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Auburndale Flea Market - Orlando / Florida Guide

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When you have visited Florida a number of times and are theme-parked out you may well want to explore the real Florida where most Floridians live and raise their families. You may well have visited the flea markets on the 192 but these are still aimed at the tourist market.

We wanted to frame some new pictures that we had bought and we were recommended to go to a stall at Auburndale. The Flea market is held every Saturday and Sunday in a dedicated series of market halls.

We had never been to Auburndale before and the drive there was part of the enjoyment. There are lovely lakeside homes with their jetties on the lake and their boats suspended out of the water. It looked an idyllic lifestyle. Arrival at Auburndale was a bit of an anticlimax as you go through a street that could be in any American Town. A word of warning if you put the address into a TomTom sat nav it leaves you almost a mile short of the location so just keep going.

There is a great fruit and vegetable hall with lots of fresh products but the largest hall is devoted to other household goods. We found our picture frame stall and the choice was amazing and best of all they framed the pictures for us. Mr Kim is definitely recommended. Another tip: you can park at the back of the hall and this is much better for many of the household stalls. There were plants for sale too at prices that made a mockery of our local garden centres. There were second hand furniture stalls, bric a bac stalls, kitchen ware stalls and bedding stalls. In fact: you namit; they sold it.

To help to make it a family occasion there are always shows on as well so the children can be entertained while their parents do the shopping. When we were there it was circus acts. There is permanent seating for this and the area is used for concerts as well.

As we are spending more time in Florida we are really enjoying exploring the smaller towns in the surrounding area. We also find them great places to shop with much more realistic prices than in the tourist areas around Kissimmee. We picked up some metal wall ornaments for less than half the price we had seen them at Celebration Farmers Market

This is a trip that could easily be combined with a visit to The History of Flight.

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