Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Should've brought a steamer trunk or a cargo container

to pack all the stuff I wanted to go home with from the Rose Bowl Flea Market! In 2 words, it was, indeed, junker's mecca. I so want to go again and with friends to share the experience.
















Many booths were a bargain. One of the first stops I made was to a vendor who dumped out linens on sheets or piled in boxes. Not folded or organized in any fashion. Her prices were jaw-droppingly cheap. Let's just say that according to her price scale, I could've bought every single vintage tablecloth she had and it would've fallen well into my acceptable price range. Since it was my first stop, I held back because I had no idea of what might be in store.

Other booths were merchanised very well; their displays worthy of a top-notch home store. Sometimes the prices were great. Others weren't. Never be afraid to haggle and move on when they don't care to. Unless you will be bereft if you can't live without the item.

A vintage culture shock to me was the pricing on jadite. I didn't bring any of it home because I couldn't bring myself to pay those prices! Hubby is probably adding up how much of our children's education we could clear if I sold my jadite at the flea market. Egg cups, of which I have many, were $32 each and I'm not saying that to trump the value of my 'collection', but to stand aghast at the pricing I saw in many booths. The one booth that had a nice Jane Ray platter for a decent price I made the mistake of thinking about it for 2 more booths. By the time I got back, the platter had sold.

My favorite purchase was a pair of Italian tole sconces. They've been painted white which isn't exactly the soft pastel colors I had in mind for the flowers, but they are still lovely and suitable for electrical wiring. Finally, I will be able to place them in the holes that have been waiting for the right set for over 6 years in the living room! Yes, I did a happy dance right there at the booth while holding my prizes. If I were a size 2, which I'll never be, I would've come home with piles of cashmere sweaters. The side of the market that had vintage clothing had jeans worn in all the right places, pumps, heels, boots, belts, fun jackets and coats galore. The next time my girls groan when I come home from a consignment shop, I'll remind them of all the hippy chic people I saw filling totebags at this market. What made me really swoon were the tables piled high with buttery soft cashmere sweaters. Many had holes or stains, but they still felt of heaven. As it was, I came home sweaterless since none was perfect and I refused to buy the one aqua blue size 2 confection which would just live alone in the far reaches of my closet.

Some of my finds~2 vintage tableclothes (I really was so good), an apron, several hand towels, a few hankies, 2 large yardages of barkcloth; one a fab floral and the other a soft green vaguely island feel (great for pillows), a pair of Italian tole sconces, a Japanese Putz house, a sparkly tiara, a tole brooch and several vintage Valentines. All packed away just right in my empty suitcase I brought for the trip.

And yes, I did wear that tiara on the plane home. Oh, I took it off through security, but I sure was cute for a few hours there!







10 comments:

Kim said...

Honey, I MUST see you in that tiara! I'd have worn it, too. When I mentioned to DH that you had my tiara, he said "Don't you have a tiara?" rollin my eyes . . . . I guess I need one. I love your purchases. You will have to tell me about the little house. And is that truly ALL you bought? ;-)

Kelleast said...

Wow - looks like you had a great time. Love your treasures! :)

jennifer said...

AAAHHH relief. I was just eaten up with curiosity over your trip! Loved all the pictures and yes I am green with envy, jadeite green! Put a picture on my blog tonight with a couple of my table clothes. You just can't go wrong with their vintage beauty! Thank you for the insight on the jadeite - nice to know I have something of value too! How about depression glass, was it high too?
So glad you had fun and are back home safe! - Jen

Laura said...

Sounds like it was pure Casii heaven! And that you scored pretty well - love that you wore the Tiara, go you!

Back Through Time said...

You found some GREAT stuff!! I love it all..... You wearing the tiara I bet was pretty cute!
Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday
Michelle

Dianna said...

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It's not easy being green...

Thanks for sharing your yummy photos*!*

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Jeanne said...

Casii, you got some lovely goodies at the flea market. I am so green with envy. You know I saw an idea in a magazine a while back for making pillows out of sweaters that were too small or had shrunk. It also works with baby or childrens sweaters you don't want to part with. You button up the sweater and sew the top and bottom shut. Not sure if they cut the sleeves off or tacked them behind the pillow. Add some stuffing or a pillow form and voila! You could have done that with that aqua cashmere something to keep in mind for next time!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh my gosh, I almost went to CA a week early (I'm leaving tomorrrow on vacation) to go to a Romantic Homes party. One of the reasons I didn't go was that I wondered what I'd do with my self all week, I should have went to the Rose Bowl!! I'd have met you there and commiserated over the tiny sweaters we couldn't fit into and fought with you over that tiara.

Valita said...

Such beautiful little lovlies! I love everything.