Ladies and gentleman it’s time for one of the best weekends of the year, the Woodruff Place Flea Market!! For two whole days this glorious neighborhood will be on display and (mostly) beautiful items will be available for purchase on the cheap, cheap!! Basically this is a big yard sale, because no one in Woodruff has garages, otherwise it might be a garage sale. Let me tell you though, this is not your average “yard sale” because Woodruff place is not an average place.
Established in the early 1870’s as a suburb of Indianapolis, Woodruff place is like a time machine. All the homes are in the Victorian style and from the late 19th century. The streets are lined with huge trees and fountains sit at each one of the intersections. So even if you don’t find any treasures, the homes themselves are worth the trip.
Also just to make this a little more of a legitimate post, I’ve decided to add in some flea market how-to’s because things like this can be overwhelming.
1. The number once most important piece of information I can impart to you is that you should know what you’re looking for. Make a list. Check it twice. Know before you go, or whatever cheesy saying fits here. If you know what you’re looking for you won’t get overwhelmed.
2. Don’t feel obligated to stop at each and every sale. If you did step #1 listed above, a quick eye scan of yards can determine if you need to spend more time there or not. You don’t win a prize if you stop at every, single booth/yard/garage so take your time and determine what sales are worth it.
3. Don’t be afraid to haggle. Sales like this are for hagglers. If you think something might be worth a little bit less than the price shown, ask. The worst thing they can say is no and if you really, really, really, really, really want it, you’ll buy it regardless. But don’t be annoying. If they say no once, don’t ask again. This isn’t like that time when you asked your mom if you could stay out past midnight. No means no.
4. Inspect your items! This is not Target or Walmart or whatever major retailer. When you buy it, it’s yours. Look an item over, pick it up, inspect it, touch it, rub it on your face or whatever you feel you need to do.
5. Bring small bills. Don’t be the asshole who whips out the $50 for a $5 item. That is obnoxious. Why are you even at a garage sale if you’re carrying around $50 dollar bills? Carry small bills: $1, $5, $10 are acceptable. $20’s are pushing it a bit. These people are not an ATM.
So that’s it. I guess I have one final piece of advice. Get there early! The only reason I scored all this awesome stuff was because Mamma Co and I were there at the ass crack of dawn. Below you’ll find more pics of the great stuff I picked up at last years flea market.
P.S. Fun Fact!! Woodruff Place was the inspiration behind Indianapolis native Booth Tarkington’s successful novel The Magnificent Amberson’s. But I’ve never read it, so I can’t tell you if it’s good or not.