Just as holding a conch to an ear allows one to hear the ocean, holding a vintage gramophone to one's face lets a person hear the faint, crackled voice of the judge declaring them legally insane. Discover the secrets of bygone knickknacks with today's Groupon: for $10, you get an early-buyer's weekend pass to the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds (a $25 value). This Groupon is valid for May 6–8 or June 3–5. Children under 16 can attend for free.
A monthly jamboree featuring more than 300 vendors, the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is an eclectic bazaar of both modern miscellany and well-worn curiosities. Trinket connoisseurs and artisans from around the country purvey old, new, and handcrafted merchandise, with past items including anything from a 1965 Fender Stratocaster to Bakelite buttons to motorcycle folk art and the long-lost Frank Sinatra Sings the Philosophical Ramblings of Nietzsche album. Actual wares vary from day to day, but some festival mainstays—such as an assortment of vintage and designer jewelry, records, art, and clothing—serve as comforting constants for seasoned collectors.
Good for the entire weekend, early-buyer's admission grants access to the festival at 9 a.m. Friday, well before general-public admission at noon. While dealers are still setting up tables, early birds can peruse vintage armchairs in quiet serenity or snatch up any hot collectibles begging to be bought, loved, and taped to the hood of the car.