Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fun at the Flea Market

Irv and I had a nice time at the flea market. We walked around for about three hours and found some great stuff. You do see some strange things and some interesting people...and that's what makes it so much fun!

We came upon a guy that had a huge trailer full of boxes of dishes and glassware. He took the boxes out of the trailer and opened them and put them on table. Everything in them was wrapped in newspaper. He didn't even unwrap the stuff. People were swarming the place digging, and digging through the boxes. I am not much of a digger...I like things nicely displayed, but when I saw some of the stuff....I decided to dig. Nothing was priced. You just took your treasures up to his table and he would say, "How is $12.00?" I was shocked! Yes, I got everything you see in this photo for $12.00!

I just love this plate. It's going to be turned into a wonderful wall clock for the Chicago consignment shop.

This little cup and saucer are going to be part of a lamp of stacked china! Have you ever seen one of those? Irv and I will work on that together. There will be lots of drilling and gluing. I will be sure to show you when I get that one done. It will be a while. I'm still searching for the right parts!

Everything else you see is going to be turned into a wall clock. Yes, you heard me right. It will all be for the shop in Chicago.

This photo didn't turn out very good, but this is a vintage "straw" woman's hat. It's wonderful! I will probably do silver hands on it so you can see them good. I've not made one from a hat before, but it should be fun!

Can you believe this one? I am so in love with this feathered hat. I almost hate to make a hole in it, but I will.

These are old photos taken at the University of Chicago. The guy that was selling them said his dad was a photographer and took them many years ago. I'm not sure what I am going to do with these. They would be awesome just matted and framed. My original intent was to do that, but to make them into clocks as well.....still thinking on this one.

Miss Betty Boop is just a replica of an old sign. I think she is darling and yes, she will be a clock and so will the espresso metal picture. It's just a cheapie TJ Maxx thing. It was still dusty and dirty when I took the photo, but I've cleaned it up and it is really cute.

This is another replica metal sign. I just laughed when I saw this one. I use to love Twinkies as a kid. Another funky clock......

This was is just too fun. It's a wood platter with just the funniest rooster painted on it. I can't wait to make this one. I would love to hang this one in my kitchen....but I won't. Someone is going to have this darling guy hanging in their kitchen!

Well, that is it. It was was a fun day and I am tired out! They have this flea market once a month so if my things sell well, I will be headed back at some point in search of more treasures!


Teresa Evangeline said...

What fun! All of these look like great finds. I like the idea even of using mismatched china for dinner. Saw it in a magazine somewhere. Love the Hostess Twinkie replica sign!

DUTA said...

Real treasures! The tableware is superb, the hats are cool, the wooden plate will make a wonderful gift.
Enjoy your finds!

Silke said...

Fun, fun, fun!! You really made out like a bandit. Can't wait to see what you do with some of those... You are going full steam with your clocks! Wonderful!! Love, Silke

Mary said...

before you drill a hole in it or glue it check out that wooden plate--it is worth a bit of money as a collectible and you would probably get more selling it as is--and what a day you had! cool finds!

Lanyardlady said...

My favorite is the red hat with the feather. You had a great treasure hunt, and I bet Angela wishes she had been there.

Meekiyu said...

whoooa you got an awesome deal on those. I love the plates and dishware you got =D

Nancy said...

Wow, you got some great deals! I hope you show us your projects once they are done.


Angela said...

Way to bargain shop, Kathy!! I love the rooster one as well! I thought about you so much on Friday- I saw so many plates!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Wow! I love the sign best--Twinkies!

Bluebell said...

Hi Kathy,
I love all your treasures, the chicken plate is great and the Twinkies matal sign will make a great clock, all that lovely china for $12 that is a bargain I think I would have to go every month.
Love Jillxx

jdavissquared said...

Those are great dishes! I've made cake stands before, but I never find great dishes like that! I need to find some flea markets! ;)

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