I-Mockery Pays A Visit To The Pasadena City College Flea Market!
by: -RoG-

Ever since moving out to Los Angeles, I've been visiting the Rose Bowl Flea Market out in Pasadena whenever I have the chance. It's simply an enormous gathering of people selling just about anything you can imagine - if eBay was physical place housing everything that was for sale on it, it'd probably look like that flea market. Well, a few months ago, somebody mentioned that there was another flea market nearby called the Pasadena City College Flea Market that I should check out, because it had some great vendors who were selling all kinds of oddball collectibles and there was no admission fee either. She didn't have to say another word, for I had already made up my mind to pay the place a visit as soon as possible.

The PCC Flea Market takes place once a month, the weekend before the Rose Bowl one occurs, so it's nice that there's no overlap. While it is significantly smaller, it does seem to be more focused on the things I'm interested in, whereas you never know what you're going to find from vendor to vendor at the Rose Bowl (though, that is part of its charm). Another interesting thing about PCC is that most of it is staged in a multi-level parking garage. Remember that old Seinfeld episode where they were lost in a parking garage, wandering around all day long? I don't think they would've minded their stay nearly as much if there were vendors selling toys and games from their childhood.

The following is a collection of photographs of the interesting merchandise I found up for grabs as I wandered through the PCC Flea Market - both inside the garage and out. Enjoy:

The entrance to the PCC Flea Market garage.

A skull made from seashells is a fine way to start the day.

If I ever throw a donkey party, you are all invited.

Thanks for showing us your anus, Mickey.

For only ten bux, you too can own this vintage Masters of the Universe cartoon cell of a Horde trooper tossing a baton!

Well, I guess those major awards aren't as important to some people after all.
(They probably preferred a leg lamp instead.)

Multiple rows spread across multiple levels of a parking garage, all looking just like this. Good times.

From Gumby and Star Wars to Madballs and E.T., there was no shortage of toys here.

I'm sure it was noone of consequence.

You know, I think that'd look great over our mantle, don't you?
Drats... I can't afford it. Oh well, I'm sure it'll find its way to a nice, hateful home.

A mask maker was there, showing off some creepy creations.

Excuse the blurriness... I guess the spectacle of a bajillion Hot Wheels cars gave me the shakes.

Robot buddies. Friends 4evar!

I'm pretty sure this is the kind of chair you buy if you're planning on torturing somebody in your basement.

Looks like Steve Urkel finally got some contacts.

I guess I've never been to a fancy restaurant before. Why?
Because, no matter how good the food was, my meals were never served to me in Star Trek themed dinnerware.

FACT: vintage board game art is a thousand times better than modern board game art.
Notice the mom and daughter in the background doing their womanly household chores?
That's right ladies, you're not allowed to play sophisticated games like Battleship. Do the dishes instead, right?

There will come a day when I get to drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Until then, the miniatures will have to do.

It's always nice to see one, but you can score an Atari 2600 with games for a lot less than $100. It's not like they're rare.

Let's play a game - combine any two Atari game titles to create a new game title. I'll go first:
Starmaster Outlaw.

It never fails... there's always one Barbie with all of her clothes removed. Perverts everywhere I go.

I was really tempted to get the Rambo lunchbox, but it was missing the Thermos. Still, nice collection they had here.

TV's Super Stars Emergency action figure: John.
Or, as kids used to call it... THE MOST BORING ACTION FIGURE EVER MADE.

When we went to this flea market, Davey Jones had just passed away.
Sure enough, there was an asshole trying to cash in on his death right away by selling bootleg Monkees DVDs.

Universal Monster plush pals!

I always like buttons, but I found much better ones later in the day... you'll see 'em in a bit.

An old Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town flag.

There's still more Pasadena City College
Flea Market goodies to see!
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Reader Comments

Apr 18th, 2012, 05:05 AM
Santa Claus, on a helicoptahhhh! http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLRnNMUOccY
Apr 18th, 2012, 08:51 AM
The Santa copter is great, I'm all about any toy that advertises "whirling blade". Thanks for all the pics, Rog!
Apr 18th, 2012, 11:01 AM
85 bucks for those Garbage Pail Kids? They looked pretty beat up in the pic.

When I collected the day my mom seemed to think they were going to have future worth like baseball cards used to. By the time series 12 and on were coming out I saw the writing on the wall (even though I probably didn't know what the term market saturation meant yet) and stopped believing she would be right. Maybe that guy never learned what market saturation meant.
Apr 18th, 2012, 03:32 PM
The Master System isn't worth $90 dollars on any planet. I'm sorry, but the system just wasn't that good. Nor the Turbografx, to be honest.
Apr 18th, 2012, 08:29 PM
You are correct sir.

I recentaly got a Dreamcast with two controllers,, a vmu, a handful of games and the original box for 25 and that was the best console sega ever produced!

Pretty much any console made from 1985 onwards is pretty worthless... they just made too many.

Holy crap was that a Flip Wilson doll? They made Flip Wilson dolls? I know who Flip Wilson is?
Forum Chaos Lord
Apr 18th, 2012, 09:48 PM
Robot Cosmic Raider Force needs to have a cross-over with Titanic-Bot and Space Knight.
Forum Virgin
Apr 18th, 2012, 11:38 PM
Those Alien photo cards from Topps look sweet! If indeed that's what's in there...
The face of trapped wind.
Apr 19th, 2012, 02:05 AM
I really wish I had the flip wilson doll. I have no idea why. when friends would come over I'd jam him in their faces and make him talk like geraldine. I'm weird.

85 bucks is just a sad offer for garbage pail kids. no one will pay that. at least I'd hope not.
Humor Writer
Apr 19th, 2012, 02:32 AM
Awesome, I try to go to this one every month.
Pickled Patriarch
Apr 19th, 2012, 03:04 PM
A-bomb - "Whirling blade" is how they should promote the next Friday the 13th film. "Voorhees and his whirling blade of death are back for blood!"

Pentegarn - Yeah, the Garbage Pail Kids were pretty beat up and they weren't even from one of the earlier series, so definitely not worth the price. Some people will just stick a price tag on something based on what they feel it's probably worth (in their heart) rather than actually taking the time to look up the value online. Sometimes you can get a steal that way, but most of the time, you just laugh at the outrageous price tag.

Shadowdancer21b - I have a soft spot for the Sega Master System. It was such an underdog and completely overshadowed by the NES, but damn if it didn't look cool, and I loved those 3D glasses. But yeah, there's no way in hell I was gonna pay that much for it.

HowardC - Indeed! Flip Wilson is immortal in puppet form.

Jaimas - A battle between those three mighty forces would surely be a sign of the coming apocalypse.
Forum Chaos Lord
Apr 20th, 2012, 11:11 PM
RoG: But what if they were to unite their powers against a common foe - say SECRET GHOSTDOM and/or DEATH'S HEAD TERROR?

I think we'd have a recipe for awesome right there.
Freelance Artist
Apr 21st, 2012, 01:25 PM
Master systems go for less than $50 at used game stores where I live (in Canada, so our stuff is still more expensive than yours, despite the dollar being pretty equal)

I'm COMPLETELY jealous of all the pins - especially the one that says Cat Power. WANT (I LOVE absurd pins/buttons)

& Tits & Clits - I would have bought it in an instant. I love the old 60s underground comix
Clever Girl
Apr 24th, 2012, 09:56 PM
Ooh, how much was the Pee-Wee Viewmaster going for?
Pickled Patriarch
Apr 24th, 2012, 10:27 PM
If memory serves, I think it was selling for roughly $60. Not sure if it was actually worth that much though.
I shot Wilhelm.
Apr 28th, 2012, 07:41 PM
God, I would love to find a good flea market but I tend not to go outside if I can avoid it. *sigh* I miss California...
Recovering Lycanthrope
May 2nd, 2012, 06:54 PM
I'll play your game:

I've got to go with "Haunted House Football"

(Pump fake to the goblin, and then run right through the ghosts - they're terrible linebackers.)
magical sea leprechaun
May 5th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Am I the only one who's disturbed by the pantsless doll that looks to have it's hands tied behind it's back and it's face pummeled back on page 1?
Aug 24th, 2012, 04:35 PM
two Sega Master Systems for $90 Bucks with the 3D Glasses? It's a shame i don't live in California otherwise i would've bought them in a heartbeat, despite having an SMS Model 1 which has the 3D adapter, but not the glasses (besides, you gotta have a couple of spares just in case).

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