One of my favorite ways to spend a weekend morning is at an antique flea market. I have shared my thoughts about how to shop at flea markets in a previous post. I try to go to as many as I can because but I think all flea markets are great. You just need to know what to look for!
Sunday morning I woke up and realized it was the second Sunday of the month. And that meant that the Rose Bowl Flea Market was happening a few miles from my home. Even though it was 87 degrees at 7:30 am I decided to make a visit. So I threw my metal shopping cart in the back of my car and with my coffee in hand I headed to the Rose Bowl.
I entered the show by 8:00 am which is a good thing. Every hour the cost of admission decreases and at 9:00 it gets really cheap. And it’s as if the floodgates open and everyone pours in. I never quite understood that, since the admission price only drops from $12 to $7.00. Personally, I like to beat the crowds.
I found a pretty handmade antique quilt right away for $15.00. I had a feeling I would get a good price because it was in a booth that only had wooden furniture (remember tip #7?). It’s a bit worn but that was fine. I can always cut it up for pillows or something Christmas related.
The new item that I am seeing everywhere are these blanket type fabrics. I know they would make great pillows and they seem really popular. Does anybody know the story behind these?
My favorite purchase was an old wooden tool box. It only cost $5.00 and I bought it from a guy that had pure junk in his booth. I almost walked right past him but I had just spent ten minutes looking at some wonderful small succulent plants at a booth nearby. And the minute I saw the tool box I knew what I wanted to do with it!
So I went back to the succulent booth and forty succulents later, my tool box was full!
I think the Long Beach Antique Flea Market is next weekend. Oh darn.