My mom and I have a favorite place to shop called Cumabi. Only Thursdays. Sadly it’s about a 5 hrs drive from where Tyler and I live. So, whenever we do go to the grand city of Santa Cruz , if possible, I try to “encourage” our going on a Thursday. My mom is way better at this encouraging with my Dad than I am with Tyler. Maybe because I’m more of a sucker for an amazing bargain -I don’t know. But this place is a weak spot of ours.
It’s like a massive chaotic flea market. The best part is, is that it’s all American stuff. Sure, a lot of it are things that should have been thrown away instead of shipped to a Third World country for donations and tax right offs Stateside. However…however, there are some pretty great things to be found if you look hard enough and don’t mind searching in 90-100 degree weather plus high humidity! My mom always brings her hat, which I’ve just started catching on to- and adding tons of sunblock to that list of pre-shopping prep. Enough said, right?
So just to list some of the things we’ve found, tons of American Girl dolls(Mom’s personal favorite for grand daughters and other little girls), great cast iron pans, Le Creuset enamel pots (YES!), Jcrew, Boden, Tonka, Radio Flyer, baby everything…the list goes on and on. I think we’re Cumabi pros! One disclaimer is this. Make sure you don’t take anything valuable with you. In the chaos and fun there are pickpockets casing us and waiting for the right moment. Yup, my diaper bag got slashed a couple times last week. It’s funny how we do kind of have a 6th sense because at one point while we were shopping I looked behind me and just felt like someone was following us. It’s happened to us before and usually it happens in a really crowded spot where people are pushing against each other to get through a narrow alley. Thankfully they/he didn’t get anything. Just ruined my awesome bag from Borders book store. It was my favorite travel bag because of it being water proof and big. No big deal though since they didn’t get anything or hurt us.
Anyways, here are a few of the things I picked up this last time. The most exciting item isn’t here sadly because since our vehicle is so tiny we didn’t have room for it plus groceries and the Little Tikes wagon we picked up for the kiddos. I’ll post on that item when we pick it up next time we’re back in Santa Cruz. The New Tribes Mission Guest Home host was nice enough to store it for us until then. (Missionary Guest houses in the cities are life savers for us missionaries that live in the backcountry!)
Any of you guys out there enjoy avid flea market shoppers/consignment stores? I miss those stores! But Cumabi will do. 😉