Drive-In Flea Market

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Jim and Shirl picked us up at the ePod at 8:00 a.m. just after Brucer walked Sprocket and watched the sunrise. We stopped for a good breakfast at Panera Bread, then headed for the famous ‘North Fort Meyers Flea Market’. It’s on the grounds of a long-defunct drive-in movie theater, but the old screen and projection house/snack bar still exist. Jim and Shirl go often for the great produce stalls and the irresistible bargains to be found. Time is short for the drive-in-flea-market as a tradition; the property will become an auto dealership next year and the market will be moving. I met a bead dealer who does the famous Wellfleet Drive-in Flea Market on Cape Cod in the summer, and imagined him trucking all his treasures north, following
the snowbirds home. Must see that one someday, before it disappears as well.

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Old banquet tables, blankets, and old doors bore iron skillets, lamps, tools, books, knock-off designer bags, cutlery, herbs, dolls, hardware, instruments, and imports. Some dealers placed rows and rows of cartons on the ground, each filled with pot-scrubbers, flashlights, wind-chimes, and a great deal of etc.. Dealers sat in the shade of their trucks and vans talking with their neighbors and trying to keep cool.

I bought a ridiculous teakettle, minus its whistle, for a dollar. It was the perfect souvenir of the drive-in era, and representative of tacky flea markettea-pot.jpg discoveries everywhere. It ‘cleaned up real nice’ and sits proudly on our stovetop.Home by early afternoon, we got some work done, filled a propane tank, and went to Jim and Shirl’s house for delicious, just-caught steamed shrimp, corn on the cob, ice cream with cookies made by Jim’s dad, and a game of Oh Hell! I promised not to disclose the winner or the quality of play, but I can say that Jim, Bruce, and I didn’t lose.(Bruce added this comment in his edit)

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2 Comments on “Drive-In Flea Market”

  1. Diane Gallo Says:

    loved the movies screen snack house. like a sail on land. the pot was worth a buck just for the photo. sculptural. love, diane

  2. Mona Morrison Says:

    Hi Lena, Bruce, Sprocket

    Looks like you are haveing a wonderful trip. I am so happy for you. An email from jimjax said ya’ll missed one another by about an hour. sorry about that.

    I’mglad you were able visit with old friends and have a wonderful time.

    I love that little teapot. Sure to be worth a dollar.

    The photos are beautiful. How about that eagle’s nest. Quite a site to see.


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