I mentioned earlier this week that I had an extended weekend. On Monday we went to the zoo. On Tuesday, we visited another local attraction…
There is a flea market about an hour away that is kind of a local gem. I’ve heard people rave about it my whole life, but I think I had only been there once when I was a little kid. My only memory of it was that the ground was all gravel. My wife and her mother go there every once in a while, and we decided to check it out.
I’m not sure what I was expecting; something like a farmer’s market I guess. And to an extent, it sort of was like that. It was a pretty big place with stalls arranged in a bunch of rows with all the various vendors. There were easily 200 vendors there selling their ware, with a huge variety of items ranging from cheap plastic junk to quality hand-crafted items. They’re only open two days a week, so it’s always pretty busy. And of course my wife said the day we went was the busiest she’d ever seen it.
So, what can you buy at a flea market?
Let me just say that if you’re ever in the market for a pair of $5 knock-off designer sunglasses or $20 knock-off designer purses, the flea market is the place to go. There were also a ton of vendors selling cheap toys (you know, the kind that break within ten minutes of being played with).
However, you can also find some really nice things at the flea market. When we bought our house, my wife purchased these really nice little cabinets that went great with our kitchen. They were hand-crafted and well-made. There are also a lot of home decor items that are pretty nice. In addition to home-made items, there were also a good number of vendors selling local meats, cheeses, produce, and baked goods. We really enjoy homemade baked goods, so we couldn’t come home without buying some cookies.
Overall, I’m glad we went and checked out what the flea market was all about. However, I can’t say that I was too impressed. Yes, you can find some really nice things if you look hard enough, but you have to look past all the knock-offs and junk to get to them. Maybe that’s what all flea markets are like, and I just had too lofty of expectations.
Have you ever been to a flea market? What was it like? Was it anything like I mentioned above?