One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is check out local flea markets. There are a few free publications that I check out once a month. I gather them all, sit down for about an hour and I enter all the events from South Orange County to Los Angeles into my Blackberry. If I make it, great! If not, there’s always one the next weekend.
This time a “Junk in the Trunk” flea market in Costa Mesa caught my eye. I decided to check it out and realized when I got there that when I lived in Costa Mesa (for about five years) I drove by this place nearly every day and did not even know it existed!
My GPS led me into the parking lot of Peacemakers Country Store. I got lucky and snatched up a parking spot that someone was leaving. There were about 60 vendors there selling their “junk” literally out of the trunks of their cars. It was fabulous! I ventured to each space and took my time. Everyone was so nice and conversational. After I spent five bucks on a blue vintage Ball jar with the lid un-cracked and intact (score!), I decided to check out the Peacemaker Country Store.
The place was adorable! A paradise for crafters, knitters, quilters, and the like, there was something there for everyone. It looked like Santa Clause threw up in there (in a good way). The first thing I noticed was the large hearth to my right and the homemade chocolates counter to my left. I was surrounded by walls of fabric, beads, ornaments, and country knick knacks. I went upstairs and I felt like I was in someone’s house. Each little room was furnished and decorated with everything available for purchase.
I could have gotten lost up there as it was a maze of Christmas themed rooms. The best part was when I turned the corner and saw a few crafters at work in one of the many classrooms.
Although most of it wasn’t necessarily my “style”, I did enjoy window shopping. This place is a must to check out. If you go on Fridays from noon to 1:30, you can catch the live Peacemakers Country Band.
The Piecemakers Junk in the Trunk Market is new this year. If you want to find out when the next one is held or other events and classes, check out the website here. The Peacemakers Country Store is located at 1720 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.