Union Square, Manhattan.
"Those are pins," a small boy explained.
"Ouch, I learned that the hard way. I wonder when the last time I had a tetanus shot was..."
The boy chuckled a bit, and pressed his teeth onto an earring, "These pearls are fake. Four dollars."
A woman adjacent to him raised a brow, she briefly considered, then declined.
"Do you want to go on a mission?" suggested Julia.
"We're going to Elmhurst."
"I'm afraid to ask where that is."
Young Asian in girls in quasi trendy boots, flea markets in old Roman Catholic churches, and Italian-American social centers: we negotiated for twenty-plus year-old bobbles with Russian, Chinese and Italian immigrants.
Julia selected a pair of gold cuff-links, an Egyptian inspired plated gold necklace and a distressed white leather clutch with gold trim. While rifling through belts, I selected a red leather one, "How much?"
The woman paused, "One dollar."
I pulled a twenty from my satchel.
She shook her head at me, "Rich girl, you don't have anything smaller? Spare change?"
I rifled through my things, extracting some quarters.
"Ah, pretty girl, are you a model?"
I shook my head and dropped the coins in her hand. Her voice drifted about me as I walked away-
Turning to Julia, "Refreshing to be called 'rich girl,' when you pull out a Jackson, no?"
Energized by our lovely finds at the Italian Charities of America Center, we opted to head out to Jamaica for another market featured in New York magazine. A word to the wise (and unadventurous) the market at Parsons and Union Pike is quite a hike from the subway and is canceled when it rains. We learned this the hard way. Let's just say we earned our sangria and tapas at Boqueria.
It wasn't a complete loss, we did come across a boutique flea market at an Italian Senior Center on Parsons street where I snagged an absolutely delightful dove gray pocket book. Julia had her eye on a hand embroidered pillow that caused quite a stir amongst the elderly women with scarves on their heads, and black dresses squeezing their curves, as they bickered in Italian.