Argentina 2013: A Wonderful Hunt and Fantastic Vacation: Buenos Aries Flea Market

by david on October 7, 2013

Sunday, June 9th 2013

Janice and I slept in until 8 and met the girls for breakfast at 9 o’clock.  Janice had read about a flea / antique market on line and we wanted to give it a try.  We decided to check out before heading out.  The hotel staff was very accommodating and stashed our luggage in a secure room behind the front desk.  We had figured out how to get close via the subway and off we went.  We made it to the subway and tried to buy some tokens, but the attendant had very little change and I had no small bills.  I thought I would have to go out and find some change and was not looking forward to that on a Sunday morning.  The attendant must have sensed my anxiety and he let us on for free.  Talk about “service with a smile” – this gentleman went above and beyond.

We popped up a few blocks from the market and walked right to it.  Most flea markets back home have a lot of glass and tableware.  This flea market had it, as well, but this was fine crystal and sterling silver.  Janice had read somewhere that Buenos Aries was the place to buy antique seltzer bottles and she wanted one for the bar at home.  She read correctly; there were a blue million of them.  There were so many that we did not know how to narrow the selection down.  She finally figured it out somehow and made her choice.  We also bought some handmade leather bracelets for the girls and a piece of original art for the whole family.  We always try to buy a painting or print from each place we travel to as a reminder of the trip.  I do not know what we will end up doing with it as we are running out space on the little wall where we started hanging things.  The flea market was fun, even though it rained the whole time.

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