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Bossier City, Louisiana
July 15, 2004
From journal Fort Lauderdale in July
Palm Coast, Florida
February 28, 2004
It is a typical flea market full of odds and ends, T-shirts, "gold" jewelry, sunglasses, etc. It is huge. We did not spend a lot of time shopping as some areas seemed very sleazy.
We paid $1 to go sit in the close seats to see the circus. If you do not want to pay, you can still see from the bleacher seats higher up. The circus performance surprised me. I really wasn't expecting much, but it was very professional and entertaining. All of the acts were excellent with the exception of the dog act. The elephant act was great! You could also pay to ride the elephants after the show. This was very entertaining and something different.
From journal Where the boys were
by Mary Dickinson
December 22, 2003
I like to go on Sunday around 9am. A large parking lot, intended for use as a drive-in theater, is filled with flea market venders. Items from many parts of the world are offered for sale by people from everywhere speaking a variety of languages. I usually can find a few things I just can't live without. My husband likes videos and adds significantly to his collection every time we go. When our legs can't stand anymore we go inside the big top.
The flea market continues inside with new items only but we cut right through the long aisles of venders to the center. We know when we're getting close because we can hear the mariachi, dressed in colorful costumes, playing their instruments and singing. All around the central area are booths with ethnic food. I have to walk around a couple times to decide what I really want. I tried spicy pork from a Chinese booth last time. It was delicious, but I was breathing fire for awhile.
The second floor of the big top has jewelry. Flea market jewelry venders are great. You have to know quality and style but you will find great bargains here. They can also fix jewelry while you wait. If you want to toy with an outlandish Guicci item they have great imitations at some of these booths, also.
In the center of the big top is the circus. You can watch it for free if you stand outside the bleachers or you can go in and sit down for $2. It’s a really good performance. The trapeze artists are professional. The costumes are excellent. The clowns are funny. Elephants dance. Lions obey their masters but roar just the same. Performers jump from one horse to the next as they prance and dance around the ring. We rest our tired legs as we watch the show.
The last thing we do before we leave is go to the Farmers' Market. We don't go first or we'll carry everything we buy all day or take it back to our car and let it heat up in the Florida sunshine while we walk the flea market. My niece lives in the area and assured me buying fresh fruits and veggies at the Swap Shop is safe and the produce is less expensive and better than anywhere else. I love fruit that has ripened on the vine. It has a better taste. At the Swap Shop I can buy exactly what I want. I bought a box of nine ripe mangos for $3 and ten tomatoes for $1 It lasted all week in the refrigerator.
The Swap Shop and Circus is open from 9am - 5pm every day, all year.
From journal Sea Forever
St Simons Island, Georgia
February 14, 2003
From journal Ft Lauderdale Fantasy