For The Super Bowl of Flea Markets go to the Rose Bowl!
Yes, that’s right, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. As someone who really enjoys yard sales, estate sales and flea markets, this was the big one for me. My personal Super Bowl! I live on the east coast and planned a family vacation around the second Sunday of the month of January, because that’s when the flea market is held. They hold it the second Sunday of every month. Imagine, how crazy am I that I planned a vacation around going to a flea market. But wait, not just any flea market, I had first heard of this huge flea market, held at the Rose Bowl in Lara Spencer’s, co-anchor for Good Morning America, book, “I Brake for Yard Sales.”
To say there is a huge selection of items would simply not cover it. It is the size of the ROSE BOWL! The prices are great, and yes, the vendors expect you to negotiate. Some of the kinds of things you will find here are, vintage fabrics, Art, old suitcases and trunks, table linens, wood crates decorative frames, post cards, old books, I could go on and on. Of course, there was plenty of painted furniture. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them. Just email me!
Look a whole wall of nothing but re-purposed frames!
There is an admission price. The cost is $8 per person after 9:00 am. If you want to go before that, and believe me the early bird does get the worm, expect to pay more. I wanted to look for decorative hardware for the furniture that I paint and refurbish. There is something new and different everywhere you look.
I even saw and talked to a celebrity. Her name is Anne Ramsey; you may have seen her, depending on your age, on “Mad about You”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager, she was also on one of my favorite shows, ShowTime’s, “Dexter.” She was just walking around shopping, just like the rest of us. I guess celebrities like flea markets too.
Just a little tip if you do decide to go, take something with you to carry your purchases in. Not all of the vendor supply bags. If you’re planning to buy a lot or a large item, bring a luggage cart. They do rent them but it will cost you $10 for the day.
One of the booths that had great ideas for repainting and refurbishing used items.
I was also interested in new Ideas on how to paint furniture. Here are a few pieces I really liked.
I don’t know what happen with the pictures here? Hmm, scratching head.
There were really so many beautiful pieces to see. Sadly, I didn’t find any of the hardware I was looking for. I did however find this colorful, signed framed poster of The Piazza at Covent Gardens in London painted by Christopher Rodgers. I recently saw the same signed poster, without the matting and the frame, going for $99 on eBay. I paid $50 for it matted and framed. I didn’t really think this purchase through; now how was I going to bring it home. We didn’t think it would be that expensive, boy were we wrong. It turned out to be quite a bit more than we thought.
Oh well, I love it and it arrived safely and now makes me happy every time I look at it because it reminds me of the great day I had at my “Super Bowl” of flea markets.