Tampa is a ragged, downtrodden beast of a city, where people in trouble struggle in the sunshine. The upside of this is that there are plenty of willing sorters of cultural detritus, who search through others’ leavings for traces of forgotten value. They often bring their finds to the Fun-Lan Swap Shop Flea Market, which runs Thursday-Sunday on east Hillsborough Avenue. Here’s what you can get for ten bucks – a giant pile of broken, fantastic, forgotten, nameless toys ready to be primed and repainted back to the heights of customized weirdness.
Other than Spongebob, Terminator, and the trash guy from TMNT, I’m pretty clueless as to what most of these are, which just makes them more awesome in my book. Four of them are already primed and ready to be turned into one-of-a-kind custom toy masterpieces.