When I found out we were moving to Orange County, one of the first things that came to mind was the Rose Bowl and Long Beach flea markets.  My mom, sister, sister-in-law and I love going to antique malls and flea markets together to find unique trinkets and items, and I had read about these SoCal flea markets on blogs and websites.  I couldn’t wait to check out one of the largest flea markets in the country and was excited to take my Mom (and poor Dad) to experience the madness for the first time.

I was overwhelmed with all the stuff and enjoyed perusing my way down the aisles.  I didn’t have a rolling shopping cart like all the other pros so I was limited to what I could hold in my hands, but for this rookie trip that was all I needed.

On the way back from Long Beach the 405 was closed and we were in so much traffic…with less than 20 miles to empty.  We were forced to hop on all these different freeways and highways to find an alternate way home.  My family always laughs because of the SNL “Californians” skit.  I never thought it was funny…until I moved out here.  Back in the ‘Sip, directions are like, “take Bluecutt until you see the Dunkin’ Donuts on the left and then you’ll take a left at that light.”  In California, directions are, “hop on the 405 North and take the Baker Street exit to 55.  Then take the 55 to the 22 all the way to Orange.”  Every time any local gives me directions it’s all I can do to keep from laughing because it sounds JUST LIKE THIS SKIT, and I just want to say, “what are you doing here, Stu-art!?”

 

But back to the flea market –

So what did I come home with?

A small eiffel tower figurine:

Some sparkly geodes:

And an antique globe:

I also spotted a few familiar faces and an actress.  Are flea markets your thing or is it totally overwhelming and too much “stuff?”  Talk to me.

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Thank you for reading – XO –

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17 thoughts on “Long Beach Flea Market

  1. I love a good flea market too! Ever since one of the Junk Gypsy episodes where they used an old globe as a lamp, I’ve been dying to find one! Love that you did!

  2. My husband will have a panic attack if I ever go into a place like that, such awesome finds. I love the globe you got. So which actress did you see? 🙂
    Ruth

  3. I love going to flea markets! I just went to the Treasure Island Flea market and it was so fun. There were so many great items, but I managed to keep it down to a couple items. I got a geode too! Andrew and I have an obsession 🙂 Andrew’s mom (who lives in SD) was telling me about the Rose Bowl Flea and we’re going to try and coordinate a trip next time we visit her. Love that mini Eiffel Tower too! And I’ve been looking for a globe! Oh…what actress??

  4. Love flea markets! Can’t believe no one commented on your SNL reference. The more of those skits I see, the funnier and funnier they get! And I’ve never even been in CA! I can’t imagine how hysterical/ frustrating it must be to live it real life every. single. day! 🙂

    1. HAHA so glad you can appreciate! Luckily I now know to stay off the 405 and my life is much easier. But yes, listening to people share directions out here is ridiculous. I want to laugh every time. XO –

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