Discover The Rose Bowl Flea Market In Pasadena California

Written by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.

The Rose Bowl Flea Market And Swap Meet, at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena Ca. 91103, is probablyrepparttar largest and most famous swap meet held in California. Onrepparttar 145404 second Sunday of each month, rain or shine, over 1,800 vendors from all overrepparttar 145405 country set up their booths and spaces in order to display and sell merchandise, including but not limited to accessories, antiques, clothing, collectibles, discontinued merchandise, dolls, handmade crafts, home furnishings (new and used), paintings and other fine art items, pins and buttons (sports, olympics, election, etc.), plants, specialty foods, used books, watches, etc..

Parking is plentiful and free and admission prices are as follows: "Rose Bowl Flea Market and Market Place regular admission starts at 9am forrepparttar 145406 general public at $7.00 per person, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. We also have an express admission from 8:00am - 9:00am at $10.00 per person, an early admission from 7:00am - 8:00am at $15.00 per person, and a special preview VIP admission from 5:00am - 7:00am at $20.00 per person. Discount tickets for early admissions are available at many local antique stores. Group rates are available. The box office is open until 3pm after which time sellers begin packing and leaving. The public may shop for those last minute bargains until 4:30pm."

This flea market is worthrepparttar 145407 price of admission. There are bargins galore andrepparttar 145408 people watching entertainment factor alone is worthrepparttar 145409 price. You will see people from all walks of life, dressed in every imaginable way, speaking numerous languages all scurrying from vendor to vendor searching forrepparttar 145410 best bargins. The vendors are all very friendly and happy to talk about their wares. Many of them are real characters and a lot of fun to deal with.

Note: This is notrepparttar 145411 same as going to a garage sale or some of your local swap meets. The vendors pay good money for a permit to sell here. You are not going to find a lot of cheap unwanted junk or that $50,000.00 painting being sold for $1.00. These vendors are professionals, they know their merchandise and they know what they are doing. Their overhead is much lower than if they were selling out of a retail store or mall andrepparttar 145412 are usually not paying employees so they can sell for less. You will find very good bargins, especially if you are willing to negotiate a little (It's not considered bad manners to negotiate at a flea market. In fact, many ofrepparttar 145413 vendors enjoyrepparttar 145414 negotiating more than they enjoyrepparttar 145415 selling.), just do not expect to leave with a lot of junk or withrepparttar 145416 find of a lifetime.

Doing British Things In France

Written by B A Boyle

There are plenty of “British” things to do in France but you may have to be a little more imaginative as far as entertainment goes. A nice meal with a good bottle of wine is quite straightforward, butrepparttar stylish restaurant, even if there is one near you, may not necessarily berepparttar 145403 best. Try that neat little local restaurant instead . You may be surprised to find thatrepparttar 145404 owner provides more than just a “plat de jour”. He is often a magnificent, well-trained chef who can create great dishes with fresh local produce; vegetables and herbs from his own garden, fruit from his neighbour and mushrooms fromrepparttar 145405 field, He would love to win a Michelin star but his tiny restaurant in an unfashionable locality will never be a contender. Just as well -repparttar 145406 last thing you want is an invasion of tourists or gourmets who would change this simple ambiance not to mentionrepparttar 145407 price.

If you’re slightly more gregarious why not join a club. Asrepparttar 145408 population in some small towns and villages dwindles,repparttar 145409 locals are delighted for you to swell their numbers inrepparttar 145410 yoga class, cycle runs or evenrepparttar 145411 senior citizens club. Don’t be surprised if you experiencerepparttar 145412 “hard sell”. They are likely to ignore a foreigner’s natural reticence,repparttar 145413 language barrier, and, inrepparttar 145414 case of senior citizens, protests that you are barely 50 years of age. In fact,repparttar 145415 only membership criteria seem to be that you’ve given up work. The organisers ofrepparttar 145416 old folks’ Christmas party in our village, noting our reluctance to join, offered us temporary membership forrepparttar 145417 festive season. Even though we brought downrepparttar 145418 average age considerably, we were accepted with celebrity-like status. Our fellow revellers wanted to know how we managed to look so young. Our claim that we were in fact “young” was met with cynical smiles and disbelieving shrugs. Not much of a compliment I think!. However, as with most of these “dos”repparttar 145419 meal was superb. Countless courses of food prepared byrepparttar 145420 local restaurateur were accompanied by fantastic wines to suit each delicious dish. Five hours later we were treated to a karaoke-style concert of songs fromrepparttar 145421 past. Interesting, entertaining and shamefully cheap.

In summer, a similar but faster repas can be had atrepparttar 145422 many fetes. Each village seems to have its own version of a farmer’s market, display of ancient and modern crafts and often, a wonderfully British thing,repparttar 145423 car boot sale. For two hours at lunchtime though activities cease so that you may joinrepparttar 145424 stall holders and regulars for a fantastic mini banquet served to hungry crowds on trestle tables. If you haven’t booked beforehand, you may have to settle for beer and a sandwich inrepparttar 145425 bar with other disappointed visitors.

Of course, there are other British things to do in France. Do you remember week-ends inrepparttar 145426 UK? If you’re still addicted to visits torepparttar 145427 DIY store then nobody here will prevent you from continuing, except that is, on Sunday, when all such shops are closed, oh, and sometimes on a Monday too. However, you will be pleased to read that more and more retail parks are springing up everywhere and with themrepparttar 145428 number of B&Q look-alikes. If you have satellite TV you can still watchrepparttar 145429 house makeover programmes and then spendrepparttar 145430 rest of those lovely sunny days painting your walls magnolia, sticking on paper borders or laying a laminate wooden floor. Remember though, it will be impossible to impress your French neighbours when their own floors are solid wood parquet andrepparttar 145431 most fashionable décor is still to paper walls, ceiling and even doors inrepparttar 145432 same garishly patterned paper.

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