We live about 1/2 hour from one of the largest flea markets in the U.S. Back in the 80s it was a must day trip for us. We would go leave at about 6 A.M. to beat the truck traffic and morning rush hour on the highway. We always stopped for breakfast along the way. It took ALL day to walk through the vender tents and believe me many items caught your eye. My Go-To sterling silver jewelry guy had a shop and you could buy authentic Indian made turquoise pieces and other hand tooled items.
I recently read an article on Yahoo that talked about flea markets and how they have become a place to buy cheaply made Chinese items. One Dollar Store booth after another. Then it listed the 10 best flea markets in the U.S. and included Shipshewana. I can only wonder when the last time the reporter had visited. There are VERY FEW "flea market" booths remaining. It has become booth after booth of dollar store items..many booths that are merely an extension of the shops you can find in the Shipshewana Downtown shops. They even had bouncy houses set up. And Camels! It was hardly worth the walk through each aisle. I found a car telephone holder for $6.00 that Terry has wanted to buy. I bought him a T-shirt that says "Don't Bother Me I'm Only Talking To My Dog Today". Very appropriate when Terry gets ...testy with me. I also found elbow braces for him. He has lost all cartilage in his left elbow and wears a brace all the time. They were only $2.00 each so now we have spares to switch out when it needs to be washed. We skipped a lot of aisles due to repetitive shops. Terry pooped out and waited in the car for Laurie and I to call it. That's it. All I bought except....
Plants. I love the part of the flea market that sells fruits and vegetables. But I can't resist the venders that bring perennials to sell.
They are always healthy and unique varieties. I bought three different varieties of day lily, all beautiful shades of red and very dark red. I especially love the one named Chicago Cherokee. Dark red with yellow center. Heck, I would have bought it just for the name, lol, in honor of the Blackhawk win.
There were so many other plants to choose from, but this year I am especially drawn to Day Lily and Asian Lily. I'll be planting later today.