Although San Antonio has more than a dozen flea markets in the surrounding region, the Flea Mart on the Poteet Highway, just outside of Loop 410 on San Antonio’s South Side, needs to be on your shopping radar as it is una pulga verdedera.
Piñatas, personalized t-shirts, quinceañera gowns, religious holy cards, Our Lady of Guadalupe key chains, super cute electric cars for tiny tots, and leather cowboy boots made in Guanajuato, Mexico, fill stall after stall. You may even purchase your own grave marker at the Flea Mart. With 50 acres of shopping and parking, you’re bound to find something you need/want.
Ice cold beer, raspas (snow cones), funnel cakes and cotton candy make strolling around this paved and covered flea market even nicer. Live conjunto music starts at noon every Saturday and Sunday. When I was there, people were taking a break from shopping to cruise around the dance floor or just to watch people cruise around the dance floor.
The Flea Mart, located at 12280 Poteet Jourdanton Freeway (Hwy. 16), is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parking costs $2, but it’s free before 10 a.m.
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