11.10.2013

The Nifty Thrifty: Our First Rose Bowl

Hey Thrifters,

This week was quiet but successful.  First, we went to an estate sale on Saturday, where we were sad to see someone else nab a giant Cathrineholm casserole for $25, but we at least found a bunch of household stuff to stock up on for cheap (just a little reminder that we don't only thrift vintage stuff! We also save money by picking up things like, say, cleaning supplies and toilet paper--don't worry, it was unopened), along with an awesome rolling bag, which came in handy the following day.  That day was today, when we made our first trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA.


We walked around for hours, and saw many things we would like to have, but we were only really interested in buying things on the cheap to resell (as opposed to buying things for ourselves, since we've been trying to reduce the amount of stuff in our space).  We've heard a lot about the Rose Bowl, so it was fun to finally see what all the hubbub was about.  Things to remember for next time (and tips for any other Rose Bowl first timers):
1. It can still be hot and sunny in November.  Still getting used to that concept.  Think sunscreen, a hat, shorts.
2. You'll be walking on asphalt all day.  We missed the packed dirt at Brimfield.  Think comfortable shoes, and remember that asphalt makes the heat even worse, so here's a second for shorts.

Not that we were totally unprepared... 


We carried our supplies--snacks, water, sweaters (which we did not need at all)--inside our new flea market bag, which we picked up at the estate sale on Saturday.  It's a soft bag with a hard bottom and wheels and feet, so you can both wheel it around with you and stand it up when you stop, and it's collapsible!



Before we stuffed all of our things in the bag it was folded and velcro-ed in place to the size of a small purse, and it even lines up to have the zippered pocket on the side!

Even though our bag could carry lots of items, we only bought one thing at the flea market.  But first, a little peek at some our favorite items we saw and enjoyed, but decided against taking home.  This isn't even mentioning all that amazing mid century and Danish modern furniture we saw.  So much vintage eye candy, but we only ended up snapping pictures of a few unique items that caught our attention:


This large brass helicopter was awesome, but a bit too pricy for us at $70.


This set of giant wood blocks was one of my favorite items at the flea market today, but we saw these at the beginning of our visit, and they would have been far too much of a hassle to walk around with.


Julia and I both really enjoyed this small light up solar system model.  We couldn't remember what this thing was called, and after a quick bit of research we discovered that we never actually knew; it's technically an orrery, though sometimes they are (not quite accurately) called planetariums.  This booth also had lots of cool old globe toys, but we've been trying to resist increasing that collection... also, check out the vendor's expression.

And finally, the one thing we actually did buy:


This collapsible chrome eyeball tripod floor lamp was the only item we ended up purchasing at the Rose Bowl, but we got a great deal on it, and it's in excellent shape and good working condition, so we're excited to list it on Etsy soon.  This floor lamp can easily be folded up, which made it very convenient to tote around in our new bag (this was the week of collapsible items, apparently), and will make it easy to ship when it sells!  We were too tired after getting up early and spending hours under the hot sun to do a full photo shoot, but this guy is going to look awesome on Etsy once we get it set up with a light bulb and some styling props to complete the look.

That's all for this week.  What'd you pick up?  Anything exciting?  Do you have any smart flea market tips to share?  Have you ever been to the Rose Bowl?  What's your favorite flea market?  Bonus points if it's in the LA area so we can go!

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too: Apron Thrift GirlMe and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, a mid century one at Remnant, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.

Thanks for joining in!

23 comments:

  1. I have yet to make it to the Rose Bowl! I might try to go soon. Lovely lamp! My favorite flea is the Long Beach market, we should meet there some time.

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    1. I was just talking to a new friend who said she prefers the Long Beach market! After that and these first two comments, I'm sold. Let's plan a flea market meet-up!

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  2. The Long Beach Flea Market is fabulous. It is not as big or overwhelming as the Rose Bowl, but still big enough to find lots of great things. The prices can sometimes be high (bad when you are used to estate sale or thrift store prices) but I always find great deals too. It's cooler in Long Beach than Pasadena, but usually always sunny, so wear layers. Hope you make it there sometime soon. And that lamp is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for the tips! Very much appreciated :)

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  3. How cool, a flea market at the Rose Bowl! Love that helicopter, but don't blame you for leaving it, not much meat on the bone for you there. Great lamp, good luck with it. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  4. What a fun place for a flea market!
    I'm partial to the helicopter, by the way, but then my husband is a helo pilot and I collect models and figures WHEN they're affordable. The price on that one does seem a bit steep, though.
    Thanks for the opportunity to link up!

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  5. Looks amazing. Great finds. Shame about the large blocks although it's probably best to keep your hands free. Lamp looks great!

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  6. Oh man, I remember that earth/moon thing from grade school!

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  7. Handy little tote for shopping. Wheels. Thanks for hosting. have a great week.
    Joy

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  8. That wheely bag is a great idea! i could do with one of those myself.

    I love the lamp you bought.

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  9. I loved the Rose Bowl when we went (gosh like 8? years ago). I don't know if it has changed but we where told to go over the bridge if we wanted cheaper items and that was exactly what happened. We wondered around on one side didn't find much. Meandered over the bridge and found lots to sell over there. Either way love the lamp!

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    1. Interesting! We went over the bridge towards the end of our time there, when I was absolutely exhausted, so we didn't spend as much time in that section as we would have liked. It seemed to be mostly clothes in that area anyway, which we weren't interested in, so we just did a quick run up an aisle or two then headed out. Next time we'll give that section a closer look!

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  10. I love the Rose Bowl!! And you are so right going prepared is the only way to shop it! Really love that lamp as well.

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  11. I laughed when I read about your trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena as my boyfriend this morning suggested we plan a trip to the same place since I've been saying I want a vacation.
    I do hope he means flying. Thanks for hosting.
    Denise

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  12. Love the collapsible bag and light. Fun to see photos of the Rose Bowl Flea Market. That is on my bucket list!

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  13. Unfortunately the Flea season is done here in the Mid-West. Favorite flea? That's tough. It's like picking a favorite child. We found a flea in Oakland California a few years ago while on vacation and brought home a Dorothy Schindele desk to St. Louis Mo. That desk went even further eastward to a new home in Knoxville TN! All by car no less.

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  14. I love that helicopter and the globe spiny thingy! : )
    And the lamp you guys got is awesome! I bet it goes super fast.

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  15. Love, love, love the collapsible chrome light fixture! I'm from the Northeast, so I've never been to the Rose Bowl, though I'd love to some day. Brimfield Flea Market/Antique Show is the big one out here, along with Madison-Bouckville near Syracuse. You could spend days at Brimfield. Thank you so much for hosting this link up.

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    1. We have spent days at Brimfield! Definitely our favorite flea from our old haunting grounds. We miss being able to bring our dog to the flea market with us like you can at Brimfield... I don't know why all the fleas around here have no pet policies.

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  16. The Rose Bowl is on my flea market bucket list. I live in Oregon so my sister & BFF have talked about road tripping it. Thanks so much for the birds eye view :-)

    ~Erica

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  17. I go to the Ventura fairgrounds flea market every Wednesday. Prices are great because it's almost all dealers since it's on a weekday. It can be a little hit or miss, but it's close, and free!

    We definitely are in the market for different types of items though, so I dunno. Check it out.

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    1. We've been meaning to go to the swap meet in Ventura for months now... we've heard mixed reviews, but it sounds like it's definitely worth checking out. One of these Wednesday's I will get my act together! Thanks for the tip :)

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  18. uh WOW! We have snow and wind and ice and no green spaces I am so jealous! Missed the link up but!!! I will be linking up THIS week!

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