This thing is enormous! Like, there's-no-possible-way-to-see-it-all enormous.
Two Sundays ago was the first time I'd been in 20 years...which is weird because I live relatively close by...
It won't be that long until my next visit! I had a great time and found a pretty decent pile of booty, despite hardly even trying to score deals.
Here are some great things I saw (and passed up):
|travel theme needlepoint bag...way expensive!|
|souvenir pillowslips...including a "Lindberg" one! Very rare.|
|this couch is repro, but isn't it fab?|
|tables to go with the green couch|
|bowls for the Airstream (I wish)|
|re-arranged Italian army bag...huge|
|like I could pass up leopard :-)|
|This one's to paint tikis or something on...|
|all silk, from the $1 table|
Here are some tips if you decide to visit:
~wear the most comfortable & supportive shoes you own. Seriously. This place is enormous and all on concrete...your dogs will be barking at the end of the day!
~bring a big 'ol pile of cash, with lots of small bills. Remarkably, many of the vendors still only take cash (dur...ever heard of Square? seriously, vendor-people...you're missing sales).
~wear layers....it starts off really cold in the morning, because it's sort of down in a canyon. Once the sun is shining it starts heating up pretty fast. When I first got there at about 8 am I was cozy in jeans, jacket, hoodie, t-shirt, hat, gloves and light scarf. By noon I was down to the jeans and t-shirt!
~those rolly cart things are awesome, but if you don't have one of those, at least bring a big, lightweight tote bag or something to haul your booty in.
~you might consider bringing drinks, water, snacks...they really gouge you for the drinks, and if you're vegan, like me, there are no food options. Next time I go I honestly think I'll bring a whole lunch for myself.
~pace yourself, take breaks, and strategize....focus on what you're really looking for. It's really easy to get overwhelmed and start walking around in a daze like a zombie. Don't become a Rose Bowl zombie!
Last, but not least, here's a link the the Rose Bowl Website