I love getting a good deal! Flea markets are the one place I go and spend all loosey-goosey, buy a lot of things and still only spend R250 (about US$25). Now that I’m in Johannesburg, the opportunities are here for me to go thrift/charity shops, farmers and flea markets- i’m going to start making more use of them.
I strongly feel that our commodity driven world produces too much waste and surplus. When we want a product we want it brand new when there are many of the same, at great quality, lying unused by people who have cared for them. We also want to peel off the plastic, take out the packaging- all of which we throw away immediately. Reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle…. Call it what you will. Saving things from garbage dumps and landfills when they can still do a job is making me my own little Captain Planet taking pollution down to zero.
The flea market in the parking lot of the Emmarentia Checkers every first and last Sunday has some great finds every time we go there.
I could not pass up these four bowls at R20 for the set! The wooden plate was from the same man who had much more electrical nick nacks, nails, screws than the pieces I got from him. He told me that he was a fridge repairman and he used to plant beautiful plant in clay pots for people but the fridge repair business was going so well that he didn’t have much time for that now.
Just like him, I found this basket at R10 with a lady whose main thing was books or US$. I’ll use it as a fruit basket. It came in handy when another seller told us she didn’t want to go home with the geranium and other plants she had and kindly gave them to us for nothing with instructions on how to plant.
These ashtrays are well used but will serve their purpose nonetheless. The inscriptions are hard to make out but two of them say ‘Zulu’ and one says ‘Swazi’(we think) and an image of a person should be there.
These 3 books, even though old, will make great reading; history isn’t changing much 🙂 I like the idea of books being passed on because I like to think of who may have got some insight, education or strength before from that same one book. I appreciate the interconnectedness. This flask for my dad came from an old man named John and was the most expensive buy other than books- R50. I also got a waste basket for R20 from John too.
I also left with 7 pop-up and pull-flap books for baby at R10 a pop. I will make sure to give them a thorough clean before they officially become his books I remember how nice it was to borrow or trade them growing up.
What treasures have you found at flea markets, rummage sales and the likes?