Tuesday, March 23, 2010

flea market treasure hunt

After church on Sunday, my friend Thiam and I drove out to Long Beach to go on a treasure hunt through the LB Antique Flea Market. Oh how I love flea markets!!! I think they might be my most favorite thing in the whole world!! I get so much joy out of the hunt for something unique and special hidden amongst a million other treasures that have been discarded by others and are waiting to be found. I would much rather search through a bunch of "junk" for hours on end just to find that one special little unique item at a fraction of the price...than go to a normal store where there's something just sitting there waiting for you (there's no fun in that!).

Some of you may still think what I find is junk, but I have a crazy imagination when it comes to this type of shopping. I think you have to, in order for it to work for you. I research through magazines, books, and the internet, getting ideas of what I'm going to be looking for. If I didn't, I would want everything! lol! You've gotta narrow your search before you start the hunt! And when you find what you're looking for, it may still need a lot of work done on it. I like those kind of finds...because I like the challenge of using what I find and creating something new with it, or making it better.

As I strolled along the 20 acres of rows with dealers and bargain hunters, I found myself smiling and filled with excitement. I looked through boxes, on tables, under tables, through other people's second-hand goods hoping to find my special treasure...and I did find a couple items that I just had to have! And what a bargain of a price they were!!!

1 quilted pillow = $12
2 vintage trays = $11

Spending the day doing something I love...
= PRICELESS

After our fun day of bargain hunting, Thiam and I grabbed some dinner at one of my favorite places, El Tarasco. Because we were friendly with the owner, asking him about the business and such, he gave us a GREAT discount and asked us to come back again! Its pays to be nice to people! :)

We had a great day together, I always love spending time with sweet Thiam! Thanks chica, for coming out with me today, and for picking up the tab at dinner! You're awesome girly! Love ya!

3 comments:

Jenny Mena said...

i am just like you auntie jo.i love trash collecting things like:
cardboard boxes, plastic soda bottles, egg cartons and anything i can get my hands on really. then i turn e'm into something. for instance, a styrofoam egg carton, duct tape, styrofoam stuff, and toothpicks make a waterproof sailboat.

from,
Jake

Jenny Mena said...

Actually, I'M just like you! (This is Jenny speaking now). I've never seen such a HUGE flea market!! I would be in heaven too!! How did you only buy those 3 things? I'm sure it takes some serious self-control. I wish I could have been with you!

Jenny Mena said...

Oh, and by the way, I learned how to make those cute little "yo-yos" that were on the pillow you bought! It's so fun and easy. Call me and I'll tell you how. Then you can make your own pillows!