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Monday, July 11, 2011

Friendship Flea Market (Part 2)

This post is all about the largest flea market in Indiana. The Friendship Flea Market. Here, you can find all manner of things. Knives, buckskin chaps, hats made of animal carcasses, paintings, antiques, spices, neglected children, heatwave, flash flooding, sex toys, water bongs, clothes and everything in between. Hell... Don't even get me started on the freaks you'll bear witness to while you're there.

The weekend drink-til-you-die-while-dancing bonfire parties are awesome, as well. True fun! I've joined in for some really fucked up experiences during those big red barn dancing parties. Just don't bump into any rednecks and accidentally make them spill their beer or you're dead.

Look below and see many things! Enlarge the pic to see what I mean, Oh Ye, who has yet to understand the magical ability to left click a pic with your mouse to see the details of a photo . This scene is near the entrance to the flea market. The horse drawn carriage is a treat for your feet when you're tired of walking down the acres of cement lanes, separated only by a multitude of booths that sell everything. Of course, you'll have to endure smelling the many butt droppings of the horses up front but you can relax for a ten or fifteen minutes as the horses will take you from one end of town to the next.

There is a sign to the left of the horse and carriage that says BODY PIERCING. Can you imagine subjecting your body to one of these "professionals" at the flea market?
I have broken this series up into 3 parts in order for all of you to benefit from it's detailed awesomeness better. The first part to this series on Friendship Flea Market can be found here. It's the post I put up before this one. The famous National Muzzle Loading Shoot is going on nearby.


I have captions with some of the pictures here. Some of them are edu-mu-cational. Others, according to the blog author, are fairly humorous. You decide. Choose wisely or I shall have to pierce you with a rusty needle I found at one of the body piercing booths.

Yes, you can find many unusual things to eat at the flea market. Elk burger. Alligator meat. Buffalo burger. Deer jerky. They even have Sunburned, Neglected Children, created by low lifes, destined to be poorly edu-mu-cated and live off the government one way or another or live a life of crime. Unless we eat them first and save them the trouble.

Check out the captioned picture below. Luckily, some things you may eat here are quite tasty. But then there are the booths that will give you a complimentary stomach pump with every purchase over $10.

At this booth, the vendor will sell you chocolate-covered bacon and something called Sati-Babi.


Now for the first time in the history of the flea market, there was an acupuncture booth. No shit! When my wife and I saw it, we looked at one another, laughed and then talked about the legitimacy of a couple vendors with the certification and knowledge to be able to perform acupuncture on potential customers at a flea market. Then I took more pictures of the circus like atmosphere.

Turns out, there were some folks willing to take their chances.


The "pin guns" were what they were selling at the acupuncture booth. They were too expensive for my taste. sure, I did the demo, figuring my already fucked up body could be no worse for the wear with getting this done. Besides, I had always wanted to give acupuncture a shot. I'm not sure, exactly, if they were actually using needles in this gun that went "pow-pow-pow-pow" up and down your spine and your other body parts- like the top portion of your ass and shoulders- but it didn't feel bad, whatsoever. And yes, I know this isn't acupuncture in it's truest form but it's as close as I'll likely ever get to it. I just know that after a few minutes of Acupuncture Guy's wife doing her stuff on my back (Yeah, I know how that sounds), I did feel like my blood circulation improved and my walking became less of a pain. Seriously.



The last post of the series will be put on my photo blog, Pics for Kicks, sometime during the near future. I hope you enjoyed the second tour of the flea market and will come back again. If you don't, I know that you've been shot by a muzzle loader or ate too much Sati-Babi meat and died of food poisoning.

In conclusion, going to the big flea market is a unique, humorous and sometimes odd experience. We definitely try not to miss it when it comes once in the summer and once in the fall. You have to travel down some long, winding, crumbling roads to get to it but it's worth it just to check out the different people and items.

31 comments:

Pickleope said...

That's unbelievable. Acupuncture and piercings at a Flea Market!?! Yeah, that's sanitary. I'm sure those people aren't high and or drunk either. Just walking around to see the freak show sounds awesome.

The Angry Lurker said...

Would love to give it a whirl, sounds and looks great.

bazza said...

Hi Kelly. What I really enjoy about blogging is how we can see the lifestyles of people in different countries. Probably the wealthiest nation on Earth and, in many ways, the most advanced yet the US still manages to shock and amuse. Your description of the people and goings-on gave me a good chuckle.
By the way, you probably know that our National Health Service is completely free (although of course it comes out of taxes); well, in some areas of the UK we can now get acupuncture free.
Click here for Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

billy pilgrim said...

judge judy told me to never get any piercing or tattoos at a flea market and i'm not brave enough to disagree with her.

LoneIslander said...

Who in the name of pacman wouldn't eat Chocolate Covered Bacon. That is the true question.

The Minute Man's Wife said...

You ate the chocolate covered bacon didn't you? LOL! I know I would have!

I'm so glad people are sharing their summer adventures. If I can't have one of my own I want to live vicariously through yours!!

DocStout said...

That flea market looks frankly amazing. To get something like that out here, you'd have to combine a county fair, a flea market and the seedy side of a carnival.

LilPixi said...

I wanna go! LOL

Wow, Kelly, I'm glad I finally realized this was the second part to your first post and made it over to read. My discombobulated head still thought this was your last post, if that makes sense.

Tom Kerr seems cool, but that hat & the outfit make him downright just creepy.

Those wine bottle holders are fucked up, and I've been wanting to try acupuncture myself. I wonder how safe & sanitary flea market acupuncture is. LOL

I hope she gave you a lollipop after she "did her stuff" on your back. Sounds messy & somewhat inconvenient.

Ear plugs - God, I hate those things. I thought they were finally fading out of style. Apparently, people are still stupid enough to keep the trend going.

Obviously I love the Jerry pics, and that weed....is that a blanket?

Just because chocolate is the bomb & bacon is the bomb, doesn't always mean they'd go good together. That's like saying sex & ice cream go great together.

.......Oh wait a minute, sex & ice cream would be awesome together! Nevermind.

THE SNEE said...

Hi Kelly! Another one of my comments bites the online dust! I'm beginning to feel like a real 'flea bag' after going on this tour(LOL). My daughter goes to school down in Arkansas and knows of a tattoo parlor called the Rusty Nail. Perhaps they close up shop to come up to your neck of the woods for this once in a lifetime experience! Animals hitting the bottle and the acupuncturist really make it the event of the year. Thanks for the tour, the pics and the fun commentary to go along with it.

Kelly said...

Pickleope- You betcha, it's sanitary. The only thing worse would be to have the needles dipped in poop and then used in and on your flesh. Lol. High and drunk? Those guys. Probably. And the customers probably are, as well. But it's all good- and mighty fun to watch.

Kelly said...

The Angry Lurker- Come give it a whirl. I'll give you the guided tour, personally. :)

Kelly said...

bazza- Acupuncture- for free? Wow. Yes, it is entertaining and interesting to blog about and see the different lifestyles of those around the world. To me, that's part of the fun. Now don't get me wrong... Not everyone in Indiana is a card carrying redneck. Just maybe 70% of those living here. lol. Have a great day, bazza!

Kelly said...

billy pilgrim- Well, thank goodness for Judge Judy's amazing advice. You should never disagree with her and you should always be obedient to authority figures. Just like lovable ol' me. :)

Still, I'd like to see the perpetually angry judge being forced to ride a flagpole. That bitch is annoying.

Kelly said...

LoneIslander- Who wouldn't love to eat chocolate covered bacon. When we were down there, we wanted to try it, but couldn't. They said, at the time, that they were completely out of excrement. Darn the luck.

Kelly said...

The Minute Man's Wife- Like I said to the commentor above, we attempted to purchase and try the chocolate covered bacon but they said they were out. That sucked.

I wish you could have wacky summer adventures, Minute Man's Wife. You're missing out. Have a great weekend!

Kelly said...

DocStout- This particular flea market is amazing- not just because of the crazy people and vendors around but because of it hugeness and the weird stuff you can find there. We've talked to people who have come from across the country to go to it.

Kelly said...

LilPixi- No worries about arriving late to comment. I do it all the time. I've been too busy to do much of the blogging thing, lately. And really, recently, I've been finding it difficult to really get back into the groove of it all. Maybe that will change in the Fall. I don't know.

Tom Kerr is an alright guy. A rich drunkard that is always friendly, always strange. He's nice enough, though. My guess would be that acupuncture, tattooing and piercing at a flea market would be that it is NOT SANITARY or SAFE. That dude's old wife didn't put too much of her stuff on my back. Lol. Whatever ever excess there was, I allowed the Sugar Glider to lick off. What a day! The weed thing is a tapestry or blanket. Not sure what you would call it, truthfully. Btw, Sex & Ice Cream is the bomb. French Vanilla works best. If a girl still has her cherry intact, you can make a sundae out of it. Have a dandy weekend, LilPixi!

Kelly said...

THE SNEE- I hope you never feel like a flea bag while you're here, Rebecca. The Rusty Nail is the name of a drink, too. I would have to take a pass on getting a tattoo at that parlor or any other one, in fact. Getting ink done just isn't my thing. :) I think you're correct in what you say- in regards to what makes this flea market the event of the year. You're sincerely welcome for the tour, pics and commentary. Come again, anytime, Rebecca. And would you like your "Sugar Glider On a Stick" dipped in chocolate next time?

Have a great weekend!

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Kelly said...

ISRAEL CARRASCO- I will purchase an ear frisbee for you and ship it directly, to you, first class. May you have many hours of enjoyment from it. :)

iolite said...

Its an Indiana's most unique flea market and antique show. Friendship Flea Market is located next to the National Muzzle Loader Rifle Association.

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Friendship Flea Market - Indiana's most unique flea market and antique show. Friendship Flea Market takes place twice a year.

Online Roulette said...

They have a week long Flea Market. Just took a quick vid of the area. I am still enjoying the weather and the trees, so different than when I was stuck in Utah.

iolite said...

Friendship Flea Market is owned and operated by Tom Kerr. Friendship Flea Market is located next to the National Rifle Association muzzleloaders.

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Anonymous said...

He dressed that way because they also have a primitive camp ground across the creek. People camp in teepees and you can get all dolled up like a Native America. This area is rich in history and during the fleamarket is an awesome time to visit. Vendors from all over the world come here. I've meant people from Europe and Australia. Walked up once to what I thought was a statue of an Indian chief, because it was so reddish in color. He was real, lol. Look into the Lore of Laughery, Friendship, IN.

Kelly said...

Anonymous- I know why he was dressed that way. I've talked to him every year we go down there. He's a nice guy and I know all about the history of this area since I grew up around here and read about the area.

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