Sunday Funday Crystal Experiences and Meditations with Lenise Soren!
Lenise is hosting her 1st Sunday of the month events in her booths – Y34 and Y35
Come check her out this Sunday!
I’m all for being green and using public transportation. In fact, I took public transportation to my friend’s house by the Hollywood Bowl just last night (after a hot Sunday Melrose Trading Post). I understand that sometimes when one comes to a flea market, you need a car or truck to take home the more massive finds (furniture, mirrors, artwork, statues of Ronald McDonald, etc.), but know that there are always options.
At a flea market like the Melrose Trading Post, there are several vendors who deliver furniture and large items for a small fee or included in the agreed price. They understand that not everyone drives a truck or SUV with the capacity to carry some of the treasures found in our market. Usually they will drop it off on their way home (generally after 6-7pm the same day depending on when they leave the market). This frees you up to use any type of transportation you choose to arrive in style.
Of course it’s Los Angeles and cars are abundant, so the Melrose Trading Post makes access into our market easy for those who do drive. Parking is free when available at the Melrose Trading Post, but sometimes we run into special circumstances with the LAUSD campus of Fairfax High School. These past two weeks the school has been re-seeding the baseball field that we usually use for parking. While we were able to open up another section of campus for parking, not all of the customers were able to find the access point. This is frustrating for everyone (customers, vendors, staff, and neighbors) and causes a lot of people to park on the neighboring streets. We plan to resolve this for the upcoming Sunday.
Public Transportation, while not widely trusted in Los Angeles, gets you to where you need to go for a low price. A Metro day pass is $5 ($1.80 for seniors and disabled) and comes on a “TAP Card” that you tap on a sensor for subway and bus admission. You can get a TAP card through these outlets. If you don’t want the pass it’s a $1.50 per ride ($.55 for seniors and disabled)… exact change is recommended (dollar bills and coins are accepted). I personally like public transportation because it is used by so many tourists. I see people from all over the world and hear many accents when I ride on the bus. Usually they’re hopping from one landmark or shopping destination to another, exploring the city and going on adventures.
I use LA Metro’s Trip Planner online to figure out how to get to various places. It’s pretty simple…
Enter into the boxes where and when you’d like to go. In this example I researched directions to the Melrose Trading Post (Melrose and Fairfax) from North Hollywood (works for those coming from the Valley). The screen shots can be enlarged by clicking on them.
I then confirmed the locations. I wanted to get directions from the North Hollywood Bus/Subway station.
Then I chose which route I wanted to go with. I chose the first, which is the fastest way and it uses the subway and bus lines I was hoping to use.
I love that the Trip Planner lets you know how much your total trip costs compared to the cost of gas. I saved a $1.97 in one trip!
You can also easily reverse the route to make sure the same lines are running at the time that you wish to return.
For a complete round trip with a change over, you may as well get a day pass TAP card. Each ride on each vehicle is $1.50, so with this route (one subway ride and one bus ride each way) you save $1 by getting the $5 day pass. With your $5 pass you pay for your round trip rides (or as I call them, adventures) and you don’t have to worry about parking.
Plus your green transportation coincides with the Melrose Trading Post’s goal to go Green!
I would love to hear any thoughts and ideas on public transportation in Los Angeles.
Did you get to lounge with the giant crystals last Sunday?
These lovelies did!
Don’t they look relaxed?
If you want to relax with giant crystals, you’ve got to come to the Melrose Trading Post on the 1st Sundays of the month.
Lenise Soren (who sells every Sunday in space Y35) hosts crystal experiences in her double booth on the first Sundays of the month.
Come check it out next month!
It’s no secret that the Melrose Trading Post is a predominant Los Angeles stop for vintage fashion finds.
MTP Vendor and Possession Vintage store owner Dan Sandvick sent over some photos of gorgeous vintage finds on our gorgeous customers!
More to come…. Thanks Dan!
Thank you to Vel Criste for posting a fantastic blog post and great photos of the Melrose Trading Post!
She’s lucky enough to be related to the GC Crepe Makers, so her family got to eat a tasty treat!
Thank you for spending your Sunday Funday at the Melrose Trading Post!
It started out with a very busy stand by line.. even busier than we expected for the Second Sunday of the month.
Assistant Manager Martiros was happy to take a seat after another successful Stand By line was let it!
We spotted this awesome Star Wars lunch box by the Melrose Entrance!
We had a nice chat with Tim of Succulent Et Cetera!
Everyone was buzzing about this awesome space…
…they had so much funky stuff!
Lunchtime called for some delicious Argentinian food…
…and some jazz!
At the end of the day I was fascinated with Rachel Day’s Musical Frog Guiro from Thailand.
Her booth is at the top of the stairs by the food court!
Overall it was a beautiful and fun-filled day.
Thank you to everyone who made it so successful!
Yesterday’s Melrose Trading Post was filled with so many interesting people and things!!
I (Vendor Manager Natalie) found this framed Jimi Hendrix poster from 1988.
Vendor Jeff Cungious sold it to me (he always has great finds!).
Operations Manager Denise was all over the place!
Here she is sitting with Lester Anderson (B92) of AndersonBenches.com on one of his handmade creations.
Lester also had these insane vintage high heels in his booth.
These shoes were NOT meant for walking!
Later on I found Denise reminiscing about her favorite Christmas memories…
She really loves the holiday.
Eventually I caught up with Pierson Blaetz, one of the co-founders of the Melrose Trading Post.
He was having a healthy lunch in the food court…
I decided that if I ever became a millionaire, I would have a herd of these adult-sized rocking horses!
Denise is doing a beautiful arabesque on this rocking horse from Detroit Trash‘s booth (B144).
I wonder if anyone bought this… if not I’m definitely going to be on it next Sunday!
Lenise Soren of Sorenity Rocks’ hosted an unforgettable Sunday Funday Crystal Experience event! Did you meditate with Crystals, get a Crystal cleansing or drink Crystal-infused water?
If you missed it, she’ll host another Crystal Experience Sunday, August 5th!
Another successful Sunday Funday!
at Fairfax High School
7850 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Market's Parking Entrance is through the School Entrance at Fairfax Ave. and Clinton St.