Friday, July 25, 2014
Roger's Flea Market Review
Headed to Roger's Flea Market today. It's in Roger's, Ohio, right across PA border. It's about an hour and 45 minute drive. It's only open on Friday's. It's a nice drive and a huge flea market. I go several times a year. This time I went with my parents and kids. Thanks Daddy-O for driving, while I slept on way to and wrote this blog on way home. My biggest mistake was taking my two kiddos. My children do not do activities which require them to wake early then walk all day. About 10 minutes in they were: "bored", "hot", "feet hurt", "there's too many people".... Really the list of complaints could run much farther than what I hauled home. I tried to give them away, but alas others saw their useless, complaining ways and they were unwanted. I told myself (and them) about a million times to take a deep breath and start over their attitude. It didn't work. 20 minutes into the place I knew my only saving grace was to focus on the huge bottle of wine I was going to get on my way home.
If you have never been to a large flea market, it's a perfect place to get lots of stuff that in the spur of the moment (and in heat and sunshine) you've got to have!! This usually comes in the form of knock-off purses and puppies, both of which are fairly plentiful at Roger's.
I'm glad to report that neither of these objects made their way home to the 'Dale with me. I made it abundantly clear that no such object that has a heart beat will be coming home with us, unless it was a monkey. If they sold monkeys I was totally buying one. Loving it, hugging it, and calling it George. But....no monkeys. Lots of pups, a few kittens, some chickens, lots of rabbits, and even a peacock (I kid you not).
Purses were a bust too because the Feds, sheriffs and local police department descended on the place today and busted them. Total bummer for me looking for a new work bag. I got to see lots of boxed up stuff for evidence of homeland security. I overheard one foreign guy who was busted say this was his 12th time. Obviously they need harsher penalties if they really want to stop counterfeit products. Anyway...off the topic. I did find a nice Land's End canvas bag for $5.00. Cute minty color. Needs cleaned up a little but I can do that. I'm thinking it might have been their diaper bag version but I don't know. Whatever. Cool, cheap, classic bag.
Also got a new Vera Bradley computer sleeve. Sometimes I just want to put my computer in my work bag and not in my Vera hard-covered bag. This is much smaller. $10.00
I also hauled a ton of health, beauty, and cleaning products. These are generally set up to sell by what I assume is extreme couponers. Truthfully, I am very overwhelmed at couponing and I just don't do it. I use a lot of home remedy cleaners (I. E.: vinegar). So when I can get products cheaper than at Walmart or discount store and couponers make some money too it's a win/win, stress less deal for me!
I got some Rescue Remedies Pastilles, sleep aids and stress gum. I've used the Pastilles. I've ordered them from Amazon. Around the same price I paid for them. I can't always find them locally so....
Anyway the Pastilles never seemed to do much for me. Worth another try I guess. The stress relief gum has to help at work. Worst case scenerio I'll be chewing that stuff like nicorett!
Like the new bowl...paid $3.00 at a yard sale for it! Some bananas very ripe...to be used as banana bread tomorrow. Others will get eaten freely over weekend. All for $1.00--pretty good deal!
Also at Roger's I always get fresh produce. I posted earlier on Facebook that my children need some fruits or vegetables or I'm certain they will come down with rickets or scurvy (or some other made up crap some mother said to get her kids to eat their vegetables). We are still without a normal working refrigerator following the "great power surge that West Penn denied all responsibility for". (Assholes). We have the ONE BRAND that will fit in the refridge hole space in the world ordered but....thank you Lowe's (assholes too!!.....I'm in a mood. It was my kids that put me in the mood, yo...) the ONE BRAND will be 4 more freakin' weeks until delivery. 4 more long weeks. (Poor girl child told me she just wants cold milk). I'm about to go all dorm-sized purchase for the time being to have cold diet Pepsi and yogurt.
So....back to Roger's: get your name brand cleaners, hair stuff and coupon deals minus the hassle of coupons stuff there!
I usually find sand paper but this time I found:
Since I brought the kiddos I had to make some sort of purchase for them (just to shut them up!). Girl child picked a hair bow that I'll DIY with the perfect Scottie button on. ($5)
Girl child got some school stuff-undies, belt, areo sweater
Boy child picked military patches (??) I don't know. I think that's what they are. Truthfully, what the hell does a 12 yr old whining boy at the flea market get. (3/$5)
I wanted to take a picture of them but not sure where they are. They might have went home with my parents accidently.
Ask them both what they got and I'm certain neither will remember either thing. What they will remember (and have reminded me a dozen times) stupid gum. I let them pick 5 packs each (12/$10).
They thought they were going to hoard those packs all up in their 'Dale bedrooms....nope. Because they will chew 10 pieces at a time then I'll find huge wads on the bathroom floor near the garbage cans...never quite making into the actual can. Nope, nope, nope. I hid that stuff immediately. Here's some fresh veggies......go!!
The girl child and I got socks. I think they were 4 packs/$10. Whatever the price it's worth every penny to not have to match socks from the basket in the house.
Sundress $10 for me. Not sure what it will look like on but I was itching for new clothes.
The only other thing I try to get when I go out to this flea market is my dog's food. I feed her expensive, grain free, high quality food. I'd tell you the name but I never remember I just get it at Tractor Supply. It's like $50 a bag and never goes on sale. Whatever...she's my best friend. Anyway for some reason 2 places always has that expensive dog food but never the kind I need. I could have bought her similar but truthfully it was hot, the bags were big and I didn't feel like lugging it threw the market. It was crowded there.
I also splurged on a new candle and soap. This person has poison ivy soap I get every summer and swear by it. I LOVE the Lemon Verbena scent. Got the candle, soap, and goat milk lotion (which I also swear by!). I'll take a bath later, light the candle and class it up by drinking my wine from a glass and not the bottle!
BTW... I totally wanted to hunt down a local Dollar Tree to see their out of state loot but my driver (doesn't that make me sound rich!! I. E.: the Dad-ster) wanted no parts of my Dollar Tree obsession.
That's about it for Roger's. It's a grand ol' time. Better people watching than the Comet or Parry-O. Check it out...but take me with you...I'll leave my kids at home (with my parents!!)
Guess where I stopped when picking up dinner::
New wine glasses--plastic, cause I'm classy like that (or prone to breakage!)
Lastly, here's my monkey from D. T. It's supposed to be all fancy solar powered and swing but nope he just sits there. I look at him. He looks at me. No poo to clean up!
Until later...much later...I'm
Going to bath and go to bed!
-Mommy in the 'Dale