I was asked by a friend a few weeks ago if I’d like to take a road trip to the flea market in Rogers, OH to do some crate digging…and that we did. The morning started at 4am when my alarm went off to let me know it was time to get ready to go. I quickly hit the off button on my alarm, rolled gently out of bed and quietly got ready to leave. Wayne pulled up to my house right around 5am and we were off. The sun rose slowly shedding light on this beautiful spring morning. I was tired but I was ready to dig. We missed a couple of exits that we should have taken due to our converation on good music and recent (and not so recent) record hauls. We were soon crossing the Ohio line and driving down the bumpy lane to the parking lot of the Rogers Flea Market.
Most of the vendors weren’t set up yet so we did a quick walk through, asked a few questions, found some early deals, but nothing spectacular. We headed to the cafteria for something warm to drink, some decent breakfast food and to talk some stragity while more vendors filtered in and set up. After my three slices of french toast and some hot coco we were off. It’s hard to remember the blow by blow but I think I started my haul with a box of dollar records. I was able to score a bunch of black gospel, soul and r&b for a buck each. I found a box of old country at a different vendor so I got to pick up a few Jones records and a Lester Flatt bluegrass record that features a young Marty Stuart. Found a couple of “real” record vendors where I was able to score some more gospel records. Two of which were my favorite hauls of the day, the Little Richard and Sister Rosetta Tharpe record and the Brother Claude Ely record that you can see in the pics. Overall the Rogers Flea Market was a great place to find a lot of fun records for a good deal.
We left the flea market and found a couple of yard sales as we headed towards Flip Sides in Sharon, PA. A couple of the sales were a bust but one we found some good stuff…that’s where I picked up the Vanilla Fudge, John Lennon, Blues Minus You, and the sealed Plastic Ono Band record with the original 1970 calender.
After that sale we went to an antique mall in Mercer County, PA where we both found some good records….these are the black gospel records that I picked up there…
Finally we made it back to Erie County where I picked up these two “scary” records at a yard sale on the way into Edinboro, PA as I was traveling to a gig.
Lot’s of good conversation, good music and crate digging in the sun. What a great day to be a vinyl digger….