You don't visit the Eclectic Flea with any particular purchase in mind.
Unless you're looking for a vintage medical chart.
A primitive baby's cradle from the 1700s.
The 1,200-square-foot space, across the street from the warehouses of the Lost Barrio, is geared more toward those who don't know what they want - vintage finds that often border on the unusual and unexpected.
The walls of the resale shop are covered in colorful pop art, black-and-white photos of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and neon beer signs. A unique mix of Art Deco desks, chic retro sofas and rustic plant stands, some items dating back centuries, sits in the hallway, on the patio, and in the kitchen and two bedrooms of this former home and cantina.
Owner C.C. Onetree said the Eclectic Flea is a regular destination for local interior designers.
"They come in hoping they can find a steal of a deal or the perfect something to make a certain look happen," she explained.
Customers searching for high-end items, might be better off trying the shops across the street.
The Eclectic Flea specializes in offbeat kitsch. Onetree, who opened the business four years ago, calls her shop a throwback to the old flea markets of the 1980s.
"We are kind of like a dying breed," she said. "There aren't many of these unique-find stores left."
Among some of the other gems: A mint green Crosley radio ($55), a vintage "Capt. Frank Hawkes - Enemy of the Air" movie poster ($45) and an unusual ceramic statue of a woman in green, with a snake wrapped around her and a baby at her feet ($92.50)
Onetree calls herself a gatherer, not a collector. The items she picks up at garage sales, estate sales and flea markets across the country are merely "pass-thru" pieces, making their way from the confines of her shop to your living room.
She says her customer base is a healthy mix of younger folks on the hunt for that retro look and older folks who come in to remember the past.
"We are not cookie cutter," she said. "We are just a little bit different. We get a lot of kudos for being different."
If you go
The Eclectic Flea
• Where: 265 S. Park Ave. in the Lost Barrio.
• Hours: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays-Fridays. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.
• More info: 404-4067 or at eclecticflea.com online.
Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at 573-4179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.