Monday, July 18, 2011
Long Beach Antique Market
Isn't that last picture the most horrifying thing ever? (It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again) One of my favorite finds of the day was the picnic set that came in the orange and white striped box. And of course I am always excited to find any sort of unicorn. The one in the pictures above was a little too muscular/masculine for my taste though.
The Long Beach Antique Market happens the 3rd Sunday of every month. This place is awesome. My big problem here is that there is too much good stuff. I have no room to put any of it, so I don't buy it. This is actually a good thing because Kyle and I have both been guilty of having "collectors' mentality." You know, you can't just buy one thing in a series, you have to buy all of them and own the whole series. Or there was that brief period where I took belly dancing classes and developed an interest in 60s belly dancing music on vinyl and started to collect it. It's cool, but it's pointless and it causes clutter, and maybe it's better to spend money on experiences than things. Boy, what a tangent! Anyway, we're both much better about our bad collecting habits, and have pretty much stuck to just one small collection each. His is comic books (and maybe blu-rays) and mine is vintage brooches. These collections don't take up very much room, thank goodness.
But, back to the topic... The Long Beach Antique Market is a great place to buy furniture, home decor, and vintage clothing and jewelry. There are other things of course, but those are the things I am most interested in, and I thought the selection was good. I could have easily left with a piece of furniture and some tchotchkes to display on it, if I had room for more furniture. Next time I go, I am taking my friend Kristine because I am intimidated by vintage clothing and how to wear it realistically without looking too costumey, and she has great style!
The Long Beach Antique Market is located at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium (4901 E. Conant St) and runs from 5:30am to 2pm. Parking is free. Admission is $10 between 5:30am and 6:30am, and $5 after 6:30am. Children under 12 are free.