Saturday, August 17, 2013
Belleville Flea...It's Been Too Long! I've Missed You Ol' Buddy And It's Nice To Finally Hook Up Again. Feels Weird Going To A Flea On A Saturday Since I've Been Spending So Many Sundays At The Wentzville Flea. Status: Early To Rise Morning Trek.
Gosh, it HAS been a long time since I've sifted through the Belleville Il Flea Market. I really can't recall when the last time I made it there was. Well, since the Girlfriend goaded me into getting a new phone I now have a calendar function again and I will miss Thee no more!
So yeah, I've gone Flea Market crazy with my calendar and now have not only the local fleas put in
but also Oronoco (which BTW was this weekend) and the Randolf Street Market (next weekend and
part of why we didn't attend Oronoco) and plan on inputting others just as soon as I can get around to
it! What you will see in these photos of the Belleville Flea are items that I DIDN'T snatch up for one
reason or another. Can't bring it ALL home! I love all these lamps but just couldn't get the price on
each to where I was comfortable. I only actually haggled (unsuccessfully) on the first and third but
the others just started out of my reach.
This was really tempting at only Ten Bucks but that would have been Ten Bucks I couldn't have spent
elsewhere and I just wasn't THAT sold on it. If it had been pink or seafoam it would have been a
done deal...even at twice that asking!
See that first cream colored radio? It's nearly identical to the radio that is hiding under our foyer
table...the one where about 75% of my photos are taken! The Girlfriend's mother gifted it to us and
it's got a red dial and a European plug. I totally would have brought home the Panasonic at the
bottom of the second pic but I REALLY had spent my limit before I spotted it. It might still be there
Sunday, if you're interested!
Well THAT'S an attention grabber! It's so close to being a vintage '70s home jukebox as doesn't even
matter. I bet the bottom panel lights up to the beat of the music being played. Drag this down to your
basement, throw on some Aerosmith and party like it's 1972!
I got to the flea at (what apparently amounts to) stupid:30 am based on how early one must arrive at
the Wentzville Flea. I guess I've never gotten here that early before because as I neared the parking
lot I actually got pissed thinking I must have arrived on the wrong weekend. There were almost NO
cars in the lot. Then as I got out and started my first run through it looked like the vendors were only
at half capacity! LAME!! Turns out it just took a little while for the ball to get rolling. Most of the
spaces eventually came to life and I just ended up making a second, slower more deliberate, pass
through the entire market. Next time I'm sleeping 'til 7:30, at least.
If you look closely at the outdoor "barn" area panaramic shot, you'll notice a number of patently
empty spaces. These are normally filled, but then the outlying spaces on the left are usually empty so
I guess it sorta evened out. The outdoor spaces are where I normally find my real bargains, but then
sometimes a real dealer (as apposed to a juntique or just junk dealer) sets up out here for what I can
only assume is cheaper rent. Today's picks came half from the outdoor section and half from inside.
::shrugg:: Go figure. As usual, I recommend striking while the iron is hot. There were at least two
items that I scoped out during my first run through the entire flea that kinda gnawed at me until I got
back around to where the WERE and found them GONE. Meh, I spent my lot...and I did good...I'm