I love Miami Beach.
But I typically steer clear of the beaten path, aka Lincoln Road.
Because that is the main tourist thoroughfare.
I will make an exception to that rule on the occasional Sunday I make it to South Beach for the Lincoln Road Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market.
The show, held every other Sunday, brings in about 125 dealers offering a variety of objects — Art Deco, jewelry, silver and couture items.
Here, you may see traditional antiques paired with wackadoo objects from the ’60s or ’70s, as well as great upcycled objects — we love how some crafty folks are transforming old factory hand trucks into cocktail tables, for example.
The show itself has a great, relaxed vibe. You can shop for a while, stop for lunch and listen to a concert at the New World Symphony’s new space just off Lincoln Road (the ensemble is playing chamber music at 2 p.m. Dec. 20).
Or you simply can stroll, take in the scene and feel like you have escaped to another world — at least for the day.
If nothing else, the people-watching always is fascinating.
The next market is set for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 20 in the 800, 900 and 1000 blocks of Lincoln Road (between Lenox and Meridian avenues). Admission is free. For information and directions, visit antiquecollectiblemarket.com.
The Arcadia Antique Fair is equally strollable, though the people-watching may be decidedly more pedestrian. The next fair is Dec. 26 along Oak Street in downtown Arcadia, about two hours west of West Palm Beach.
Admission is free, and there also are plenty of shops to visit while checking out the outside vendors’ wares. Info: arcadiaFLantiques.com. ¦