We can put up with the used clothing piled on both sides of a driveway. We can understand the mothball smell coming from a couch that’s for sale. Heck, we can even forgive the screaming children poorly placated by whatever kid’s show their frazzled mother distracts them with while she sells her goods. But we can’t forgive the timing. Why do garage sales always start at the buttcrack of dawn? That’s why we love the monthly Downtown Open Market. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, bargain hunters can peruse the booths set up at the Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza (308 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton) selling — don’t think smelly couches — think vintage clothing, natural bath and body items, jewelry, and even baked goods. Admission and parking are absolutely free, and the venue is also pet-friendly. For more info or to see a schedule, visit downtownopenmarket.com.
Sun., Feb. 5, 10 a.m., 2012