One of my favorite hunting grounds was the old Lakewood Antiques Market, a monthly extravaganza on the south side of Atlanta. My whole family used to frequent it every month beginning in the early 1990s. Four huge Spanish Mission style buildings, several smaller pole buildings, and every inch of open space between the buildings was covered in antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, art, jewelry, and sometimes straight-up junk. It was heavenly.
|Lakewood flea market in its heyday (Photo from Lakewood history page)|
At the top of the hill was a table full of vintage 1970s Breyers. I'm pretty sure a ray of light from above illumined the table as we hurried over. I still remember it quite clearly because I'd never seen so many old Breyers outside of the catalog pictures before. There was an Adios, a Yellow Mount, a palomino Quarter Horse Yearling, some matte Family Arabs, a Lady Phase, an Old Timer, and more. I honed in a mahogany Proud Arabian Mare who became my first ever flea market purchase. She set me back a whole $12. I still have her.
|Such a pretty PAM, too!|
What was the very first model you found at a garage/estate sale, antique mall, or flea market? I'd love to hear your stories! Please feel free to comment below and include a picture if you want to!