Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekend Getaway with the Girls

I love road trips and I love getting away with the girls for a fun shopping adventure.  We drove down to Southern California last weekend for some catching up time and to visit a few new-to-us vintage shows and shops.  We were prepared to be packed in like sardines on the way back home, so it was shocking that we still had so much room to spare.  I really controlled myself and passed up anything bigger than a bread box for fear of being the one responsible for taking up more than my fair share of cargo space.  I'll share the things I brought home in another post just as soon as I have a chance to sort through my bags.

We were out early on Sunday morning to attend the Santa Monica Airport Antique & Collectible Market. This is advertised as one of the top ten flea markets in the country and I'm still trying to figure out why.  We were prepared to spend most of the day there, but the four of us finished in 1 1/2 hours, a real disappointment.  Thanks to a few very friendly vendors who were eager to sell, I did buy a few things that didn't make me gasp from sticker shock.

This large and interesting booth greeted us as we walked in.
I loved these planters and fountains made from old wagons, wheelbarrows, beds, wheels, benches, and buckets. 

How cute is this?

I thought this stool cover made from old ties was a clever idea.

This is a fun and simple way to display a baseball collection.  They used a large paddle bit to drill 1/2" deep holes across pieces of scrap lumber. 

This vintage Tupperware and Pyrex dealer gets my vote for the best display.  

I was in love with this sweet old bird cage until I saw the $95 price tag. 

I've never seen anything quite like these old tractor tables before.  

Perfect for a man cave, don't you think?

This lovely booth was full of gorgeous silver and coral.

The booth next door had at least six tables full of coral in every color and size imaginable.  

 We spotted this scene from the street as we pulled into a school parking lot sale.
My kind of treasure hunt. 

The next five pictures were taken in some of the stores we visited.  Most of the time we had absolutely no idea where we were.  This happens when the GPS lady in your phone tells you where to go and you just go.  No questions asked.
love the storage in these old post office cubbies
Love, love, love!  

This store was loaded with the most beautiful vintage jewelry displays.

homemade vintage sign
Another way to say VINTAGE TREASURES.

After our short visit to the Santa Monica Antique Show we headed south to the Torrance Antique Street Faire.  We all agreed that we should have started off here first thing in the morning.  

I've been a vendor and shopper at dozens of antique street fairs over the years and have never seen one where the vendors set up like this.  The booths were set up with the entrance facing the sidewalk and the vehicle parked behind it.  It was much cooler walking on the sidewalk instead of sizzling on the asphalt in the middle of the street.  Wonder if it's a Southern California thing?  I think it's a great idea as long as you're not parallel parking impaired.

Just because I thought it was funny.

Pretty moss covered purse planters.

The Raggedy family reunion.

Lots of shopping, lots of laughs, lots of fun, and lots of food.  Did you know that it is possible to gain six pounds in four days?  Just sayin'.

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