Friday, June 7, 2013

My Morning at the Flea

I hit the road early last Saturday morning because I wanted to get in and out of the DeAnza College flea market in Cupertino before it got too hot. I guess everyone had the same plan because it was packed full of shoppers when I arrived at 7:15.  Unfortunately, only about 20% of the vendors out there sell vintage stuff, but this flea has always been good to me and I can get through it in about three hours.

I made two trips back to my truck with an overflowing shopping cart, and I'm sure I could have filled it up again if I had the energy to take one last look around.  The biggest thing I bought was a funky old cooler that had to ride back to the truck perched on top of my cart....it fell off twice.  I forgot about it when I took these pictures, so hopefully I'll have time to give it a makeover soon and get a picture later.

The little bottles with rusty lids will be getting new labels and a little bling.

More silverware for stamping (I'll never have enough).
The oil can will make a great vase.

I might end up keeping the basket for myself if I can find a perfect spot for it.  How could I resist a pile of trading stamp books?  Now I need to get busy with more trading stamp jewelry; this stash will last me a long time.

No time to plant this yet, but isn't it cute?  It even came with the mossified pots.

I was on a roll with the wire baskets.  Love the chippy paint on these.

My favorite find of the day is this vintage child's ironing board.  It looks like someone sawed off part of the front, but it's still going to make a great display shelf in my booth.

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32 comments:

  1. Every time I look at your blog, I love seeing your finds or what you are doing with them.

    Today is the day. I 8 hours I will be retired and I can learn to stamp silverware, go to flea markets and hunt down cute baskets.

    I was just invited to join a soldering class- don't know when I will use the skills, but it sounds fun.

    Have fun playing with your new stuff.

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  2. What wonderful finds!!!! I would have loved to find any of those! :) I think I have picked up the same plaid stamp book! :) Have a wonderful weekend!! xo Holly

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  3. WOW, that's a great haul, Betsy!! Love the bottles!!!!

    Have a great weekend!! Stay COOL!!!

    xoxo

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  4. great stuff, Betsy!! I love the skinny wire basket holding the stamp books!! (and oh, i remember licking plenty of stamps back in the day and helping my mom fill up those books! It was always fun to redeem them for stuff, too :-))
    Can't wait to see what you do with the jars.
    Have a great weekend and keep hunting for more great finds!

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  5. Awesome finds!! I had a good morning too...came home with some awesome stuff. If it quits raining I will take a pic and post it...I just love seeing what others bring home! :)
    Thanks!
    Denise

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  6. Nice finds - looking forward to seeing what you do with it all.
    Have a great weekend.

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  7. Love all your treasures Betsy. Love those wire baskets and that ironing board is beyond cute!;)


    xo
    ~Sumaya

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  8. Love the wire basket with the three label holders on the front. You must find a spot for that in your fort! Great little tarnished ornaments, too. I am planning to treat myself to a trip to The Bins tomorrow so hoping the junk mojo will be with me.

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  9. I hate you...I just do! You find the coolest things!! I wanta' go....stomp, stomp, waaaa, I want to go with you! Haha....

    I love every bit of it...dang!

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  10. You found so many different things! I love the old wire planters and those stamp books. I think I'll do what Karen is doing....boohoo...I wanna go, too! lol Sweet hugs!

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  11. Wonderful finds Betsy...love that ironing board and scale.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  12. The flea market was very good to you! Love it all and I know once you work your magic on it, watch out!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  13. Looks like you did very well at the flea indeed. I love those rusty glass bottles and the chippy wire baskets, yes, yes, yes!! Lol. Can't wait to see the bottle transformations!

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  14. The rusty, crusty wire baskets are awesome and I love the jars with the lids. I can see them blinged-up!

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  15. Wow, Betsy! I'm pretty jealous of those green stamp books! I keep my eyes out for those and so far no luck, but there have to be some out there around here too! That basket you want to keep is so cool! Just love the goodies you got!
    Liz

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  16. Wow, that is some great finds!! The jars and the baskets are great!

    Carol

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  17. Those are great finds today! Love those wire baskets and the wire planter. Can't wait to see your transformations! xo

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  18. You found some great stuff. I never thought about the stamps for jewelry. Great idea. I love old ironing boards too no matter what condition they are in. Sounds like a wonderful flea market.

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  19. Great finds! Love the little ironing board. Sounds like a great flea market. I'm going to go to a street fair tomorrow...hoping to get a booth there at their Fall show.
    ~Cindy

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  20. AAAAAH I am dying over here. Love it all. SO fun. I want to go through all the paperwork/booklets. So fun! You did really well!!!
    Karen

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  21. Great finds Betsy! I have not been to one single garage sale yet...can you believe it?!
    xx
    Anne

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  22. Hi Betsy! I never realized that it was an ironing rod. Haha Perhaps my attention was more focused on the metal baskets. They are pretty and I can't imagine what will you make from them.

    Have a great weekend!

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  23. I love your vintage finds! Just got back to the hunt myself yesterday. My finds are quite different than yours but I love them all! I posted mine in my recent blog if you care to check it out...
    http://www.musingsofavintagejunkie.blogspot.com

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  24. Wonderful finds Betsy! I LOVE the ironing board and the great basket that held those stamp books... how awesome!

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  25. Lucky you!! I wish we had a good flea market closer to us! We usually only make it to a couple each summer :( Fun finds...

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  26. Hi Betsy, you do have an eye for treasures! I love the child's ironing board. Yes, it looks as if someone had use for the pointed end and took it!! Would like to see the cooler and how your will make it over!!!
    Take care,
    Hugs, Loretta

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  27. OMGosh! I'm drooling over your haul, especially that wire basket!!
    Susan

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  28. You did well. I love the chippy wire baskets!

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  29. Excellent finds! My favorites are those 'twin' baskets -- so much chippy charm :)

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  30. Love the little ironing board, Betsy! You are so right...it will make a darling shelf in your booth. I'm drawn to the wire basket you pictured with the stamp books. Great finds!!!

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  31. oh what fabulous finds!!! Love them ALL!!! TFS...hugs...

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  32. wow! fantastic finds! I can't decide a favorite but I do love the metal baskets.
    Smiles,
    Rachael
    The Joyful Thrifter

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