Monday, October 10, 2011

AN AUTUMN DAY AT THE FLEA MARKET

I've been doing a lot of antiquing/fleaing/thrifting lately. I guess I just want to take advantage of the fun before winter sets in here in the Midwest. Fall is such a wonderful time of year for strolling through a flea market. My husband and I enjoyed just such a stroll the other weekend while we were home visiting my parents. Many of the dealers had their booths decked out in fall finery.


I resisted the temptation to stock up on these cute gourds and jack-be-littles. Usually, I buy some for our porch but I've decided to forgo pumpkins this year.


Above the pumpkins and gourds was a rustic display of stitched pillows, nesting boxes, and antique bowls.


At 7:30 in the morning when we usually get to the flea market, there is still a chill in the air. This sweet little fellow found comfort under a warm blanket.


I love birdhouses and was really tempted by this charming abode. The problem is I already have far too many of them. In my garden, the birds have even taken over birdhouses that were designed to be more decorative than functional. One even poked out the front door and moved right in!


I also have a weakness for primitive hutches like this one. We hope to remodel one of our bathrooms next year and I'd love to incorporate an old hutch like this and fill it with soaps, towels, and other bath-time accoutrements. But do I need it? The bathroom is already furnished with two washstands, a quilt rack with vintage linens, a bench, a spool-legged accent table-turned-plant stand, and a small tuffet.


Loved these vintage cat salt and pepper shakers. I was going to go back and get them if I didn't find anything else I liked better but that wasn't a problem!


This sweet vintage green typewriter caught my eye. Thought about buying it just as a prop for my office but it was more than I wanted to spend.


What a fun day it was! I can't remember a flea market with more beautiful weather than this one. It was 67 degrees and sunny—just perfect for me. Stop back later to see some scenes from an antiquing trip I just returned from. I even found a humble old quilt!