(a.k.a one of my favorite nights of the year.)
I live near a fairgrounds that holds this all night (4 pm- 4am) flea market every year. I've been going for years now and it's one of those calendar landmarks I look forward to every August. I used to stay up late and go, since the deals get better as the night goes on, but I can't jive with that lifestyle anymore. I think this year was the earliest I've gone: 8:30, right after the kids' bedtime. Some day I hope to go at 3 am because I'm sure by then the sellers are practically paying you to cart their junk away.
My favorite part of going is just the people watching. There was a hippie band playing obligatory but not entirely unlistenable covers of CSNY. Random leftover early 00s goth people. Old guys fully commited to the beard lifestyle. High school hipster kids. Suburban older middle aged women alone or in pairs. Also, and this bugs me EVERY year, families with little kids. Come on! Don't bring your kids to this kind of weirdo factory at 10 pm. About every third kid I saw was crying or having a meltdown.
Here are some of my finds. I think I spent about $8 total. Sweet.
A few pillow cases, and a sheet in that same pink floral pattern. I'm planning on using the sheet for the back of Norah's quilt. You know, that one I may or may not ever make but have already bought most of the fabric for.
The books and the quilt were from the same seller. There are certain booths that are like pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, and this was one of them. I try to find the sellers that basically look like they took the contents of their grandparents basement and spilled it out on a table. The lady that sold me these said, "Yeah, we were cleaning out our closets and thought we'd see if we could make a little cash." Anyone that is too precious with their merchandise? You just know they're going to rip you off. Dude. Like those bad amateur oil paintings you can find at any salvation army for like a quarter apiece? Some guy was trying to sell them for $20 or more. I saw a terrible clown painting tagged $30! I actually laughed out loud.
Funny giant bead necklace and cute leather bracelet. The bracelet, while it technically fits, kind of cuts off wrist circulation. Sad face. I'll probably save it for Norah's dress up bin, but if you have a really tiny wrist and want to lay claim, let me know. It cost me one bone so I wouldn't even make you pay for it.
I could have spent a ton of money. I debated on a few vintage floral tablecloths. There was one I probably should have gone back for, because it was in good condition and that's the kind of treasure I don't normally run across at regular thrift stores. But when it comes to old cheap stuff I get really miser-y. It was $15, and in secondhand money that's pretty steep for me.
Oh friends! I wish you all could have been there with me. There really is so much good stuff that you would have loved. Great condition and pretty colored Pyrex, old puzzles and games, nice linens, interesting furniture pieces, truly adorable vintage girls dresses, lots of weird old books and photographs. Of course, it's all mixed in with cheap sunglasses and sports memorabilia and the truly deluded people still trying to sell beanie babies or smurfs figurines for a ton of money. But it's so fun. You should all come visit next year. I'm serious.