An Afternoon at the Flea Market

Cow salt and pepper shakers

Yesterday my friend C.J. and I went to the Lafayette Indoor Flea Market, which is like an antique mall with dozens of booths showcasing all manner of treasures and thrift.

I brought a camera along, which I’ve learned is handy to have when I’m with C.J. to capture the frequent photo ops.

Winter hat

 

Perhaps the process of looking at things through a lens clarified my thoughts, because I felt many emotions being stirred up as we wandered the aisles.

Like me, do you ever feel a little disconcerted seeing items juxtaposed in an unusual context?

Flea market finds

 

I don’t especially appreciate seeing familiar objects from my childhood marketed as antiques, either. We had a Watts-Hardy milk box just like this on our front porch in Boulder. Not that long ago.

Milk box

 

Things that were once treasured often become obsolete, a truth you can’t hide in a junk store. In 1984, Cabbage Patch Dolls were all the rage. They were so popular the company couldn’t keep up with demand, customers had fist fights over the dolls, and stores had waiting lists of up to 1,000 buyers.

Today? Not so much.

Cabbage Patch Dolls

 

My heart feels a little twisted when I see an artist’s original works relegated to a corner shelf in the flea market.

Flea market sculptures

 

Some items just creep me out, like these Jim Beam decanters.

Jim Beam bottles

 

I’ve never traveled to Africa or China, but I find it comforting to know that I could still accessorize my home with objects d’art from foreign lands.

African mask

Oriental figurines

 

Some of the old, broken toys make me feel a little sad.

Broken doll

 

But the good thing is, for every sad thing you see in a junk store you’re bound to find something that will make you smile.

Flea market doll

 

Smiles are everywhere, if you just look!

Happy faces

How about you? Do you love poking around in junk stores, or do you find them dreary? Have you ever discovered a fabulous treasure in a flea market? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

Hugs,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

6 comments to An Afternoon at the Flea Market

  • CJ Holloway

    Well, we all know that this is not our first rodeo. Flea markets have been part of our friendship from the very beginning! Thanks for the fun!

  • Colleen

    I don’t find junk stores dreary at all. In fact, that’s how I make a living. My husband and I buy and resell other people’s junk.

    We more than double our money, and you can’t even double your money in the stock market. Granted, the stock market is passive income, but I love the treasure hunt.

  • Your lens is very particular, and seems to be in line with my own eye. Very nice selection of precious treasures across the board. I am assuming that you left most of these behind for others to pick up to enjoy in their home, you being smart enough to just take back with you the images. My favorite? I am drawn to the little China man and the China woman in their nice green slacks. There is something about a silver white haired China girl that just does something for me. Finally, imagine running into Cindy Lauper and getting her to pose with a ceramic cowboy. What a highlight to what would normally be an over-the-top day anyway. Thanks for sharing. The photos were excellent, as was the prose beneath each one. Your fan, Ben

    • Herb, you are right in that I didn’t buy too much with the exception of the furry hat modeled by my friend. Who could resist? Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts….always appreciated.

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