Saturday, May 13, 2006
Faerie Festivals for Fine Folks #4: The Flea Market Model
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Today's topic: Faerie Festivals and Flea Markets.
What could these two possibly have in common? People-watching! Of course it's far better at Faerie Festivals. You don't see many Flea Market folks dressed like this:
On the other hand, you can't buy six pairs of sox for five dollars at a Faerie Festival.
My daughters, The Heir and The Spare, like to go to this big flea market near our house on Saturday mornings. The Heir in particular is like a junkie looking for a fix when it comes to this ten-acre lake of asphalt. Today she went through six boxes full of McDonald's Happy Meal toys and pulled out one "find": a Noid. Remember the Domino's Pizza ads, "avoid the Noid?" You don't? No surprise.
Anyway, The Heir collects food product character figurines, but only when they're a bargain. She has enough California Raisins to mount a halftime band for University of Michigan football games. Most of them came from the flea market.
While Faerie Festivals have not yet reached their peak of popularity, the heyday of flea markets is over. Ebay has done them in. I can remember when the flea market we attend just overflowed with fabulous antiques, vintage plates and ceramics, new stuff too. But now vendors sell that dross on ebay. Doesn't leave much for the discerning bargain-hunter who likes to walk in the sunshine.
Oh well. Oh blah di, life goes on.
I was walking with my other daughter, The Spare, at the flea market this morning. We noticed a booth called "Prayer Station" with a few quiet, nice people standing behind it and modest stacks of literature on their table. In the next aisle, a group of similarly polite folks were giving away paperback Bibles.
Lovely teaching tool, that. The Spare and I both noted that these Christians are more likely to attract additions to their praise and worship teams than were those who told the Faerie Festival attendees that we are one and all going to hell.
Where I grew up, we had a good ol' saying for this.
"You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar."
Catching flies for the Bored Gods/Goddesses/Sacred Critters, I remain
Your faithful friend
THE MERLIN OF BERKELEY SPRINGS
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