I’m about eight years into this “living in the South” experiment, and I’m still adjusting. From time to time I still press the 7 on the tv remote hoping to find Boston’s WHDH, only to find the local CBS affiliate. Even after eight years I still consider myself a Bostonian, and I guess I always will.
However, there are a few perks to living in the south: Stake and Shake, cheap gas, several comics stores, and the flea markets are open year round. This past weekend I went to the biggest flea market near me, and I picked up a few things I thought were worth sharing.
For starters I found a booth that was selling everything from used DVDs to homemade breads. But what interested me the most was underneath the big table… five long comic boxes. Ask any comic book fans, and they will tell you seeing comic boxes without knowing what may lie within is like finding a buried treasure.
All the comics were going for 25 cents, which of course made me giddy. After all, the cheaper the comics, the more comics I can buy. Anyways, I didn’t have to look long, and I was quickly rewarded because in the first box I found a complete run of the Hawkworld regular series that ran from the late 1980’s to the early 1990’s, and that was just the beginning!
When all was said and done I finished with 50+ Batman related comics, 15 issues of Hitman, and over 40 Star Trek issues from the DC and Wildstorm days. And finally, an almost complete run of Hawk & Dove. I say almost complete because I’m missing 7 or so issues, but those shouldn’t be hard to find online. Not a bad haul considering there were only a few comic boxes there.
As the wifey and I made our way around the flea market, I saw something odd. There was a new booth where the used book guy used to be, and he was selling… empty boxes. Yup, you read that righ, empty boxest.
This guy had empty boxes for all kinds of stuff: cereals, toys, house hold items, electronics, you name it. I wish I’d taken pictures of the place, but I didn’t think of it (and the guy probably wouldn’t have liked it). But seriously dude, $60 for an empty box of Nintendo Cereal System?
On our way out of the flea market I decided to check out a booth with loose action figures all over the place. I didn’t find anything out of this world, but I did pick up a couple of Dinobot figures for a buck each.
All in all, I’d say it was a nice day at the flea market.