Yesterday we spent an afternoon at the flea market.
We went to pick up a dresser my daughter found there that she wants to redesign.
Boyles Joyland Flea Market has been around for decades, it is absolutely huge ladies! Before Boyles opened their flea market they ran a small amusement park in town, one I visited often as a child. When that closed, they opened the flea market and boy did they go big! It is easy to lose track of time in this place.
We picked up my daughter’s dresser, as well as another small table for her room. Here are some photos I took while we were there.
The flea market starts outside, with tons of yard art, lawn furniture, lawn mowers, and the like.
These items stretch from one side of the building to the next. The flea market actually begins further up, in the parking lot. They have several spotlights, signs, and other business apparatus for sale.
They sell everything from vintage Barbies, some modern as well, art glass, hot wheels which I love, and some of the best Tonka trucks I have seen since I was a small child, yes the heavy metal kind!
When you first enter you walk into a mix of a tropical garden-like scene. If you look up there are disco balls! Interestingly the disco balls are not for sale. Check out this one hundred and fifty-four-year-old plant! The birds (lower center) are real, store pets, also not for sale.
Isles and isles, around 60,000 square feet (my husband’s estimate) of “stuff”. Stuff ranging from tools to glassware, to vintage art, to china. One would imagine they have absolutely everything, and they almost do. Yet, the one strange item I asked for, they did not have one of – a ship portal mirror. My hunt continues.
The “stuff” is from floor to ceiling, some items even hanging from the ceiling! I showed my daughter this antique iron on the lower left, it was sure heavy! I really loved this vintage wash basin on the lower right. It is easy to lose each other in this place because the isles wind around like a maze. Some of the shelves are higher making it hard to see over them to find your group.
If you are an album collector this is the place for you. If you are into vintage toys, again, this is your kind of place. I am not so into the animal pelts by any means, but yup they have those too! There are also antique model planes hanging from the ceiling all over the flea market, with American flags accompanying them.
Truly a hoarders dream, or a minimalist’s nightmare, I found a few things I love … this antique stove, very pretty. I would love to have one, but would surely hate to have to use it. On the lower left, this golden gilded clock and candelabra set is stunning. Right side, don’t know the formal name for this thing, it probably holds liquor and a matching glass basket. Not even sure what I would use them for but they are pretty!
Yes, indeed, they do have it all … even a Walmart!!
Who would have thought? I really wish we could have stayed longer, but we were all hungry.
We do need to go back again soon though, its only about a half hour from home. What fun!
So today, for me, happiness is, riffling through other people’s junk, finding treasure, at Boyles Joyland Flea Market.
I would love to hear what brings you happiness in the comments.