The second Sunday of each month I hear the siren’s call. The thrill of the hunt lures me out of my bed in the wee hours. Armed with cash money ( vintage itself )a water bottle & my trusty cart I follow the call to the rose bowl stadium in Pasadena. I am in pursuit of the time worn, charming & forgotten….vintage decor. Oh…I can muster that bubbly feeling just writing about it….entering the gates, trolling through the aisles, picking through boxes & bins. Sometimes with a purpose in mind – another ironstone pitcher maybe? – but always open to the unexpected. May seem silly to those not under the spell of the hunt, but if you are a hunter, the type of treasure you seek, whether it be gold, wild game or the perfectly imperfect mirror the feeling is the same – wonder, excitement and thrill upon discovery!
This past Sunday was no exception, albeit that it was freezing. Well, freezing for Southern California – a mere 37 degrees. So in addtion to the $$, water & cart there were gloves ( fingerless better to search with ), scarves & boots. My usual comrades in arms accompanied me on this expedition. Who, well Cheryl & Danalynn of course!
There is always a plan of attack. First hit the French guy with the great stuff, then our grain sack duo Christian & Dustin. These guys sell out fast so we get to their booth early. We use grain sack for our home decor & also our business ( grain sack stocking in our shop are a hit annually ) So this is a business trip too! Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure!
Then it is up & down the countless aisles, talking, laughing & bagging some real gems. Here’s a bit of what we saw…and bought….
The rose bowl isn’t just about hunting down treasures, it is also a bit of theater. There are so many interesting players, the usuals whether buyer or seller, the exhibitionists who dress so flamboyantly one can’t help but stare ( they want us to anyway!) Everyone has a story to tell and if you take some time you can get bits of their histories as well as treasures with histories.
So if you haven’t visited the rose bowl flea market you should. It is held the second Sunday of the month. Admission after 9 (rookies) is $8.00, before that $15 and very early bird $20.00. The spectacle of it alone is worth the price of admission, not to mention you are bound to leave with a very special something that will make you happy and add some “soul” to your home. Let me know when you are going & I will look for you!
** Kelly **
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