Meet Mark. He's the owner of Nifty 50's and has been a consistent vendor here at #ocmp for over 30 years. Walking into his booth, you're met with an air of nostalgia and mixed with modern favorites. What was predominantly 80-90% I Love Lucy, Betty Boop, and Elvis, has shifted to include Disney and Star Wars memorabilia and items. Mark's business began back when he owned a restaurant in Anaheim Hills, decorated to the nines with 50's themed items. Restaurant goers started asking to buy his decor and Mark began sourcing as much as he could. A friend encouraged him to share a space and sell a few items at the Market Place. Upon selling $8,800 his first day, Mark was hooked and began the process of selling his restaurant and doing OC Market Place and the Fair circuit full time. There's a lot of joy that exudes from Mark, who has taken life in stride as it comes his way. He is passionate about his family and writes daily to his sister who is in a home and who shares his deep love for Elvis. Seventeen years ago, Mark lost his wife. Their favorite pastime was playing Keno, something Mark continues to do as a way to stay connected with her and enjoy his free time, and does with much success! (Cha-Ching!) Even though Mark has changed direction from pursuit of his culinary degree at the Culinary Institute of America to enjoying the sun, beach, and bonfires of California, his exuberance for what life has to offer and the enjoyment of meeting new people at these markets keeps him from feeling like he ever has to work a day in his life. Stop by F229 to pick up a sign, shirt, mug, bag, doll, or to simply say hi! View more of his products online www.gotnifty50s.com #vendorfeature
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Had a wonderful time here at the Orange County Market Place. Lots of unique vendors down each aisle, wasn't looking for anything in particular but ended up make by a few small purchases. From produce to clothing and even cook wear and bicycles, there is an impressive selection of merchandise. I've been coming here since 1998 and yes it's gotten smaller since I was a kid but still a lot of fun for the whole family.
I love coming here with my hubby & kids! There's something for each of us including good food, snacks & ice cold drinks. This place is well ran, kept up & clean restrooms. Most vendors are courteous & always willing to give a good deal on purchases. We buy lots of nice clothing here for all of us & never disappointed with quality. We buy most of our "tiki" theme items & water fountains here. Also, kitchen home goods, skate boards, toiletries, cosmetics, leather purses, jewelry, kid's toys, cookies, Greek hummus, olives, sun glasses & the list goes on!
I love this place. I moved to Seattle and there is nothing like it up there. I come here every time I come down to visit. The products are mostly all new or hand made, such a great variety and great prices. Even if I don't need anything it's enjoyable just to walk around and enjoy the shopping.
I love this place. Shopping outdoors in Southern California is always enjoyable. I love to visit the booth with the nice wall decor (space # P-100). There is a always a large selection of quality wall art at this particular location. I always buy my wall art, produce, beef jerky (Papa Dan's) and socks at the OC Market Place. Great place to spend the day with the family.
Love love love!!!! I have so much fun when i go shopping here! I walk the numerous aisles for hours usually with a beer and/or wine in my hand. Sometimes they have little shows and concerts. I've saved so much money by shopping here and it's a lot of fun. It's nicely organized and it's nice to walk all the booths. I like the cars and the homes you get to walk through and the RVs. It's a lot different than the swap meets I'm used to. But I love it! I try to go as often as I can!