Uniquities: The quality or state of being unique
Call me strange (or unique if you may), but one of my favorite ways to spend a day is by visiting junk marts, flea markets, auctions, yard sales and road side oddities. I love the thrill of finding a treasure hidden amongst the array of glassware, old records and Pez dispensers (and Beanie Babies...why is it that no matter what sort of shop I visit, a herd of Beanie Babies greets me at every booth?)
Take for instance, this winter, when the children and I had a bit of cabin fever. We decided to travel to a nearby town to visit the area flea markets (ok, you got me... I promised ice cream if they would accompany me without fussing too much) and as we drove down the old downtown, we noticed this vintage gas pump sitting out front of one of the shops. Of course, we decided this would be our first stop! After much fiasco attempting to find a proper parking spot, we managed to get up close and personal with this Bennett 810 pump.
We were quite excited as we had recently viewed the show "American Pickers" and saw them rescue a similar pump from its potential rust graveyard and we knew that Mike and Frank (hosts of the show, which by the way, is set to premiere on June 7, 2010 at 9/8 Central...set your DVR now or you'll be so upset with yourself when you miss it) would be appreciative of our great find!
A little funny: This particular flea market is set beside a pawn shop and my son spied this and shouts "Look mom, Pawn Stars"--of which, is another of our favorite shows.
I found a great website while attempting to figure out the description of this pump (you didn't think I just knew it did you?) that might be of some interest if you like to see the restoration of such items. You can find it here: The Pump Dump
In my next post, find out what we found when we stepped inside the shop!!