flea Market is the real thing."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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