Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hot Flea-Marketing

I finally made it to the flea market last weekend and boy was it ever HOT! I really had to drink tons of water to keep myself hydrated. I think I was sweating as much as I was drinking!!! Probably wasn't the best weekend to go, but I've been yearning to go all summer and this was the first opportunity I had, so I really didn't want to pass it up.

This particular flea market is especially nice because it isn't very big. In fact, it is quite manageable and I can get through all the booths in just a couple of hours. We have another flea market that is very popular in my area but it is just way too big in my opinion. I used to like going there when I frist discovered it, thinking I was getting my $5.00 admission's worth because there was so many more goodies to see. But the funny thing was I never was able to get to all the booths by the end of an entire day! So then I felt like I was missing some thing. . .some great vintage piece that I might really "need." So this smaller one is more to my liking.

I got a bunch of these vintage McCall's and Ladies Home Journal Magazine's at the very first booth I stopped at. I like old magazines for the vintage advertisements and photographs, as well as the nostalgia they represent. And sometimes the articles are rather interesting too!

Then I found these vintage trims, buttons cards and this children's sewing instruction book at a booth that had lots of things the vendor had acquired from a lady who used to run a sewing business. The images on the button cards are just so sweet!

I can never pass up a pretty vintage greeting card or postcard. These two especially caught my eye because of their soft pastel colors. I also picked up a couple of old postcards of the area where our cottage is at and also lots of vintage photographs that I got for a song! Of course I am always a sucker for rhinestone jewelry. . .love anything that glitters. Do I see another set of rhinestone angel wings in the works here with those earrings??? The rhinestone frame is actually a pin and those little wedgewood-like earrings have a tiny bird sitting on a branch on each of them. . .can't say no to birdies, right?
This hand embroidered tablecloth and napkin set I bought at an estate sale the day before. I stopped there on a whim and there wasn't much of anything left except for this. Lucky for me because those colors are so perfect!

10 comments:

Lilli said...

Great finds! I've heard that our local flea market is kind of seedy, so I've never been. And I haven't been to a single estate sale yet. Hmm, I was going to go to a lot of garage sales this summer. What happened to my summer plans? :)

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

Oh holy cow, that's good stuff you have there!! I'm also trying to figure out a way to swipe your rhinestones! Lol

Heartinmyhand said...

Love those rinestone "wings". I have drooling over your journals. I love all of them. Question? When you use what looks like images from magazines. Do you copy them first on plain paper or do you apply the images directly to the page?

Jeanne said...

To Heartinmyhand: Usually I apply the images from the magazines directly to the journal unless it is an image that I particularly like and think that I would like to use again somewhere else. But I have so many old magazines that there are always loads of images to choose from! Thanks for asking!

TheMomInTheFamily said...

Cute stuff!!!
Ann

Miss Rhea said...

Love all of your finds. The Rhinestones and Embroidery are my fav's. You have a great Blog !!

Marie said...

You found such great stuff -- our local flea markets are really hit or miss -- more miss really. All the more reason for a road trip!

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Alison Gibbs said...

Jeanne, What great stuff you found at your flea market. The rhinestones are gorgeous. I think I need to find some decent flea markets near me. I never seem to come up with such wonderful goodies. Alison

Jeanne said...

Marie and Alison:
I feel the same way you do when I read about flea market finds on other's blogs. I think they all are pretty much hit and miss. Lot's of times I go and don't find a thing. I read about some cool flea markets in magazines and wish I lived closer to them.

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