Tag: discovery

Earth Day at the 4th Flea

4th Flea is a flea market that takes place the fourth Saturday of the month in San Marcos. I went this Saturday to see what it had to offer.

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Hey, hey, hey! A day at Trader’s Village

Last weekend my cousin and I went to the Trader’s Village Flea Market in San Antonio. It’s one of many in Texas and even sports a few amusement park rides. With over 1,000 vendors each weekend, I knew this was a great way to start my journey.

There was so much to see and do it was almost overwhelming. However, we planned a route that would traverse the aisles while covering the most ground. From toys to toasters, it seemed like there was a vendor for anything you can think of.

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One of the many aisles/alleys of vendors

It wasn’t until late in our visit that we spotted it: a denim jacket hanging off the side of a clothing booth. Upon closer inspection I noticed the front pocket had writing on it: “Fat Albert.” I knew I was on to something and turned the jacket around and there was a big patch of Fat Albert and the Junkyard Gang. Elated, I bought the jacket on the spot for $15.

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The back of the jacket

The jacket surprised me by it’s quality alone. The stitching and patches weren’t just added by some exuberant Fat Albert fan, the jacket was made this way. It was also a bit large, but the novelty of it alone is enough for me to wear it around.

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Front
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Back

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I only made one purchase, but it was one I wholeheartedly stand by. Trader’s Village had a vast spectrum of different vendors, food, and even live music. It felt almost like a theme park. The scale and variety that Trader’s Village offers is enough to warrant multiple visits and I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area.

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Me showing off my new aesthetic

 

 

 

Who, what and why?

My name is Aaron Manrique and I am a sophomore at Texas State University. I’m an advertising major with a minor in art and in my off-time I spend my time making digital art or playing music. Creation is something I am passionate about, so I also dabble in video making, photography and anything else I see potential in. However, I do have one other notable hobby: flea market hunting.

Now this isn’t just a bargain hunt, but rather a hunt for the unknown. What I mean is that flea markets have the potential to hold some of the strangest, most interesting things. Not knowing what these types of stores sell is what really draws me to them. It is because of this I felt it would be a fun idea to use this blog to record my travels and findings.

Cups I found at flea markets
Cups I found at flea markets

This blog is dedicated to the oddities and rarities I find at these markets. I want to show what these places have to offer and the fun that can be had on the hunt. I also plan to record vlog styled videos to further illustrate the experience and the atmosphere around it. Hopefully, I can peak people’s intrerest and inspire them to check out their own local markets. If you want to see my travels as they happen follow me on Twitter.