Well, for the last few weeks, Jackie & I have been hitting estate sales here in Central and Northern New Jersey. This is a new thing for us as we have never even really hit garage or yard sales since moving to NJ from the Bronx in 1993. We just didn’t think it was what respectable people did.
Well, reality TV changed all that for us. Every pawn shop and antiques reality show had these stories of people finding tremendous deals at estate sales. Even one of our new favorite shows – Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” showed the main characters finding big scores at garage sales and the Collingwood Flea Market. So Jackie and I decided to check out this suburban phenomena. And we lived to tell the tale.
We started our expeditions at the Collingwood Flea Market Mall in Farmingdale, NJ after seeing it on Comic Book Men. The characters on the show said that “the people who went to this mall were not allowed in regular malls” – and that was enough to pique our curiosity. And after asking around, we found it was a “ghetto mall” (which are usually awesome) where you could find “anything” – from brass knuckles, swords, and grappling hooks (seriously), to Nazi paraphernalia (we think – we didnt go in that section as it looked too shady). This is the type of mall where you could find the million-dollar (more…)