The trend of incorporating vintage items into interior design elements and collections is something that I find most intriguing. First of all, I love antique stores, junk stores, flea markets, auctions and estate sales. Although estate sales can be a little sad because it usually involves a family disposing of the life long collection of a relative who has recently passed.
I am constantly amazed at what one can find at a flea market. Virtually everything you can imagine will show up in a vendor booth at some point. I mean, would you consider this couple collectible and exactly where you display these folks?
A little scrap lumber, few decorative items, a little imagination and you have a bird house that any city bird would die for.
Some of the items in the flea market booths bring back childhood memories and may be the reason that we find ourselves purchasing things that we don't really need.
Before plastic & foam, these double walled galvanized coolers could be found at the end of the bench on every little league field. They could also be found on virtually every construction site in the country. Yes, the water had a little metallic taste, but it was cold and it was how we "hydrated" ourselves before Gatorade.
Some items just make you wonder what story they have to tell. Were these shoes worn by an entertainer? Perhaps they were purchased for a very special occasion. It is obvious that they were not worn more than a very few times.
If you collect something, a flea market might be the best place to find an item that you love for a bargain price. This booth had the largest single display of Frankoma Pottery that I have ever seen. This desert tan in one of the most popular glazes and this vendor is asking near retail price for some of the pieces, but I LOVE Frankoma and I just may have to return to this place and purchase an item or two. Have a blessed day.