Be a believer in flea markets! You can believe in what you find if you are one of those lucky ones who have made such a find that you want to talk about. There are the general finds and then those really extreme things that many do not want to tell about. Generally, things like antique welding boxes that make nice planters, old furniture drawers for decorative home use, pot and pan hook sets, vintage coffee/tea tins, wedding dresses never used, throw rugs and oriental carpets or unused cameras. The list doesn't stop. How about an old wristwatch used as a James Bond prop bought for $38, and later sold at Christies for $159,000. Or, $4 for an old painting later found to have an old copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden in the frame and sold for $2.4 million at Sotheby"s and again ten years later sold for $8.1 million. Vintage clothing, glassware, salvaged items, art deco stuff, old weather vanes, calico quilts, old toys. How about an indoor flea market, air conditioned with 222 booths is Visitor's Flea Market, close to Disney World, where Disney items abound, along with other gifts for the family travel list, new Disney items to take home as travel gifts from your trip to the theme parks. Located at 5811 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL, 34746, you are also where the World Food Truck park with more than 40 food trucks are together specializing in a tropical Florida setting offering Latin and international foods which give the original tropical flavors the authentic homemade choices a special appeal. All here for the family. Speaking of flea markets again, generally, history shows them to be places of surprising finds like Apollo 11 cuff links, costume jewelry ring for $15 and the buyer wore it for 30 years before discovering it was a 26.27 carat antique diamond which sold at Sotheby's for $847,000. There's the history of the rare gold Faberge egg bought at a flea market for $14,000 to meltdown, but upon research found because of its rarity, it was worth more like $33 million. There are rare necklaces such as one bought for $15 which sold at Christies for $267,000. Or, the old cowboy photo for $10, possibly Billy the Kid, estimated to be worth $5 million. Maybe this isn't the day for your surprise of surprises. But, try this one on. It was unknown at the time, but for $1.00, it turned out to be a 17th Century carved rhinoceros horn cup valued at $450,000. So, you want to talk about flea markets? Where do we begin?
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