The Rose Bowl Flea Market was one of those quintessential Southern California events that I’d heard about even before moving to the West coast. The fact that I’ve lived here 4 years and never experienced it was getting to me, so I enlisted the husband to join me on the trip to Pasadena. The experience was just that, an experience. The people watching alone was worth the 1.5 hour long car ride – I loved walking around and observing the real antiquing pros do their thing. The amount of antique furniture, clothing, jewelry and just about every trinket under the (very HOT) sun was overwhelming. I even surprised myself by leaving empty-handed with a plan to re-strategize and come back with the necessary provisions – an umbrella, sun-block and one of those nifty wheely carts. If anyone has any suggestions on how to most effectively traverse that battlefield or any antique shopping tips and tricks, please do share.