Monday, November 30, 2009

Flea Market Madness

My parents were so hardcore about our trips to the Flea Market when I was a child that we would go every single weekend to sniff out the deals. We would go to church on Sunday morning and take a change of clothes with us to change into after church. We would get better prices if we didn't show up at the Flea Market looking our Sunday best. Looking back on the weekly tradition, I can now applaud my Mom for being such an amazing strategist.

Let me tell you though, I didn't enjoy these trips to the Flea Market. I wanted to go to the mall instead. I felt embarrassed to be shopping for second hand items. There was only one thing that made it worth my time. My father would give me $1 and I would buy these "Pop Pop Snappers" and chase my dad around the isles throwing delicious little bags of annoyance at his feet. He would get so mad at me as they would pop around him. It was awesome.


Anyhoo...now as an adult, I can admit that I love going to the Flea Market. I am obsessed with all things vintage. I love the smell of an old dusty attic as I rummage through some old Ladie's junk. I love the thrill of finding something gloriously old and then haggling down the price.

We went to the ever so lovely J and J Flea Market over the holiday weekend. This place is a redneck paradise but if you take the time to hunt, you can find some fantastic treasures. I scouted out a few really cool vintage finds.

I found these cute Blossom snack sets that I'm going to give to my sister-in-law for Christmas. They are so retro that I fantasize about throwing a luncheon in honor of these dishes before I give them to her. I'd serve little finger sandwiches and float around the house in a vintage apron. I got two boxes full of these plates and cups for $10. SCORE!

I also found this dreamy 1939 Ship Menu that I'm going to give to my husband for Christmas. The scan does not do it justice. When Roger was a child, he had this fantastically flamboyant Uncle that would take him to Antique Malls. I believe that by spending countless hours surrounded by Antiques at such a young age, my husband grew up to become what I like to call a Renaissance Man. He has impeccable taste in art, furniture, nick knacks, and anything else you may find that is old and dusty. When I saw this menu I found it to be terribly romantic. I think that he will perch it proudly on our wall.

My heart almost skipped a beat when I saw two packs of this vintage "Mr. Holiday" wrapping paper. It was still in the original Hallmark packaging and is dated 1965. Pretty swank, huh?

I collect old magazines. It's so much fun to read the articles and look at the ads. I usually try to only by magazines from the 1950's (hands down my favorite era...hence all of the scanned 50's images on my Blog) but I just couldn't pass up this August 1935 American Magazine. I should have several hours worth of scanning ahead of me from the amazing ads in this issue.

So, there you have it. I'd say that it was a banner day at ye olde Flea Market.
I know that I must make my parents proud!

14 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

That is so cool! I don't think I have ever done the flea market, but you are inspiring me!

Andrea said...

I, too love finding treasures!
Blessings, andrea

kys said...

I love those dishes! I enjoy reading 50's magazines, too.

Carol said...

Those are some awesome finds! The Hallmark paper is so cool. I love shopping at flea markets and antique malls. $10 for a box of vintage aprons? That totally rocks! I am paying an average of $3-$4 per apron which I suppose isn't bad.

Can come to the tea party? I will wear my party and gloves...

Carol said...

party *hat*

Raoulysgirl said...

I LOVE flea markets! I'm also glad I'm not the only one to love the "old attic" smell!!!

Those plates are sweet, too!! What a deal!!!

Alicia said...

FUN!!!! i looooooove the flea market....and man, you got some awesome finds!!

Kelly said...

Stopping by from SITS.

I love the cup and dish set, gorgeous!

I used to dread the antique shops my parents would drag me too.

Still don't like them, but I love me a flea market!

JennyMac said...

I went to one down by Lakewood but I think that is more antiques than flea market perhaps? You found some GREAT stuff!

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

You scored big time! I also love flea markets and rummage sales!
I have something for you over on my blog

Daffy said...

I love flea markets and am really falling into a love of vintage!

Thanks so much for sharing your finds!

hurstburst said...

Great finds! I grew up going to flea markets too. My mom is a cookie jar collector (she has over 250 of them). Needless to say I hate cookie jars, but I love the thrill of finding some one of kind thing that I love - for cheap!

Danielle said...

That is really awesome. I have become more interested in vintage things. I am obsessed with the Antique Road Show.
I just don't have an eye for things though.

lemonologie said...

I spent quite a bit of time at the flea market too. Kudos to your mom for developing a strategy.

That china is lovely.

Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day!