If the thought of spending the day sorting through mounds of treasure–both old and new–sets your heart aflutter, have I got the perfect place for you!
The Raleigh Flea Market at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds is just such a place. Being part community yard sale, part flea market, and part antiques and collectibles show ensures that there is something for everyone.
When visiting this particular flea market, I head straight for the yard sale section–at the very back of the complex.
Seldom am I disappointed with the goods offered there, and I seem to always find a treasure or two–usually at give-away prices.
Not only do you find the typical yard sale fare–books, videos, clothing, and household goods–but often you'll find fabulous vintage and antique items stashed among them.
Once I have thoroughly scoured that section, I make my way to the flea market area.
Once again, think typical flea market–fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, etc. Then throw in beautiful jewelry, linens, and scads of vintage items to complete the picture.
When I am convinced that I have left no stone unturned in these two areas, I then venture over to the area always overflowing with wonderful antiques and collectibles.
The treasures here abound! So why save this section to visit last? While bargains can be had here, they are not as readily available–as is true in the other two areas.
If you are a scanner–as is my Yankee–you are apt to miss some of the most delightful goodies.
For example, a quick glance at this booth–while walking by–would not have uncovered the true treasures hidden within.
While the old storage chests were cool enough, they were not for sale.
Going in for a closer look revealed that the real goods were tucked inside.
Being the button junkie that I am, I could have spent an entire day just rummaging through these wonderful chests of glistening vintage and antique buttons.
Though it is one of my traits that drives the Yankee crazy, I think it pays to be a "detail" person.
After all, beauty is in the detail, right?!
Let's see if the Coloradolady's guests will enjoy these vintage thingies as much as you and I.
And we'll also visit Tales from Bloggeritaville while we're at it for