A few weeks ago, I got up too late on Sunday morning to get into the flea market early. I ended up going in at the general admission time and boy was I disappointed! I bought NOTHING. Everything had definitely already been picked over by the dealers and early risers. Plus I was a little frustrated (okay, a lot frustrated) at the prices. A lot of the things that I would buy were horrendously overpriced. I'm talking higher than antique mall prices. Plus, a few of the booths even had eBay print outs on what items were listed for. Do they not understand that you can list your item for any price? It's what it SELLS for that matters!
But with the estate sale season still in hibernation and the thrift stores being bare, beggars can't be choosers! The flea market is the only place that I really have going this time of year. So last Sunday you can bet that my alarm clock was set and I was in line with the rest of the early birds. It's true what they say, blog friends. He really does catch the worm.
I found these vintage boxes of birthday candles and the little mouse in a quarter box. Instant collection! Thanks, Laurie for making me think that I have to collect everything with cute graphics!
Lot's of button out of another vendors quarter box. See, that is what flea markets are all about! Amazing vintage items in quarter boxes!!
I am pretty sure that this isn't Bakelite but for 50 cents it was worth the risk.
Old tinsel garland for crafting. I'm going to try my hand at a tinsel wreath next Christmas.
Not old but definitely worth a dollar.
I walked by this Wilendur tablecloth about four times telling myself that if it was still there when I was leaving, I would buy it. It was very reasonably priced and in perfect condition so I was surprised that nobody else picked it up. It has been awhile since I have found any linens. I was happy to bring this home with me!
There are a couple of booths that have stacks and stacks of old children's books. I usually save these booths for last so that I have the time to go through them. The Miss Christmas and Santa is a coloring book that has never been used. I need to figure out the best way to display it during the holidays. Isn't the cover the cutest thing ever? Maddie didn't make it to the flea market with me this time. Poor little thing is going through a major growth spurt so she is sleeping in until 9:30-10:00 on no school mornings! She was thrilled that I brought her something home.
There were actually two of these little corner shelves. The lady was very insistent that I buy both of them even if the other one was severely damaged. It was missing an entire side and one of the shelves and she wanted to charge me the same price as for this one! No thank you. I only brought home one. Initially, I bought it for Maddie's room, but now that I look around my room and bathroom, there are a couple of places it would look cute in there. I may have a fight on my hands!
So with it being the last flea before Valentines Day, you would think that there would be lots of Valentines to be had, right? Wrong! Not only were there hardly any, the ones that I did find were at asinine prices. However, as I was digging around through the books in the booth where I found the Santa girl coloring book, I found two Ziploc bags full of these
50 vintage Valentines. She sold them all to me for $10.00. Do the math, people. That's 20 cents APIECE!!! You just gotta be willing to dig, and luckily I am.
The only other Valentine that I picked up was this one
The lady told me that it was from the 40's and the reason she knew that was because she used to receive similar cards when she was in elementary school in the 40's. Can you believe how huge it is? Thanks to Miss Maddie, my display girl.
Despite the fact that I didn't find any Pyrex or other kitchenware, this has to be one of the best markets that I have been to all season. Plus I even picked up a few prizes for Sister but I will let her share those with you when she gets them. You can bet that I will be at the flea market bright and early next weekend.
Here is a little puppy update for you to enjoy.....
The photo on the left I showed you all a couple of weeks ago. He was 8 weeks old. The photo on the right is at 10 weeks. Isn't it amazing how fast they grow? He is getting so handsome and much less baby looking.
Hope you all have a great weekend. I'm heading over to the following blogs to party:
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
See you there!