flea markets and antiques in Seattle

August 29, 2012 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

Haven’t been posting as much as I thought I would while on vacation. We’ve really treated vacation like vacation! Sleeping in, eating out, not having a computer on my lap at all hours of the day, so there is still a lot of our trip I want to share (we are actually back in Brooklyn today).


One of the nice things about vacation is just being able to wander around and go into shops and browse at leisure. While I do some of that in NY, of course, I don’t really do that with the girls, but we got to do a fair bit of window shopping on this trip. They were especially interested in going to bookstores, antique shops and flea markets. At the Fremont Sunday Market where we hung out with our friends Sara and Thor and their 2 kids, the girls sorted through old Smurf figurines that many of us collected as kids and looked through a collection of crystals and rocks. They both chose a nice piece of pyrite (or fool’s gold) to take home.


It’s also fun going into antique shops around the water front and showing them stuff that we grew up with but are absent from their everyday lives. Things like typewriters, old video games, and vintage cameras. We actually spent a fair amount of time at this one temporary exhibit at Seattle Center, where this guy was trying to raise money to build a permanent video game museum. He had all the old game consoles up on display and you could play with them! Mark spent a half hour playing Mario Bros and I spent about the same amount of time on Tetris and Ms. Pac Man. I thought Claudine would love Tetris since her mind works very much in patterns and puzzles, but she got really stressed out by it and preferred to help me play the game.

By the way, if you’re ever looking for some excellent sushi while in Seattle, I totally recommend Mashiko in West Seattle. My friend Sara has been talking about taking us there for years and we finally went for dinner when we met up. They only serve sustainable fish so you might not get some of your favorites like hamachi and uni, though we lucked out because they actually had uni on the menu that night as a special. So so good.

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  • jess August 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I couldnt help but notice your comment about Claudine, puzzles and tetris – I’m exactly the same, i like puzzles and patterns but tetris does make me stressed. Have you tried introducing her to Solitaire? I think she’d love it!

  • ashley english August 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    sara! and thor! and the kids! and video games! and sushi!

    oh, sounds like an amazing trip! so glad you guys had a good getaway. we are LONG, long overdue for one ourselves. someday!

  • Jenna August 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    @jess Mark actually did teach her how to play solitaire on real cards. And yes…she loves it!

  • Barbara August 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for brightening my memory of that antique store. It’s been so long since I’ve been there that my mental pictures were faded to b&w. What a great way to share old things with your daughters.

  • Monica August 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I love doing that kind of wandering while on vacation. I am glad to hear that once the kids get older, they like to participate as well. I have to say that your posts about Seattle have made me curious to visit the city as well.

  • Jenna August 31, 2012 at 12:44 am

    @monica you should go! It’s a great place to visit.