It’s been a while but I finally visited my mecca, the Rose Bowl Flea Market, last weekend. I’ve been going since I was a teenager and I still feel anxious and excited every time I approach the entrance. The bright colors, the old timey music, the two dollar bills you get in change when you pay with a ten – it’s and experience even before you go through gates. I love the London and European markets for their authenticity but this one really takes the cake in terms of offerings for me. Unlike other markets that focus primarily on small bric-a-brac, the Rose Bowl flea features parking lots full of furniture, clothes, and everything in between. Since I’m only visiting, I went without an agenda and was open to finding treasures that could be put into our storage if need be. It sounds silly to buy something for later but I’m still dreaming about a chandelier that I passed on before moving to London and I vowed to not do that again. I ended up only buying one small pot for our succulents in KL but I did find myself drawn to chairs and metal patio furniture. Wouldn’t those yellow ones look great in my future Palm Springs lounge? And the stools for the poolside bar? It was so hot that morning that a swim and a cold drink were really the only things on my mind. Because of that not much shopping got done but I did relish the chance to be in my mecca once again. Do you have a favorite flea market where you live or one that you’ve traveled to?
Happy friday guys! It’s been a busy week but I’m not complaining. I still haven’t done much with my office nook so when I saw this vintage + modern work setting I knew that I had found my inspiration. I already have the antique wood table (though would never think of painting it, Joe would kill me), a nice black chair has been on my list, and I do love black and white for artwork. That abstract painting is too awesome for words but the shop it’s from is currently down for a re-launch next month (such a tease). However, it did give me the idea to unpack the vintage photos I bought last year in London’s Camden Market. Do you remember the DIY wall decor I made with them? I think they’ll look great above my desk but I might try a new display method to keep things fresh. Do standby.
I hope you have great weekend finding inspiration all around ya!
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Okay so I did do one thing this weekend despite having a banged up foot: I finally organized my jewelry and by organize I mean I finally took the tape off of this hanging storage thing I keep it in. With every tape-rip and pull it was as if I was liberating each piece so that it could be enjoyed the way it was intend. I say this all the time but I really should wear my jewelry more often. I’ve been steadily growing my collection of wearable art for years finding them at flea markets, yard sales, charity shops, during travels, and even making them myself. Each one of them has a story or memory and feels extra special since it was found rather than picked off a shelf…it’s how I like to shop and it’s how I like to remember the places I have been.
Shortly after I took these photos I caught up with Sussie Bubble’s fashion blog and then it hit me. The problem with having a collection of unique pieces (and plastering them all over my blog) is that I can end up sounding like the type of annoying world traveler she describes in a recent post:
“Oh this old thing? I picked it up in a random market in Thailand when I went travelling around Asia” which vaguely translates to “You will never find this awesome thing I have on because I bought it in an obscure and far-flung place, which is my little secret…”
After reading this I thought, oh geez, am I that type of person? I mean, I can recall a few sarcastic comments from friends back home whenever they’d ask about a piece and I’d say it was vintage but now add the new “world traveler” aspect of my life and it sounds even worse! What can I do though, it is what it is right? If I were re-modeling a house, going to school, training for a marathon, or making babies then I would be blogging about those things. These days I’m living as an expat who travels a lot and as Sussie puts it “the world is getting smaller”. Collecting treasures from different places is bound to happen.
I think her post really hit home since I’m still in disbelief of where life has brought us (I’m sitting in a hotel room in Bangkok for crying out loud!). I don’t ever want to take any of it for granted and I want to keep finding new treasures that excite and create conversation…even if it’s at the risk of being labeled one of those types. Some things are too fun and beautiful to not share and at the end of the day, that’s what this blog is all about – sharing the things I see, do, enjoy, and love, with you. One day I’ll have other things to blog about but for now, this is what’s happening. Jewelry stash and all.
Hi everyone! I missed you and the blog but I’m back for my last week in London. KL was great and we accomplished what we set out to do which was find a new apartment…I can’t wait to show you photos once we move in – it’s ridiculous! I’ll share more details on the visit tomorrow because today is all about the moving sale happening over at The Pond Market. It’s a three day sale starting today and going through Wednesday with old items discounted 50% off and newly listed pieces (like this cute little Moroccan elephant) at 30% off.
If vintage, brass, and pretty things strike your fancy, please do take a look and spread the word. Would love for these treasures to go to happy new homes. Thanks guys!
Hello from Anchorage, Alaska! We’re here visiting Joe’s parents for a few days and so far I’m loving it. It’s such a different world from LA or London but it definitely has its own charm…snow sculpture competition, walking across a huge frozen pond, spotting a moose, and pretending to be a figure skater – yes, please! It was crazy to get back into our boots and coats when just the day before we were in our flip flops getting instant tans simply walking around town. The wonders of air travel, right?
It was my birthday weekend and I felt totally spoiled by spending tons of time with my dearest friends, indulging in yummy donuts, sharing some great wine and views at Perch, and celebrating the big 27 with my favorite gals at my favorite vintage clothing store, Shareen. I got everything I wanted and more this year – I love you, friends!!!
Now….off to look for more moose, I’m totally obsessed ;)
Sometimes I love my flea markets big but other times small ones do just the trick. When I first learned of the Clocktower Market in Greenwich I was ecstatic to have yet another reason to head East and spend time there. Greenwich has such a charming village feel and this small but quality flea market on its High Street only adds to the area’s appeal.
Not all of the stalls were filled but the vendors who were there were friendly and helpful. I always find it interesting to overhear them chatting amongst each other about how “things aren’t how they used to be” and how slow business is these days. It’s literally the same conversation at every flea market and antique fair that I got to. I wonder how much of it is true or if they’re just trying to indirectly guilt me into buying something. Either way, I appreciate them and all of the vintage treasures they share with us day in and day out. The goods for sale were varied though I did notice that winter coats and fur hats were a major deal for obvious reasons. I, of course, ended up buying a black sequin blazer for twenty quid (that’s “bucks” talk in UK English) regardless of actually needing a winter coat! What can I say, it made me feel like a disco diva and that feeling is hard to resist.
Though tempted by a pair of suitcases (DIY side table?) we left with just my blazer and a funky piece for the shop. The market was perfectly manageable and non-exhaustive which is definitely key considering that just around the corner you’ve got Greenwich Market, Greenwich Park, the Royal Maritime Museum, and the Observatory. Lots of fun to be had!
Yesterday I mentioned a project that’s been keeping me busy and today I’m giving you a hint as to what it is: flea markets!
It’s been a while since my last Market Memo post so with an upcoming launch of a flea market related project, I thought I’d finally share some pics from El Rastro in Madrid. I’ve got to admit, the first time I visited El Rastro I was seriously disappointed when all we came across were booths filled with new indie clothing and tourist souvenirs. All those things are fine but where was all the vintage stuff?!? It’s off the main drag, that’s where it’s at. You see, El Rastro spans an entire neighborhood of narrow streets on a slope just off of the La Latina metro station. Practically everyone enters the market via Calle de Toledo straight to Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores which makes it perfect for hawking local crafts and souvenirs. Vintage hunters, we figured out, should enter via Calle de la Arganzuela to go directly to a much quieter area of the market where all you’ll find are small antique shops and individual traders.
Figuring out the alternate vintage route on our second trip really made me fall in love with El Rastro. Everything from the merchandise being sold off the floor to the laundry hanging to dry on balconies of the apartments above. It’s a very unique and authentic experience for the simple fact that the vintage vendors don’t just pay for a spot and set up a table once a week. These guys have tiny store fronts and come Sunday, they extend their shops out to the street and are joined by individuals who bring nothing but their merch and a blanket to lay it on. Pair this with a maze-like, hyper-local neighborhood and you get more than just a market – you get a sense of exploration that is unparalleled to shopping in a parking lot, a field, or one single designated street.
If you’re going to go – which you totally should if you’re in Madrid – go early around 8am or 9am to avoid the crowds that really build up after 10:30am. Also, don’t miss Plaza del General Vara del Rey. Though at first it seems like it’s only good for cheap tube socks and second hand clothes, just past those stalls and near the center there are usually vintage dealers with all sorts of goods sprawled over blankets. Like always, the fun stuff is just off the beaten path.
I’m still smiling from my trip to Sunbury Antiques Market yesterday. It was exactly what I was looking for in/around London in terms of market size, merchandise mix, and price points. I’ll share more on the market experience later…today I want to give you a peek at what I brought home with me in a new blog feature I’m calling show & tell.
Now, feel free to imagine me standing in front of your second grade classroom holding up my new found treasures…
1. I’ve desperately been wanting a serving tray to use while lounging on our bed. We don’t have a sofa so I spend A LOT more time on there than I normally would (maybe that’s why I’m always so sleepy?). This Picquot serving tray is absolutely perfect. I love the texture and color combinations of the sycamore wooden handles, aluminum sides, and etch printed laminate center. Turns out that the tray is a sibling to a Picquot kettle we bought at Camden Market (as pictured on the manufacturer’s home page). I love that kettle just the same.
2. Joe likes his cup of joe (and espresso) so I bought him a swanky espresso cup with saucer by Crown Devon Fieldings of England. Based on the style of their stamp – and a google search – I learned that this set could be from anywhere between the 1930′s to the 1960′s. Awesome. I love the matte look of the black paired with the gold…just can’t seem to get away from this combo. I’ve literally been buying black and gold/brass things for years!
3. With an eye for DIY, these brass buttons made in Paris beckoned me to think “necklace.” All I need is some chain and I’ll be ready to sport a new baubly accessory :)
4. We don’t have many country-esque elements in our decor so I thought that this stoneware jar from Dunragit Creamery of Scottland would be an easy touch – just add some flowers and voila! A bushel of billy balls would look really nice, si?
And with that, ladies and gentlemen and fellow second graders, we wrap up our first show & tell. Did you like? Let me know what you think, your comments always make me smile!
P.S. There were more treasures that came home with me but they aren’t for show and tell just yet. I promise that you’ll see them soon!
I’ve visited Camden Lock twice now and I must say that going on a weekday is the way to do it if you can swing it. Without the crazy crowds blocking everything in sight you can fully soak in what this hub of markets has to offer: independent designers and shops, antiques, quality street food from around the world, and a unique setting.
While the majority of non-craft stalls are reminiscent of cheapy Venice Beach and Melrose Avenue merchandise, there are some gems to be found if you wind your way through The Stables. I loved seeing a leather accessories maker pounding away at his craft, finding a great little rug made in India, and of course, coming upon the antique underground hall with its selective group of vendors. Prices weren’t as marked up as you’d expect for a tourist destination but the downside is that most antique stalls only open on the weekends.
During my last visit I was tempted to dig through racks of vintage clothing but ultimately felt that I didn’t have the patience for it like I used to. It was a sad moment of realization but I perked up when I came across a great bin of old photos that kept me entertained for ten minutes.
I ended up taking 15 or so vintage landscape photos home with me along with a bar of natural homemade soap, and a bow tie that I have DIY plans for. Should that project turn out well you’ll see a proud and glittery post about it. Should it fail…well, it may get an honorable mention somewhere. Also, I’ll be sure to go back to Berty and Gerty for boots come fall (pictured above). They have an incredible selection that is very easy to comb through. Actually, no combing is necessary :)
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Last Thursday I spent the morning combing the aisles of the Old Spitalfields’ antique market. I can’t believe that it took me so long to get out to a London treasure trove! Perhaps Paris’s Vanves Market was that good?
I really enjoyed hunting at Old Spitalfields despite it feeling more commercial than traditional markets. Well actually, the location is where markets (previously food) have been held since the 1800′s. So it is traditional but today a modern shopping center surrounds the historical square.
What’s nice is that the market was totally manageable in size for a morning visit. The vendors were super friendly and there was a little bit of everything for all curiosities. I was hoping for some more furniture since that’s where my head is at but no such luck. I did however find some great pieces for future projects and a few knick knacks for the home like my first English tea cup!
I’ll definitely go back soon and also take advantage of its proximity to the famed indie shopping street, Brick Lane. There is much to see and do in this town!
Descriptions + more photos here!
Hi everyone. I hope you had a great weekend!
I spent Sunday afternoon doing what I love to do most: flea market shopping. Here’s what I found…
1. tiny product samples and promotional materials from dentists to restaurants. love how they were displayed giving each piece its own space
2. bakelite bangles + green shag carpet = amazing
3. not usually into owls but the colors and texture of these really tickled my fancy
4. standard post used to be so colorful
5. how beautiful would a cluster of wine bottles look with these glass toppers?
6. plastic wicker handbags looking mighty primp and proper
See what I bought + more finds on my flickr page.