Find yourself in the Orlando area and looking to give your home a shabby chic shot in the arm? I’ve got two words for you — Trader Mae’s.
About a 26-minute drive northwest of downtown Orlando in the suburb of Apopka is 24,000 square feet of home decor goodness. Trader Mae’s Furniture and Decor Market opened in 2013 and quickly became one of the largest resale centers in Central Florida.
Housed in two large warehouses are nearly 100 unique vendors offering everything from primitive, coastal and French vintage to shabby chic, mid-century modern and, my personal favorite, mantiques. Many of the booths are designed to look like little shops where you go in, browse and then take your finds to a centralized cash register to pay. There’s no haggling here. Prices of the items are set as it says on the tags. But we found almost everything reasonably priced. Some of the furniture we looked at was a steal.
The staff is very friendly and eager to help with any questions you might have.
There’s only two real drawbacks to shopping here. The first — you’ll probably end up leaving with more things than you have room for in your car. The second drawback is that there’s no AC in the two buildings making the shopping experience less than ideal when temperatures climb into the 80s and 90s. Trader Mae’s provides free bottled water near the cash registers and you’ll find yourself obliging real quick on a hot, humid Central Florida day.
The best advice can be found on a sign by the roadway: “Shop Early. Beat the Heat.”
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Trader Mae’s Furniture & Decor Market
Open Daily 10-6
2001 N. Rock Springs Road
Apopka, Florida 32712