Imposter Tour #15: St Augustine, Florida Flea Market

 Our next stop… beautiful St. Augustine, Florida. St. Augustine is known for being the very first settlement. Forget what they say in Plymouth or Massachusetts, by the time the first settlers were grown, married, had children and died they were just arriving up north to America.
 We had lots of fun here at St. Augustine. Even though the weather wasn’t as hot and sunny as we hoped for, it was still great family fun! We parked our “home on wheels” at the beautiful Bryn Mawr Oceanfront Resort. If there is ever a place you need to park you RV that is right on the beach Bryn Mawr’s is a great spot! Whether you want to watch the sunset or sunrise, shell searching, bird watching, splash in the ocean waves, get sand between your toes, count the boat lights on the ocean at night or soak up some sunshine during the day, this place is sure to please. In a quiet setting tucked away in the palm trees, but yet a short drive from the many historical and tourist attractions. We didn’t have time for mini-golf, but enjoyed learning about America’s history here in St. Augustine.
 First we went to the Colonial Quarter’s Historical Adventure Tour. Here we went through a live historical adventure tour through time. Here are some pictures of our exciting adventure…

   Our Tour Guide.
   He showed us how the blacksmith shop worked. How the guns back in those days were operated how and why the homes were built the way they were built and much more!
   Here is a live representation of how early settlers in St. Augustine cooked. Cooking wasn’t done inside in a kitchen, instead it was done outside so the house wouldn’t get too hot.
   Our Tour Guide also explained the difference between the steep pitched homes and the flat top home; their advantages and disadvantages.
   The wooden homes were cheap and fast to build, but needed to be replaced every few years because of rot and termites. The wooden homes were steep pitched so the rain would runoff but heat was a problem for those types of homes. While the flat top homes had big windows with thick walls. Flat top homes lasted longer because they were built sturdier than the wooden homes. However, a flat top roof isn’t suitable for lots of rain. If you want to know my opinion, I’d say a steep pitched roof, thick walls and big windows sounds good for the hot and rainy days of Florida.
   We even got to tour inside what originally was a 16th Century one bedroom cottage. This cottage is how St. Augustine became popular because it was the very first well-built structure of its time.
The Bedroom
Not so sure what this room was called.
What looked like a den had an authentic weaving loom near the fireplace.
The Dining Room. 
In the next room was something the early settlers didn’t have in their homes.
The Kitchen!
Felicia (left) and Linda (right) having a great time!

Let’s take a look around the kitchen.

The counter with a fireplace behind it.

Now that we’re done checking out the kitchen…
Is anyone hungry? Dinner’s almost ready!
Another area of the yard near the cottage had a small one room office.
We each had a seat in the captain’s chair.
Brother Danny (Dad)
Sister Linda (Mom)
Sister Felicia
 Brother Michael

Brother Daniel
   And that concludes our Historical Adventure Tour.
   Next we went to the Old General Store and had a live tour of how the general store was. The General Store was a big excitement! This General store was the largest store of St. Augustine and the third largest of the state of Florida.
   The Oldest Store in Florida Museum was not like the Adventure Tour. We came into the store and the sales clerk basically treated us like we were old time customers. He was trying to sell stuff the store originally carried. From canned goods to candy, clothes, oil lamps, corn husker, apple peelers, women’s shoes, ect. It was like we were live in a commercial of how the salesmen would try ever so hard to sell stuff we didn’t need. 
   Lester, the store clerk, showing everyone around, welcoming us and offering some free candy. It looks like something you’d see from the old west days, the Oregon Trail game or from the TV Series, The Waltons.
   Lester showing us the music box to play while sitting our ‘parlor’.
   What supposedly is a silent milk shake maker the clerk repeatedly made us aware of how it is so silent, you won’t hear a thing…
Turned out to sound like a jack hammer machine!
Silent as a mouse. Can’t hear a thing! 😉
Lester, trying to sell us some more stuff.
And the coffee grinder, only $32.00!
   Don’t remember the store hand’s name but she tried to helped us find what we needed in the back. First she showed us the sewing machines.
   She then gave us a history of the bicycle’s appearance. And then showed us what they called a ‘Portable Pantry’.
   You can store your bread, flour, cake, sugar and spices. It even has a coffee grinder on the side! She said these ‘Portable Pantries’ came in handy for the everyday traveling salesmen.
There was even a real life action butcher!
The vacuum.
   The hand pump vacuum. You have to push around and pump this thing and your floors will be dirt and dust free in about 3 hours.

They even had the good ole’ fashion plunger style washing machine.
Some more general merchandise…
The telephone…
In case you can’t see what the sign says…
Before Telephone Numbers
When telephones first came into use, there were no telephone numbers. You had to crank a magneto phone to generate an electric signal to alert the switchboard operator who would connect your call. The operators knew everyone by name.
The yearly cost for phone service for homes was $18, $20 for farms, and $24 for businesses. Private lines were an extra $5.
Party Lines
Most people shared telephone line with up to twenty people. You could talk only five minutes or so before someone else wanted to make a call. Anyone on the party line could pick up their receiver and listen in to your conversation. The shared lines were called “party lines”.
Linda (left) and Felicia (right) listening in onto the party line. They were talking about spending too much money at the grocery store. And, “Did you hear about what Mary-Jane did after church?!?”
They also had a setup of all the old guns the original store sold.
More shopping…
And we can’t forget about the bathing suits!
Woah, all this shopping’s got us hungry! What about you?
Yummy! (Felicia)
Hmm, don’t mind if I do, thank you! (Michael)

Uh, how much can we have? (Daniel)
   Would you believe us if we told you there were at least 100 pieces of breads, cakes and pies in this bread cart. All of it was Styrofoam!
Oh how about a game of checkers!
Linda (left) and Danny (right)
Next door to the General Store was the old jailhouse.
   Michael, Danny and Daniel. If you check out the one in the middle, the one Danny is in, it looks similar to what Jeremiah|YirmeYahu was hung up in. This particular one here actually has a rope on the top loop to hang the cage up in the air.
   Now that everyone’s stay put and settled down we can finally tell you about how things went at the St. Augustine Flea Market.
   It was great! We only had a few DVDs out on the tables and people were already stopping, asking about our DVDs and eagerly grabbing their free copies.

Michael in the back, Linda (left) and Felicia (right) in the front.
Setting up…

   Once we initially got set up several flea market shoppers would come to our table and ask “What is this movie about”. Others were regular Bible studiers and church goers. They said they were eager to watch and learn more about end time prophesy and the Father’s Name. HalleluYAH! Several people would come up and converse about Scriptures with us, ask who we are, what we do and why. We even had a Muslim come and chat for 45 minutes!

To our left…
To our right…
Around the corner…
   We had a great time. You’re probably wondering why we are all dressed up with coats and jackets on. A cold front came through Florida that week. It was so cold, the lows were in the 30s in St. Augustine! We can’t wait to go down further south to where it’s warmer. See ya when we get there!