Rose Bowl Flea Market

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, “one of the most famous markets in the world” (as stated on their website).  It’s a very large space with some interesting characters (clowns walking on stilts) and vendors selling everything from furniture, accessories, art, decor, and antiques.

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The idea of going to a flea market is always exciting but then I get there and reality sets in.  There are (at least) two reasons that I’m not well suited to enjoy flea markets.  First, I’m a bit of a germaphobe.  For example, you couldn’t pay me to touch one thing in this pile:

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I don’t care if it $1 or free…No way in hell I’m putting my hands in this pile.

And second, I don’t like to haggle.  If I want it, tell me how much it is and I’ll decide if I want to pay for it.  I’m a dream to a flea market vendor (is there a specific name for that?).  When we travel to countries where it’s expected that you haggle, I absolutely hate it.  I usually get over and do my best…meaning I just give in and pay the second quoted price to make it seem like I haggled.

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Who came up with this nonsense in the first place?

Anyway, I enjoyed myself and would gladly go back in the future.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t in the market for anything right now so didn’t pull the trigger on anything but hibiscus tea.

Vendors ranged from the extra weird:

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$1 Clothes/Vendor selling photos of naked fat women/Metal “sculptures”$1 Clothes/Vendor selling photos of naked fat women/Metal “sculptures”

To the pretty and colorful:

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Ceramic Tiles (maybe hand-painted)/Jewelry/Plants

And great pieces of furniture and interior decor:

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These chairs were delicious…wood was in great condition and would look great with a new fabric on the seat. Price: $350 for the set. (Obviously I didn’t try to haggle down :))

Bar Cart

Everyone’s favorite obsession…bar cart that needs some work but I think it was only $15.

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Sofa was in great condition and just needed to be reupholstered in a different fabric. I think it was $500 but maybe it was more.

Chandeliers, pillows, and rugs were everywhere. I would definitely come here first before looking for a chandelier anywhere else.

Lastly, I have a tendency to go to “events” such as flea markets, sporting events, concerts, etc. simply to eat.  I LOVE street food in all its variation.  So instead of spending time shopping yesterday, I made my way to the overpriced breakfast burrito carts, the super-overpriced frozen lemonade stand, and a few other vendors.  This can’t be good for my goal to look like this woman…

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Sort of hate you…

If you follow me on Instagram (@joystreetdesign) or Facebook or Twitter, you would have seen these pics in real time.  I’m also spending way too much time on Pinterest, so come see me there too.

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