Published: Dec 24, 2011 12:25 AM EST
Updated: Dec 24, 2011 12:52 AM EST

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Many southwest Floridians are getting that last-minute shopping in, and some are discovering locally made items right in their own community. 

The Lehigh Acres Flea Market is located off Homestead Road. It's been at that location for more than 50 years, and now, has grown to about 30 vendors. 

It's a different way for some late christmas shoopers to get a unique gift.

One swipe at a time, Lehigh resident Dan Lippke transorms a tree trunk into a work of art. "I've been at the flea market for two years now," said the woodcarver.

In the building next door Louis Casilla can make you feel more relaxed. "I sell incence, Buddhist stuff," he said.

Both join dozens of vendors selling products at the Lehigh Acres Flea Market.

"We have approximatley 30 vendors and growing," said operation manager Mike Lippke.

Here, is everything from locally grown produce, to clothing, plants, and art.
Visitors say the flea market is a hidden treasure.

"We need this. A lot of us dont know about it," said shopper Donna Powell.

"This is the old Lehigh Acres spring festival grounds, when it was 50 years ago, when it first opened, it was the only building here on the field. Since 50 years ago, we've built many building around it, so it's kind of got a little tucked away, secret hide-away back here," said Mike Lippke.

The vendors say business is up and down, but they hope when you stop by, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

"You're always going to get a smile and a handshake when you come here, and come a time or two, and we're going to remember your name," said Mike Lippke. 

The flea market is open Tuesday - Saturday, from 9:00AM - 4:00PM. Fresh produce is sold seven days a week. Interested in learning more, or becoming a vendor? Call (239) 770-1916.