Our visitors from Canada, Michigan, and New York have become pretty expert on finding interesting experiences for their cheap Florida vacation.
The booths were laid out north-south on the big playground/park area out back. There were tables for jewelery, art, and memorabilia...as well tables for hardware, food, produce, and some things that looked like leftovers from a church bazaar.
The Treasure Island Open Air Market is well-received
This little sign tipped me off to the Open Air Market a few days before. These were placed in several strategic places along 107th Avenue.
The Treasure Island Community Center is pretty easy to find. At 1 Park Place & 106th Avenue, it is just south of the "downtown" area.
The giant pirate at the north end of the playground is a great landmark.
The vendor tables lined both sides of the lawn and people were already examining the curious and interesting articles for sale.
A karaoke machine was clearly visible, but no one was participating...yet. A CD of 60's and 70's songs was playing and lots of people seemed to be singing along as they shopped.
This bright red table of large jewelery caught my eye first. I don't know how many sales they made, but the way it was laid out certainly was a draw to the shoppers.
This "Mood Lipstick" sign caught my eye about the same time. My girlfriend wasn't with me, but I know she would have wanted to see what THAT was all about. To me, it was better just left alone.
There were several tables, though, that had a hodge-podge of what looked like costume jewelery. I guess it sells real well. How women have the patience to look through it, though, is beyond me.
Another table was selling lawn ornaments. It looked like a great deal of time had been put into crafting them.
The table selling memorabilia interested me, but there was always a crowd around the items and I couldn't get as good a look as I wanted.
How could the Treasure Island Open Air Market be legit without selling colorful tie-dyed shirts, wrap-around sunglasses, and motorcycle/whiskey logo caps? I mean...this is where it all started, right?
The produce stand was probably the biggest draw for us locals. The prices were good and the fruits and vegetables looked beautiful.
As I was leaving the Treasure Island Open Air Market, I noticed a small table offering Census Bureau jobs for $13.25 an hour. It was completely unexpected, but good insight on their part. He seemed to be getting some interest, also.
I was glad I came. The day was cool and I got to talk to a lot of nice people. Most were visitors trying to immerse themselves in the Florida beach lifestyle, and seemed to be enjoying themselves while doing it.