I really don't enjoy flea markets. In fact, I find them rather creepy and slightly yucky, if you really want to know. So it was with trepidation that I grudgingly obliged the Lord of the Manor to accompany him to one of the local "FLEAS". We agreed to meet back at the van in 1/2 hour ( that just shows you how little faith we had that we would find ANYTHING of interest.)
Well, I hit the end of the Market where the so-called antiques are kept. Generally it is just a bunch of junk from the 60'sand 70's..NOT my idea of what antiques should be.
NEVERTHELESS, we did accumulate, within 30 minutes, mind you, a few objects which I found very acceptable:
Alas you say, what do you want with this really old and slightly unattractive taxidermy squirrel?!
Hey, remember me? I am the lady who keeps deceased chipmunks, mice and birds in the mudroom freezer to serve as models for artwork at a later date!
Poor little feller, nobody loves him.... If I put a hat on his head and give him a walnut to hold in those grasping paws, he will make a swell model! Only $15
Next, more on the fanciful side is this old farm windmill stand.....missing the windmill.
Probably from the 1940's. It has a great height at 8 feet and large footprint with a rusty, chippy finish. What a fabulous Trellis this will make for any climbing vine or cukes or tomato plants. Cost $15
I think we might even be able to attach our Eagle weathervane to the top of it,
which been stored in the barn for months.
Next, a very cute antique egg carrier, much smaller that the one in my kitchen. James found this little treasure
Great to display my scratched eggs in my shop. Only $25 and a business expense.
Always on the look out for props to use, I found this tiny basket, being held by my weird little new friend.
NOT MADE IN China, this was beautifully made of oak by a Basket Maker, and it is just the right size for one of my Fuzzyfoot Rabbits.
Fill it with little felted flowers or felted vegetables?
It was $18
Here is a fabulous old oak basket, it is a large one! I do collect antique baskets so I don't mind that it has a slight problem in the bottom.. I don't plan to carry a bushel of apples in it, maybe place it near the shop door with some pots of Lavender?
James found a few items in that 30 minute time span,. We looked up the vise and found it to be a pre 1926 from the "Columbian Hardware Co. Cleveland Ohio" He will certainly use it.
So the moral of this story is " Don't diss it till you try it!"
I am pretty pleased with my 30 minute finds, and will give the Flea Market a thumbs up today.
So how about you? DO you Flea?