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Eli Goldfinger
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When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
I grew up going to flea markets with my dad and cousin. Dad was always looking out for old tools and cousin was looking for anything pertaining to music.

I remember the flea markets being basically huge yard sales with some folks on the periphery selling produce, dogs, homemade furniture, etc…but that was back in the 80s and early 90s.

Last Saturday, for the first time in 20+ years, I strolled around a flea market. It was basically sh!tty Chinese stuff that even dollar stores wouldn’t bother carrying.

There honestly wasn’t anything in the entire sale that I would bother taking home even if it were free. It was terribly awkward to be dragged into conversation by the purveyors of this garbage - who were clearly living out of RVs while traveling around to these markets.

When did this become the norm?
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Martini
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
Stick to garage sales.


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fightin tigers
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
Your memory isn't as good as you remember it.

It has always been crap sold by pikeys.


LSU-MNCBABY
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
Always except for the baseball card guy


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whitefoot
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
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Your memory isn't as good as you remember it.

It has always been crap sold by pikeys.

Pretty much this


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Jcorye1
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
A lot of it is survivorship bias. You remember the good times and great finds, while forgetting that most of the flea markets stuff was still garbage.


Eli Goldfinger
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
Ha…maybe so.


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DiamondDog
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
There used to be a big flea market in Florida Blvd in BR that used to be solid. This was early 90s. I can remember walking around it.

I think it was Florida. I remember it looking kind of bombed out from the outside.

Pulled a Rondell White RC from a pack there. I have no idea why I remember this.
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TheWalrus
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
1997


Eli Goldfinger
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
Sounds about right.


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Obtuse1
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
In general, they have gone either that way or the prices have soared because people know what they have (or are just dreaming).

There are still some great flea markets left in America like the Rose Bowl Flea in Pasadena but while you may find your grail it likely won't be cheap.


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Kafka
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
I am very ignorant and live in a cave

Can someone tell me the difference between a "flea market" and a "swap meet"?


Obtuse1
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
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Can someone tell me the difference between a "flea market" and a "swap meet"?


In the olden days swap meets were exactly what they sounded like people swapped goods for goods generally with no cash involved. You rarely see those today but the name has stuck to some places which are now more like a flea market. Back when I was young I used to go to a car parts swap meet and pulled a (little red) wagon around with parts like carbs, intakes and maybe a set of heads looking for parts I needed.


lsu13lsu
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
eBay, FB Marketplace and Etsy killed those places.


Kafka
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
I've ever been to a swap meet. I only know of them b/c Johnny Carson did around a thousand jokes about them in his monologue ("You know what's big now? These swap meets they're having..."). I guess they must have exploded in popularity in '80s Cali.


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Bamafig
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
I remember when eBay was mostly used items sold like a flea market. Now it’s just Amazon Lite. Cheap China crap and sponsored sellers. I rarely ever visit the site anymore. If I’m going to buy Amazon crap. I might as well go to Amazon directly.


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shinerfan
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
It's not exclusive. You can still buy meth from prison gangs.


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kywildcatfanone
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
Since they have been around.


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Will Cover
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
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There used to be a big flea market in Florida Blvd in BR that used to be solid. This was early 90s. I can remember walking around it.


It used to be located where BRCC is now located.

I can remember going there in the 80s with my mom.


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Oilfieldbiology
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re: When did flea markets turn exclusively into trashy cheap crap sold by carnies?
At their inception?


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