Some people love autumn because of the falling leaves, crisp air or upcoming holidays. I love it because it means the Roundtop Flea Market is upon us. Twice a year this huge flea market happens just down the road from Austin and twice a year you better bet my mother and I are there with bells on. The above tympani drum table, Snoopy phone and retro red china are just a few examples of the treasures you might find.
I think it is impossible to leave a flea market and not lament a few items that got away. I should have bought those A-Team party hats with Mr. T, my birthday is this weekend after all. I keep dreaming about a Casper the Friendly Ghost game board I decided was overpriced and what a cute Halloween decoration it would have made. The big fish that got away was the above vintage condom machine. I have always wanted one to hang in a spare bedroom or guest bathroom. They make me giggle. I was hot, tired, there was no one tending the booth to haggle with so I just took a picture and walked away. One day I will get my machine.
I wonder what the deal is with flea markets and rat sucked doll heads. Have you ever noticed they seem to be synonymous? This fall’s trip was no different. I wish I had picked up enough to make a Halloween wreath with, but you would be surprised how much people think eyeless doll heads are worth. I think I will scope out the thrift store for some dolls to decapitate.
You know my sister has a soft spot for taxidermy and apparently this guy (according to the sign) needed a hug and she obliged.
One lesson I learned the hard way is never go to Roundtop on the final weekend of the show. I didn’t really have a choice this year, but several vendors were packing or gone by Sunday. Sure things may be priced to move and there are better deals to be had, but I prefer a larger selection and steeper prices I guess.