I wanted to share some more photos from South Carolina and decided to combine it with my Monday walk with Jo.
Here is the slide show (and then the pics).
Now some details….
First, let me share a few little things I brought home. Now please keep in mind that it is that phase in life where I do not want much more stuff. I have enough of the things I want and eh, you know how it is – getting rid of stuff is more my focus.
However, sometimes a few little goodies make life fun! They also sometimes bring back some trip essence. I am not a collector of things, but I have a couple of old cast iron irons and iron rests. The last time I was at this particular market (about 6 or 7 years ago) I bought an antique iron rest with an E (I gave it to my son’s algebra II teacher earlier this year as a little way to say thanks for being such a great teacher). Anyhow, we needed a little door stop for the guest room and so the little iron that I bought is perfect for that. I also have been needing a small little flower vase (one that I liked) – and I found one of those from Mr. Hysner. Did you cath that name? Mr. Hysner – he said he has never met another person with the same last name and somehow with some rabbit trails – I mentioned Heisenberg from Breaking Bad and he knew the show! Anyhow, I wanted a very small vase for times when I had just a couple of flowers -instead of using a wine glass or drinking glass. You know, when a fresh bouquet dwindles down – there are usually a few decent flowers left – and a small vase is a great way to showcase the beauty. Lastly, I did get a small, thin tea-table – to use with the exercise bike…
Well – another reason I bought some goodies was to support those selling. To me, when you buy from vendors at markets – you are investing in their livelihood and I find it rewarding – and to me it is not like getting a good deal at Dillard’s. At a retail store – a good deal is different.
The lady we were with (I have known her all my life and she feels like an Aunt) well she was telling me that I could have gotten a better deal on the old cast iron iron, but I explained to her that I did not want a better deal – it was a fair price (he asked 15 and I offered 10) and we both were pleased – pretty win-win.
However, the most special part of the entire day was the little vase I bought (and yes, I overpaid for it – 11 dollars – 🙂 ) but partly because the sweet man let me interview him) – and so now…. I have a handful of video interviews (from the last year) waiting for me to do something with… Hopefully I can share some of them in upcoming posts. In the meantime, they percolate.
the flea market here in SC is different from other markets I have visited.
I often feel very grateful for basic things after visiting this one.
I also feel alive – if that makes any sense.
Most of the vendors at this flea market are humble and pretty cool – and would you believe the rudest “flea market” folks I have encountered have been at the one in the Buffalo, NY area – bunch of grumps. Anyhow, there were some fun smiles shared on this day.
And it reminded me of the value of hard work. How work is so good for us – and how sometimes people with humble means are more contented than we might think. Sometimes people dream of going off to live the island life or retiring 20 years early – but they might be missing out on seeing (feeling) the intrinsic value of work. Work is good for us – it can keep out the funk and it can bring focus. Sometimes having a booth with some wares is a very good part of life – sometimes the joy of work is not about the dollars – but the flow we are able to experience. The gift of flow is priceless.
Thanks for checking out the flea market photos and for more walks with restless jo – go here.
Here are the pics just in case the slide show does not play: