The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is perfectly illustrated at a flea market. Oddities lay waiting to be discovered by the discerning eyes of bargain shoppers. Nineteenth-century dolls and mid-century magazine racks sit patiently hoping to be marked as ‘SOLD’, while their respective foster parents yearn to go home with pockets flush with cash.
I’ve always found flea markets and bazaars to be visceral experiences. There are some items that jump out at me – as if to establish a once-known connection that has since fizzled. I get the creepiest déjà vu rifling through the bins of old photographs and rusted toys, but it’s that feeling I most look forward to. Plus, when I get tuckered out, there are stands offering shoppers exotic food and specialty drinks!
For the better part of two years, the weekends were my time to explore. I’d map out the spots I wanted to go and not retire until each had been checked off my itinerary. With professional and personal conflicts piling up, my ‘time for exploration’ slowly dwindled to zero. Last week, I was challenged by ZICO Premium Coconut Water to create a Crack Life Open List – a catalog of items I could actually accomplish. I’m happy I’m able to check “#8: Explore More” off my list after a trip to the Brooklyn Flea Market this weekend… now just seven more items to go.
What would be on your ‘Crack Life Open’ List? Share it on your social media with @ZICOCoconut and #CrackLifeOpen… plus send it my way so I can check it out!
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Scout Sixteen is a lifestyle blog from Justin Livingston. Justin grew up in Mississippi but relocated to New York City in 2008. On Scout Sixteen, Justin shares his passion in fashion, travel, food and drink, and mental wellness.