Nostalgia for sale at Driving Miz Daisy

  • A young girl deciding whether she is disturbed or in love with the surplus of dolls. (Photo by Niko LaBarbera)
    A young girl deciding whether she is disturbed or in love with the surplus of dolls. (Photo by Niko LaBarbera)
A plethora of antiques, repurposed findings and collectables are available on campus every second Sunday of the month at the Driving Miz Daisy flea market. Frugal vintage shoppers and venders gather in Lot 1 to sort the trash from the treasure.

Buyers weren’t as interested in their purchases as they were in the cultural relics of their findings, and the history behind them. Staring across the decades of rusted artifacts, one can only imagine where their new Barnum and Bailey poster came from.

All generations come together to admire the pinnacle of all eras.

Vinyl records were in every direction. Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz and Duke Ellington records were at the fingertips of jazz enthusiasts, while other crate diggers were humming the sounds from San Francisco’s 1967 band, It’s a Beautiful Day.

The presence of jazz wasn’t only in the form of vinyl. Riff Raff jazz band was preforming throughout the duration of the market, making jazz sounds that ranged from western to gypsy.

There was an entire spread of obscure baby dolls that had some children spooked, while others were already imagining their new adventures together. Raggedy Ann was on the lap of a Cabbage Patch doll, who was tying the shoes of an Acme doll.

Rich Ojala of Retro Teardrops was plunked down next to his hand-made wooden camper. Seemingly, inspiration for his campers came from the 1930s teardrop trailer. The camper can only sleep one or two adults, and usually has a basic kitchen in the rear.

“This here is selling for $5900, not including the accessories,” Ojala said. “My wife made the props herself to bring a cute feel to the camper.”

The custom campers can be towed behind your car on a drive up the coast or across the states.

Shoppers wander the isles, finding teapots and bird cages that are now terrariums of succulents and cacti. Flea market finds aren’t confined to their original use.

Dave’s Clock Shoppe showed off their timeless clocks, all of which were intricate and exquisite.

“We’ve been going to peoples homes recently to fix big grandfather clocks,” the face of the shoppe said.

Driving Miz Daisy flea market has bargain-hunters leaving with a mixed bag of goods from soaps and lotions to 1980s style bomber jackets.

The Skin Sanctuary specializes in making soaps rooted from raw goats milk, an organic alternative to cleanse and moisturize skin.

The mastermind of the soaps said that all of her products were made with essential oils. No artificial colors or fragrance were used in making the sustainable skincare products.

A slew of post cards from vacations long forgotten were priced at 25 cents at some vendors. While your dream vacation to the Caribbean might not be feasible now, you can always pretend.

No one could possibly leave Driving Miz Daisy market empty handed.