Ok, now for the gallery of items I DID buy...
Salvage Chic fame who recently posted about people who believe vintage = haggling. Read her hilarious post (and others) here. Dear buyers, I love you, (and 99.9% of you are incredibly appreciative and understanding about pricing!) but, just look at what this stuff looks like when found! Now granted, it is not all this extreme, but, this is not so uncommon. We dealers (yes, I can call myself that!) have to get up at 5:30, dig through crap, flirt with 63 year old guys, haggle a price, drag stuff home, hide it from our husbands, inventory it, clean it, research it, photograph it, describe it, pay to list it, pack it and ship it to you. This is not rocket science but it does take a fair amount of diligence, patience, the ability to ignore a LOT of junk and hard work to pull off! Oh, and by the way I am probably keeping the item above. I know I have a replacement Rudolph here somewhere...that's just how I roll...
My friend Michelle at The Red Velvet Shoe is styling an upcoming disco event so asked me to keep an eye out for some disco duds. These two pairs of shoes both came from the same woman who wore them in the 70's. Only problem is - they are tiny! She wore about a size 5. They are AMAZING just to look at though, are they not? Those boots are all soft blue leather and go up to the knees! The back heels rise 6" off the floor!
A day at the flea would not be complete without some vintage tablecloth finds!
Mid-century silk scarves? Check! We've found those...some with the original tags!
A later morning find - these three 1950's/1960's swimsuits! (the Jantzen tag is from the one at the far left.)
Every Scottie tie tack I have been lucky enough to offer in my shop has sold to a happy customer, so, how could I leave this incredible assortment behind?
I love finding lots of things that are so "flea market" in nature. Like a stack of unused 1960's hair nets or highway maps - love them!
And last but not least, this giant reverse painted lighted advertising clock for me. $10! Needs to be rewired and have the hands added but I like projects. My husband also liked it which is a plus! I've been looking for another one of these since my Elsie the Cow clock fell off the rotted wall at my old apartment and shattered into a million reverse painted glass pieces...
So all told, I spent no more than $100 on all items above minus the $20 jardinière...now THAT'S a good day at the flea!