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Ode to the Aqueduct Flea Market

My earliest memories of going to the Aqueduct Flea Market (spanning more than 30 years in the Spring to early Fall: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays?) with my parents and sister, was when I was 10 years old.  It was thrilling, fun, something that put us all in good spirits.  To think, all the great wears we would find and bring back home!  There were elbow to elbow hungry shoppers but we didn’t mind the crowds or the heat or even the fatigue from walking through the long aisles all those hours.  My favorite booths: cosmetics; which I never bought anything from because I was “too young” then but liked to go through the boxes anyway helping my mom find blush or whatever else she was running low on…  the intoxicating aroma of gyros and ice cream…  the fabrics and sweaters booths [in which my mom was a patient bargain hunter but unfortunately an intense haggler; so much that she was shooed away by a few vendors =( ].

My funny and pathetic little anecdote: my Aunt Allison had to be sent back by my mom to purchase a sweater from a seller who my mom had minutes ago offended.  My mom was hoping he wouldn’t recognize that our aunt had been with us during their argument.

Years later (a few years ago), when I heard about the inevitable closing of my hometown’s beloved flea market, I was very sad.  What a terrible tragedy!  The last time I was there must have been during my late teens and then it was off to college.  At that time I was mildly aware of the difference in product quality and the decline of product variety; however, the population of shoppers seemed unchanged from what I remembered.  I wish they had somehow been able to breathe new life into the flea market in order to save it- to consider it again as a profitable presence.  I do not support the presence of the new casino (especially not over the flea market) because to me the flea market was a much more positive force unifying the community.  As much as I love horses, I also never loved the racetrack either.  I wish I had taken the opportunity to visit it one last time and hope all the vendors have been able to find a new permanent home.

To the Aqueduct Flea Market, thanks so much for all my wonderful childhood memories

*Addendum: Through further research, I’ve learned that many of the Aqueduct vendors have moved to the Merrick Flea Market in Springfield Gardens, Queens.  Yipeee, all is not lost!!!!!  Something to look forward to! Got to tell mom and dad; they’ll be delighted! =)

*Extra Reads:

The New York Times

Flea Market Zone

Aqueduct Blog

*Photocredit: & The New York Times




Gift Wrap

I don’t usually expect beautiful gift-wrapping from every seller I buy from. This was an unexpected surprise which brightened up my day :). Little details count with me (a thank you card, organza ribbon, nice tissue paper) and it truly exceeded my expectations. Oh, and I confess that the picture below was my meager re-wrapping job. I also threw away the packaging material that helped to pad the item underneath the tissue paper. I should have thought of taking a picture before unwrapping the item =(. So of course Laura’s wrapping job was much smoother than mine. She gets the Seller’s Award of the Day nonetheless.

Lightening Bugs/Fireflies

What happened to all the lightening bugs/fireflies? I think something in the environment has changed too dramatically for them to survive. I remember they were at some point during my childhood, plentiful. ‘Til this day every time I see a block party I always think of them. I really miss them; they remind me of a time when life was simple.

*Photocredit: Green Piece Washington D.C. Environmental Group

Guilty Pleasure

I usually dislike soap operas and never watch the American ones but, I must admit I love watching re-runs of “EastEnders.” It’s a British soap from 1985-present. I think I’m watching the episodes from 2005. I’m not sure if I have a favorite character. They are all entertaining. The British have a great sense of humor. My grandfather used to love watching the soaps. His faves were “The Young & The Restless” and “As The World Turns.” I mostly liked watching Kong-Fu movies with him, especially the ones with David Carradine. Anyway, I think “EastEnders” is really cool.

Albert Square Map
Albert Square Map

Rating Auction Sellers (Neutral Feedback)

Last night I received a hysterical letter from a seller because I gave her neutral feedback. I knew it would be bad since her letter began with a “OMG” (Oh my God). Her letter followed after my diplomatic response of why she was given a neutral rating for the transaction. I explained that the fourth picture (of the item’s interior) she posted did not match the item she sent me, although I did acknowledge her for the fast delivery and nice item’s exterior. Was I so wrong? I think there are some people out there who would have just given her negative feedback. She tried to make an excuse that the fourth picture she posted was “oops the wrong picture.” Why didn’t she double-check it before leaving it on the auction? Some people are unbelievable. She also didn’t even try to rectify the situation like most serious sellers would.