Sunday, June 21, 2009

Thrifting in Hialeah

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What could be a more interesting experience as a Gringa (who speaks very little Spanish) in Miami than an experience in Hialeah? Especially one that entails going to a collection of thrift shops on a weekend? Well, I did just that, with El Hombre in tow. We headed up to Flamingo Plaza, which is heralded as some of the best thrifting in Miami, to see what they had going on. We found gentlemen selling plants off the back of trucks, people in old cars with a PA System advertising pizza and lots and lots of shops with all sorts of things in them, including old stoves, bar chairs, wedding dresses, underwear and more. Many of the home furnishings, vhs tapes and board games reminded me of my childhood from the early 80s, like this:
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Random things like this:
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And who doesn't need a glass boot-shaped cup?
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In addition, many of the clothes they had were your standard, basic pieces that people don't want, can't wear, etc, but then there were some truly glorious pieces:
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(El Hombre was trying to decide which one would match his hat best)

I wish I could have grabbed pictures of the many late-80s wedding dresses with stains and huge bows, but I couldn't get around the crowds and I sort of felt bad. But I took advantage when I saw one in the window:
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Outside of Red, White and Blue, which is by far the best and biggest shop, this guy was playing some tunes:
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Kinda reminded me of Charleston.

6 comments:

swampthing said...

red wht n blue is in n miami. how much is that blogger in the window?

Christina said...

Yes, but there's another one in Hialeah, in the Flamingo Plaza shopping complex. It's definitely the most popular so I wouldn't be surprised that they have multiple locations

And the blogger in the window is priceless.... lol

catsteevens said...

Wow. You're a brave woman. A Gringa in Hialeah ;)

Hialeah Mom said...

You are brave, brave, and very funny soul. If you ever get lost need a search & rescue conducted to get you out of my barrio, just LMK and we'll come free you.

Christina said...

Hialeah Mom, I got horribly lost in Hialeah and had to call my boss because my Spanish is so bad, and I couldn't find anyone who could give me directions. This was when I first got here. My mom laughed at me (she's Italian and appreciates when these things happen to me)

Kimberly said...

Concierge.com is working on an article mentioning Flamingo Plaza and we would love to use on of your photos posted on your blog. Can you let me know if this request is possible? My e-mail: Kimberly_Sentner@condenast.com

Thanks!
Kim