I find flea markets interesting for the simple reason that you can find just about anything at one of these outdoor swap meets - fun stuff, junk stuff, cool stuff, who in the hell would buy that stuff, and someone's treasure stuff.
I attended the Downtown Tailgate Flea Market twice yesterday. First, early morning with my sister Kelly who came up from Sikeston. Then, I went by myself in the afternoon where I found a few small treasures - checked and made sure they didn't have fleas before I paid for them.
A bit of history: I was curious where the name "Flea Market" came from so I googled it. It seems the original outdoor bazaar in a Paris suburb sold flea-infested clothing and rags - hence, the name "Flea Market." I can safely say that the Cape Downtown Flea Market was definitely a "flea-free" zone.
|The market was presented by the Downtown Merchants Group and was held in two locations in downtown Cape. A beautiful spring day down by the river - perfect for a stroll and a relaxed treasure hunt.|
|I thought these animal mailboxes were fun - I especially liked the bright blue-eyed piggy. The giraffe and elephant shelving units were interestingly cute. If there had been a penguin, I probably would have bought it even though I don't know what I would have used it for. I just 'heart" penguins.|
|I enjoy watching the show "Flea Market Flip" to see how the contestants transform their findings into something unique. I can picture a flip team buying the Pawnee Poultry and Egg door and turning it into a bar, desk or some kind of funky table. This vendor also had some vintage turntables and radios - I wonder if they still play music.|
|Kelly checking out the canjos. What is a canjo? The canjo was created by mountain folk who were intrigued by the instrument's simplicity. They made them from different cans and wood which gives each canjo its unique sound. |
My favorite was the minion canjo. Play us a tune, Kelly. How 'bout "..you get a line, I'll get a pole..."
|The window vendor - many different types and styles of windows and doors were being sold here. This would be the place if you were custom building a house and wanted one-of-a-kind windows or doors. I could also see a "flea market flip" team making good use of one or more of these windows - maybe a funky coffee table.|
Talk about a conversation piece.
|This vendor had tons of stuff from button-filled jars to old washboards to beautiful handmade quilts to a black jacket that looked like clothing Stevie Nicks would wear in concert with her top hat and shawls. |
I recently bought a tea canister or would have bought the one pictured on the yellow shelf as I really liked it. I also just bought a shelving unit or might have considered buying this yellow one - I loved the color and weathered look.
Heck, if I keep buying stuff I might have to sign up to be a vendor at the next swap.
I really liked the Cardinals "There's No Place Like Home" homeplate sign.
|Fish sculptures! Like I said, you can find just about anything at a flea market.|
|This is Gizmo - a sweet little pup. If you aren't really a fan of shopping for second- or third-hand stuff, outdoor markets are also great place to people and dog watch. |
I read that the Downtown Tailgate Flea Market happens twice a year and the next one is scheduled for October 7th. Be there.. or be square!
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