Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Rich widows are the only secondhand goods

that sell at first-class prices." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Well, I beg to differ with one of our "illustrious" founding fathers...being in the antique/vintage/retro...all really secondhand businesses...it is fun to find treasures to sell...true not necessarily top dollar...but survival dollar...and in this economy, survival dollar is good! Now that the semester is over, we can head back to our favorite flea market for buying...Cowtown. It is about an hour away, but we always leave early so that we can have breakfast at the Point 40 Diner...

although the market is also on Saturday, the "flea" folks come out on Tuesdays.
















I am not one of those flashlight flea market buyers...I figure there is always "stuff." So, why not enjoy the early morning breakfast special, and then move on!

Flea markets actually originated in the Middle East, but there outdoor markets are common...no Walmarts or supermarkets cloud their retail visions. Paris was the first place to have an actual flea market in the 1860s.

In Europe, the writers during the time of Emperor Napoleon III handmade goods for the flea markets. The dealers in Europe sold second-hand goods to merchants in order to make money. As time passed, the dealers of Europe moved to Paris and were allowed to sell in alleys and slums of Paris; this is where flea markets were established.

The most famous flea market in Paris is the one at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas).
It covers over 17 acres and is the largest antique market in the world, receiving between 120,000 to 180,000 visitors each weekend. Be still my heart! Flea markets are named after the well-known insect, due to the fact that for the most part, the poor were most commonly found at these events.

Today, flea markets are more commonplace. They are now a worldwide business that make over one million dollars as a worldwide industry. The amount of flea markets that exist are about 5,000 nationwide, with many more outside the country as well. If anyone desires to find new items at inexpensive prices, some markets do resemble a modified dollar store, but there are flea markets that try to maintain a more vintage/antique style like Alameda, Rose Bowl, Shipshewana or Brimfield.

So, since the world did not end yesterday, I will be back out on the quest for "stuff"! Remember to wear comfortable shoes and have your tote bags ready...don't forget small bills...do not overwhelm the folks with MAC money 20s!

2 comments:

Just a bed of roses said...

Flea market buyin' Susan...nice story on the beginning of flea markets...paris, who knew!

Would love to go to some biggie markets...lots of entertainment, mind boggling.

Cant believe you eat breakfast before venturing out for stuff...I would never do that, it's fly out of bed and go!

Now I see where your eating, the temptation would be there, I'm just sayin' temptation to eat first!

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