There was a time when all you could expect to find at a flea market was the flotsam and jetsam of other people’s lives – dusty objects that had been discarded because they were no longer useful to the owner. Presumably the owner had moved on to a newer, more modern version of said object. High buttons shoes replaced by sneakers. Or, perhaps the owner was now in a place where they no longer needed those avocado green kitchen chairs.
I have found wonderful things at flea markets. Some border on kitsch, none are particularly valuable or interesting except to me. The key to a successful hunt is to go without an agenda. Let the stuff find you.
So, it was with this open mind that I went to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire on Sunday. Their criteria for using the term ‘antique faire’ is that everything for sale had to be at least 20 years old. So, I guess I wasn’t going to be able to buy brand new tube socks. No problem.
Now, there is old and then there is prehistoric. Which is how we get to the subject of this posting: a tooth. More specifically, a prehistoric shark’s tooth belonging to the largest marine creature in the history of the planet – the Megalodon. And what is even greater about finding a prehistoric tooth in Alameda is the guy who was selling it. His name is Joseph Rotstein and he is a Paleontologist that supports his dino-habit by selling minerals and fossils on the weekend. Great, right? And the best part is that he available to teach these Dinosaur Lessons at Kid’s Birthdays Parties, Schools and Clubs.
Speaking as a grandparent who has sat through endless reruns of Dinosaur Train, what could be better than a real paleontologist at the party? And, as for that other big-purple- poor-excuse-for-a-dinosaur, just don’t get me started….