Sunday, February 8, 2009

A market for fleas

Well we decided to try the old flea market today. Not the nice one in downtown Charleston were we go during the summer. No this one is in Ladson SC and the clientele is....Ummmmm how do I say this nicely.......well they have less teeth. That doesn't sound too bad. And a few of them may have fleas. Now that is bad but sadly true.

Our day started out with a bang. Literally. We were about 5 miles from home and up ahead, we saw some deer crossing the road. I slowed down.....way down. I was only going around 10 mph when I got to where they crossed. Just then my son shouted; "Watch out".
I had already seen it coming and had started hitting the breaks. It did no good though because a buck ran out of someones driveway and right into my truck, hitting the right front panel. I came to a stop and then backed up to get the deer off the road but guess what. He was already gone. I guess I was going slow enough and it didn't hurt him or the truck. Whew that was a close one.

We got to the flea market and it was still dark. The moon was full and I made a comment to my son that there was something peaceful about seeing a "full moon over the flea market. Little did I know that it wouldn't be the last full moon I would see this day. And that wouldn't be the worst thing I would see either.

The sales started out pretty slow so I decided to take a few photos. Now down at the nice Market, people don't mind having their picture taken. However at this market, people seemed to be uncomfortable having their picture taken and they also didn't like having photo's taken of the things they were selling. I started taking a few photos but I started hearing complaints so I figured I better knock it off. I did capture a few photos.

Did you ever wonder what happened to all those unadopted cabbage patch dolls? Well here they are. I remember people fighting for them when they first came out. Now these "wonderful" dolls are selling for $10.00. It hardly seems fitting.

Now if you are looking for a suit of armor this is the place to shop. Well that is if you are three feet tall. I had trouble passing this antique up, especially with Valentines day only a week away. Maybe it will still be here next year.

Old shoes anyone? I have never seen so many used shoes as there are at this market. The Feds took all the new ones yesterday. More on that later.

Now I am not sure if this guy is asleep or dead but either way, his stuff isn't selling.

Now the one bright spot during the entire day was when the Air Force cargo planes started flying over. The Flea Market just happens to be along the approach lane for the Air Force base. These things always amaze me because they look to heavy and slow to fly.

Ok now those with weak stomachs may not want to continue reading. The comment about the full moon I made earlier... Well this big guy, No huge guy. No hugemongus guy decides to bend over right in front of us and you guessed it, Full moon. I think we saw 5 or 6 full moons today. Here is a fashion tip. If you are overweight. Low rider jeans don't look attractive on you. I am sorry. That is a fact of life. I am not making fun of overweight people but please dress responsibly. Oh and if you are that blond girl with the back/bottom tattoo. Honey, it isn't working for you. Please consider covering it up.

Now usually there are new Nike tennis shoes on sale out there for $20.00 and CD's for $5.00. Sound too good to be true? Well it was. It seems that the tennis shoes were fakes and the CD's were pirated. There was a big bust yesterday and the Fed's confiscated $60,000 worth of illegal merchandise. Wow I miss all the action.

So where do the fleas come into play you might ask. Well a couple of people actually live right there at the market. They sleep in their cars and just wake up and start selling. No bath, no shower, no washing up. Just let the dirt fall where it may. Kind of gross I know but at least they are doing something. I will give them that. Just remember to bring some wet wipes with you if you go.

Have a great day,


Patrice said...

You crack me up...uhm, well, sorry about the crack remark, I guess you have seen that enough today!! AHAHAHAHAHA!

Glad to hear that you had no damage to your truck!

Now go and take a bath, I hear Hertz has a good Flea & Tick wash...AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Daisy said...

Your post had me laughing out loud. The clientel have less teeth and a few have fleas. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Too funny!!! There is flea market near here that could fit that description.

You're right about people needing to dress responsibly and appropriately. Nobody wants to see what they don't cover up.

Chatty Kelly said...

I need to wash my hands just after reading this post!! FULL moons, cracked me up! Yes, that is scary.

The overweight guys did it by accident, I'll bet the tattooed blond did it on purpose. Why else do you put a tattoo there? It screams LOOK AT ME!

skoots1mom said...

what no food pictures?
I think I would have wanted a mask if I had been there...not sure i would want to breathe in anything there...
you had me laughing ...
so glad you weren't hurt with the buck incident :)

Edie said...

I thought you were gonna show us pictures of those other moons! :o
You have such fun.

I'm so glad that buck didn't get hurt. He ran into you!?? I thought they were more agile than that.

Great photo of the moon. I took one last night that turned out pretty decent but clearly your camera is better than mine. :)

Becky said...

Sad about the Cabbage patch dolls. I always see them at the thrift stores for one or two dollars. :-(

Glad you slowed for that deer. I think they get up an run off the road the majority of the time. At least the monsters we have around here.

We live near a base and those huge planes will fly over once in a while. The first time I saw one I ran inside and called My Love at work and told him that a ginormous plane was going to crash near here. He thought it was cute and filled me in.

I loved seeing your day at the flea market. Maybe next time you can find one of those spy cameras so you can get all the pics you want.

Sharon said...

Yes you had me laughing, I have seen those moons and it is really bad.
There has been times when I have been to our flea market, and it was so boring I could of taken a nap.
I love the boiled peanuts at the flea market.
Enjoyed the post, have a great week

Dorothy Champagne said...

Makes you worry about the merchandise - who would want to buy something with fleas on it?

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've been to flea markets like that! You described it perfectly. Sorry about your truck though.

My ADHD Me said...

Are you sure you weren't in my neighborhood?
We have that flea markets twin here.
As for the deer...hhmmm..maybe you weren't in my neighborhood after all. I think my son has already hit all the deer in these woods!

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

I love flea markets, you can always find something to buy. Glad the buck didn't cause too much damage, because they sure can. We have had it happen too. Poor Bambi !!!

Monogram Queen said...

Oh I am VERY familiar with this market for fleas and yes - the clientele is, well "suspect" at best.

I always get a few laughs in here. Always.
Wow a bust - finally?! They've only been selling that crap for YEARS!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

That is quite an adventure. I feel sad for the girl. She has never seen a middle aged body, apparently. Oh, that will be sad.

Sandy said...

hahahah funny post, really...except for the deer. Enjoyed the photos..


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