Friday, September 12, 2014

What I Didn't Buy at the Flea Market: Pop Culture, Toys, Robots, Lizards, and More


My friends and I went on a flea market stroll while in Orlando; Flea World, they call it. It stands out with its bold orange and black stripes, calling to visitors to the Land of Mickey and regulars alike. I was warned it was mostly "Made in China" wares but was on a plant hunt anyways.


I'm trying to turn my apartment into a proverbial jungle, you see. I want ALL THE PLANTS. I want any inevitable move to be obnoxiously difficult because I'm lugging out heavy terra cotta planters filled with dirt and greenery. I'm a masochist that way, yet the plants are worth it. Gardening is in my blood, my soul. But I digress.


The best booth of all was a pop culture collectors din filled to the brim with a few of my favorite things. The burger king toy collection caught my eye first. I still have a few of these and should put them on a shelf. Look at the colorful monsters on display, so inspiring. Beguiling, glittering under their spotlight.


There were several cases filled with (valuable) original Voltron toys like the one above...


Transformers Beast Wars toys. (Non-nerds, are your eyes rolling out of the heads yet? Just admire the colors, then. So bright. So lovely. And note any price tags you can read, resellers. These toys can go for a pretty penny on eBay.)


Jurassic Park, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Originals, The Land Before Time, Pixar, the toys went on and on. All in great condition.


The Star Wars pieces, beautiful to behold. I love the quality/look of these big toys.


I do believe this particular Transformers shelf was my favorite, it had a few of the toys from Transformers the Movie, still one of my favorite movies of all time. You can see the VHS for it on the second shelf. One Dinobot Transformers had a $455.00 price tag!


Go Bots Case! Robots of all shapes and sizes, I'd love to have you displayed in my home. This inspires me to hit up some more yard sales for interesting larger toys to add to the collection.


And the Beetlejuice toys in-case, gorgeous! I still adore the hell out of Beetlejuice and will pick up any of the toys I see while out about.


I'd love to own a case (or 2 or three) like the one above to arrange my collections. I'd re-arrange when the muse hits to stretch composition balancing muscles. That's... not akin to playing with the toys, right? Of course not! Don't judge me! 


There were toys strapped to the ceiling all over the joint to behold.


And gorgeous vintage Shogun Warriors. These toys are HUGE, at least 3 feet tall I believe? I regret not buying one of these for $10.00 when I had the chance, they go for much more. I hope I'll encounter affordable ones again in the wild one day.


And now for something completely different, a beautiful lizard! I miss keeping reptiles and amphibians as bets. I've had newts, geckos and long-tailed lizards, they're beautiful creatures. The same booth had puppies but I could not take photos. The first impulse was to pet each one and hope that they're being treated humanely.


This little video game booth had a fun mario mural to document.


This case was for display only, a gorgeous retro piece. Probably quite rare, I've never seen anything like it before. A little before my time but I grew up playing and loving both games.


But the Sega games are definitely my "Era". I adored playing Michael Jackson's Moonwalker! (Another favorite movie!) I regret the quality of this photo and the one above, I was rushing to catch up with Ruth and Marianne, who kindly tolerated all my photo taking and nerd-talk.


Another "toy" booth had a midsection filled with nothing but assorted dinosaurs! Glorious.


This repo-retro piece caught my eye, ultimately left it behind (and have been selling off the ones I had like it). Fun, though.


Next week I'll share my progress with house-jungaling (turning the home into a plant oasis, and some veggie/leafy green seed starting while I'm at it), my DIY project, useful whole living and business info, and photos from more random adventures. For now, time to work on catching up, cleaning, and perfecting said posts! I've been busy helping some other business owners and it's led to some neglect for my own work, but I'm excited to get back to it!

Looking for anything in particular at the flea markets and thrifts lately? Find anything neat? I'll be making a return to the thrifts soon. May have an epic thrift list to share...

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27 comments:

  1. I have acquired quite a few plants since we moved too - they are nearly more work to keep up than a pet lol. But they look nice and get lots of oxygen into our work/living space. Love all the colorful toys. I REALLY need to go thrifting.

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    1. I stopped cold turkey. Bought almost nothing at that flea market. I need to hunt down clothes/materials so I'll be back to it soon. I adore plants, I'm going to plant veggie/herb seeds and bring in more tropicals/caxti/succulents.

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  2. So weird to see things I've walked past so many times from somebody else's perspective! I used to go to Flea World all the time when I was a kid, searching for vintage Disney goods with my grandmother. I stopped going because I didn't want to support Fun World in even the tiniest possibly way. I heard it shut down about a year ago, though.

    Have you tried the one in Mount Dora?

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    1. Nope, I haven't scheduled an Orlando thrifting adventure yet, it's on the to-do list for sure. I have the feeling the Thrifts down there have some amazing clothes for me to alter :D

      I saw that sign reading that it was shut down, why was it so bad? Uh oh...

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  3. Made in China or not, that place looks like so much fun! It's like a museum. I am a fellow Beetlejuice fan too; I heard that they're making a sequel!

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    1. Me too. If it's any degree as good as the first it could be awesome. That's gotta be perhaps my #2 favorite movie? When I first moved out on my own I played it to feel at home.

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  5. In the end of the month I will be in california and I just cant wait! This means thrift stores and yard sales!! They make me soooooo happy and I definitly need a new wardrobe, vintage dresses hunt here I go! :D

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    1. I'm excited to do some clothing thrifting too. I'm inspired to sell vintage clothes, add more vintage pieces to my own collection to wear, etc. :D

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  6. Star Wars toys! I'm obsessed with the Wampa and I picked up one still in the package at a garage sale recently, along with a bean bag Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas, the both of them for 6 bucks. Could. Not. Resist. But, I have cut waaaay back on thrifting in general because I just have so much darn stuff that needs to be photographed and listed :)

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    1. I adore Nightmare Before Christmas and Star Wars, great scores! I don't thrift at ALL anymore. All I bought was a plant and a new wristlet/change purse for going out at night when I don't want a full purse. I want to sell off all my current stock or close to it so I can start fresh, release things as lines, and move on to more creative stuff. :D But I'm excited to start collecting pop culture goodness and clothes from yard sales again soon. The weather will be nice for it soon, it'll cool down around here.

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  7. I love the outside of that flea market! I'm totally going to paint my house like that now!!

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  8. Thank you so much for this post! I have been lurking on your blog for some time (I'm in Gainesville, hello!!) and love seeing your adventures + finds. But this one in particular roused both mine and my roomie's interest since we planned to hit Orlando for a thrift hall soon. Never knew this place existed!

    Keep up the awesome blog!


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    2. Thanks so finally saying "hi!" :D I will report on the other Orlando thrifts I'll hit up on other adventures. This one didn't have much vintage if that's what you seek. I'm sure Orlando thrifts will have lots of great quality/name brand clothes and IKEA goodness; high population and a lot of image-concious people that update possessions often.

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  9. I spy Sunset Riders. I used to absolutely love that game. On Super Nintendo though, not sega.

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    1. Ah, the good ole days of playing video games. I miss 'em and need to play catch up on my favorite horror ones.

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  10. Look at all those dinosaurs! I was looking for them a while ago, for a DIY project, and it seemed to almost be a mission impossible. I guess dino's aren't very popular over at this corner of the world!

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    1. They're everywhere here :D

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    2. My nerd heart beats with joy over these photos.

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