Thursday, July 10, 2014

One Man's Junk

We've been driving past this swap meet every other weekend for four years and never knew it was there! This old drive-in movie site (Sky Theater Drive In) in the high desert town of Yucca Valley was converted to a swap meet over 20 years ago. Somehow my wife found out about this place so we paid it a visit. Old, dusty, rusty, and junky items, much of it very cheap... Yeehaw, I've found my perfect swap meet!
I knew right away I was going to like this place. The old drive-in movie ticket booth was still intact and it has that mid-century modern look. Very cool under blue desert skies!
Free parking, free entrance, no crowds, and strange and unusual stuff as soon as you get out of your car!
A wall of rusty old gas cans, wagon wheels, car rims, tools, and who knows what all.
Searching for treasures under blue skies and Joshua Trees...
So much it's hard to know where to begin!
Stained glass window made out of household glass.
Yup, lots of vintage goods, treasures, and oddities!!
One of my wifes finds... a red and white Radio Flyer tricycle with whitewall tires! How can you pass that up for under $10? I can already picture my granddaughter tearing around on this thing!!
I would rate this swap meet an enthusiastic two thumbs up! Since I got a piece of my desert fence in the late afternoon sun, linking with Good Fences at Run*A*Round Ranch. Also sharing my blue desert skies at Sywatch Friday. Thanks for stopping by!

34 comments:

  1. Love the swapmeets. So many treasures.. I would love a wagon wheel for my yard.. And wow, that is a big chicken, it would scare away my yardbirds. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.. Happy weekend!

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  2. never been to a swap meet, is it the same as a flea market? yap that trike is a winner and a keeper.

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  3. oh, i LOVE the trike!!! and i really like the big, giant rooster, too!

    thanks for linking up!!!

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  4. Wow, I would love to visit that place, great series of shots. Cute trike!

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  5. Fun shots ~ lots of great shots and blue sky for SWF ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  6. Looks like a fun place to visit! The trike reminds me of my childhood. Your shots are wonderful.

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  7. Wow, what a place. I don't think I would buy anything but I would be snapping away.

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  8. WHat a great place. Love that stained glass and what an adorable bike.

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  9. Beautiful, a little goldmine.

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  10. Okay, this swap meet outdoes my local swap meet. You win. Great deal on the trike.

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  11. Oh hhow wonderful. we do not have anything like that in the UK. I am sure I could find something I would want to swap.Love the little tricycle.

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  12. What a wonderful place for a photoshoot, there are so many great details.
    I could be there for hours without a boring momen6t, I think.

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  13. What we call over here a scrap yard or junk yard to you, still as the saying goes , "one mans junk is another's treasure"

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  14. Lots of junk with some hidden treasures. It's a place that I would like wander through with my camera.

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  15. All fun photos. I especially loved the shots with the chicken and the Joshua trees.

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  16. i love tricycle shot. too perfect. makes ya wonder? ( :

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  17. Wow! From drive-in to junk yard

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  18. Love that stained glass window!

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  19. That is an AWESOME place! The photos of the drive-in and tricycle are amazing!

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  20. The tricycle is a great find and choice. Interesting place and stuff.
    Thanks for dropping by.
    www.womenandperspectives.com/2014/07/sky-watch-stairways-to-bromo-peak.html

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  21. The stained glass windows made from glassware are amazing !!! As usual, your photos are too. Have a great weekend. xoxo.

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  22. wow lots of very cool stuff.

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  23. it looks like a ghost town swap meet - what fun!!!

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  24. I know one thing, I could spend hours and probably need a pickup to haul my finds home...wow.

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  25. A truly great place!!! I love that image of the tricycle! And it's in perfect condition, too! The windows are to die for!

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  26. Always worth a visit ...even if just to look around at all the interesting "Stuff"! A person could spend days there....

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  27. Beautiful junk! I might try to find a place for that window if I were there. It's pretty cool. But the trike is even better especially considering the planned recipient!

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  28. Love that tricycle and I bet your littlun will too! (Thanks for dropping by my blog)

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  29. Oh, if only I could have tagged along with you! That stained glass window would be in my garden right now! And probably a lot of other goodies too. Just attended our town's 2nd annual Yard & Garden tour yesterday, and the creative ways some people repurpose "another man's junk" into treasure was inspired. Now I desperately want to step through my computer screen and into this Swap Meet! :-) That Radio Flyer was a great find and looks like it's in pristine condition - I had one just like it when I was a wee one! That drive-in ticket booth is fantastic, happy to see it's still intact (thanks, no doubt, to the desiccating climate there). Thanks for this fun post!

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  30. I LOVE this place! I haven't been in a few years, but it is awesome. Lot's of folk art, rusty gold and unexpected treasures.
    Your photos really captured the feel of the place.

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