Since I have been talking so much about it, and I frequent it so often, I have decided to post about my local pickin’ spot, the Alamo Flea Market.
The sign above is what you would see from the front entrance by Expressway 83. I usually go through the back which is closer to my house and has more of the vendors that I frequent.
Here is the back gate which leads into the market and the first site upon entering is this.
From here you have the option to go down one of the numerous isles that make up the market. There is no particular scheme for what makes up the flea market. You could go down any of the isles and find something that you could find in any other the other ones. What does occur here in the rear entrance is one of two “food court” style areas of the market. The rear being the larger of the two.
Food vendors have small stalls or snack trucks that provide food for the patrons of the market. Tacos, Hot Dogs, Burgers other “carnival” type foods are the usual fair. The “Spyro Papa” is a local treat which is popular here. Its a spiral cut potato which is deep friend on a skewer and served with condiments.
Another thing that is located here is a stage area where local performers will play music and sing for the people who stop here to eat. It’s all in Spanish and they play way too loud for my tastes but the locals seem to like it.
A great thing about his place is the availability of fresh produce. There are all kinds of fruit and vegetables for sale here at the pulga. It used to be a Farmer’s Market back in the day and I guess it still is for all intents and purposes. The items are cheap and usually of good quality. It’s better to go early to get the best choice of food if that’s what you’re looking for.
On top of fruits and vegetables at this market you can also get your hands on all manners of animals. From barnyard to domestic, all kinds of animals are to be had. I’ve seen chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and even the occasional pig. A lot of vendors sell litters of puppies and kittens that they have from their own pets so you can get a pet cheaper than what you would find at a pet store. There are also more exotic pets like parrots, snakes, spiders, scorpions, turtles, etc. Most are healthy and clean but there will be the occasional wretch for sale in the market. It’s an old trick to have a poor animal for sale to tug on the heartstrings of the patrons and get them to buy the poor animal to keep it from suffering.
Upon reaching the back corner of the lot you will find an anachronism. An old-fashioned “Freak Show” of the kind you would see in Circus’ back in the day. I don’t know how long it has been here but it has been located at the flea market for as long as I remember. It’s only a dollar to see but the quality if obviously sub-par. I’ve never been in myself but a lot of people go in for a cheap thrill and to freak out their kids.
On the flip side of the coin is a little carnival area that has rides for the kids. Its located closer towards the front area of the market next to a music vendor and “restaurant”.
As far as the rest of the market goes there’s a little bit of everything. It’s definitely worth checking out. Be prepared to walk and don’t be afraid to haggle. Some merchants will even be good enough to let you try out some of their wares before buying or allow you to return it if it doesn’t work.