Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fabulous Flea Finds

It's been a while since I pulled away from my sewing machine to visit what I call Treasure Land (the flea market).  Treasure Land offers up a seemingly endless supply of random, quirky and eclectic riches, almost always for very little money.

As I headed there last week, I couldn't help but fantasize that I'd scoop up a real treasure like the fellow recently featured on Antiques Road Show.  Did you see it?  He found five hand-carved bowls that are worth over a million dollars ~ yowza!  (Click HERE to watch the video clip.)

I know my picks aren't rare artifacts, but I love them nonetheless!

My favorite thing about flea'ing is finding creative ways to use my goodies for something other than what they were originally intended.  I'll upcycle the vintage floral planters into pincushions like I've done in the past:

(click HERE to view my post on this project).

And since I have two big shows coming up in October, I'm thinking the little vintage train case might be an eye-catching way to display my Retro Revival Insulated Flat Iron Travel Cases.  Something like this:

What's your favorite thing about flea'ing?  Do tell and you'll be automatically entered to win this month's fun, free, blog giveaway...

...A $20 gift certificate to spend as you wish in Patti's Etsy shop!  Drawing is August 31st.


Jingle said...

You found some fun goodies! I just love finding something that is 'cool.' I know. Pretty specific, hey? LOL! I hunt down flower frogs and vintage buttons more than anything. I love them!

Betty Lou said...

The hunt---------you never know what you might find and suddenly you just have to have it. I am always looking for old pincushions but rarely ever find them-------but I like the hunt.

Julie Harward said...

I don't get to do that very much but when I do, I love it! I have a little sifter just like that one you have here. Love the pin cushion idea! :D

My Vintage Mending said...

I really like the excitement of what might be around the corner in the next booth. What great things you is so much fun. Smiles...Renee

Jess said...

My favorite thing about flea'ing is getting up extra early, grabbing my starbucks joe, arriving at the flea and planning my attack. I cruise up and down the rows checking out the goodies and on occasion visit with the sellers. Once I've seen it all I head back to the spots where my goodies are patiently waiting for me and the bargaining begins!

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Cindy,
I would call that a successful day at hunting for treasures. I don’t have to tell you how much I love vintage suitcases.
Smiles, Paula

Anonymous said...

I like to see unique things that other people have turned up. I'm always hoping to come across something special.

Tara Haidinger

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Sizzle and Zoom said...

I love flea market shopping. I never know what I am going to find. I love looking at old china and linens.

donna said...

I just love all your treasures and I love the idea of making the planters into pincushions. I love a good hunt and usually it is way less than at an antique store.

creative kate said...

Hi there,
I love your post on flea finds I'm a fanatic at flea finds and too call it hunting for treasure I also watch the antique shows and hope that one day I'll uncover a find!
I think those shows give us inspiration to go hunt for more!
My favourite thing about flea finds is that when you get home you can research the item
Kate xx

quiltjude said...

I just found a two dollar tablecloth at a local op shop, took it home, cut it up and made it into a tote bag. It is my favourite city in Australia, check it out, I love it and can't wait to carry it around. It is the end result that gets me in, and the pleasure it gives me - well can't describe it. :)

RetroLeeTX said...

oh - you're planters are just too cute! Also love old suitcases, you can never have too many! I just love the thrill I get when I find that special treasure. Right now - I want to find some cute recipe boxes, no special reason - just because :)