September 13, 2010

Flea Market Bliss

Who doesn't like a good flea market? 

I'm no exception.  Nothing gets my heart a-pumping quite like scrounging through a pile of vintage bits and pieces looking for the perfect find. 

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Gold Rush Days Flea Market in Oronoco, MN for the first time.  Let me just say -  


It was so hot, the humidity was horrible and rain clouds threatened us all morning long.  Despite the weather I managed to take in my fill of flea market bliss for seven straight hours!  By the end of the day, I was dreaming of a nice, long, cold shower, and a large pepperoni pizza. 

Here are a few of the treasures I picked up...

Two flower frogs to add to my growing collection.

An adorable, Big Ben clock.

Two pickle forks, a butter knife, a fork, a spoon and a delightfully worn and crackled platter.

A gravy boat. 
Not crazy about the gold ring, however I just could not pass this up since it was on my "must have" list for the day and also since it was only one I found!  I'm not sure why I've been drawn to gravy boats lately.  I think it might have to do with my love of their curves.  Whatever it is - - I'm running with it.

Another fascination lately has been small metal boxes.  I was happy to find this little guy in a delightful red, and of course I'm loving the chipped paint.  Not sure if you can see the "US" stamped on the top, just makes it even better.
I've paired him up with a small black metal box I found earlier this summer.

My second favorite find of the day was this blue lunchbox.  I've pasted up many lunchboxes in the past, but for some reason they continue to be fascinate me.  Once I saw this beauty I knew I had to take the plunge and start a new collection. 

For now I have her in my hutch among my clock collection to keep her company.  Eventually I would like to pick up some more and make a display above my kitchen cabinets which I think would look fabulous.

Finally, I picked up a few stars to hang on my star wall which leads me to my favorite find of the day... A rusty cow (doesn't that sound like a drink?) 
She's cast iron and fabulously aged.
Don't you just love her?

You may not know this about me, but years ago (back in high school) I collected cows.  Everything cow.  I think I even had a t-shirt with cow spots - it was my favorite.  I outgrew that phase, vowing Never Again!
Imagine my surprise lately as cows have once again been speaking to me.  I've decided to embrace it, hopefully this time around my collection will be a little more sophisticated - - no more cow spot painted shelves and cow eggs for me.  Instead, bring on the rusty statues.
Wish me luck!

Hope you all have a wonderful day,

until tomorrow,


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