Sunday, June 26, 2011
South Brunswick's Americal Legion Auxiliary Flea Market
On a perfect summer weekend when it's not raining, the humidity is low, and the sun is shining, crowds of people head to the Jersey Shore. Not me! I scour Craigslist and the South Brunswick Post (and Patch) for garage sales and flea markets. And what's better than a flea market? A flea market practically in your back yard, with practically professional vendors!
While there isn't a huge amount of outside space at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 401 on Major Road in Monmouth Junction, the vendors were arranged to make the most of what room they could. I lost count of how many tables I visited, but they seemed endless! And the finds!! Vintage galore in all varieties; clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, and my favorite...a bowl full of vintage scouting merit badges. Many of the vendors were collectors with top quality items, and they really knew their stuff.
Aren't these post cards the coolest?
Debbie Katko is the artist who created these beautiful paintings. She can sometimes be found at Englishtown, but if you would like to purchase one of her paintings, contact me by leaving a comment on this blog post.
I just love these merit badges...so vintage!
Local organizations like churches, schools, etc. and this week, the American Legion, often hold flea markets, and their space fees for vendors are typically reasonable ($10-$20). They attract collectors with fabulous items, who are vendors at many of the local flea markets...I recognized several from my weekend "picking". The vendors are friendly and knowledgeable, and I usually do as much socializing as buying. All in all, it's a GREAT place to score some terrific finds, and meet some nice people, as well as support the local organization hosting the event (the organizations usually raises funds from the vendor space fee, but I can't speak for all events). If you're like me, and love to rummage through flea market tables, I highly recommend the locally-sponsored "fleas". Having said that, if you regret missing the one at the American Legion, or if you want to visit the vendors again, many of them can be found at the Columbus Flea Market, or the Englishtown Flea Market. Be sure to keep your eye out for future local fleas as well...maybe I'll see you out there!