I am grateful for the Yard Sales, Garage Sales and Farmer's Markets of my childhood and youth.
As I've mentioned before Mom took us shopping for clothes and other things, at various thirft stores in Pomona and other nearby cities in the 70's and 80's.
Another thing she used to do was take on shopping expeditions, on weekends, to any yard sale, and garage sale we might come across.
Like the thrifts, we would find all sorts of things we could use at home.
As for Farmer's Markets, there were very few in the area back then, but one of the first was on Garey Avenue, in the 1st Baptist Church parking lot, just north of Holt Ave., in Pomona.
Walking from home, maybe 7 miles away, we'd bring our red wagon, used on grocery trips, and fill paper bags full of fruit and veggies, then head home.
In later years there was a Farmer's Market in Claremont, near the Village, as well.
Farmer's Markets have evolved in 40 years into an industry, with such events hosting people selling far more than just food.
I just discovered, today, that there are at least 8 known such events in the Houston area.
They'll serve as possible regular places to shop, as well as maybe provide fodder for future blog posts. :-D