Wednesday, September 28, 2011

#14. Go to a flea market

First of all, happy fall!

As of last Friday, September 23, it is officially the fall season!  If you have been reading my blog lately, you will probably remember that I started a fall challenge as a way to get more into the spirit of fall (if you missed my post, check it out here).

Item number 14 on my list was to visit a flea market.  Today after church, my husband and I thought we would venture out to our local flea market.  The first thing I learned was that if you want to go to the flea market, it is probably best to go early on Saturday morning.  By the time we got there it was late Sunday afternoon (but still a few hours before closing).  Many of the vendors had already packed up and  left.  We did still find some interesting things (though we came home empty handed).  For one, did you know that you can buy socks and underwear and the flea market?  Did you know that you can also have moles removed at the flea market?  Yep, you read that right.  We also found a vendor selling homemade soap (which I must say, it was pretty cool), another selling adorable purses, and another selling more sports memorabilia than I cared to see.  I look forward to going back during the busier hours to see what else I can find.

Wandering around the flea market made me think to myself, "where in the world did they get the name 'flea market' from?"  I decided to look it up.  According to, we don't know for sure where the name came from.  The best guess, however, comes from the popular Le Marche aux Puces (that's the "market of the fleas" for all you non-French speakers) in Paris.  The name came from the belief that the merchants' goods were more than likely infested with fleas.  For more information, you can read the full article here.

Have you ever been to the flea market?  If so, what did you think?  What was your best find?  Are you willing to check one out now that you know more about them?

I look forward to my next adventure, and I hope you do too! :)


  1. My mom and I are huge flea market visitors! We used to go EVERY weekend when I was a kid. A few tips: Get there before or just after they open or all the good stuff will be gone! Take snacks or extra cash for food. Also, just like when going to yard sales, always have plenty of ones. The vendors really dislike when you hand them a $20.

    Oldsmar Flea Market is really nice and open with a lot of different type of vendors. Its better when there is cooler weather.
    Big Top USED to be better than it is now. A lot of vendors left several years back, BUT the old man with the junk is a classic. He's at the very front and has everything you can imagine.
    Webster is the biggest and the BEST. It's only open on Mondays though :( But literally, they have the best selection especially when it comes to antiques and furniture.


  2. I've come to realize that you can pretty much find anything and everything you could ever imagine at a flea market. However, getting moles removed at the flea market is right up there with getting your teeth whitened at the fair... weird and gross and awkward. Haha! But I suppose never knowing what you might find is what makes exploring a flea market such an adventure.

  3. How cute! I love that you're following up with your list!
    I used to love going to flea markets to buy old video games that were no longer available at retail stores. I'd also sell video games.
    And omg - MOLES?! Ew!

  4. Thanks for your comments everyone! I am glad that you enjoyed reading about my little flea market adventure. :) It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to going back.

    And Kathryn, thanks for the suggestions! I will have to check those out. :)