Thursday, September 19, 2013

TAKE THE JUNKER'S PLEDGE

Some of you may be familiar with the postman's unofficial oath - "Rain or Shine, Snow or Sleet, nothing will stop me from delivering your mail."

Well, I believe true junkers also have an unofficial pledge that goes something like this....  No weather - Rain or Shine, Snow or Sleet OR HEAT will keep me from getting to a good flea market or vintage show. That was certainly the case several weekends ago, when California experienced its blistering heat wave and I ventured out to The Vintage Oaks Market Place show on Saturday and to Rosebowl on Sunday.


The Vintage Oaks Market Place featured a line up of amazing vendors all highlighting the shows "Farm Girl" theme.   My friend Robin Slominski and I agreed to meet at the show grounds early, have breakfast, and get in and out with our shopping before the heat hit.  Well, 2 out of 3 isn't bad. I was so mesmerized by all the junk eye candy and I was there long after the temperatures hit the three digits.

Was it worth worth  piling on the sunscreen, sweating like crazy and drinking enough water to keep Arrowhead in business for many years - ABSOLUTELY.

As you approached The Vintage Market Place entrace you were immediately greeted by Sarah and Abby's customized linens. The mother/daughter team have become known for their burlap pumpkins. Of course, most were already sold by the time we got there!


 No sooner did you walk into the show when you are struck by Debbie Watt's Blossom Vintage Chic booth.  Although it was filled with her trademark white designs, my favorite item in her booth was this old shoe rack holder. She has an incredible eye and her booth is always a show stopper.



When you walk into Robin's booth, you immediately wish you had a beach house cottage so you can decorate it with all of her treasures.

There was only one thing missing from this adorable lemonade stand - the lemonade!

There is no one sweeter than Grace Abounding vendor Janice who travels from Arizona to sell at the show. She truly is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.


Her vignettes always display her jewelry wares in a simple yet graceful manner.


Here is Robin with just one of her many purchases.  This Dalmatian dog went home with her.


I loved, loved, loved Rachel's Union Jack bags!


A couple of other wonderful vignettes at The Oaks Market Place.






 The next day it was on to Rosebowl and despite the heat, the day did not disappoint!





So now I ask you to raise your right hand and recite the junker's oath after me -
No rain or shine, snow, sleet or HEAT will keep me from a great day of junking!




Monday, July 29, 2013

Sweet 16



Happy Birthday to my Ally who turns sweet 16 today!



It sounds like such a cliche - but it's true - where did the time go?
(So many of you have watched her grow up over the years as she has always been my #1 helper at the flea markets.  Unfortunately, at 16 - she doesn't want to come out as much any more so I gladly accept whenever she does offer to help. )




Kindergarten Days to.....


High School Days.....



Even at 16 - Ally proudly voices her obsession with being a Harry Potter fan.
So how could she turn 16 without Emma Watson, 
 joining her for the celebration.
(Sorry for the bad pic! Not sure what happened??)





Happy Birthday Ally.



Monday, July 22, 2013

Isn't it summer?

You would never have known it was summer yesterday at the Long Beach Flea Market. It was sooo cold!

My wonderful friend Cheryl volunteered to come help me at the market. I was so worried about her sitting out in the hot sun all day (I'm used to the flea summer days), that I packed my battery operated fan, just in case.



Ha! Definitely no need for my fan. But even with each of us wrapping a curtain around us for warmth, Cheryl and I spent the day laughing at just about anything and everything. Here is a glimpse treasures from my booth.







Don't you love this collection of old letter openers?



I can only wish I was using one of these maps 
this summer while touring France.
With 2 kids in college and college tuitions due, a trip to France probably won't be on the calendar anytime in the near future.



I love this collection of matchbooks.


I actually found a large plate at another vendor's booth yesterday 
to match my Italian pink coasters.




XOXO
Remember, "A day without laughter is a day wasted."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fireworks and Festivities!

I make no excuses or apologies for not blogging for over 6 months.  It's just called Living Life.

So no looking back, just forward.  Happy 4th of July.  A great day to combine fireworks and festivities!



I love the look of Old Glory gracing a home all year around. Here she flies proudly in my front yard. (My husband hates that I like to leave my flag up 24/7.  He likes to honor the rule of only flying a flag at night when it is properly lit.  Sorry, but he looses this one.)


Probably seems a little over kill - but when you enter my home you are welcomed by the a vintage stars and stripes flag backdropped against a old tin star. This flag stays up all year and only comes down at Christmas time when I hang a wreath on the star.


   Gracing the table for the BBQ.







What's a 4th of July celebration without some sweets!






One of my absolute favorite items ever bought at a flea market was amazing flag bunting, I got it about 5 years ago in Texas at my favorite out of the way flea market.  The lady was asking $3 and I knew it was such a steal, I gave her more.  She must have thought I was crazy. 

Happy 4th of July!