This is where you will find me this weekend.
This is where you will find me this weekend.
To kick off the Christmas season, I wanted to share the metal Christmas boxes that a vendor fabricated and had for sale last month at the Kane County Flea Market. They were adorable. I may venture out there on Sunday and hopefully, he will have a couple more left.
Who knew? That when I talked my husband into going down to the Randolph Holiday Market today that we would find 16 turkey cups and saucers plus an additional 9 plates to go with our vintage Maruta Ware Turkey place settings. They are already washed, dried and out on the table waiting for our guests to arrive. It was meant to be, another great Sunday at the flea market.
Looking for something to do in Chicago this weekend? Check out the Holiday Market at the Randolph Street Flea Market. I think I may just have to head downtown for and get a head start on my holiday shopping. Isn’t vintage on everyone’s Christmas list? I know it’s on mine.
A few months ago, I told my husband to remind me to never go to Kane County again due to the lack of vendors and vintage merchandise. Luckily, today he forgot and I went and….. it was the best! The Sunday weather was balmy and sunny. There was something for everyone and I had a blast. Here are some of my favorite finds that did not come home with me. What did? I’m saving for another post. And I will definitely be going back to Kane in December.
Sunday was the last Elkhorn Flea Market for the year and it was packed with people. The weather was fantastic and it was fun spending the day with a fellow collector. She gets it, my husband still doesn’t. My buys for the day were 12 vintage Christmas ornaments, a Nativity set from Italy which has some fabulous details and the red checkered seed bags. Someday they will be hooked rugs. Great day, great finds, great friend.
There was a definite country theme this weekend at the Grayslake Flea Market. One of these days I am going to hook one of those feed sacks into a rug. The graphics are great. These are a few of my favorite finds. Now, what did I bring home? The vintage print set. It will get a work out crafting.
The weather was beautiful today at the Elkhorn Flea Market outside of Lake Geneva. My friend Janie and I both thought the coffee table crafted with watch faces and parts under clear epoxy was super cute. Even thought it is almost July, one dealer brought a wonderful collection of vintage lambswool and angora sweaters. The coral colored one came home with me and Janie found a lovely antique Sarouk Persian oriental rug for her new home. A perfect flea market day, spent with a good friend, even better.
When I saw this vintage meat dome with Kathy on Tuesday, I knew I had to have it. It took 3 days and 3 markets for the price to come down. Maura and I purchased it Thursday at the May’s market. Brimfield is a funny place. As the week goes on, some of the prices for items go up and some go down. This time luck was in my favor. The dome fit in the extra suitcase I had brought to bring back my treasures. Flying back to Chicago, it also triggered an entire bag search through security, but the TSA searching through my carry on loved it. So do I. Now my husband can let the turkey rest before carving. A constant running battle after the meat is cooked. You should allow meat to sit a full 15 minutes before carving and now it will safely under the dome.
Day Three Brimfield. We actually started the day at a normal hour and left the hotel around 7am. The traffic into Brimfield was a 8 mile crawl, however, plenty of time to attend the May’s Market which opened at 9am. The food court above was filled with lively music. Maura and I enjoyed the eats and recommend the Pilgrim Sandwich booth across the street. There were over 500 vendors with treasures galore and later tonight I will upload my fabulous finds of the day from the May’s Market.
Another Brimfield morning that started at dawn. Today’s pictures are some of my favorite finds that wouldn’t fit in my suitcase and I had to take a pass on. Next time, I need to bring a truck. The cottage furniture set would definitely be coming home with me. It was another beautiful day. These were the markets that I attended on Wednesday, May 15th:
As a collector of anything baskets, especially doorstops and bookends, I found a few that weren’t in my collection. The down side, it makes for very heavy luggage on the return trip to the airport. The black basket bookends are 3 inches tall and perfect for my miniature books. The basket door knocker is going to find a home on my kitchen door. The smallest basket was a vintage shade pull which I am still tempted to use on my key ring. Check back for Brimfield Finds Day 2 tomorrow.
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