The Best Southern Flea Markets

Don't have hopes of an exciting day at the flea market dashed by garage-sale junk or cheap plastic toys. These Southern flea markets are really worth the trip.

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Lakewood 400 Antiques Market in Cumming, Georgia

Named One of the Best by Huffington Post and USA Today, Lakewood 400 Antiques Market in upscale North Atlanta is held on the third weekend of each month. There's abundant parking, and if you get hungry, there's an on-site restaurant. Other services include jewelry repair, restoration, and appraisal, as well as on-site framing and furniture restoration.

Times: Hours are Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Admission is $3 and good for the entire weekend. Children age 12 and under are free.

For more info, including the market's Annual Antiques & Gift Show, visit the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market website or follow them on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy Lakewood 400 Antiques

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Round Top Antiques Show in Round Top, Texas

They do everything bigger in Texas, and that includes flea markets. The Round Top Antiques Show is no exception. Held twice a year in the spring and fall, the show spans three weeks and miles and miles of antiques. It's a favorite for a reason. Frequented by Texas native and HGTV Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines, as well as Amie and Jolie Sykes (HGTV's Junk Gypsies), this is a big event, so plan accordingly.

This show gets bigger the longer it goes and attracts visitors and vendors from all over the country. If you're new, going early and on a weekday might be your best bet. The third and final week is the busiest, but it also offers some of the best shopping for designers and serious collectors. Some of the bigger shows are only open this week.

Times: Some venues open as early as 7 a.m.; other venues have set hours. Prime time is generally 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Logistics: Wear comfortable shoes. Bring a water bottle. Be patient. Plan on a crowd, and depending on when you go, plan on being hot. (It's Texas, y'all!) Also, keep in mind that most of these towns are very small and aren't equipped like bigger cities for events like these. You might have to wait until you get home to Instagram all those great finds, or at least until you reach the next big city. In other words, plan on doing it in true Southern fashion: at a slower pace.

For more information, check out the Antiques Weekend website and the Round Top Register website for an insider's guide and show map.

The Old Lucketts Store in Leesburg, Virginia

Perhaps best known for local celebrity and blogger Marion Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed), The Old Lucketts Store describes its style as vintage hip. In addition to antiques, it offers paint classes, as well as smaller-scale outdoor markets in April through November. But the store's biggest show of the year is the Spring Market, where you'll find furniture, architectural salvage, home decor, and more. You'll even find Miss Mustard Seed herself. With 170+ vendors, bring a truck ... and maybe a trailer, too!

Times: The store is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Outdoor markets the first weekend of the month, April-November. Spring Market is held annually in May; check website for exact dates and times.

Admission: Spring Market is $10 per person daily on Saturday and Sunday; includes parking. No pets allowed. Advance VIP tickets available for Friday.

For more information, visit The Old Luckett's Store website or follow them on Facebook.

Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market in Miami Beach, Florida

In case the beach, the climate, or the sometimes relaxed, sometimes party atmosphere of Miami Beach isn't enough for you, there's always the Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market. 

Located on historic Lincoln Road, home to some of Miami Beach's finest shops and restaurants in the heart of the Art Deco district, the market offers loads of vintage goods including clothing, jewelry, and art, plus designer and midcentury furniture. Big enough to be exciting but small enough not to be overwhelming, Lincoln Road is a premier 125-vendor market.

Times: Open Sundays 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Always free. Street and lot parking is available.

For more info, visit the Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market website or visit their page on Facebook.

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