The Cleveland Flea Market isn't the place to go for rare antiques or vintage gems. It is, however, the place to go for an $8 haircut, fancy hats and the mate for your single shoes. Assignment #166 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to dig for buried treasure at the Cleveland Flea Market.
The market, which lives on the little island between Cleveland and Watkins, is a combination antique store, junk shop, flea market, restaurant and barber shop. When I stopped by, many of the booth owners were hanging out near their tables, ready to talk up their bargains.
Here's what I found when I stopped by this afternoon.
An old Press Scimitar vending machine:
Pink lawn flamingoes, all sizes:
A giant, Grizzlies-themed saw blade (I think):
Plenty of hats, wigs, and hat-wig combos:
A booth stocked with hundreds of empty tin containers:
Massive, nearly celiling high piles of stuffed animals:
And hundreds, if not thousands, of single shoes piled high on about a dozen tables:
If you can't find what you're looking for at the Cleveland Flea Market, there's a Wish List book near the front door where you can make your requests known. The market is open every Friday – Sunday.
Cleveland Street Flea Market