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Rainy Day at the Fremont Market

I’m debating going to the Fremont Sunday Market tomorrow. It’s a fun place to get a bit to eat, look at antiques and crafts, and people watch.

ivysaurus

Rain Coat: Wet Seal
Leggings: Newport News
Boots: Hunter
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

You know you’re at the market when you see the flags and unofficial vehicle.

Fremont VW

That’s right: Unofficial

unofficial

There are a lot of great arts in Fremont.

Fremont logo

It is Fremont, Center of the Universe, and capital of all things quirky. At the annual Solstice Parade, you can see dozens of naked cyclists wearing nothing but body paint and a smile.

I went to the market a couple of months ago and ran into a dog named Zsa Zsa who had a heart-shaped patch of brown fur on her back.

Heart

I asked to take her picture and not only did her person oblige, she gave me a bookmark with the link to Zsa Zsa’s website! Turns out Zsa Zsa has a book.

Zsa Zsa

I had a pair of this style of roller skates when I was a kid. They are adjustable in length and wider and strap on to a pair of shoes. Old school!

antiques

I also had these classic wooden blocks. It’s probably a bad sign when the toys of my childhood are considered antiques.

wooden blocks

If you’re ever in Seattle, I recommend a trip to the Fremont Market.

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Journey to the Center of the Universe

Fremont is known in these parts as the center of the universe. I used to live in this former hippy hangout. The hippy vibe might have disipated, but Weird is still a state of mind.

giant ant

In fremont, you can shop at trendy boutiques (much to the horror of the hippies, I imagine). You can wine and dine at a variety of restaurants and bars.

shops

There’s a fabulous outdoor Fremont Sunday Market where you can buy everything from food to antiques, socks to books. The indoor Fremont Vintage Market operates seven days a week. You’ll find everything from lava lamps (the originals) to roller skates in this wonderful bargain basement delight.

bike shop

Outside, you’ll find a 16′ tall statue of Vladimir Lenin. Strange but true.

Backstory: The statue was created by a Slovak Bulgarian sculptor under commission by the Soviet government. After the fall of Communism, the statue was removed from Lenin Square in Poprad, Czechoslovakia and destined for the scrap heap. A man teaching English in what was then still Czechoslovakia somehow brought the statue home to Issaquah, Washington. It ended up in Fremont, probably the only place a former Communist leader be tolerated—in bronze form or otherwise.

Another cold war relic is the salvaged rocket fuselage erected at the corner of one of my favorite shops, Burnt Sugar.

rocket

The Fremont Troll, who lives under the Aurora Bridge, is also worth a gander. This giant sculpture has a hub cap eye and has captured a real-life Volkswagon beetle under his hand.

A trip to Seattle isn’t complete without a visit to Fremont.

artsy newspaper box

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