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Flea Markets - Toys For Kids of All Ages

Updated on July 13, 2014

Toys Galore...

A commonly used idiom is, boys and their toys, but girls adore them too. The reason it's used for mostly regarding men, is because men tend to act a bit more childish with their toys. Don't take this personal guys...girls do like their toys too, we just don't dote as much as y'all.

Toys of all sorts have been a fascination for many years. The barbie doll continues to amaze me, is there anything a Barbie can't do?

As an eBay seller I have experienced many sales of toys to kids of all ages. Some transactions made me wonder, why? But, to each his own.

Then there were those transactions that made me smile, by knowing that I just made someone extremely happy. Knowing that I was able to give them back a special piece of their childhood that they thought was long gone, that's what I enjoy most about selling on eBay.

To some people the toy might be trivial, but to that one person it's a world of elation. A good example of, one person's trash is another person's treasure.


What is the origin of the term "Flea Market"

Flea market comes from the French marché aux puces, a name originally given to a market in Paris which specialized in shabby second-hand goods of the kind that might contain fleas.

The earliest English use that the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary has found dates from 1922.

Boys and their toys...

Recently, while browsing at our local flea market, I came upon a lady who sold many toys. I mean you can see from the photos.

I was in awe to see the amount of nostalgic memorabilia she collected and was offering for sale. Displayed were, toys from years gone by and modern day toys also.

She's been at the same stall for years and also witnessed kids of all ages get giddy when they discovered their blast from the past. I rummaged through all types of treasures. You name it, it was there...probably.

I asked her what age group most of her customers were from and she replied, age 30 and up.

I then asked her if her customers were mostly men or women. She replied, men. So there you have it folks, boys and their toys.

We all have memories from our past that we like to recapture. To re-own a toy from our childhood that brought us happiness makes us rekindle that youthful feeling.

Personally I'm still working on the growing up phase so I enjoyed browsing through all the toys. My husband is a bigger kid and enjoyed the adventure even more, I misplaced him for a few minutes.

Whether you find your vintage collectible on Ebay, at a yard sale or a flea market I bet the second time around you'll treasure it even more.

I don't collect toys anymore. I now consider them dust collectors. I have now moved on to finding dust collectors for my granddaughter. Did you guess what her collection is? Yep, it's Barbies.

There's just something about the Barbie that just continues to travel with history. Who knows maybe Barbie will be the first female president. BARBIE for 2016!


Have you ever shopped at a Flea Market?

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      Ryan Fuller 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      I remember when my mom use to drag me to these flea markets as a kid. I use to hate going to them until I got to the toy section. I use to always find old action figures and other cool toys. I use to have some cool original older toys when I was younger. I kind of miss that now. Thanks for sharing this experience.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Y'all for stopping by my vintage hub and sharing your flea market stories with us! :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Have I ever shopped at a Flea Market?? HA!!!! Oh yeah! Only each and every Flea Market I'm aware of, pass by or happen upon!.....There are 2 really HUGE on-going Flea Markets in my area.....One has Anything 'n Everything...including the Kitchen sink and the other is strictly An Antique &Vintage Flea Market. The latter is FABULOUS! You could walk around that one for hours and still not see everything they have.

      I agree 100% about boyz & their toyz......some things never change!

      Great hub, oldie but goodie...:)

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      My husband and I both love flea markets because you can find just about ANYTHING! Although we don't collect toys because of space issues, we do love to see the toys from our childhoods, and have a hard time resisting some of the crazy gadgets that we see. You have to love those gigantic flea markets!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      My four girls loved their Barbies! I got into collecting the collector's Barbies. When I downsized my house, I gave all 75 of my Barbies to my kids and grandkids. I was glad they had a good home!

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      As a fellow Barbie-lover, I'm glad I found this hub! Sounds like you and your hubby had a fun time at the flea market. I'm still trying to grow up, too. I have too many toys and kids' books, and I don't even have kids! I enjoyed this hub. I never knew there was a pregnant Midge!!!!!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Barbies looking good for her age! lol! totally missed this one! I did have a few barbies but soon stole my brothers tonka toy truck instead! lol!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I have kept both my old Barbies as well as my daughter´s Barbies in the basement. I only had a few but my daughter had so many.. but not even close to so many as the lady in the photos here. Amazing collection!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Deb! Gotta love those Barbies! They could do just about anything!:)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow look at all those Barbies.. I use to collect them now I buy them for my granddaughters.. awesome hub..


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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      He sure does! lol I just bought Maddy a JB Watch - it has a heart locket locking cover and when you flip it open it is his face! Laaaaa!

      When my girls were really little we laughed because they always cross dressed their barbies! lol Ken and Barbie were very androgyneous!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey Real....Come over and play barbie, we have tons of them and some still have clothes on! Faith doesn't like them nude like my daughters did. I wanna see the Justin Bieber doll! He's on the news at this moment about his kiss with Gwneyth Paltrow! That boy gets around! haha!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Nice! lol Barbies have been in my life for years! The last one we bought was the Beebs - he sings Baby Baby Baby - ooooooohhhh! when you pull the string:)

      Laurel loved barbies when she was little. You can imagine how hard Dave and I were laughing when we developed the film from her first camera and all the photos were of her barbies posing like real people. Watching television, sleeping, laying on the couch! haha! You always post the most fun hubs!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for the comments!!



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      Madeleine Salin 6 years ago from Finland

      I never played with dolls. I put our cat in the doll stroller instead and mostly I played with small cars. I had a Barbie once when my panents finally could afford to buy one, and I loved the fact that I could bend her legs. (I think it was a real Barbie...) :)

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      Sandi 6 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      I loved my Barbies...and Ken, Midge, the whole gang. Had a Dream House and a Boutique they could shop in. I saved all my Barbies and gave them to my youngest daughter. She promptly made them the "Grandparents". Funny, I had a Ken with the fuzzy hair and it was wearing off his head so maybe she had the right idea. Thanks for the memories sunshine:)

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I always loved Barbie as a kid but I think it's because I wanted to BE Barbie...great hair and wardrobe.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Yadira! I do still play with Barbies often. I play Barbies with my granddaughter even though she makes all the rules, all the time :)) Thank you for stopping by!

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      YadiraE 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I love Barbies!! I think that if I still had mine, I would be playing with them right now! I'm weird that way I guess. I too would vote for Barbie for 2016!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I stll haven't watched Toy Story 3 but I've heard it's a great movie! I need to see it soon. Thanks for stopping by cogerson :-)))

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting hub....I think I could vote for Barbie in I actually read that Ken is starting to gain some traction....especially after Toy Story 3....voted up and awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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      geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      I think Barbie was my all time favorite toy, I just wish I could have kept them all. But I do buy them for my granddaughters now:) & she's got my vote for 2016:) ge

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      My sturdy metal Tonka Tow Truck was my favorite toy,babysitter,security blanket,and playmate....thanks Sunshine.;)

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      Mich 6 years ago

      Toys are fun! It's always fun to find a toy from your childhood and relive all the memories.. Spice Girls Barbie Dolls were my favorite! ;)

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      Dave Ligler 6 years ago

      Great Hub! Toys are great. My favorite toy was a Blue and The Gray battle set from 1962. Best present ever, over 300 Marx toy soldiers and cannons.....hours of fun.You will always see me looking for them. Voted Up and Awesome. Nothing better than fixing old toys and finding them a new home!