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January 07, 2009

Marine bargains abound at annual Islamorada flea market

Marine bargains abound at annual Islamorada flea market

Like the 1980s fast-food commercial, "parts is parts" at the 14th annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22, at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key.

The two-day open-air market allows bargain hunters to check out new and used boat parts, electronics, marine products, scuba and snorkel gear, dock equipment, nautical arts and crafts, fishing gear and clothing. All parts and equipment, whether unusual or necessary, make life easier in, on or under water in the Keys.

Poking through boxes of loose parts, boaters who have been everywhere and seen everything often turn up the oddball or one-of-a-kind fitting found nowhere else.

Fish chasers looking for deeply discounted rods, reels, line and lures come from miles away to ogle the angling gear on display.
Water lovers of all ages come to find tools and toys, art lovers discover arts and crafts, and sun worshippers enjoy a day at the park.

Flea market hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. There is no charge for admission.

All funds raised benefit the Upper Keys Rotary Foundation Scholarship fund, which helps local students pay for college.

For more information or vendor registration, visit the Upper Keys Rotary Club Web site at www.giganticnauticalfleamarket.org or call (305) 453-3802.