With temperatures clocking in at 100+ degrees, I was once again grateful that the Big Flea is an indoor event. I visited on Sunday afternoon and the crowds were thin, making the aisles seem much wider than usual, which made browsing the booths much more enjoyable!
I have been trying to scale back on my collecting focus, trying to buy only items that really fit into my collecting areas, and overall, I think I stuck to my guns pretty well…
- The Outer Spacemen Colorforms set was a fun find, and it looks brand new.
- I bought an empty box — yep, I’m that kind of collector — I like the box more than what’s inside a lot of the times, but how could I resist that giant bronze head? This Mentor box looks great with my space toys, even though it’s not space-related at all. Someday, I’ll track down the actual game to fill this beautiful box.
- I’ve amassed a fairly large number of puzzle cans from the 70’s, and the Six Million Dollar Man and Space Mission puzzles are welcome additions to that collection.
- The Flying Marvels paper cut-out booklet is something that I’ve wanted for a long time, just because I love the cover, and the seller’s prices were so good, I scooped up a stack of comics and magazines too, which ended up at around 70 cents each!
This little guy is probably my favorite find of the day, only because it’s a spaceman that I haven’t seen before. It’s always a good day when I come home with a new vintage spacemen for the collection, and this green guy phoning home, produced by Best, is pretty great!
I missed the previous Flea, but was thrilled to find at least five new vendors who were selling pop culture items and toys. That is a trend I like! Of course, one of the new sellers had nothing but brand new Transformers and Star Wars black figures. He was certainly out of place in the Big Flea environment, and I wonder if he sold a thing all weekend — I’m probably the only buyer who would be interested in his items, but I didn’t even stop to ask how much he was asking for his SDCC exclusive Batgirl figure — I just didn’t have the heart.
The Dulles Expo center is currently undergoing a major expansion, which will open up many more aisles for shows like this. If the number of pop culture booths keeps expanding, then the Big Flea will be a “must visit” event when it rolls into town every three months!
Nice haul! That Mentor box IS fantastic!
The Color Forms set is really cool.
John S. (Batcave Toy Room) says
Man. those puzzles from the 70’s bring back memories. I’ve been in process of tracking down many of the sets I had as a kid. Mainly Batman related.