Happy Monday All! This weekend we spent our Sunday at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I have to say, I only live about 15 min. away and I haven't been since I was a kid. It was a beautiful day, cool for us, upper 60's with a slight breeze. I wasn't sure what to expect. I have been to antique malls and such but this was such a mixed bag. Unfortunately I was only able to get a few shots then my camera battery died. However here are my musing on the trip.
I have to say, hands down the best deals were on furniture. Amazing pieces. . . we found a huge shabby dining room table and chairs that would seat 8-10 people for only $300. We wanted it sooo bad, even my DH loved it. We did not however have the truck with us. We didn't go planning to buy anything big but in the future we know where to go for furnishings. I also spotted an amazing over sized bench with a beautiful cushion that was white and could easily seat 6. It was under $100. I saw this same bench at an antique store down the street a month ago for over $500.
This is where it gets interesting. Now I am a bargain shopper by nature. However if there is something that is truly worth it I will pay the price. There were many booths with shabby style items/furniture. The prices were crazy! The smallest home accent or trinket averaged $40 and up. I kept telling my DH, I would rather do my shopping from Make Mine Pink get pretty packaging and extras to boot! I picked up a mini pink wire dress form (6 inches maybe) for jewelry and it was $65! I don't know why all the cottage style items were so high. It made me wonder what prices were like at flea markets around the U.S. Are the high prices just a so. cal thing?
I did snag a few deals. I got a bag of cigar boxes for pennies and some lace and costume jewelry. I also found some great Christmas ornaments for a steal. I got a few other yummy things I will keep to myself for now! I went looking for vintage papers, unique trinkets and holiday items and there just weren't many to find, or the few they had were outrageous. Am I being unrealistic with my pricing? I don't expect something for nothing but over $30 for a little bag of regular ol' buttons seems a bit crazy to me.
All in all it was a fun day, the kids had a great time and I did find out about some other great flea markets around so cal that I am planning to hit up in the coming months. Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful week!