After reading a recent blog titled “Graveyard Consumerism: The Great American Flea Market,” written by Matthew Newton, we just had to share it with you. Matt’s well documented visit to one Ohio flea market will leave you with come chuckles and perhaps scratching your head when you see the photos he snapped.
Here’s a summary of what he had to say:
Defining a flea market – “Part of the appeal is the bizarre voyeurism it involves, gawking at things people once believed they needed but have since found no use for. And as any flea market veteran will attest, the experience is purest when the people you are buying from have just emptied their attic or garage, packed it into a car, and driven to a parking lot somewhere to sell it all. It’s a cleansing ritual…”
“The great American flea market is less everyday people shedding unwanted possessions and more a loose-knit network of vendors hustling a clusterfuck of low-quality tools and impostor fashion accessories, black market DVDs and surplus health and beauty products plucked from the clearance bins at Walgreen’s. It’s graveyard consumerism, a last-ditch effort to unload goods to an audience with unusually lenient buying habits.”
Read more about Matt’s travels and flea market experience by clicking here.