Oh sweet baby Jesus what a load of absolute crap at this North Ridgeville Sunday flea market. Now honestly, I didn’t go in expecting much, but what I saw may have scarred me for life. I love the nostalgia factor of the drive-in movie theater. The Aut-O-Rama has been serving up buckets of popcorn, smiles and great flicks for the better part, or actually my entire life. With the advent of the megaplex movie theaters the classic drive-in often times is a dinosaur of the past. These places are found abandoned all over the United States, but the Aut-O-Rama lives on. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I went to see a film here, but I am guessing it would have been in the 80′s. However going back today made me really consider it in for the 2010 season. I just can’t fathom seeing something like Inception on the giant white board screens in their gravel parking lot. However why the hell not see a movie here? You obviously won’t have an issue with parking like at Crocker. It’s pretty affordable. It has all the bells and whistles of one of the megaplexes in the area more or less.
Gone are the speakers that hook on your car window that sounded like an AM transistor radio. Now they broadcast in full stereo in your car. I am just wondering how people with smart headlights can go and blast the air on a hot summer night. Damn you technology, don’t you realize you are screwing with the drive-in movie? Anyhow back to the flea market. Holy shit what a bunch of crap. It was like a West Virginia garage sale out there. The three most disturbing things I saw? 1. a guy selling Similac which made me think of the Misery Jackals and their song “Crack and Similac”. Come on! Similac? Where the hell did you get it and why are you selling it at a flea market? Did someone trade you Similac for crack or dope? Did you steal it? Will someone actual buy it at a flea market? WTF???? 2. an old bag of Tostitos Scoops that was sitting in the sun so long that the oil from the chips started to drip into the bag forming visible drops of oil on the bag. It turned me off of the nacho chip quite possibly for life. 3. Adult diapers. A truck load of adult diapers. Not just a couple bags but at least like 20-30 packages of adult diapers. Did you get a deal? Did these fall off the truck somewhere? The bonus 4th item was the lady selling cleaning products, and toiletries. She had it all from Windex, to razors, shaving creams, and deodorants. Nothing better than a nice speed-stick sitting in the sun for 5 hours to go under your arm. That shit had to turn to soup by the time the day was done.
My wife did find a ring, it was a nice vintage piece and it was $15. Me? I didn’t find a damn thing. I think in general what I learned today is that people are kind of fucked up and a lot of them have a lot of Christmas shit that they will try to pawn off at flea markets to suckers. I saw like one old camera I thought was cool, however useless. They had some horrible DVD’s and CD’s and just a whole lot of absolute garbage that should really be thrown out. This is no fault of the Aut-O-Rama folks because secretly I think they laugh their asses off at the shit these people try to sell. They make their money by charging the vendor a few bucks to set up shop. I remember when these flea markets were huge. The old Memphis Triple used to have a great one back in the late 80′s early 90′s. You could buy bootleg and knock off everything at those. This one just wasn’t very good at all. I have seen better junk at the local Goodwill.