Sunday, June 26, 2011

ye olde flea market finds

I've been really lucky in the thrifting/flea marketing department lately, which is not entirely a good thing considering we are moving in a matter of days. What?! No, seriously, on many levels...what?!?! 

I'll leave it at that. Thank goodness I have such a sweet and darling hubby (hi Nate), otherwise I wouldn't have had the opportunity to get out and find my things. He's always believed in my shop and has (hardly ever) said anything to me about my slight preoccupation with vintage.

Of course, the moving-12-hours-away dilemma actually provides a nice excuse for me. I mean, who knows when we'll be back down here to hit all my beloved thrifts? So that translates to me as "buy buy buy." That's something I look forward to once we move--spending more time on my shop.

So, as slightly embarrassing as this is to admit, I went to the flea market on Friday (with hubby) and today (with mom and sister), and to garage sales on both days. I was happy to see that there were things at the flea market today that I hadn't seen or hadn't been there Friday. Either way, it kind of goes to show that I sometimes give vendor stalls too quick a sweep and miss something that is literally right in front of me.

This also happened at the thrift store we stopped at today. It was the most awesome sale ever, as everything was half off. I thought I probably wouldn't find much, but there were actually quite a few cool things.

The only thing barring me from a full-fledged thrift store glory reveling session is that I am dead tired tonight....practically falling asleep in my chair :p But I can at least post a few pictures before I go to bed, because I really love what I'm finding out there lately.

Ok, one more sidenote: do you want to know how I can really tell I'm finding better goodies lately? I'm finding things in the more elusive categories like shoes, clothes, and vintage art. Personally, my observations have led me to conclude that if you are sized ten-and-under and wear a shoe sized seven or smaller, there's a lot of good stuff out there for you in terms of clothes--both contemporary and vintage. Another thing I never seem to find is vintage kid's clothes, which I found for the first time ever. Crazy. I just would've thought I'd have run across more by now! I love vintage kid's clothing.

Ok, time now to share before I fall asleep..

This blanket caught my eye because of the fun bright colors,
and because I knew certain patters of the fabric used to make it
would make a certain "someone" smile :)

I imagined it spread out on some cushy grass...

with a little pair of feet cozying up on it...

whose owner thought the blanket a magic rainbow.

While we were picking up some moving boxes today, I spied some flurry
over at a nearby thrift store. Oh me! Half off! :D

I found some fun glassware. Like this lovely goblet...
only one but still too pretty to be left behind.

I also found these Peerless Beer glasses to be rather cute.
They are very small though, like juice cups.

At the same store I found this Treasure Craft leaf dish.

I was finding a lot of great items in red! Here's a cute shirt I snagged for Addie:

Also there? These plastic saucer-sized plates.
Love the pattern and they were so cheap I had to get them.
But what to DO with them? 
If nothing else, they would be perfect for holding mud pies
at the tea parties Ms. Addie and I will hold on the shore.

One find I was really pleased with was this sweet little mermaid planter.

I turned it over and was Inarco.

I don't want to be too cliche and have everything in our house 
decorating-wise be sea themed since we will be living on the coast...
but I think a few fun touches like this would be great.

(My mother-in-law's guest bathroom is done with a mermaid/sea theme...
it is soooo cute, I'll have to post some pics of it
once we are up there!)

Fun art in a round frame.
I love round or oval frames.

I wanted this picture, which was in a frame, because
it reminded me of my own two little boys for some reason.

(here are MY boys!:)

When I pulled out the first photo to look at it more closely,
I found not only this picture inside--

...but this one, too.
Was one of these women the boys' mom perhaps?

I like a good little unexpected gift like that.

And also today, at the flea market, I was walking away from a stall
when I saw this on the ground.

The corner of a painting...a print. Two roofs.

On the back, someone had glued some newspaper down...

...looks like it was from the late sixties.

I HAD to bring it home. 

Do you ever rifle through the "free" box or bring
home any found objects?

(you may or may not remember these unloved little guys.)

(I've linked up to Her Library Adventures for Sunday flea market finds.
Stop by Sophie's blog for more vintage goodness!)


Laurie said...

I do like the free box -- but I don't normally find cool stuff in it...I really love those beer glasses!

Max said...

Heh! I used to rescue munted ugly soft toys, and I LOVE vintage kids clothes too x

karlyn Jackson said...

I looooove that quilt, what a great find, I can see your daughter is thrilled. Loving the little floral plates too. I can see why are are drawn to them.