Process: Finding Inspiration at the Pasadena Flea Market

The Owen & Fred team looks everywhere and anywhere for inspiration. This is how we come up with kickass products, first we find the stuff we like and that catches our eye. Then we ask ourselves if it will help a man succeed in his everyday life. If it doesn't, we ask ourselves how we can improve upon it. Simply put, Goods Made Great.

This last weekend, I took a trip to the Pasadena City College Flea Market, one of the best flea markets you'll find in the Los Angeles area. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but rather, anything that might interest me and inspire new ideas for products.

The market is half outside and half in a parking garage. Unfortunately, this Sunday was a bit rainy so the whole thing had to be inside. I found a really cool Navy uniform from WWII in full. That's awesome...

After that I came upon a really cool travel kit with all its pieces. Small tubes still had the original products such as a Colgate toothpaste bottle from the '60's. A very interesting piece, I wondered if Owen & Fred could make something similar.

Last, I've been on the lookout for some really cool whiskey tumblers and shot glasses. While we have shot glasses coming very soon, we're still looking for an innovative way to present tumblers. What do you think of these I found? Any of them interest you?

The PCC Flea Market is so big I didn't even have time to cover the entire grounds. I almost immediately regretted not buying that travel kit when I left. Well, maybe it will be there next month... Or perhaps Owen & Fred will make an even better one.