Fleas and Bees

What do you say to a friend that comes up to you after church grinning like a possum, asking if you want to go to the Pickens County Flea Market? YES! Of course!So here we are….at the Pickens County Flea Market, which by the way is only open on Wednesdays. We wondered "Why Wednesday's?" Well, from what we gathered it is such a special place, that you can park your RV right there and start looking at 5:30 AM! We think, those early risers are actually buying stuff for themselves to sell at their own table at a Saturday morning Flea Market.We pulled up around 10:00 in the morning and were astounded at the number of buildings, cars and people there were! Oh My! Now let me just clarify something here….this is not the HGTV Flea Market where there are tables of antiques ready for beautiful transformations and booths with amazing artisans. The majority of the tables were selling socks, soaps, crap and more crap. Unless of course salt and pepper shakers held by various animals is your thing.For you wine connoisseurs out there, I found a bottle cover. The tag says it is a vintage crochet poodle cover that could be yours for only $2! I do have to say, this vender has the right idea with his groupings of items.Now if during your shopping experience you needed a little snack, this guy picking his teeth sells The Best Boiled Peanuts amongst the onions, deodorant and Tylenol. His lighted candle helped with the whole ambiance that was happening here.All joking aside, there was some cool stuff happening, like these musicians who just gather to pick and sing. I wish I had been able to talk to some of the old timers. I bet this is the highlight of their week, to come here and make music.I really wanted a picture of this guy in the overalls playing the…barrel bass(?) But the doofus in the red shirt kept moving in my way! At first I didn't know if he was like the overall guy's guard or something, but no he was just a doofus. I guess I could have asked him to move, but I thought I was obvious.Need some beads? Oh my goodness! Angie found herself quite a beauty! And Charlie found some great deals on art supplies. Honestly, for non-perishables, there were some deals. I bought several sewing machine needles for cheap.And there were some gems among the weeds. There were several colorful produce stands which looked delicious.As crazy as these roosters may look to some of you, I actually have one 4 times bigger in my yard. Hmm…maybe this Flea Market is more in line with my tastes than I first thought.Out of the hundreds and hundreds of tables, I think we saw maybe 5 or six that had handcrafted items. I think these cutting boards are beautiful.I spied this artisan and had to look. She was such a delight to talk to. As I was admiring her jewelry, she said "I think you and I could be friends." Yeah I think we could. She appreciated me taking the time to ask about her craft. I fell in love with these earrings. She crafted every part of them with her hands. She is not in the right market place. She is not getting the proper recognition selling between the sock man and Miss 2005 Belk ornament lady.As the Flea Market was coming to a close, venders started packing their vans around noon, and we were starting to get a bit hungry. Yoder's Concessions was open for lunch. We could get a hotdog and eat it at a folding table in the 110 degree heat….or not.

Angie, Charlie and I decided that we needed to go to the big town of Pickens and have lunch. But FIRST, we had to drive around the corner and up the road a short bit to see this fabulous young man Zane! This is Angie's son who is working as a camp counselor-activities guide for the Clemson camps in upper state SC. I know exactly how it feels to see your sweet boy after time away…YAY!! We gave him our best loving (embarrassing) hello. We rolled our windows down and hung out the windows waving and yelling "Zanie!!!" Ok, so maybe that was just me, but we were all glad to see him.The next surprise stop was at a bee supply store. We had no idea one was on the way to the Flea Market, so we had to stop in for a look-see. We are standing in front of an educational viewing box full of bees. This store, The Bee Well Honey Farm, partners with schools by putting in these types of hives in schools to educate children of the importance of honey bees.It was fun sharing my new love of beekeeping with friends. I was able to ask a bunch of questions and chat with the owner and purchased some needed supplies. Angie, Charlie and I all decided that we could check the Pickens County Flea Market off our bucket list. But sharing a fun, laugh filled day with these girls will happen again. We are all up for the next adventure.

Thanks for dropping by!

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