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 Sunday was an early morning as we made our way to the Rose Bowl Flea Market.  Our plan was to be there at 6 to take advantage of the VIP early preview, but we didn’t get there until 7.  We were still part of the early bird preview and honestly, it wouldn’t really have been worth it to be there any earlier.  Half of the vendors had only just started unloading their trucks!  There were two pendants that we absolutely loved, but had already sold – I was still thinking about them last night.

A few things to note about this flea:  on a sunny day, there is a ton of glare and half of the morning you spend walking into the sun up an aisle and then away from it walking down the next aisle.  Sunglasses are not enough in this case.  There are a lot of hats in the above picture for a reason!  About halfway through the morning we couldn’t take it anymore and both spent $20 on a hat…

Patti and her flea market hat and cart:

  Also, the asphalt is black making for a very hot experience!  There really is no escaping this part, so soldier on and no complaining.  Even through the heat and sun, we found a couple of great things, namely a rolling metal cart and an old pine chest.  The cart came in handy for transporting an Art Deco desk we purchased.  We were the ladies with a five foot wide desk on a metal cart wheeling it through the crowds – that was interesting to say the least!  By 11:30, the car was packed and we were on our way.

After lunch, we went to see the Gamble House, which is probably the finest example of American Arts and Crafts architecture.  Designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble (of Procter & Gamble), the home was gifted by one of their children in 1966 to the city of Pasadena and is overseen by the USC School of Architecture.  In fact, two fifth year Architecture students live at the house in the maid’s quarters to “guard” it at night.  It really is a fine piece of architecture, even if it’s not your style, and can be appreciated just for the craftsmanship alone.

Today we start on Los Angeles with a trip to one of our favorite vendors, who just happens to buy and sell movie sets and has 50,000 square feet full of furniture, lighting, accessories, etc.  More tomorrow!