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Fleas are on sale

November 6, 2011
Bellingham Flea Market

One of Bellngham's hottest retailers! (Orin O'Neill photos)

While the Bellingham Farmer’s Market is still plugging along, there’s another Saturday market that’s getting a bit of attention.

O’Donnell’s Bellingham Flea Market recently moved from a building on Chestnut Street that has sprouted “For Sale” signs. It’s now in a highly visible location, in a space formerly occupied by the local Toyota dealer (a space many of us feel would make a fine scooter dealership).

Bellingham Flea Market

You can see the GTS was not the only scooter on the premises on this fine Saturday. I had no plans to buy anything (I’d have brought the Fourth Estate in that case), so no worries about getting stuff home.


As you might expect, a fine selection of household dustcatchers was on offer, from several vendors.

James Dean

There was also a large selection of graven images of Elvis Presley, but all were being displayed in locations that resulted in poor photographs. In the King’s stead, I give you James Dean.


Most merchandise was thoughtfully displayed; interior designers will tell you books add warmth to a room, whether you read them or not. The little owl sculpture is a nice touch.

Live musician

Instead of the usual two dozen 80s pop hits most stores feel compelled to play at much too high volume, there was live music from a live musician.

Moody Blues album

I’m afraid I don’t share the renewed enthusiasm for vinyl LPs (folks, it was the wood cases audio components came in—and the vacuum tubes—that made everything sound better, not the vinyl). Still, the vinyl enthusiast has a veritable smorgasbord from which to choose, as long as one keeps in mind, when you’re paying just a buck, you’re getting what you pay for. There was, however, no Englebert Humperdinck.

VHS tapes

It’s being said, the future of video delivery is streaming. Well, I don’t have an Internet connection at home, and I have a VHS recorder (it’s still a mystery to me why VHS players, which is all most people wanted to do with VHS tapes, never caught on). So do a lot of other people. I went for discs-only on Netflix, and have no plans to change that anytime soon.

Leaning tower of Pisa

I’ve been to the Leaning Tower of Pisa (take the 1 bus from the train station), but didn’t feel any desire to take this piece home. Someone will, I’m sure.

Ichiro bobblehead

Someone observed you’re not really famous until someone makes a bobblehead of you. In that case, Ichiro Suzuki, the Seattle Mariners’ longtime right fielder, must be one of the most famous on Earth. It seems the M’s offer a different Ichiro bobblehead about every other week during the regular season. I’m not sure if this one’s going to be worth a small fortune someday, but at least you don’t have to buy a game ticket to get it.

Xmas stuff

Thanksgiving is less than four weeks away, though stores have had Xmas items on sale since before Halloween. If you need Xmas stuff, the Bellingham Flea Market’s got you covered.

Food trolley

Of course, there’s mobile food on the premises (our business plans for a scooter dealership have always included space for food carts). This particular vendor offers up burgers and fries. And deep-fried Oreos. You could also get BBQ and waffles from other vendors.

I took many more pictures; according to Facebook, you should be able to see them by clicking here. If not, please let me know. Oh, former ‘Hamster (and Genuine Buddy St. Tropez rider) Ali finds the most bizarre stuff in thrift stores, and you can see some of it here. Happy thrifting! (When exactly did “thrift” become a verb, anyway?) Favicon


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