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A Trip To Swap Meet Spring Valley

Updated on April 5, 2013
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I have been thinking of going to the Swap Meet since yesterday, not only that I would be walking from the parking lot into the entrance and inside between vendors but I might find something I need or want.

And so this morning I went with dad and drove into Spring Valley Swap Meet at past 8 am, almost 8:15 actually and got there before 8:30. There was still a lot of parking spaces on the first rows of the parking lot the last time we went there with mom, but this time we have to park almost at the back of the rows as there are a lot of people who got there early.

It was a sunny day and I know it would be hot but I'm looking forward into it. And here's photos I got as I snap here and there while walking.

Had just arrived and ready to go for a walk!
Had just arrived and ready to go for a walk! | Source

The parking lot packed of cars, and the empty spaces we found was almost on the back rows. Now I'm ready for a walk going to the Swap Meet which was on the other side.

And that was dad counting and preparing our entrance fee, a dollar for each of us. I got a lot of coins so decided we just bring and spend them if we saw something we like instead of spending paper bills.

Still walking. While cars continuously arrives looking for a parking spot, some people like us (and them) are heading to the Swap Meet entrance.
Still walking. While cars continuously arrives looking for a parking spot, some people like us (and them) are heading to the Swap Meet entrance. | Source
On the entrance.
On the entrance. | Source

After we walked from the parking lot, crossed the road, and a little more walking, here we come to the entrance. Good thing there wasn't a line formed outside, either there has been earlier or there would be later. The last time we went here early, there was a line formed as people are waiting to come inside.

We gave our $1 to the lady at the entrance collecting the fee and we were given tickets, which we gave to the man collecting them after her.

There's a lot of people inside and some sellers are still arriving, looking for their spot.
There's a lot of people inside and some sellers are still arriving, looking for their spot. | Source
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I snapped a photo of this table I spotted on the first row we went into when we got in while dad was busy looking into boots.

On the same row with the table that was for sale are these shoes.
On the same row with the table that was for sale are these shoes. | Source
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As we keep on walking on each rows, so that we won't missed any bargain, I heard chirping from a distance that sounds familiar. And as we get closer, it was the same seller that seems to be on the same spot the last time we went there.

Looks like this birds doesn't mind me taking a photo of them. And I had spent some minutes just looking at them and on some birds. They're lovely.
Looks like this birds doesn't mind me taking a photo of them. And I had spent some minutes just looking at them and on some birds. They're lovely. | Source
And I whispered to this one not to watch to much tv at night. I'm not sure if it has understood me.
And I whispered to this one not to watch to much tv at night. I'm not sure if it has understood me. | Source
Lucky bamboo plants I had spotted. These are worth $4 each but if you're only after the lucky bamboos, they are available for $1 a bundle.
Lucky bamboo plants I had spotted. These are worth $4 each but if you're only after the lucky bamboos, they are available for $1 a bundle. | Source

We saw this vegetables and since they are in good shape, dad decided to get some bittermelons. He got about 3 or 4 bittermelons or ampalaya as we call it and spent $2.04. And so I got my coins out to pay. Turns out the seller really needs the coins and with a little chit-chat, the husband came from the same province as dad.

Bittermelons, bottle gourd and sponge gourd.
Bittermelons, bottle gourd and sponge gourd. | Source
Andlook! The wife even, gave me a free turnip as a thank you since she needed change and I have lots of change in my bag.
Andlook! The wife even, gave me a free turnip as a thank you since she needed change and I have lots of change in my bag. | Source
Jujube fruits.
Jujube fruits. | Source

And look at these! A round fruit spotted. These jujube fruits are ready to be enjoyed. Also known as jujuba, and Chinese date.

I can't remember the last time (and probably was the first time) I had tried a jujube. Maybe I should have bought some and tried it for the second time, maybe I'd like it better now.

These cute, tiny Buddha's in their orange colors got my attention. They are so cute and I thought they would be great along with lucky bamboos when I'm up to make another fountain.
These cute, tiny Buddha's in their orange colors got my attention. They are so cute and I thought they would be great along with lucky bamboos when I'm up to make another fountain. | Source
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More Buddha's from the same seller. Those small, golden Buddha's thou cost 50 cents more.

There are also bigger Buddha's at the background along with those beautiful, lively lucky bamboos. The next time I would make an indoor bamboo fountain, (this time for a gift) either for a friend's birthday or for the Holiday, I would consider buying the items I need here, the lucky bamboos and a small Buddha.






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Thou there are other sellers of dream catchers and fragrance oils, this one seems to be on the same spot as I noticed the banner which I had seen the last time.

The two small fountains we saw last time was still in there: a frog where the water comes out from its mouth and the other one, a jar. And if I remember it right, it cost about $30 or so.

Tile and glass cutter for $25.
Tile and glass cutter for $25. | Source

And since dad's loves tools, here's one that really made his day. We found a seller showing how to use this tool. Few people are gathered around and was impressed with it.

And because dad loves tools, guess what? He's one of those who was pretty impressed and decided to buy this tile and glass cutter too, he knows this would come in handy one day.

Carpet shampooer spotted.
Carpet shampooer spotted. | Source

Alright, we walk every row to make sure we won't missed anything but we hadn't seen the seller from where I got my Doraemon bobble head. And so we decided to make another round on the first row where we believed was her spot last time. But she really wasn't in there. And so we decided to go home as it's getting really hot, about 25 minutes before 11 am.

As we get closer to the gate, we saw these carpet shampooer and took a look at them. these are bigger from what we got last time when dad and I went hunting for carpet shampooer and luckily found one for $7 (from a different seller.) These carpet shampooer-dryer are being sold for $75.

Walking back to where we parked. I couldn't help it but take a shot of that spot where those tall shrubs are.
Walking back to where we parked. I couldn't help it but take a shot of that spot where those tall shrubs are. | Source
The bobble head I got from last time. He keeps me company while I'm driving, with his head nodding and feet wiggling side to side.
The bobble head I got from last time. He keeps me company while I'm driving, with his head nodding and feet wiggling side to side. | Source

It's hot and had just left the parking lot. While some bargain hunters are done and heading to go home, there's still those that are on their way to the Swap Meet like them.

I know I will be back but doesn't know yet when. It could be the next week's Sunday or maybe the next months. I hadn't bought anything but I had a good 2 hours of walking.

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    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

      Uhmmn.... I don't know Aviannovice. :D What is it? Just kidding! I know and I like looking at those photos every week :)

      @ drbj:

      Yes, and I didn't even got bored from all the walking as I got to see all the interesting stuff ^-^' Plus I get some walking exercise without even thinking of it as I'm busy looking here and there :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      A swap meet in nice weather is one of the best places I know to enjoy the sights (some of them are people) and looking at all the stuff for sale, and get your daily dose of Vitamin D from the sun at the same time. Thanks, Precy.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'm sure you know what I liked the best!

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