It's been quite a while since I've been to a good yard sale or even the Melrose Trading Post, so when I recently found out that there was a giant flea market in Pasadena that had been running every month for over 40 years, I had to check it out for myself. The Rose Bowl Flea Market definitely lives up to the many claims that you really can't experience it all in just one day. Games, toys, furniture, art, antiques, clothes, vintage collectibles and more oddities than you can shake a stick at can all be found here. With over 2500 vendors, it was easily the largest flea market I had ever seen, and I figured you guys would like to see it too. So with that in mind, here's a big collection of photos from the March 2009 Rose Bowl Flea Market.
Parking in front of a scenic mountain backdrop... definitely a nice way to start off the day.
No football taking place here today. Today something far more important is going on. The exchange of bizarro goods!
I hadn't seen a two-dollar bill in ages, and when the ticket person gave us two crisp
ones as change for our ticket payment, I knew we had come to the right place.
And so it begins...
Sadly, the remote control had nothing to do with this primate's face.
If it did, I probably would've bought it in a heartbeat.
Need to get in touch with your tribal side? They've gotcha covered.
General Arf R. McGruff?
Not content to join the lion in hunting down Barbie, T-Rex roamed off in search of tastier vittles.
I tried to lure this giant plastic E.T. statue away with Reese's Pieces candies, but it didn't work. Damnit.
Argh! If it wasn't a steep $50, this vintage Gremlins slumber tent would've been my new nightly resting space.
Some nice reproductions of old fruit box labels.
These were seriously some of the best shoes I'd ever seen and they were in perfect shape.
Unfortunately, I wear a size 12 and these were size 9. Daaaaaaaaaaaamnit!!!!
Having Glo Worm lying down next to Hulk Hogan just makes him seem like
a big ol' teddy bear instead of a psychotic wrestling superstar, doesn't it?
Whether or not these are actual Ming Dynasty Chinese fighting gloves or just some reproductions remains to be seen,
but it wouldn't surprise me if these bad boys helped inspire the idea for Freddy Krueger's infamous razor glove.
They don't make 'em like this anymore.
Say buddy, do you collect handmade vintage nails from yesteryear? Boy oh boy, have I got the flea market booth for you!
Some kind of futuristic remote-controlled speed boat that wasn't very speedy on concrete.
I don't know what he's up to, but I fucking guarantee it's no good.
Greco-Roman wrestling or male rape? Is there really a difference?
A few somewhat eerie old circus lamps.
The Rose Bowl Flea Market... serving all your amateur dentist needs for over 40 years!
I've yet to see a real flea market without at least a few skulls for sale.
See what I mean?
Yes indeed, you too can own this footstool that was previously owned by Charlize Theron!
Or not. It could've been previously owned by this guy's uncle. Roll the dice and take your chances, bub.
There's still more to see from
the Rose Bowl Flea Market!
Click here to continue onward to page 2!
I think that character on the tip of your tongue is called Captain Crook. He is/was part of the McDonald's cast of characters. I hope that helps. I wonder if they have mega yard sales on the west coast, if they do i'm sure you'll find one and visit it. Thanks for the laughs.
those aren't intellivision games those are atari 2600 games unless the intellivision games are on the bottom
That one painting you saw with the nude woman and the centaur looks to be work done by Boris Vajello. I have a calendar that has his work on display. He does a lot of fantasy art like that. I dont care how much that one painting was, I'd still get it.
I really want that lamp RoG. I will give you $200, PLEASE I MUST HAVE IT NO LYING PLEEEEEAASSSEEEEE
Congrats on your find, I always love the feeling you get when you discover something rare like that.
I just noticed something. Those Panther Tables are the same as that Panther statue from the Melrose Trading Post on page 1. Except at Melrose they didn't have any glass tops. Also every Flea Market I have been too has had Madballs almost every where I nearly have a complete collection and am only missing a few of the "Bad guys" from the carton (yet they were good in the comic)
And too true about seeing the action figures in the cases. Those are the type of people you know are just goingto whip out the price guide when you ask them how much, heh.
this is awesome dude. I use to live only twenty minutes away from the rosebowl so it's really nice to see a familiar sight.
Oh man, I remember playing with so many of those toys so long ago...and yes, I had the airport too! Many of which I'd forgotten about, such as battle beasts, but I can now vividly recall the tactile sensation of holding my thumb over the heat-sensitive decal to reveal each's elemental affiliation.
It's understandable how those Intellivision boxes were confused with Atari 2600; they had the same games and boxes; I had both of those games in the picture on my 2600. I WANT THOSE PANTHER TABLES!
Also, that creature bust you claim looks familiar, looks an awful lot like a Sleestack from the Kroft Bros "Land of the Lost."
Where are you planning to put that lamp, Rog? Because if I were you I would put it by my bed so I could fall asleep to the soothing demonic red serial killer light it provides.
Hey -Rog- Think you will make it to Seattle for North America's biggest video game convention in September? It would make for a great I-mockery article. Lots of cool shit, and tons of dorks being... dorky.
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So was the lamp your only purchase there RoG? If not, It'd be kinda cool if ya posted a picture of all the other items that you deemed worthy of your dollars.
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