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Pezhead Monthly
March 2010

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A Pez Oasis in a Flea Market Desert top of page | cover page

One chilly Sunday in February- Valentine's Day, in fact- I came upon a most surprising and welcome cornucopia of Pez. It was a day that I'll never forget.

The dog show, just a few buildings away, was the reason why we visited the Indiana State Fairgrounds that day. All kinds of breeds of dogs were barking, getting groomed, and in general strutting their stuff. It was a site to behold for sure.

Last year, we went to this same dog show, and very likely saw some of the same dogs. After the dog show last year, we went to the World of Wheels car show. Astute readers of Pezhead Monthly may recall that this was where we met Henry Winkler, aka The Fonz, who was kind enough to pose for a picture and also to sign my Joe Cool Pez dispenser.

This year, alas, there was no Fonz. There was, however, a flea market very close to the dog show. Now, I've been to the flea market at the state fairgrounds before, and believe me when I say it's not exactly overflowing with Pez. In fact, I rarely have luck at flea markets at all. Still, we left the dog show with time to kill, and I figured, "what the heck."

I am so glad that I made that choice.

When I first arrived, I won't lie, it did not look too promising. But at the third, maybe fourth table, I found a Jar Jar Binks Pez Candy Hander for a great price. I snatched it right up, although I already have one, because I figure I could sell or trade with another Pezhead sometime down the road. And honestly, finding that candy hander was much more Pez action than I was expecting at all.

Then I turned around.

The first Pez item that I saw was the Marvin the Martian Pez candy hander. Quite unusual, I thought, to see 2 Pez candy handers in one place. But then I took a closer look, and realized it was much bigger than that. Indeed, I had stumbled upon a Pez oasis in this flea market desert.

Not only did this booth have pretty much all of the current US dispensers, it also had recently retired ones and plenty of European ones too. So many amazing Pez in bags and cards. Other stuff too, lots of M&M stuff and Hot Wheels, but the Pez, my God, the Pez

I quickly said hello to the dealer, a fine man named Dave, and then instinctively turned my attention back to the Pez. I found myself with iPod Touch in hand, rifling through my Pez photos at lightning pace to see if he had anything I was missing. Beads of sweat formed on my brow. My vision became the tiniest bit blurred. I don't know why I felt so rushed, because there was plenty of time to take it all in. Dave started to talk to me about all the Pez, but I was really zoned out, completely overwhelmed by all the Pez in front of me. I was unable to concentrate and I felt bad about that. Fortunately, my girlfriend talked to him for a bit, explaining how big a Pezhead I am and learning how big of a Pezhead he was too. I heard bits and pieces of the conversation as I stared mouth wide open at all of the Pez.

I finally picked out a few Pez that I did not have and set them aside. I took several deep breaths and somehow managed to compose myself. I walked back to Dave and we started to talk. He mentioned that he hadn't been to the Indiana state fair flea market in 10 years (which would explain why I was not expecting any Pez to be there!) He mentioned that he had a "vault" where he keeps his Pez. I quickly showed him my iPod Touch and all of the photos of Pez on it. Dave also identified himself as the "Prez" of the Chicago Pez Authority, an unofficial assembly of Pezheads located around the Chicago area. He explained that he had tried to get an Indiana chapter of Pez collectors going up in Fort Wayne, but wasn't able to have much success. I told him I'd be open to trying something here in Indianapolis. Makes sense, I figured, since there are conventions in nearby St. Louis and Cleveland. Surely Indy could host a gathering at least? It got me thinking about some organizing possibilities, but honestly I've been too busy since then to give it any further serious thought. Once things cool down, though, I would be very interested in exploring this idea further. Look for more info, perhaps, in a future issue of Pezhead Monthly.

Speaking of Pezhead Monthly, I told Dave that I was the editor, and I was flattered that he knew what Pezhead Monthly was. We exchanged cards and hopefully we can stay in touch down the road. Dave was a great guy and a true Pezhead. I was thrilled to have the chance to meet him and see all of the Pez he had for sale.

Oh, and what did I get from this little adventure? Some great Pez, including a red crystal safari lion, a blue stemmed Bubbleman, a red stemmed Tweety, and a green stemmed Yosemite Sam with short mustache (oddly enough, I had just picked up a blue stemmed Yosemite Sam with short mustache last year at Pezamania 19).

After a while talking with Dave and perusing the Pez, we paid for the Pez, shook hands and said our goodbyes, and went on to check out the rest of the flea market. I only had limited Pez success form that point forward. There was a guy who had a few choice vintage, but he was selling them at a bit too high a cost. I wish I would have had the Laspina price guide with me to try and bargain with him, but remember that I wasn't expecting to see any Pez at all that day.

All in all, I was completely surprised and overjoyed to come across such a great Pez booth at the flea market. Unless Dave shows up at the next one, I'm pretty sure I won't see that much Pez at once again outside of a convention. After finally composing myself and finding some great new Pez, I had a great chat with a true fellow Pezhead, something that doesn't happen to often here. Usually it's me spastically explaining to friends what my latest Pez score was, and them politely nodding in support and/or sympathy.

The point of this story, I suppose, is to keep an open mind when it comes to the Pez hunt. You never really know what you'll find, and sometimes, maybe, it won't be a mirage but an honest to goodness Pez oasis.

Pez Poetry top of page | cover page

Hot Pink Pez Lamb

Hunting for the Pez lamb,
On the new hot pink stem.
Whether in a plastic egg,
Mint on card, or in a bag.
Walmart, why do you deny,
Party City makes me cry,
Walgreens has a lot of nerve,
CVS, where's the Pez lurve?
World Market, I had hope,
But I'm nearing end of rope.
Toys R Us! Sound the alarm!
You've got the lamb, well I'll be darned!
Now I shall no longer roam:
Hot Pink Pez Lamb, welcome home.

Pez Haiku #101

Winter Olympics:
Watched for two weeks, but sadly
Not one Pez event.

Pez Almost-Quote of the Month top of page | cover page

"Pay no attention to that man behind the Pez!"

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