The Northside Flea Market in North Fort Myers, FL, reopened last week, welcoming crowds with a 1950s theme that harkened its original opening in 1958. Having closed in the mid-2000s, the reopening celebration featured live music, a classic car show and more than 250 vendors. As the biggest and oldest flea market in the area, the market will host events each month, including a Muscle Car Show in November, sponsored by USACI.
The market features permanent fixtures, such as The 50s Diner, where hungry patrons will find poodle skirted waitresses, blue plate lunch specials and a daily $4 Big Breakfast Special. The diner opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Northside Flea Market also features a restored authentic movie screen, which turns the market into a drive-in theater on select nights. The market is open year round for local farmers, fishmongers and vendors with all varieties of merchandise and, in 2013, it plans to add a new screen for drive-in movies to help draw crowds. “What I think is the most brilliant part of their plan is adding the diner,” comments drive-in blogger Anna Thyme. “It’s great to see another drive-in embrace its restaurant and use its resources for more than movie time munchies.”
Operating every Wednesday and Saturday, market gates open for vendor setup at 5 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Seasonal rates from September through April are $10 to $12 for a 10′ by 20′ space, available for daily or monthly rentals. Single table rentals are $5. Northside Flea Market also offers a yard sale service, allowing items to be dropped off at the market for a market employee to sort, price and sell. Participants receive 50 percent of the sales in this program, and remaining items are either returned or donated to Goodwill Enterprises of Southwest Florida.
The Northside Flea Market is located at 2521 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 33917. More information can be found by calling 239-849-1916, by visiting www.northsidefleamarket.com or by finding the market on Facebook, where it runs contests for free movie passes.