Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

FREAKY AND FANCIFUL FLEA-MARKET FINDS

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:
 FREAKY FIRST
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?
ONLY $10
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.

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 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?
 Fondly from the Hollow, Jeri

37 comments:

  1. Almost every antique and collectible I have is from flea markets and antique malls. I have gotten some things I treasure and will never part with. I think you did great. I don't like garage sales. I'd rather pay a little extra at the fleas and stores than go to the garage sales. If you ever get a chance, go to Round Top, TX. You'll find things you've never seen before.

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  2. Donna, I wish we had better Flea markets here in my area, but they just aren't impressive at all. I have heard of Round top Texas Antique show and would love to attend some day.

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  3. You did well, Jeri. I won't show your weird friend to my 'Red' that lives in my big 'ol maple. May I just say that I love your gate in the last photo. It's so pretty. Deb

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    1. Thjanks Deb, it is a double gate. You need one with cats on it!

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  4. I love your new trellis-to-be. Jeri--jealous! I might pass on the queasy squirrel, but I admit the addition of a basket ups his cute quotient about 1000%.

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    1. Poor little guy has a real ugly face, but his body and feet are pretty good. Today I am planning a use for that GREAT trellis, decisions, decisions.

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  5. I think the squirrel makes a great addition to you family there at Hopalong. You got some other nice bits too. I have a windmill base like yours, I need to see how tall it is. It is also missing the top. We found this curbside after a hurricane I think, so the top must have blown off and gotten damaged.

    My husband would have liked the vise that your hubby bought. He was a sucker for tools! Now I have a workshop full of tools. I sure miss him working in there, creating and figuring out how to fix things and working on projects here. Sigh!

    Have a nice Sunday and a great week ~ FlowerLady

    I'm waiting to see a video or two of your place. Hint, hint. :-)

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    1. Rainy, I am working on some videos, promise to post soon. Yeah, I think I like the windmill stand the most, I am glad you have one too! James paid more for the vise than anything else, but he will certainly use it, as your hubby would have.

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  6. Do you know that I find the best DEALS in the trash? HAHHAHHAHHA.....I DO ! I found a real, crystal chandelier earlier this year on my way to work. I but on the brakes just a few miles from my school, scooped up that baby and AWAY I WENT! Then the other day, I found an antique French bed by the road. BRAKES....SCOOP UP! Ya shoulda seen me in my heels, dragging that bed into my Honda Element.

    Your finds are perfect. That windmill is AWESOME from some climbing beauty, and your creep little friend is the perfect specimen for art sit-ins....you won't need to worry about him squirreling and squiggling about when you want him to hold still for a sculpting session!

    I too am not fond of some sales because it is mostly 60s-70s stuff. I am after much older stuff that is not easy to find these days, except maybe in the trash!

    It is still dark out, so I am going down about two houses here where I spied two gorgeous ADIRONDACK chairs in the trash! I will go drag them into my yard! Just call me the Junkin' French teacher! teeheheee

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    1. Anita! You must live in a really nice neighborhood! The only trash I see along the side of the road here, is the junk that "accidentally" fell out of someones truck! My son lives in NYC and finds cool stuff on the sidewalk all the time. I think they furnished much of their apartment with "throwaways".

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  7. Great finds! I'd send the vice thing to "Ask This Old House" for their what is it feature.
    Okay...in the freezer is creepy, but I understand.

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    1. Most people wouldn't understand my crittters in the freezer, they are actually poor little victims from my killer cat, Claudette. I hate for them to have died in vain, and I actually do use them for models when painting or drawing. My plan is to have them freeze dried...Oh I know that sounds dreadful, BUT they are invaluable to this artist.

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  8. I used to hate flea markets too, but was soon converted after discovering some wonderful treasures for less than $20!! Now I love them, but I have to admit that I still hate the smell - yuck. Just have to hold my breath and go for it. You found some great things! Keep that up and you'll soon be hooked! :))

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    1. Starr, Yes, you have to hold your breath and wear gloves! I've been an antique shop shopper forever, somehow the flea markets never come up to par, but I will go again for sure.

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  9. i am pretty much the same about flea markets. but your egg carrier alone was worth it!

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    1. True that, and it was actually James who found the egg box, he knows what i like!

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  10. I find it very difficult to even browse antique shops now because I'm spoiled by flea market and garage sale prices. You NEVER know what you're going to find at a real bargain at flea markets and garage sales! Wrought iron arbor $5 (and delivered for free); 16 pieces of Made in England Johnson Brothers "Rose Chintz" dishes for $7......you get the picture! I love your finds!! I've probably passed up great finds just because I don't have the imagination to figure out how to use some of the things I see. I need someone like you to come along with me!

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  11. Cathy, Those 16 pieces of Rose Chintz, Oh what a fantastic deal! I seem to find the best bargains on Craigs list. We've bought everything from cast iron sinks to poultry. But I must confess, I did pretty well for myself at the Flea.

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  12. gosh, imagine what you would have found in an hour! fun fun.

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  13. Hi Jeri,
    First, I love your little taxidermy squirrel. The only thing we have around my area is yard sales. Not very interesting... I did find some Battenburg white curtains once for a great price. Twelve panels for $15.00. What I wish I could find is Architectural Salvage.. I would be in heaven.
    Looks like James found himself a heavy duty vice... Looks much like the one my beloved had attached to a table in the garage.


    I am happy you both came home with some great finds...
    Have a great week Jeri.
    Love and blessings,
    Penny


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    1. Penny I knew you would appreciate my funny little friend. Our yard sales in this area are equally depressing, rows and rows of baby clothes and crud. We do have a pretty cool Architectural Supply in a nearby town, but his prices are sky high.. I still buy that stuff off of Ebay.

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  14. Wow what a haul. The squirrel is wonderful and doesn't look moth eaten at all. You must come up with a wonderful name for him/her----and probably a hat too so that he/she doesn't feel out done by your fuzzy foots.

    Amazing to find so many usable things in such a short time frame.

    I don't mind flea markets but do find garage sales creepy. For one thing the people that the stuff belongs to are right there and even though they are trying to get rid of it you really can't make humorous, but also derogatory, remarks about the things that you find there. What on earth were they thinking when the bought this travesty in the 70's and they are only just now getting rid of it??????

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    1. Vic, I think we need a "name the squirrel" contest, don't you?
      I agree with the garage sales; All you can say is "Well, thanks anyway,. Bye" It's one thing I like about Craigs list, you can view the item from a distance and determine if the ride is worth it.

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  15. Pretty good haul from your flea market. I love the old windmill--what a perfect piece for the garden. ♥

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    1. I am in a quandary as to where to put it, it is so tall.

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  16. Wow-you did wonderfully in such a short time! I have to say, the squirrel will keep me laughing for a while!!!:) Would you like me to ship a few dozen chipmunks your way? We have so many they are becoming pestiferous. I still love them though...
    I LOVE that old tall metal thing you got-it will be so perfect for your gardens...the egg thing is beautiful.

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    1. A few days ago my hunter cat,grrrrrrr.. CLaudette, deposited a deceased chippy on the doorstep. She makes me so angry. I promptly bagged it, and put it in my back freezer; which is only used for that purpose. I see squirrels all the time in our trees, but rarely do I see the chipmunks in action.

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  17. It appears that those fleas sell great stuff!!

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    1. Mostly not... but if you have the eye you can spot the good stuff!

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  18. Jeri, like you, I am not much of a fan of flea markets...I have rarely found much to attract my attention. Perhaps that's because as I get older I become more attached to variour old and antique things I collected long ago?

    Anyhow, that's why I really enjoyed reading this post and seeing the treasures that you and your husband found. The little squirrel is a bit creepy, but I can definitely understand why you took it home.

    The egg carrier and oak basket are fabulous. I have a couple of similar oak baskets that I bout from the man who made them at a Virginia crafts fair way back in the 1970s. Seems like yesterday! I do treasure them.

    xo

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    1. Yes Frances, that squirrel IS kinda creepy. I think I will name him "Sparky the Wonder Squirrel". As it is a wonder ANYONE bought him. I really love the big basket, if it had been in an antique shop, it would have cost at least $50.

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  19. Jeri - I think your friend is pretty swell. I can see why you made this purchase. He will certainly serve as a great model and he looks like he probably will stay in one place. I can see too why you couldn't resist those baskets. They make such great finds. Sounds to me like you and hubby did a fine job in 30 minutes. Will be anxious to see that old windmill finished. Take care and have a great week.

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    1. I think that ol squirrel had a difficult time finding a home, as his face is rather unappealing from the front, hence, I did not photograph it that way. But I will paint him with a very adorable face when the time comes. Probably won't re-finish the windmill, I like it all rusty!

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  20. Soon you too will be come addicted!

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  21. I'm LATE I'm late!!
    The squirrel is quite humorous and worthy of a belly chuckle! But I think that he is only "freaky" until you have named him!! Then he just plain has character!! :-D
    I can't imagine the GarBear ever wanting to be at a flea market (he hates any kind of shopping or looking ) but if we happen to wander upon them we always ...errrr " I" always find a few unexpected treasures!! You guys found some real GOOD'NS!!!
    Glad you shared your bounty :-) Blessings and JOY, Linnie Lou xx

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