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Old 07-27-2009, 12:30 PM
Location: South Side
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ALLEGEDLY the new flea market that is supposed to be built off Old Pearsall Rd (yay!!) will be very much like the one you describe Linda. I suuure hope so! I looove flea markets because I like to "hunt" for the stuff you mention, which can be daunting amongst all the clutter and straight out crap. I usually 'travel' to market days in Gruene, Castroville, Georgetown, and Fredericksburg.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:33 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We hit the Snake Farm about a year or two ago after it was on an episode of Dirty Jobs. The place is under new ownership and they are trying to clean it up, but it was still pretty messy. Despite that, we had a good time and it makes for a good day trip for the family. My son loved the albino python (can't remember its name, after some mythical god, wasn't it?).

We plan to go back one of these days, from the pictures on their blog it looks like they are working hard to get the place back up to standards. If that's true, it is worth another trip!

And on a side note, by any chance did you see any firearms or military items (uniforms, patches, etc) for sale at the flea market?

Cheers! M2
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:39 PM
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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how much of the stuff appeared stolen? I would put money on those LCD's being stolen and I've read that these flea markets are a popular place to fence items. That combined with the puppies/kittens for sale and the dirtiness I feel when my wife drags me to those places is enough to avoid it.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:50 PM
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man...seeing these pics brought back a lot of memories. My mom was a vendor at that flea market and I would tag along. I need to take a drive out there and find some GI Joe toys.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:13 PM
Location: Midwest
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OH man...I used to work security a few times at a flea market in Brownsville when I was 16. As soon as the vendors would pull into the market and set up shop there would be a massive invasion of old senoritas whom would run towards the trucks and start grabbing things. I don't know how many old people I had to tackle at that time. It was not fun.They wanted the deals before we opened and it was a nightmare trying to pull them apart from the vehicles. It was like trying to act as a referee at some dodgeball event. Shoplifting there was the right thing to do for most of the people. Lots of crap I had to deal with, did not like it at all. Hey, but you do what you gotta do to make a few bucks when you're a teen off from school in the dog days of summer.
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:19 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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Linda, I'm used to that type of flea market as well.. living in the Northeast and also in England. Quality 'estate sale' stuff.

I like Bussey's... it's pretty big with a lot of winding alleys. A lot of dollar store wholesale items though.

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Old 07-27-2009, 05:35 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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I guess you didn't see the sign that says "Don't go up on that hill"

I've been looking for a place to buy some horns,
I'm gonna have to go by and see how much they are
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:18 AM
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Seeing those old pics, it kinda looks like the Austin highway flea market in its haydays in the 80's.
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:44 PM
Location: Universal City, Texas
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Willsatx, photos not too old. I took them this last Sunday. gy2020
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:12 AM
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Sorry meant to say looking at the pics, they reminded my of the old austin highway flea market. Sorry for the confusion.
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