Yesterday we carted off to the South Side to visit the Ashland Swap O Rama, which was listed by Refinery 29 as one of the best swap meets in Chicago. Upon thorough personal investigation, it appears to be more of general market of all things targeted toward a Hispanic demographic. Fun! Booth after booth of new-in-packaging sundries, discounted shoes, stereo equipment, pornography, with a few "junk booths" with Goodwill (and lower) quality goods.
The two of us represented half of the Caucasian patrons out of nearly a thousand visitors. Coming from one of the "white breadiest" areas in the midwest, I thought it was a really wonderful and valuable experience. This did, however, keep me from taking the photos I would have liked to. I stuck out enough, I certainly did not want to offend anyone by trivializing everyone else's experience by coming off as a tourist or treating it as a novelty.
Admission was $1, and it felt incredibly safe. It wasn't as easy to find one-of-a-kind gems as I'd hoped, but I recommend it for someone looking for a fun day or cheap home items. There was some beautiful handmade jewelry and clothing as well!
Jake snagged a rusty (he likes rusty) rack for his bike. I nabbed a new hand-juicer for limes and all of this of dirt-cheap produce. Tomatillos, chiles, garlic, and a dozen limons for $5.00! Totally worth the visit.
Top: Vintage bedazzled gem, $2.00
Shorts: Current summer uniform, cut from unflattering jeans, FREE
Shoes: Shameful Old Navy purchase in a sandal pinch, $10.00
Approximate Total: $12.00