I made my semi-annual trip to Denios Farmers Market & Swap Meet on Sunday. This time I brought along the college graduate who had not been since he went to get "pogs" with his grandmother. He decided that it's definitely the place to go when he starts furnishing his first apartment. If you've never been to this Roseville institution, it's worth the trip. To say that you can find anything there is an understatement. Furnishings for that first apartment mix it up with rows and rows of sunglasses, shoes, and women's lingerie. There's also bedding, toys, plants, shoes and clothing for the whole family.The college graduate settled on some sun glasses and a San Francisco Giants jersey that was marked $29.99 but went for $18, which the graduate's father said was code for $15. In other words, prices are negotiable, especially on a Sunday afternoon. If you can take the heat, you'll pick up lots of stuff for the kitchen. Because besides the low prices on everything, Denios has one of the largest Farmers Markets in the region. And on Sunday afternoon they really want to unload the produce. It's a good idea to bring a small cart or large bag because you will need help with all the stuff you will be bringing home. If the trip to Denios isn't high on the radar for the spouse, you can coax him/her by offering an awesome view of the Roseville UP railyard - the largest west of the Mississippi - both coming and going.
If you plan to go, here's the skinny. It costs $1 to get in and $1 to park. For hours of operation and directions, check out www.denios.org.