The Blue Aisle

NEED MORE TRAFFIC? Not Social Media Silly! At The Flamingo Island Flea Market!! Tis The ‘SEASON’.

I have to be honest. Summer here in Bonita Springs at the local Flamingo Island Flea Market, was DEAD. We are a Seasonal Place, S.W. Florida. It is changing a bit but not this summer. Folks down here in S.W. Florida, like air conditioning. The Market has air conditioning piped in but it is still a open aired marketplace. The Market was also Dead because most of the booth owners pack up when season is over and leave in May. 

It leaves just the vendors, like myself to be creative enough to try to bring folks into the Market in the ‘Dead of Summer”. Many of us choose to stay because we like the location of our booth and we also get to meet more of the full timers that choose to live in paradise year round. It was the hot summer that I decided to start teaching fitness classes at the Flamingo Island Flea Market and walk the Flea. This way, my clients to meet other vendors and SHOP.

Tis the season for Fitness. My clients were sweating and getting in shape and also finding really neat items from those vendors, like me, who are seasoned enough to stay at The Flamingo Island Flea Market in OFF Season. Let me tell you, the friendships I made with neighboring vendors this summer at the Flea was worth the fact that business was like a SLOW COOKER! My closest neighbor was Joanne of (Bright Smiles) and Terese of (Lui Designs). They are right across from me in the Blue Aisle and we kept Flamingo Island the place to shop and feel the energy of paradise.

Being creative with my fitness business and being slow at the Flea Market, it only seemed natural to bring folks into the Market for a Walking Class (WalkerSize). My goal to get folks to Walk the entire market. After, we lay out our exercise mats in a Space that has been abandoned buy a NON Seasonal Vendor and focus on our Waistlines (WaisterSize). I trained wonderful folks this summer. I loved it. We brought fitness into spaces that were NOT rented. It was sort of COOL (Pun, Right?)

In my life, I have trained in Central Park, my own gym in NYC and in many apartment and homes. This is my first time bringing fitness to a Flea Market.  It is NOT easy. But nothing about fitness is easy for people. I am hoping that bringing a fitness class to a Flea Market in Season and not in Season will be a new way for folks to get fit and meet friendly vendors, find fun unique stuff and create a style of training that makes them savor fitness. Good News, I am the RUB and I am a SEASONED trainer! 

 

 

The Red Aisle

TO FLEA OR NOT FLEE That is the Question?

What is a Flea Market? Where did it all begin? Why do they call it ‘Flea’? To answer my questions, I did a little Google Search. Here is what I found.

Sometime in 1880 in a little city called Paris, folks would bring out their furniture and shabby second-hand goods that may contain ‘Les Puces’, (FLEAS) and sell it!  I guess some folks like Fleas in their Sofa’s?

Yep! The Flea Market is a French dumping ground for those that love those little “Les Puces! Marché. Aux Puces de St-Ouen is the largest Flea Market in the world. Saying it in French makes it so Shabby Chic. This concept has been around hundreds of years. In ancient Greece it was known as the Agora; in Rome, the Forum; and in Israel, at the Temples, in Bonita, The Flamingo Island?

The Flea Market is big business here in the United States. Why? Because all of us have a lot of stuff we could get rid of and sell either at a garage sale, tag sale, yard sale and or Estate Sale ( I know as I was once an Executrix to my Dad’s Estate and boy I wish I would have called that ‘Sale’, Les Puces of Prescott). Probably could have sold stuff faster and at a higher price!

Flea Markets are great places for Entrepreneurs to get a kick start up on a small business. That is ME and I have a booth at The Flamingo Island Flea Market! Why? First it does not require a lot of capital to get it up and running. It gives the entrepreneur a chance to practice sales, learn about displays, advertising or not and marketing (Hello This Blog). It also lets Entrepreneurs know if what they are doing is really working and they like it. In my case, I love what I am doing so The Flea Market is perfect for me!

The other reason I have Fled to The Flea Market is because I love the community of other vendors. It is a culture and here in Bonita Springs, it is a special place with vendors that have unique items and services to offer up for sale.

I was inspired to write this because I learned a lot reading about this very large flea market in New Hampshire. http://www.hollisflea.com/flea_market_history.html So cool! 

My last comment is do those Paris Flea Markets have Fitness Classes? NO! They probably sit at a Cafe’ with a glass of Chardonnay a slice of brie on a pan. But this all American Fitness Trainer sees that fitness can be found even at Les Puces Marche’. I am now thinking of giving my booth a bit of a French Twist? I need a Monkey, Music and a French Maids Outfit. I am sure I will sell a lot of RollerSizeRs with this added e’clater.

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The Red Aisle

FLEE TO THE FLEA MARKET Because…

Most likely, the Booth Owners at the Flea Market,  and I am one of them, will have super sales today! They need to clear stuff out because of this terrible storm coming to hit our state. It is a good time to give our customers a SUPER STORM DEAL. I am doing 50% OFF all of The RollerSizeR Ab Toners as I am going to clear my booth out just to be prudent.

For my workout today at the Flea Market, I am going to go up and down the Blue and Red Aisles to see if they are doing any specials. But here is why you need to FLEE! Most Malls, are boarded up. We are only open three days on the weekend. This is the chance for booth owners to make their money. That is why, Fleeing to the Flea Market is smart. That is why, I am going to purchase the six pack of bras which go for $12.00. I may get it for $10.00. If I am lucky to get that six pack, I will show you my purchase on my Instagram Page. 

 

The Red Aisle

Fun with the F Words!

Flamingo Flea Market – For Fun, Fitness, Fantastic Finds and A Fabulous Fish Taco!

I have a booth at the Flamingo Island Flea Market. I Figured that because the Flea Market is so big, it can inspire people who may not want to walk the beach or get on a treadmill, to walk The Flea Market.  Not only will you burn Fat but you will Find healthy Foods to Fill your Figures. Go Figure! Whoops another F Word! Keep reading Fantastic Feeling shared below….

Bagel Lox with a Side Salad

 

Let me explain how easy it is to burn Fat, Feel Fit and at the same time, shop, eat and pick up a Few things you need. I start my day with a great cup of coffee at the Flea Market in one of their many venues. You do not have to resort to your normal morning breakfast spots. Come On mix it up. Life needs to be Fun.  Feed yourself at the Flea Market. There are so many different egg dishes you would think you are at the local diner. There are mini donuts too.  I walk by that section with Fleeting pace!

For lunch, it s Bagel and Loxs or an Avocado Tostado. They do NOT skimp here on Food. The loxs are Fresh, wet and a succulent bright orange color.  This is where I get my protein, niacin, B12 and Potassium. Could be the Seattle girl in me why I love Salmon! Could be the NYC gal in me as I spent most of my life in NYC and bagels were my main stay. But, now that I am in Bonita, Avocados are  my go to Fruit. $6.00 and you have a gourmet meal at the Flea Market!

Later in the day, I want an Espresso. Not a coffee, but an ice cream cone! Just one scoop! After that cone, I am motivated to walk the half mile Flea Market again, but this time, Faster, with Fleeting pace and Feel Fitter than when I First came to the Flea Market.

Mall Walking is now being replaced by Flea Strolling. Y STROLL FIT, because one gets Fitter Faster with more Fun if they  Find The Flea Market on a Friday!

 

The Red Aisle

The BLUE ISLE IS THE COOL ISLE… Just Saying!

The Flamingo Island Flea Market is in Bonita Springs. In summer it gets a little hot. But isn’t that why you love coming to S.W. Florida? Let alone those whom have chosen to live here full time, like I DO! I guess we survive the heat because we have air conditioning everywhere we go.

The Flamingo Island is a OPEN “Flea” Market. After Hurricane IRMA, they had a little Facelift. They added ‘Air Conditioning’.  SO NICE.  It is piped in with colorful pipes that are along the Isles both Blue and Red, about every 10 feet.

That being said. Normally people park their cars and when they enter the Flea Market they are swept into the Red Isle and the river of shopping! We call it, the Red ‘Light’ Isle (Well, something else that starts with a ‘D’). Why? Because it has a lot of lights! Some even blink, move, sparkle. Like a mini 42nd Street! Not kidding! It is super fun and has really COOL stuff. But the BLUE ISLE IS COOL STUFF TOO and COOLER!

By the time you get to the turn at the North Side of the Market, you feel tired. It is a workout! 300 hundred Booths just in one Isle!  Because the Flea Market is huge! By the time you get to COOL side, the “COOLER” side, The BLUE ISLE, (Where my booth is, Bonita Fit #49), you are tuckered out. There is a bench in front of my booth that most folks use to recover from the Red Isle! I am glad I know C.P.R.!

This is Booths in The Blue Isle
So here is the COOL thing to do. Do an Isle in one day or make it a Three Day Weekend. Take it in. Each Booth requires you to Check It OUT. Meet the Booth Owner. Come the next day and do the Other Isle. You will NOT feel like you are going to faint at the end of the Red Isle or that you are going to miss all the GOOD STUFF in the Blue Isle. Just Saying!
The Red Aisle

WHEN GYMS ARE TOO COLD!

I like to Sweat when I workout! I like to feel the beads of sweat dripping down my thighs. I like it when my arm pits are moist and slippery. I love it when I am feeling fit and sticky.

When I go into most GYMS, they are freezing cold. So cold that I have to bike or treadmill for 30 minutes before I even feel warm, let alone hot. When I go to these Cold Gyms, I have to wear a bra that is like an armor, so I do not give that “Wet” T Shirt look while I am feeling “nippy”?

Sweating helps the body cleanse, purify and get the pores pouring out toxins.  I also like to imagine the fat on my body is heating up and melting off with every drop of sweat. Sipping cold water with lemon and spraying your face with a cool mist of mint feels as if you brought you own Spa.

Here at the Flamingo Island Flea Market, that pool of sweat is found fast in the Blue Isle. Fitness is found and released and the feeling of being hot and sweaty is discovered. But what is really great, the class is over in 30 minutes while others in the Gym, are still trying and waiting to feel the burn?

 

Kiss that fan and feel the blow.

The Red Aisle

MALL WALKING ANYONE? Let’s get Fit at the Flamingo Island Flea Market!

Turn Music On While Reading. It gets you in the Move!

I have been coming to the local Bonita Springs, Florida Flamingo Island Flea Market for about 11 years off and on. When I finally moved here permanently in the summer of 2016, I started to go back and check out the interesting Booths that the Flea Market. One of the things I noticed as a fitness instructor, it is BIG. It is like a Track. To walk the entire Flea Market is a half mile, 300 Booths on the Red Isle and 300 Booths on the Blue Isle. Just think twice around and you have not only done a mile, but you may have had a serious shopping experience!

In the winter of 2018, after some stressful, family issues and unnecessary traveling, I started to remember back when I got Moms to push their strollers in Central Park and get fit for Motherhood. Well, now it is time to get fit if you are over 50, 60, 70 and yes, we are taking on 80, 90 and 100! Keeping with the Size of things, StrollerSize, RollerSizeR, the classes offered are WalkerSize™ and WaisterSize™. The class focus like any class I teach, is about posture, joint alignment and feeling fit and thinner!

WalkerSize we walk the Blue Isle because that is where my Booth is (Booth #49). We stop and do posture moves under our very own personal air conditioner PIPE. We use a lot of arms because we are using The RollerSizeR® Portable Ab Toner ($39.95 at the Booth, $49.95 on Amazon) That class is about 30 minutes, ($5.00). After, we go to Booth #53 and #54 in the Blue Isle and sit on BIG BALLS or portable camp chairs I purchased from Booth #30 & #32. Will be using them at the local parks when I start to grow. We also of course, use The RollerSizeR as it makes getting fit easier and F.A.S.T.E.R.  It is The Gym in the Bag!

This is my first POST. I just starting teaching and the classes are small.  I am not worried. Strollercize started with three MOMS and later grew to 100 classes in Manhattan. If you can do it there, you can do it in The Flamingo Island Flea Market in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Walk The Isles with Me and The RollerSizeR®.