From my November 2011 trip report –
H wanted to go to the swap meet, and I said I would go along. For some reason this really irritated my sisters other half, which really irritated me in return and made me determined to make a great day of it. The next day we could go was on Wednesday the 23rd which would also be the day we would get the results re cancer, but it was also the last chance before H would go home (early morning of the 25th), so it was the only option.
Of course I was already well aware of what the results would be – my sister and her partner had not been there after the surgery when the doctor looked me in the eye and told me what she thought – what she was certain – that it was. And I believed her, because she would know, right?
Having been to the swap meet before I knew it would be hot, I knew we needed to make sure we had sunscreen and plenty of water and hats, etc. Not to mention shedloads of $$!! So we set out very well prepared for the day and I got some awesome bargains.
There is a lady there who sells plus size clothes and they are beautiful, some Hawaii style wears which I bought a few of in amazing colours and patterns, which I did not see anywhere else I went.
I got many t-shirts for the other half in particular he wanted some of the red dirt style t-shirts (in other colors too, the blue and green are very popular with him) and there is a place there with a lot of gothic style t-shirts for men – that same place has nice cargo shorts in camouflage colors which he likes. If you have ever seen the t-shirts Aaron Paul’s character Jesse wears on breaking bad, that kind of style. When I got home and unpacked it turned out, I had bought him 14 t-shirts during the trip and the majority of them had turtles on. Without me even thinking about it, this happened.
I did not buy much jewellery but I did make my own bracelet and also made one for my niece at a stall there with mucho hello kitty and swarovski style crystals. It was gorgeous, sitting there in the warm Hawaiian breeze, making bracelets.
We also bought suitcases, and at some point in the journey around the stadium, our carryings became too heavy and I bought a $7 roller bag. It was the most awesome handy item.
Towards the end of the swap meet, while at a jewellery stall where H was buying some gifts for her family back home, my phone rang. It was my sister with the news I was not expecting – that there was no cancer. Thus cementing forever my assertion that the swap meet is the best place & thing in the world, ever.
My swap meet haul in 2011 – note the rolling bag in the front there ^^ it cost me $7 and you should get one too!
I cannot recommend the swap meet highly enough – but – I know it is not for everyone. It is a “you will love it or hate it” type place. So to give you an idea if you are going to love it or hate it, do some googling for images from the swap meet, visit the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet website and read some posts from bloggers who visited. Like this one from someone who did not love it – this post from someone who liked it – And a few others with photos to check out – here – here – here –