Visiting the Festival Flea Market: a rainy day in Fort Lauderdale

Carousel horse at Festival Flea Market

The Festival Flea Market: Our tip for a rainy day in Fort Lauderdale

The weather gods obviously know our itinerary, because today is the perfect day for rain, as we had planned a visit to Fort Lauderdale's Festival Flea Market for that day. I love markets of all kinds - and flea markets are no exception, especially when they're as massive as the Festival Flea Market at 2900 Sample Street in Pompano Beach, a north suburb of Ft. Lauderdale. Apparently we're not the only ones who think so, because the parking lot in front of the huge hall where the flea market is located is already packed. And together with us, more and more visitors line up in the turning lane to the flea market. Americans love everything that is old - and it doesn't matter what it is. This is perhaps also the reason why this flea market is open every day.


Lamps of all kinds at the Festival Flea Market
Lamps of all kinds at the Festival Flea Market


History of the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach

It all started in 1986 as the Pompano Outlet Mall. However, just two years later the project ran into difficulties. The turning point came in 1991. Shooter Properties bought the site and turned it into a flea market. Since then it has been called the Festival Flea Market Mall. The market is on West Sample Road, just two miles west of I-95 at the Florida Turnpike.

The Festival Flea Market is now a private company. It employs between 50 and 99 people. The market itself stretches over a quarter of a mile and features more than 800 shops. Here you will find branded goods at outlet prices. But the market offers more than just shopping. It is a meeting point for people from all over the world. The merchants sell designer jewelry, electronics, clothing and shoes. Grocery, furniture, antiques and luggage can also be found here.


Jewelery discreet or strikingly large


Visit to Fort Lauderdale's Festival Flea Market


Striking are the many jewelery stands that sell everything from jewelery to necklaces made of real stones to old jewelery. As we look closer at the offer in one of the jewelery stores, the owner comes straight to us and announces that everything is at half price - a gorgeous necklace that fits perfectly on a dark blue sweater, for 70, - dollars? Maybe not a bad buy? And maybe we can trade something down? But we finally decide against a purchase. When do I already wear jewelry?


Flip Flop Boulevard at Festival Flea Market
Slippers have their own street


The Flip Flop Boulevard

That Fort Lauderdale is a bathing paradise, can hardly be overlooked in the flea market. The Flip Flop Boulevard leads us directly to the right accessories and shoes for the beach. Bathing suits, pareos, sunglasses, beach towels and beach bags - all can be found on this shopping mile in the Festival Flea Market.


Hat fashion at Festival Flea Market
Huge selection for hat lovers


Hat creations - old and new

If you like hats, you'll find a real treasure trove at the flea market in Fort Lauderdale: we discover elegant hat creations, which could even be seen at an event in the highest circles, as well as thousands of baseball caps. There are straw hats in the most beautiful shapes and even for the suitcase. And cowboy hats should not be missing, of course. Finally we are in America!


Souvenirs at Festival Flea Market
Souvenirs at Festival Flea Market


Souvenirs at the Hillsboro Antique Mall

Souvenir hunters should not miss the Hillsboro Antique Mall at the east end of the flea market halls. There are old American advertising signs, which are wonderful as a decor for the local walls, in many selections. Dishes, oil paintings, fine porcelain, we find - as well as a circus horse hanging over our heads. I would like that. But where to go and, above all, how can I get this almost life-size pony into the plane without paying huge sums for transportation? So continue with the search for a matching memento of our Floridareise.

This corner of the flea market is also popular with children. But there is still more to be done for Families with children in Fort Lauderdale.


Wooden airplane to play with
Wooden airplane to play with


Petar likes a metal toy airplane big enough for him to sit in. That's cute, but - like the circus horse - just too big. And so, with a heavy heart, we decide to settle for an old metal advertising sign. That at least fits easily in the suitcase and is still so light that there are no charges for excess baggage. After some amusing hours during our visit to the flea market, where we rummaged in American memorabilia, we make our way back to our hotel. And the rain, which is still falling, does not bother us a bit.


Valuable porcelain work
Valuable porcelain work



What you need to know to visit the Festival Flea Market in Fort Lauderdale

The Festival Flea Market in Fort Lauderdale is a special place to shop. It is located at 2900 West Sample Road, two miles west of I-95 at the Florida Turnpike. Flea Market is easy to get to whether you're coming from Fort Lauderdale or Miami.

The opening hours are customer-friendly. The market opens its doors daily. You can shop from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 17:00 p.m. On weekends, the doors are open from 9:30 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. So you have enough time to explore everything in peace.

The products offered are diverse. Here you will find over 800 shops with branded goods at outlet prices. Whether designer jewellery, electronics, clothing or shoes, the selection is large. Grocery, furniture, antiques and luggage can also be found here. There is something for every taste. A Overview of the shops you can get one at the Festival Flea Market Mall here.

But the Festival Flea Market offers more than just products. The services are just as varied. There are boutiques, kiosks, push carts and food court restaurants. The dealers are friendly and happy to help you. They make shopping an experience.


Table decoration
Table decoration




Festival Flea Market
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If the article has made you want more markets, then look at the Blog Parade Gudrun on the Markets of the world .

Source: own on-site research courtesy of GFLCVB. However, our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Visiting the Festival Flea Market: a rainy day in Fort Lauderdale

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.

4 thoughts too "Visiting the Festival Flea Market: a rainy day in Fort Lauderdale"

    1. We have come home with souvenirs :). It was just - unfortunately - not the great horse. But the market is just great for a job!

  1. The horse looked like a unicorn at first. I'm sorry. But anyway: I would like to browse something like that! Can not you let that shipple to Germany? Saves the luggage load ... but probably also costs money again.

    I push the Dsumen for more / again sun!

    Greetings ausm Krümelschnee

    1. Only where at home - when I put that in our apartment, which is full ;-). But you can dream, right?

      Meanwhile, it has stopped raining again. And so at least I had the opportunity to write a first post about the journey ...

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