Wednesday, July 15, 2015

School Parking Lot Flea

Saturday was our local, annual school parking lot flea market & garage sale. I've been a shopper for years, and last year I was a seller for the first time. I had planned to be a seller this year, but after my garage sale, I donated or gave away everything! I never paid attention to the date of the sale, so when I found out it was last Saturday, I was so relieved that I didn't have anything to sell!! I could have never pulled it off with our vacation being so close!

Last week just flew by! I can't even tell you what we did.I have no memory of what kept us so busy. I think it was just getting settled back in after being gone and catching up on laundry and household things.

I was very happy to be able to shop the local parking lot sale, even if I wasn't a seller. Mr and I got there about 10 minutes before it officially opened, and we were late to the party-there were at least 100 cars already parked in the lot, and all those people were shopping.

My first find was a cobalt, round covered butter dish (a coworker collects them and she always has me on the look out for them for her.) I saw it on a table, saw it was $5, and whipped out a five and gave it to Mr. and told him to pay while I moved along. He was a good sport and took care of it for me. By the time the older ladies wrapped it and bagged it for him, I'd already visited 5 other booths!

It was a great day for a sale, and there were a lot of vendors, a good mix of vintage antique and newer stuff. Prices for the most part were really good--except for one elderly lady. She rented at least 3 car spaces, had zero tables, and lined up her stuff on the lines of the spaces. She only had enough stuff for maybe 2 tables. It would have all easily fit in just one spot. She was super friendly, and super nice, but her stuff was super spendy. So much so, that I felt bad for her. I'm afraid she priced herself right out of the flea market! I hope she was able to sell some stuff, but I can't imagine anyone paying the prices she was asking.

I went around to all of the booths 3 or 4 times-just to be sure I wasn't missing anything. I found a fun little promo Pyrex piece from 1959 for only $2! It originally came as a set of two with a rack-I'm happy just to get one!

I got some free old hand saws, I'd like to get 3 or  more and display them on the side of the barn in a starburst type shape...Mr. thought I was nuts taking them, until I explained my reason. He has a woodshop in the barn and he kind of liked that idea.

When I got done, I stood waiting at the car for him for more than ten minutes! He may say he goes to the sales just for me, but he secretly likes them too. We visited a few garage sales and an estate sale on the way home. Then we had a fun dinner with my SIL & BIL a Chinese feast! We ordered a dinner for 5 (my oldest went too) and we really had enough for 7! We all picked and entree and we shared, so we all got a taste of everything. I loved it!!

Here are my pics

This is a purse! Made out of a Michigan license plate! It was marked $5, but I got it for $3. I've shown it to a few people and they mostly were asking why, and were convinced I'd be nuts to carry it. The more I look at it, the more I'm thinking of using it as a purse-at least for the rest of the summer. I think it's fun!! It came with a certificate of authenticity!

It's lined with black felt, and there was a lot more than $3 worth of effort put into it.

I'm planning to hit the Michigan Yard Sale trail in a month, but that's too far away-I don't think I can wait that long to do more treasure hunting. I'm hoping to find some sales on Friday morning-wish me luck!!


  1. Good scores at the sale! Love that Pyrex dish, I had one but gave it to a friend. I buy and give away so much but do love the thrill of the hunt!


  2. I have both of those Pyrex dishes but the warmer rack eludes me! What a fun market. Wish we had more like those around here.