Sunday, July 1, 2007
The OC Marketplace and Centennial Farm
Have you ever been low on cash but yet wanting to do some cheap shopping and something that won't drain your pocketbook?. Is it a Saturday or Sunday and you are bored as can be? Then my friends I have a great suggestion for you. Yesterday I was experiencing all of the above and decided to go out to the Orange County Marketplace. It's an open-air market located on the grounds of the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Okay, you can call it a swap meet or flea market but it's really not your typical swap meet. For starters most of the customers come from south Orange County. Let's just say that about half of the cars in the parking lot are European imports. Secondly there is preferred parking. Yes, you can have preferred parking at a swap meet!! I was a bit baffled at first by this too but it's not that much farther to walk from the free parking. Lastly, it's close enough to the beach that you get a nice breeze, even on a hot summer day. The merchandise varies from 99c toiletries to new oak bedroom sets. There is something for everyone there. There is no hard selling going on and the environment is very family friendly. There is heavy security and the marketplace has strict regulations for it's vendors, including the fact that they must stay open until closing. Admission is $2 and children under 12 are free. There are wagons available to rent at the entrance to transport your little ones. The OC Marketplace is closed for a month from July to August duing the OC Fair. I'll post on the fair later this month. The Centennial Farm is also at the OC fairgrounds. It is open year-round and has free admission (except during the fair when your fair admission also admits you to the farm area). The farm is located just do the left of the main entrance to the fair as well as being just outside the rear entrance to the Pacific Amphitheater. The Centennial Farm is a real working farm. They have cows, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and other animals. You can get up close and pet many of them. There are live demonstrations during the week. Call (714) 708-1619 for schedule information and hours of operation.