Today is Flea Market Day, and I'm off to the Alameda Flea Market aka Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire. I'm a great flea market goer. Having been to Flea Markets all over the world, the Alameda Flea market remains one of my favorites. Can't be beat for a spectacular view of San Francisco, either. It's located on the old Alameda Navy Base and literally runs right into the Bay. I love going on the first Sunday of every month to this great show. Here's a photo of me from a recent show--very fitting for Independence Day. And, in case you want to know, I didn't buy that Statue of Liberty, although she would have looked great in my garden!
I used to frequent the Marin Flea Market which really dates me since housing replaced that space in Sausalito many years ago. I always go to Portobello Road when in London. Not sure I'd call Portobello Road a flea market, but I've been there early on a Saturday morning when the stalls are setting up. I adore the Paris Flea Market, and I have many finds from there. I love flea markets, estate sales, boot sales, garage sales and collectible shows (although they sometimes tend more to the antique), not that that's a bad thing. .. I also won't turn my nose up at a dumpster. Lots of treasures.
So it should come as no surprise that I enjoy reading mysteries with a flea market, boot sale, picker or garage sale theme. Here's a short list. I welcome additions. And, flea markets are great places to find mysteries!
The Flea Market by Randal Adam Antiques Flee Market by Barbara Allan Savannah Blues, Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews Mobbed by Carol Higgins Clark The Unraveling of Violeta Bell by C.R. Corwin Death of a Garage Sale Newbie by Sharon Dunn The Flea Market Mystery by Virginia Besaw Evansen Tight as a Tick by Toni L.P. Kelner Killer Stuff, Dead Guy's Stuff, The Wrong Stuff, Buried Stuff by Sharon Fiffer The Emma Chizzit Mysteries (several titles starting with Emma Chizzit and...) by Mary Bowen Hall Something to Kill For by Susan Holtzer Double Dealer by Barbara Taylor McCafferty & Beverly Taylor Herald Resolution by Denise Mina Leave a Message for Willie by Marcia Muller Murder of a Smart Cookie by Denise Swanson Garage Sale Stalker by Suzi Weinert
Jonathan Gash's Lovejoy is an antiques dealer, but he employs a wonderful picker, so I might include his books on this list. He and his sidekick do a lot of foraging at sales and in stalls looking for valuable antiques.
Anthony Oliver has another favorite antique themed series. My favorite is The Pew Group.
There is definitely a difference between Flea Markets and Antique Shops, but often the same characters inhabit both worlds. If I put together another list of Antique Mysteries, I'll certainly include books by Jane Cleland, Lea Wait, Tamar Myers, and many others will be on that list.