the closest thing hawaii has to a flea market is the swap meet (10 tourist t-shirts for $5, anyone?) which is far from comparable to any of the flea markets in LA or SF. so to find fun pieces for my new place, i am going to resort to garage sales, good will, and craigslist. they take plenty of digging/searching/browsing (and seeing things for their POTENTIAL) and require lots of time – but i think it’s a really fun process. the pieces you get have way more charm than brand spanking new pieces, and its a heck of a lot nicer on the ol’ wallet. my current place was fully furnished when i moved in two years ago so i am starting from absolute scratch. that is a lot of furniture we’re talking about: a bed, dining room table, coffee table, couches, entertainment center, a dresser, chairs, etc…so i actually have no other choice than to go the cheaper route. and speaking of steal deals, this weekend when i went garage saling, i got some pretty sweet finds. a huge wood-framed mirror for $5 and a cute/chic/nice desk for $5.
convo between me and garage sale man:
me: (looking at this desk that a bunch of his crap for sale was sitting on) hey, is this desk for sale?
him: um, sure.
me: how much?
me: whoah! (in total shock because i was expecting him to say like, $50 or something)
him: what – $5?
i got a bargain and i didn’t even try! that, my friends, is how you do it.