Ol’ Skip Sleyster went to the great swap meet in the sky, but his Super Flea Swap & Shop lives on...
Located in the historic Northeast section, the Super Flea offers bargains, knockoffs and barely legal items for area bargain hunters. Porte de Vanves in Paris, LA’s Slauson Super Mall and Kobey’s Swap Meet in San Diego may be the best in the biz, but the Super Flea holds its own.
The Paris and San Diego’s swap meets are outdoors, but KC’s is laid out like the infamous Slauson.
Super Flea is housed in an old storage warehouse errected by Aaron Montgomery Ward. Various vendor stalls occupy the sprawling and dizzying layout. The warehouse lacks A/C but box fans make the experience bearable, so be prepared to sweat for your deals.
Bargaining is possible but not necessary. Admission is 50 cents. Parking is fenced, guarded and free.
Flea market fans will not be disappointed. You can get all the knock-off jerseys – the best was probably a George Brett pine tar era baby blue throwback. Other high quality, solid color jerseys were available for $4-5 with caps running $8.
Your flea bitten correspondent picked up a Royal Blue t-shirt and blue KC cap for $12 all in. Baseball caps were especially plentiful and cheap. Get yourself a new crisp one.
The Super Flea has concessions and vendors that sell all sorts of odd candies and off label drinks. And right inside the entrance/exit area is a cart that sells popcorn, Mexican cokes and Mexican fruit pops. A buck-fifty for a fruit pop or a Mexican coke is a good way to keep cool with all the other poor souls.
A giant Lollipop bearing a Penn State logo was purchased for 25 cents after being relegated to a Super Flea stall post the Sandusky scandal.
Two major stalls sold tobacco and smoking accessories. The quality seemed OK, but was inferior to both Cooper’s and It’s a Dream on Broadway. Nag Champa and other incenses can be bought if you don’t mind not fooling anybody about your activities.
No firearms were for sale.
One can find butterfly knives, Rambo knives, and throwing stars though. And stun guns were quite popular, going @ $25 apiece for the basic models. Hey, and if your grandmother’s been picked on by bullies at the Senior Center, you can buy her a 75,000 volt cattle prod concealed inside of a cane for just $75.
The Sunday breakfasts at First Watch will never be the same!
The impending death of the CD means less music vendors at flea markets, however local rap artists can be found hawking their latest singles. Most of the other music is Tejano, so you won’t miss much skipping these vendors.
If you’re a tradesman or tinkerer, there are lots of tools and accessories that may get a little hot in your hand. Or say you need 22 inch spinners or giant kickerbox speakers installed in your late model Donk, there are stalls that can oblige you.
But if a little old lady with a odd looking cane tells you to turn it down, take my advice and listen.