was probably the most inhospitable month for motorcyclists and as such
it left VirginiaWind somewhat lacking in opportunities for "Destination"
articles. We were restricted to the usual weekend trips to the mall or
movies but they soon lost all of their appeal. After an exhaustive search
for an indoor activity that would provide great entertainment but wouldn't
cost an arm and a leg, we turned to the Virginia Bazaar located in Ladysmith,
VA (exit 110 off of I-95). This bargain hunter's Mecca was the perfect
solution to the long winter blues. Virginia Bazaar is especially appealing
for those hardcore bargain hunters and "seekers of unusual wares"
that bemoan the loss of flea markets and yard sales that typically end
their season every October.
Virginia Bazaar is the only place in Virginia (probably on the earth)
where you can find everything from a "Bongo Beat'n Love Frog"
to handmade clothing for your garden goose. You can also find great deals
on the more typical items such as fishing tackle, groceries and even motorcycle
riding accessories. In fact there are up to 350 spaces for shopping opportunity
located along different "streets" inside the 67,000 square feet
shopping complex with an additional capacity for 220 outdoor vendors.
The wide variety of vendors and the interesting crowds of shoppers promise
an interesting afternoon of bargain hunting or just people watching. The
friendly atmosphere and special activities occurring throughout the mall
contribute to an almost carnival-like atmosphere.
What trip to any mall would be complete without a visit to the Food Court?
Once again, Virginia Bazaar proves to be a flea market with flair. Its
food vendors offer everything from authentic Italian specialties to the
inevitable funnel cakes and large pretzels. We found exceptional bar-be-que
at Pig Daddies. By the way if you have a hankering for fried bologna and
cheese or fried cabbage, Pig Daddies has got you covered there, too. Rumor
has it that they are also working out a fried Snickers recipe which will
soon be added to the menu.
We found the entire shopping experience low pressure and very friendly.
There seemed to be a real sense of community and not just amongst the
vendors. In fact, in an effort to promote the community, Virginia Bazaar
offers free space to non-profit organizations on a specially designated
weekend. In addition, they offer many other family friendly activities
throughout the year including St. Patrick's Family Fun Day in March. Their
Calendar of Events has been filled with such activities as a Blue Christmas
celebration featuring an Elvis look-alike and a Motorcycle, Car and Truck
If you have to spend your time indoors instead of riding the roads, what
better way to spend it than shopping for that one of a kind item that
you didn't know you could live without or just spend the day browsing,
socializing and dining? Virginia Bazaar's motto says it all - "Everything's
here! You should be, too!"
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM year round
For more information visit: www.vabazaar.com