Monday, May 17, 2010

Speedway!

The weekly flea market in my immediate area is at the local speedway each Sunday morning.  Yesterday, it looked like this.


It is a pretty low-end flea, and, my friend Marie and I spent most of our day digging through boxes and boxes of old photos and ephemera.  Most people who sell buy at yard sales and estate sales, so, if you have patience to go through piles of old, unsorted stuff, you can find some neat items.  Not too much is neatly laid out for you though!
 I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to also shoot more pics of things I did NOT buy, like this odd but interesting faux lacquered chest with Asian decals.  I really like that funky hardware!  It also was darker black in person but the low sun made photos tough early on.
I have been collecting and restoring these vintage metal garden chairs for years, so, it is nice to see them, appreciate them but NOT actually buy them!  I've already got plenty of beautiful similar chairs at home.
One of my favorite sights at the flea was this pair of doggies in the carriage!  Evidently, the black one is paralyzed in back, so, the white one joins him in solidarity in the carriage to tool around the flea.  What an adorable pair!
One guy had three boxes full of these pulp fiction paperbacks.  $1 each!  I loaded up on gifts for my husband and my brother; each of whom collects different themes, but, both of whom were well-served by these boxes!
I should have taken a "before" picture of all these cards in a bulging scrap book from the mid-1950's.  I purchased the entire book chock full and carefully removed at least 300 cards from it today.  I have entire sets of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th birthday cards if you are interested!  Also, tons of Easter Cards, Valentines cards and Birthday cards, all with those most amazing 1950's graphics!  Of course, the book also held over 60 vintage Christmas cards but, sorry, I'm keeping those for my wreaths!


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