Monday, October 15, 2012

Rose Bowl Flea!



Well, I finally got there after many years of wanting to go and it was.....

...huge!
...crowded!
...diverse!
...fun!
...hot!
...overwhelming!
...wonderful!



Did I mention huge?

So much to see, not enough time, will go back, will look more than gawk.

There is literally something there for everyone.  From electronics, to fabrics, to antiques and collectibles, to art, to food!

Did I mention I didn't get to see it all?

Here's some things I did see and took pictures of when I remembered to take out my camera.

Now THAT'S a camera!



Loved this booth and those chairs.  They also had some really nicely restored vintage Vespas.

This is actually a booth from Country Road Antiques, mentioned in my previous post.
Sue's son goes around the state with his industrial creations and acquisitions. I WANT that light on the tripod!


Bought something here! Beautiful fabrics designed by the booth owner who was on site.


Bought something here! These folks had nothing over $10! And good stuff!

Oh my. My weakness...

I will have you know I did not buy any Ball jars. 
Saw lots, but prices were way too high!  That doesn't mean I haven't found them elsewhere since I've moved here - I have and for that "around $5" price.  So I can't bring myself to pay much more.
  I saw some for $27 at the Rose Bowl! But they all look beautiful in the sun, don't they?

But this doesn't mean that other things were not priced reasonably.  And I did find some fun buys. (I almost bought another fan because it was in such good shape and was a great price, but I restrained myself)

So, here is what I got:

The jars I had. The old milk bottle carrier I didn't and I have been looking for one to put some of the Ball jars in.  Flowers compliments of our landlord. The large rose was on a bush I hadn't even seen out front until today!

Fire King little bowls in an old condiment holder.  Something just said, "get it".  I've seen people put these on their desks to hold little things like paperclips, thumbtacks - candy (?)!


Picture does not do these placemats justice, but I bought them from the bargain bin at that fabric booth.  Need to get a close up at some point.  They are machine washable, line dry she told me.  She had pillow covers, runners, tablecloths, raw fabric, you name it.  All original prints.
And yes, I need to iron that white linen table cloth underneath. No soft focus on my camera!

A fun day that will definitely be repeated in cooler weather.
And we will be returning to lovely Pasadena to explore their downtown area which is very nice, with shops and restaurants to see while walking about.

The drive from our area of "the valley" to Pasadena is some of the most scenic roadway we have seen since moving here.  Want to explore the canyons and green hills we saw along the way.
Our new state is treating us very well and it's so fun to discover new areas to venture to on the weekends.

Tuesday I take the first step towards becoming a Californian.
  The Maven and I head back to the DMV to turn in our Florida plates for California ones. But I will always be part Floridian, just like I have always been part Canadian.  You never forget where you come from!

Here's to a good week!

Blooper Picture:


Bumby couldn't resist the flowers and those feathery plants on the table.
Down!

Hope to catch up with everyone else tomorrow as I "recover" from the DMV in the afternoon.
What a drama queen!

21 comments:

Leslie said...

Wow ~ what a great flea market!!! Great finds! Congrats on the new Cali tags. : )

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I'm not surprised you didn't finish it. I bet it is HUGE! I've never finished CANTON either. It's a whole town!
I love that milk bottle carrier. So cool...love the patina on metal. Those place mats look pretty on your table.
I don't envy anybody that has to visit the DMV.
Oh~ the 'blooper photo' made me laugh...not so much the photo...BUT that you called it a 'blooper', makes me chuckle- =D
...see you later in the week! Pat

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Pretty picture with the blue mason jars in the sun! Looks like a fun day :-)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh snap!
I forgot I wanted to comment on those BIG COMFY CHAIRS!
I was so hoping you said you bought them...I love them! and am going back to pin them!
Super cool!
...faithful, but scatter-brained bloggy pal, Pat

Olive Cooper said...

We have nothing even close to that flea here. The milk carrier looks splendid with the jars. I love the cat on the table. It is how Clovis survives in these parts.

Kit said...

I will never be able to attend this flea market so thank you for the tour. Such great items! I love your little set of dishes in the stand. Kit

Mr. Connor said...

NOW THAT is a Flea Market. Wow ! Looks like great finds.What a treat . The Boston Lady is in rare form and in the frame of mind she is going to tackle the DMV ! That will be another tale.

centerofgravity said...

Love your tour pictures of the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Looks like you bought some really interesting goodies. Particularly, liked the fabric place mats, of course. Good luck with the DMV. CG

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I've always wondered what it would be like to go there...and now I know.

Sounds amazing, and overwhelming, and oh why didn't I get that, or why didn't I buy that...kind of fun.

You did very well.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Rebecca said...

I'm going to steal that idea with the condiment older (and hope I can find mine--I've not had it out for ages)!

The place mats are beautiful & the milk carrier it great, too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I just recently got FL plates on my car! I'm proud of them! Love this big market and your milk bottle carrier. Those fabrics in the booth sure looked neat, too! Enjoy your week!

Chatty Crone said...

I am in shock at how large or huge that is. It is amazing. We don't have anything like that here.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I haven't been but I think it's time. I've only been here 24 years!
Did your husband go with you, mine would never ever go.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sorry I forgot to say that I like what you saw and love what you bought.

Maple Lane said...

What an incredible place! You found some great items. The milk carrier for your jars is perfect and I love that pic of Bumby. I never take a photo without having to move a CAT or TWO!!!!! So pleased that you are getting out and enjoying the sights and adventures of a new state.

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Ann,
This looks like a fun and interesting place, with just so much to see. It's nice you will be able to visit often if you like.
I have to say I really like the fire king bowls, with the condiment server - such a unique and good blen. The fire king bowls remind me of growing up in the 60's.
I was interested to read in your sidebar that you saw the movie Argus, I have vivid memories of this time, and have been thinking of seeing this movie.
I'll be by now you have those new licence plates!
Brenda

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Oops! I meant I'll "bet" you have the new plates. :)
B

Edilma Weissmueller said...

A huge place, lots og goodies, hard to decide what to keep and what to pass

Robin Larkspur said...

I am just now catching up with blogs and read your wonderful Rose Bowl post. In all the pictures you took I saw something(s) I wanted!! What a great place to go! So will we see you zipping about town on a restored Vespa?

KarenSue Farash said...

Is it very far from where you live? Also, is Country Road Anitques far from you? I'm glad you found a milk bottle carrier, it looks great on your table. The flowers a beautiful. You know I wouldn't iron that tablecloth.
Miss you....

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

Wow! We do not have flea markets anywhere near as big as the ones in the US. Probably just as well since our cottage is so tiny there is no room for all those treasures I could not resist! x