Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Flea Market Finds

You saw my studio space.  To get it that way, I did a lot of purging to 
achieve that!  I was merciless!  In the back of my mind were two things..

1. Imagine packing up all that stuff those supplies and moving... really??!!
In our next home, we would be scaling down and where would it all go?

2. I think I finally have figured out where my interests lie.  Or at least for
now. You just never know for sure, though.  Take a new class and off I go,
with the adrenalin coursing through my veins. Squealing with delight as I 
toss new supplies and tools into my overflowing shopping cart. But for the    
moment, things under control!

So, with that in mind what the heck am I thinking?  Letting things dribble
back in? For months, I have been turning a blind eye to all the "Garage/Estate Sale" signs.  And heaven knows, those tacky, beat up billboards on the
side of the road, letting you know that an antique mall was straight ahead,
kept calling my name.  But I held strong and continued driving! And flea markets? I would lightly pencil them in on my calendar knowing that I could quickly erase them from sight.  

However...... I give!  I can't take it anymore!! I need my fix and I need it
now forever always!!!! It's in my blood and I can't deny it!  Decision made...
I'm off to the flea market on Sunday!

It starts at 6 am and with one eye opened, I check the time and decide 
not to hit the snooze button.  Baby, I'm back!!!!

Gorgeous morning with the sun already smiling down on me!  Meant to be!
Armed with my large totebag, small bills in my wallet, a tank full of gas..
I pull out of the driveway.

Already the place is teeming with people ready to snag a deal!  But I have to 
say, I was disappointed.  In just a year's time, this weekly flea has become
table after table of socks, tools, clothes, etc. with just a few treasures sprinkled in. Not that it was a mecca for vintage items.  But you could find a few. Ok...
Shake it off. I won't be "Negative Nancy". Let's walk down the rows and see what we can come up with......

Short but cute.  And the price?  $7.00!  Fabuluous!  But I don't need it.
Keep walking.

How many style magazines have you spied these in?!  Price... $10.00 each!
Don't need them.... keep walking.

This cracked me up..... card tables being pawned off as picnic tables!
Price is right but not something I need OR want.
Keep walking.

Now there's something I could use.  The way my bottom half looked thirty
years ago!!!  Guess I should consider the weights, huh!
Keep walking.

All right.... so, let me show you what I did spy that ended up coming home with me.

Vintage wedding photos... $1.00 each

Vintage game board with wonderful colors and graphics...

This was the backside..... and the Bakelite dice? $1.00 each

Second game board found at the same booth... 

Again, charming graphics!  Mint condition.... both boards for $9.00

Lace trims.. $1.00 each
10 yards of fabric with a remnant thrown in.... $5.00

The reason why I am spouting off the prices of things is to let you know that 
even though there was a ton of "junk", it's worth sorting through all that to
find the gems. Especially at those prices.  I'm so driven by a bargain!!
So, am I going next Sunday?  Hmmmmm.... you never know.  If one
eye opens and peeks at the clock, I know it will start a small gnawing at
me.  It's all about the thrill of the hunt and I have to say I love that feeling!

Tell me your recent find at a flea... what did you discover that made you
feel like you scored?  


  1. What a great post...and boy can I relate with it all!!

  2. I think we can become members of that club.... you know, the one where we need to replace our brake pads due to sudden stops for garage sale signs and antique malls!!

  3. YOU FOUND WEDDING PHOTOS FOR $1 PIECE!!!! Aaaahhhhhhh you're killin' me! The last one I bought I paid $13 for. My collection is growing, how many do you have now??? I've lost count how many I have! It's an addiction! xoxox-cindy

  4. Kadee,

    It looks like you had a great day! Love your blog design.

    1. Even though there was a whole bunch of stuff that I breezed on past, I did manage to find enough to fuel my addiction! I thought of using the game boards (cut up) for book covers. Hmmm... not sure, though. So hard to mess with those graphics.

  5. Too funny! I would have walked off with the table (that I REALLY don't need) and the wire baskets and missed all the other stuff that you found! lol I've been trying to hold myself back from buying the things that appeal the most to me because I don't need or have space for them, but I'm hopeless! :)

    1. I can't tell you how many times I kept picking up that table... putting it down... stare at it... pick it up... put it down... stare. I mean $7.00? Tough one to pass up!

  6. I find myself avoiding garage sales too, its so hard to go to one and not come home with too much I don't need! good for you and your self control.

  7. Hi Kaydee...you visited my blog and asked me to stop by and I am so glad I did.
    Oh yeah, a blogger from my home state, Illinois!! I'm originally from Lincoln Park, Chicago!

    Love your blog and now I'm off to check out your studio post. I thought I had read all of them from the party...I guess I missed yours.

    1. Thanks for dropping by! I do a lot of traveling but try to do some posts about things around here. Seems I'm always getting off the 90/94 on North Ave when in Chicago... your turf, right? Love visiting the city!