The Gypsy Caravan It’s Not What You Think

The Gypsy Caravan is a huge even that takes place every year on the campus of the University of Missouri, St. Louis on Memorial. The event is a benefit for the St Louis Symphony and has become a favorite for Jim and I.


The only problem with going to a flea market is that we have to choose between riding and shopping, both of which we love. Of course, we can do both, but if we take the Road King we are limited to what we can buy. You can’t exactly buy a huge piece of yard art and throw it on the back of the Harley. Because the weather has been unpredictable, Jim and I opted to keep the bike in the garage and take the car. We also thought that we would be able to buy more goodies, but just like Murphy’s Law, we didn’t buy a thing.


When Jim and I first met in Tucson, one of our favorite pastimes was going to the Tanque Verde Swap Meet on the weekends just to wander around. We really enjoyed the day, people watching, looking at the new, the old, and the great art.

Sometimes on our flea market outings, Jim will find a drawknife or a Stanley plane that he doesn’t have in his collection, rare, but true. Often, we will see something that we love for our own home, and although we didn’t purchase anything this time around, we really liked some yard art as you will see from the pictures. This a great artist that I simply love.


The Gypsy Caravan offers early bird tickets, which are well worth it. $10.00 per person if you arrive from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, and $20 per person after 9:00 AM. This year Jim and I didn’t arrive early, but really wished that we had as the Gypsy Caravan Flea Market was very crowded, great for the St. Louis Symphony, but not so much for the market goers.

Of course, because we didn’t take the bike, it didn’t rain, but when we got home around 2:00 and talked about jumping on the bike for Travels with Harley, the clouds rolled in and the heavy rain started to fall. Some days are just like that, but not to worry, there’s always next time!