This came from a box of 7” records at the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. Every 45 in the box had a handmade sleeve created from cut up, glued and folded pages torn out of magazines. All of the image/text/record choices appeared to be arbitrary in relationship to each other. I purchased two examples that I thought had the best image placements and records.

This came from a box of 7” records at the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. Every 45 in the box had a handmade sleeve created from cut up, glued and folded pages torn out of magazines. All of the image/text/record choices appeared to be arbitrary in relationship to each other. I purchased two examples that I thought had the best image placements and records.

This came from a box of 7” records at the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. Every 45 in the box had a handmade sleeve created from cut up, glued and folded pages torn out of magazines. All of the image/text/record choices appeared to be arbitrary in relationship to each other. I purchased two examples that I thought had the best image placements and records.

This came from a box of 7” records at the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. Every 45 in the box had a handmade sleeve created from cut up, glued and folded pages torn out of magazines. All of the image/text/record choices appeared to be arbitrary in relationship to each other. I purchased two examples that I thought had the best image placements and records.

A plain white 12” record sleeve with hand-written gang graffiti. Spotted this morning at the flea market in Rosemont, IL.

A plain white 12” record sleeve with hand-written gang graffiti. Spotted this morning at the flea market in Rosemont, IL.

Summer fun! An undated photo of an unidentified woman eating corn, from a photo album I purchased at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago about ten years ago.

Summer fun! An undated photo of an unidentified woman eating corn, from a photo album I purchased at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago about ten years ago.

Mini Evil Knievel, from the back cover of this fire-destroyed issue of The Amazing Spiderman.

Mini Evil Knievel, from the back cover of this fire-destroyed issue of The Amazing Spiderman.

From a box of destroyed comics at the flea market, a couple cheap charbroiled issues of The Amazing Spiderman called out to me. In addition to having been rescued from a fire, they were crudely entombed in heat-sealed bags. Monetarily worthless, but quite beautiful as an artifact. Here it looks like the Kingpin is about to crush Spidey. The Final Hour indeed!

From a box of destroyed comics at the flea market, a couple cheap charbroiled issues of The Amazing Spiderman called out to me. In addition to having been rescued from a fire, they were crudely entombed in heat-sealed bags. Monetarily worthless, but quite beautiful as an artifact. Here it looks like the Kingpin is about to crush Spidey. The Final Hour indeed!

From a box of destroyed comics at the flea market, a couple cheap charbroiled issues of The Amazing Spiderman called out to me. In addition to having been rescued from a fire, they were crudely entombed in heat-sealed bags. Monetarily worthless, but quite beautiful as an artifact. I’ve edited the original post I made to show the comic outside of the bag.

From a box of destroyed comics at the flea market, a couple cheap charbroiled issues of The Amazing Spiderman called out to me. In addition to having been rescued from a fire, they were crudely entombed in heat-sealed bags. Monetarily worthless, but quite beautiful as an artifact. I’ve edited the original post I made to show the comic outside of the bag.

Spotted this morning at the flea market - an album by Bootsy’s Rubber Band with explicit and strong restrictions. Not purchased, because you know, it doesn’t leave this room!

Spotted this morning at the flea market - an album by Bootsy’s Rubber Band with explicit and strong restrictions. Not purchased, because you know, it doesn’t leave this room!


Public Collectors Request Line Fulfillment: The wild French artist toutplacid asked:  “Ho yes, please post more of flea markets material, and the reasons why you purchased it or not. thank you.”  
In the process of buying a house and moving all of my crap last spring, I got pretty burnt out on flea markets and didn’t go very much in the summer or early fall. Now that I’m mostly unpacked, I’ve been a bit more interested and curious again. 
This is a photo of a table of plastic dinosaurs that I took in June 2011. I didn’t buy any of these but I appreciated that the seller spread them out and displayed them with care. These were probably priced quite cheaply and normally things like this are just dumped in a box and set on the ground, seemingly without any expectation that they’d generate much money. 
I generally never buy toys and knick knacks at flea markets. I don’t like a lot of stuff that needs to sit out on a shelf or a table on constant display. I like books and records because I can file them away and then pull them out only when I want to immerse myself in them. 
Thanks to all who have participated in the Public Collectors Request Line. I’m happy to keep taking requests so if you follow this blog, just click the reply box in your Tumblr feed and I’ll do my best. Multiple requests are fine too.

Public Collectors Request Line Fulfillment: The wild French artist toutplacid asked: “Ho yes, please post more of flea markets material, and the reasons why you purchased it or not. thank you.” 

In the process of buying a house and moving all of my crap last spring, I got pretty burnt out on flea markets and didn’t go very much in the summer or early fall. Now that I’m mostly unpacked, I’ve been a bit more interested and curious again.

This is a photo of a table of plastic dinosaurs that I took in June 2011. I didn’t buy any of these but I appreciated that the seller spread them out and displayed them with care. These were probably priced quite cheaply and normally things like this are just dumped in a box and set on the ground, seemingly without any expectation that they’d generate much money.

I generally never buy toys and knick knacks at flea markets. I don’t like a lot of stuff that needs to sit out on a shelf or a table on constant display. I like books and records because I can file them away and then pull them out only when I want to immerse myself in them.

Thanks to all who have participated in the Public Collectors Request Line. I’m happy to keep taking requests so if you follow this blog, just click the reply box in your Tumblr feed and I’ll do my best. Multiple requests are fine too.

This was found in a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. Seeing this on the top of the pile led me to buy an entire box of someone’s life but none of the other photos were quite as amazing as this one. No date but probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s based on other photos that were with it. More than anything, I want to hear this photograph and then buy it on vinyl. Whatever sounds could possibly be coming from this situation, they have got to be gnarly, freaked out, and more than a little drunk.  If you are this person and this and other photos and papers somehow got away from you, please contact me. More found photos on Public Collectors here.

This was found in a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. Seeing this on the top of the pile led me to buy an entire box of someone’s life but none of the other photos were quite as amazing as this one. No date but probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s based on other photos that were with it. More than anything, I want to hear this photograph and then buy it on vinyl. Whatever sounds could possibly be coming from this situation, they have got to be gnarly, freaked out, and more than a little drunk.  If you are this person and this and other photos and papers somehow got away from you, please contact me. More found photos on Public Collectors here.

A photo dated February, 1970 that must have been taken at a science fair. Make no mistake: if I ever start a band, that band will be named The Metabolistic Cockroaches. From a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. More found photos on Public Collectors here.

A photo dated February, 1970 that must have been taken at a science fair. Make no mistake: if I ever start a band, that band will be named The Metabolistic Cockroaches. From a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. More found photos on Public Collectors here.

A June, 1973 photo from a large collection that I picked up at a flea market last month.

A June, 1973 photo from a large collection that I picked up at a flea market last month.

A 1973 photo from a large collection that I picked up at a flea market last month.

A 1973 photo from a large collection that I picked up at a flea market last month.

A page from a scrapbook created for art and other items by a girl named  Theresa Frances Zumer who started Kindergarten on September 6, 1935 in  Chicago.

A page from a scrapbook created for art and other items by a girl named Theresa Frances Zumer who started Kindergarten on September 6, 1935 in Chicago.