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Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Flea Market & Wikipedia

As I typed in "Flea Market" I wondered for the umpteenth time why do they call them flea markets? When a young lad I knew them as "Swap Meets". So I took the time to Google it and went to Wikipedia as I so often do to educate myself. You can click on that Wikepedia word over there to find out about flea markets and when you do, consider giving Wikipedia a donation to help keep them up and running and most of all advertising free!

Here is a couple of the more interesting things spotted this time at my local flea market:

I don't know if these little creatures are from some current popular movie, TV show or cartoon (and I am not Googling it to find out either) but they did stop me in my tracks.

Now if I were a girl...you betcha I would!

Those were the days you had to know proper spelling, punctuation and grammar.
(Now see, I've got real stupid since computers for I had misspelled 5 words in this post including the word misspelled!) 
No computer to do the thinking for you.
No accidentally hitting a delete button or a system crash and losing everything you wrote either.

This guy's spot, I really had to hold myself back from making a purchase. He had a cardboard box filled with items wrapped in old newspaper. I started unwrapping things and all were old medicine, elixir, and whiskey bottles from the 1800's. Even a Chinese opium bottle (I already have one). I asked if he was aware of what was in there for most all of his junk was like what you would get from buying unclaimed lots from a storage unit. He was and said "You can take the entire box. Make me an offer." Based on what he was selling things for I probably could have had it for $20 or $30. One bottle alone would fetch that on eBay, but these days I just don't feel like dealing with it. And to keep it for myself, it would not be the same as everything I have in my collection I have found in the desert. I took this picture for even these would interest the beer can collector. Do you remember opening a beer or soda can with a "church key"?

Someone's art piece that would mean something to the infantry man of WW2.

So did I buy anything you ask?
 And with that I bid you all a hot dog of a New Year!



10 comments:

  1. that's my kind of shopping! looking but not buying - except for eating! :)

    i do remember my father opening some of those old beer cans with that pointy can opener thingy. :)

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  2. Loved the vintage cans!
    Have a wonderful 2012 John and Sinbad! ;-)

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  3. Love these pics. What fun to wander around a flea market! But I'm with you. Probably the only thing I would buy would be that hot dog! Back at you with the wishes for a great new year!

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  4. I wish you and all your family (and Sinbad of course)a wonderful 2012 John..
    Take care my friend.

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  5. Hi John...Great video yesterday amazing amount of water birds there !!
    So now that I have "ketched-up" ; }
    I going to say I how you "relish" the new year...sorry couldn't help myself hahaha!! Hot Doggy have a good one!!
    Grace

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  6. I love a good Flea Market! I would have probably bought that typewriter.

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  7. Love flea markets! Wishing you and Sinbad and all around you the best of 2012!

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  8. man that hot dog looks good. but it needs two slices of cucumbers, celery salt, more chopped onions, a poppy-seed bun, and some hot sport peppers on it to be Chicago style - the only way I'll eat them. oh, and no catsup. yeah, I know. But Del Monte did at one time spell it that way on their bottles. I kid you not. would you believe me if I told you I have a wig just like that, only two inches shorter? yep. it's true. And it's my favorite good-time costume. you have a cool flea market in your area.

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  9. and I have been looking for a typewritter like that!!

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