May 7th, 2016
If you're a picker like us then you're probably inundated with options on weekends when the weather is gorgeous, such as this one. Garage sales, yard sales, estate sales... there are just darn too many to choose from right now. So the diligent picker must be exactly that - diligent. One of our favourite picking destinations is at pop-up flea markets. These are often found at churches, community centres, local Legion halls - just about any gathering place. Run by volunteers, often the funds raised go to charities or stays local to the organization - which typically means low prices.
Today May 7th we paid a visit to the "Super Spring West Vancouver United Church Flea Market". Upon arrival at 9:30am we witnessed record crowds as every room in the church was jam-packed with frugal shoppers. While most of the items aren't your typical "antique/vintage" variety, there were still a few things worth picking. Prices were hit & miss (single English teacup sets were $15 each, ouch!) but a wonderful mid century German-made solid oak bubble level was priced at just $2. People often don't know what they have.
Then there were the garage sales. Notably most weren't a picker's dream, but we found one in particular that offered a bevy of vintage/antique items (naturally she is a collector) and the prices weren't horrible, either. Seen below is a collection of old irons (carefully perched upon an ironing board, of course!). Most irons were just $10 each.
Can't wait for Yale to open - just two more weeks. See you next time when we shop again!