Miss Terry really likes swap meets and flea markets, and anytime we go to the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground in Bushnell, Florida we make it a point of going to the big Webster Flea Market. We can spend hours looking at all the goodies folks have for sale, from yard sale stuff to antiques, junk, and treasures.
When I heard about the big Daytona Flea & Farmers Market I knew we were going to have to see it. USA Weekend dubbed it one of the top five flea markets in the country, and their website boasts of 1,000 vendor booths. It’s open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so we decided to go check it out yesterday.
We were underwhelmed to say the least. Yes, the place is huge, building after building of vendors selling mostly cheap Chinese junk. Sure, there were a few interesting things, but very little of the swap meet variety merchandise we were looking for. But if you wanted cheap imported tools, handbags, knockoff watches, T-shirts, sunglasses, or back scratchers there were plenty to choose from.
The only thing that caught Terry’s attention was a vendor selling fresh produce.
They had several booths filled with every kind of veggie and fruit you could think of, and Terry found a few things to take home.
Does anybody besides me find it odd that we’re in Florida, which has oranges on its license plates and tens of thousands of acres of citrus groves, but they were selling oranges from California? What do they know that we don’t know?
In early June of last year while we were in Las Vegas, I bought Terry a very nice, very expensive gold chain necklace at Macy’s. We also paid extra for a warranty that covered repair or replacement from any kind of breakage or damage. A few months ago when we were in Arizona, it broke. We took it to the Macy’s at Superstition Springs Mall in Mesa and the friendly lady in the jewelry department was more than happy to exchange it. She also said that since it was a new necklace the warranty would be extended to cover it for a year.
Thursday night, the new necklace broke! Well that sucks. After we left the flea market, we stopped at the Macy’s in Daytona Beach, where the reception was quite different. The woman in the jewelry department was borderline rude to start with, and after looking at the necklace and our receipt, she told Terry it was out of warranty. We explained that no, not only was it still within the original one year extended warranty, it was a replacement and we only had it for about five months. She said she saw that from the receipt, but she refused to honor the warranty. She said she would send it to their repair department and see what they wanted to do, but that could take three weeks or so. Terry told her we would not be here in three weeks and she just shrugged her shoulders. I asked if we could just exchange it and she said no, we needed to take it back where we bought it. We bought it at Macy’s, a nationwide company with a supposed nationwide warranty!
No problem, there are lots of places that want my business, since Macy’s obviously doesn’t. We found a place called Terry’s Jewelry Repair & Design a short drive away, and the owner, who happens to be a Vietnam vet, said he could repair the necklace right there. It took him just a few minutes, and if I’m ever in this area and I’m looking for jewelry, I know where I’ll go.
When we were done there, we stopped at Florida Gun Exchange and looked at all of the goodies they had on display. There were a couple of handguns that caught my eye, but not enough to take them home with me. Then we visited a couple of antique shops, basically to see the kind of stuff we grew up with that is now considered collectible. I think I’ve reach the antique stage myself, so we left before somebody could hang a price tag on me.
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Thought For The Day – Do not let yesterday use up too much of today.