flea market

just before i got pregnant with gracie, when we still lived in san clemente, i used to own a small business. i rented space in an antique mall and sold treasures there – furniture, chandeliers, decorative things. my philosophy was basically to only sell things i would buy at prices i would pay. well… i’m pretty cheap, and the business didn’t make financial sense after the first year. the timing was fine because we were moving soon anyhow. but i LOVED that business. at the time, anything “shabby chic” was huge (i’m so tired of hearing that phrase – very overused).

i would go to estate sales on thursdays and fridays, garage sales on saturdays, and flea markets on sundays. we actually furnished our entire home on these finds, other than the purchase of our couch. so, the flea markets – oh, how i love a good flea market! i get so giddy and excited to go to these!

sean and i almost always went together. i needed his muscle and his common sense. he also is a really good negotiator – anyone who knows him knows this about him – he rarely pays full price for anything.

but he often made me do the negotiating so i would learn and be confident in it. it was a lot of fun, a lot. but those days are gone, and i no longer have the business income to spend on things i don’t need. we hope to someday go to back and fill a trailer with our finds – when we know the sizes and specifics of what we want.

for those of you who don’t know, so cal is a great place for flea markets. here’s the monthly schedule, to the best of my knowledge:
1st sunday – irvine valley college – no entry fee, small but definitely worth the time
2nd sunday – rose bowl, pasadena – the biggest, the best. overwhelmingly huge. very pricey early entry, like $25, but gets cheaper as it gets later, but the selection is better earlier.
3rd sunday – santa monica airport – mid price entry fee, high priced, but great stuff.
4th sunday – long beach airport – ? entry fee? decent finds
i know there’s more down there, but i’m a bit out of the loop!

and for you local central coasters, the drive in has a flea every sunday. basically a big garage sale – mostly junk (lots), but sometimes some great finds. entry fee is a buck.

we went to the irvine flea last sunday when we were down there. it was so great to have some family time after a few days of nuttiness, to just walk around and look at lovely things. the kids were great, which always makes things better!



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    Jeannett Gibson says:

    Is Silas asleep on daddy’s shoulders?! So cute!

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    Kristen says:

    i love the picture of silas on sean’s shoulders – so cute!

    it looked like a fun, beautiful day! the flea markets i was exposed to in MN, were very junky and dirty. this looked like a fun place with lots of good finds :o)

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    Anonymous says:

    Hi there! Love your blog and all your creativity!! I found you through Lisa Leonards blog. Anyways,I wanted to spread the word about a really coool flea market style sale at RONS Nursey in Grover Beach. I was there this afternoon and lots of cute and unique finds.BTW do you have any of the paint left
    overs. I would’ve loved some of the celery.Thanks

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    how cute is that picture of silas on his “nothing to me’s” shoulder.
    A D O R A B L E!!

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    unfinished says:

    ooooh, the fotos remind me how muchi miss those days at the fleas with you guys. i do believe i have a few of those bottles too. it was fun finding a few in london. where won’t we go for a good bottle. i don’t think we even looked for any when we were all in paris at the flea.

    maybe we can check out ron’s nursery in gb when we are down next week. drive safe. mom

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    Carrie Haughey says:

    aw, love the pic of Silas on Sean’s shoulders when he is all smiley and making daddy’s ears stick out a bit, too cute!

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    Brianna Heldt says:

    such a fun post!!! i’ve never been to a good flea market–i went ONCE to the nipomo swapmeet and it was pure junk. :) i love the look of vintage-y things though!!!

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