I went to the Long Beach Antique Market today (or more fondly known as the Long Beach Flea Market). I used to go faithfully every month (they are on the third Sunday of every month); I loved going because it wasn't hugely crowded, it was low-key, and it was close to home. But then I moved and it became more of an inconvenience to go. I haven't been there in several months, probably over a year. Since then it has been featured in several magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Romantic Homes. And of course you can easily guess what happened: the admission price went up from $5 to $6 (early birds jumped up the most, from $8 to $12); there seemes to be more booths and it was MUCH more crowded. It seems as if the Long Beach Flea Market has gone Big Time.
Everything and anything is sold here. People were selling everything from gas masks to old Polaroids to deer antlers (tables full of them) to the standard flea market tables full of memorabilia, kitchen ware, furniture, linens, rugs, clocks, bottles, etc. etc. Metal is big now. I saw a lot of metal that looked like it came right out of my classrooms from the 1960s.
I have only found pulp magazines once before at this market - an ARGOSY ALL-STORY several years ago. But lo and behold, this year I found one booth that had four or five sports pulps from the 40s, at $15 each. Sorry, guys, I didn't get them.
Then, on another aisle, I found someone who was selling WILD WEST WEEKLY dime novels, from the early 1900s. This was before Street & Smith bought the magazine and turned it into a pulp. These were in very good shape. The man was selling them for ....wait for it.....$225 each. I just had to laugh and walk away before I said something that would get me in trouble.
I saw a lot of things I hadn't seen since the 1960s. There was a lot of melamine dishware, including this exquisite set. And yes, I'm familiar with the health hazards in using melamine. Maybe that's why it hadn't sold.
I tend to gravitate to kitchen ware, and I left without too much damage to my pocketbook, getting a nice metal breadbox for $25, and what was even a better score: a Hall teapot for $15.
My friends that came with me scored even more, coming home with two rare Persian rugs. They paid more than $25 and $15 for those.
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