The official Rose Bowl Flea field report…

Sep 16, 2008 by

Ah friends, do you want the good news or bad news first?  After waking up in the early hours to arrive at the illustrious Rose Bowl, here is what I have to report:

The Good: The Rose Bowl Flea Market is still amazing…and I love that most of the vendors specialize in different vintage and antique collectibles.  Whether it is apothecary bottles, antique cameras, mid-century modern furniture, talking machines, clocks, vintage fans, or Pyrex — these vendors have full-blown collections.  This means you get an amazing selection, but….

The Sad: …the prices were just out of control!  Whereas the Rose Bowl used to be reasonably priced, since the last time I visited two years ago, the prices have essentially quadrupled — if not more!   For example, I saw this cool old padlock, and the vendor told me that he would “let it go” for $75.   I saw the same fans I’ve had in my Etsy shop for $25 going for $150 at the Rose Bowl…except mine were in mint condition, and these had frayed cords and tremendous rust.

The Rose Bowl bust this weekend was very sad for me….I drove hours to get up there, and I wanted to burn the cash in my pocket, but I just could not support the price-gauging.  Nonetheless, the eye candy was fun….and here are some pictures for you to enjoy!

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