Thursday, September 11, 2014

Let's Go Shopping at Alameda Point

Oh what a beautiful day it was on Sunday at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  It was overcast until about 10:00am, but not cold, and a very refreshing break from the heat here in the valley. I haven't been out on a good treasure hunt since my weekend getaway with the girls in Southern California at the end of July?  Yes!!  This serious six week dry spell has finally been broken. I really needed this fix!!  
I wonder how many times I've mentioned my love for little storage drawers and cubbies. 
 I'm in love with all of them!
metal drawers

metal filing drawers

metal cubbies

chippy yellow metal drawers
They were still unpacking when I came across these chippy yellow drawers.  I wonder how many were left at the end of the day.

scary doll heads
What vintage show would be complete without creepy doll heads?  At least these are funny and a manageable size.

huge head
Look at the size of this!!  Who would buy this and what would they do with it?  I hope someone finally found the perfect massive head they've been searching for. 

trash to treasure creation
How cute and clever is this?

lamp shade covered with a vintage skirt
What a fun idea for a lamp shade, and it's all wired up and ready to go.

There's never a shortage of mannequins out here.  Some stand around in their underwear, some are completely naked, and some sport medieval looking belts.

antique dress form

vintage dress form

antique mannequin

hanging light fixture made from a chicken feeder
I thought this light fixture made out of a chicken feeder was really interesting.  They had several of them with 6-8 bulbs and singles too.

large furniture sign
Always hundreds of booths full of furniture in every style, color, and condition imaginable.  Yeah, old shoes too.

burlap sack covered chairs

vintage metal lounge chairs

vintage cots

wide load pillows

fifties style furniture
I've never been a fan of Danish Modern furniture probably because our house was filled with it when I was growing up.  If you like it, this is the place to buy it.

bench made with old crates
This booth was full of benches, tables, desks, and dressers that were made from old wooden crates.

Miscellaneous fun stuff.....
vintage Chevron gas station sign

antique wooden cash register

antique enamel wash tubs

large clock

I almost treated myself to one of these gorgeous purses made from vintage grain sacks.  Maybe next time.  

handmade pillows from flour sacks

vintage hardware
Bits and pieces of cool old junk. 

vintage barware
Beautiful vintage barware.

vintage Corona typewriter
This blue beauty was way out of my price range, just like every other typewriter I saw.

antique wrought iron salvage

decorative tin ceiling pieces
This is the same dealer I bought three large 24" x 24" tin ceiling tiles from several months ago.  Fun stuff!!

The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is held the first Sunday of every month, right across the bay from San Francisco.

Next time I'll show you what I came home with.  I behaved myself and didn't even fill my cart up, but I sure had fun!!  Can you believe I only bought one thing that was bigger than a bread box?


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  1. Wow, you saw so many fabulous things! Thank you for photographing them all -- especially for that last photo of SF across the bay -- sigh -- home sick here! I can't get enough of drawers, either!!

  2. Looks like a case of "something for everyone". I also love the pic with the Bay in the background.
    Used to work where there was a huge kardex system, which was eventually loaded in to a computer program. No telling where the stacks of file drawers ended up.

  3. WOW! I want to go there! So glad you got your fix on. I would have died seeing all those old, chippy file cabinets and drawers. Not to mention the view!
    xo Kathleen

  4. Lots of eye candy and goodies, Betsy! My favorite? The BIG furniture sign! Looking forward to seeing what came home with you!

  5. Looks like so much fun! My Mr. would have loved the head - he calls his boss 'The Big Giant Head' (From Third Rock From the Sun) Lol! You sure do have restraint, I would have needed a truck! Love those grain sack covered chairs and the metal gates, and of course - all the cubbies! xo Karen

  6. Oh, all the chippy cabinets. I would love to have any one of those.

    Can't wait to see what you bought.

  7. Wow! You do such an amazing job taking photos. I get so absorbed in shopping that I don't really end up with many pics. Yours are beautiful. I think those yellow drawers might be my favorites. I don't have a use for them but they sure look good all piled up like that.

  8. It's kind of frustrating looking at these pictures as I wanted to know who attacked that mannequin's boobies and why, and what are those giant ladles in the galvanised tub for? LOL. I would have wanted all of those filing drawers at the top. I wish we had great stuff like that at our markets. I would have definitely come away with some of those metal tiles.

  9. Reminds me a little bit of the Rose Bowl Flea Market, except with more great antiques and less junk. This may be one I need to check out!

  10. Great pictures Betsy!!! The heat is back on! Ugh!!!!

  11. Thanks for taking us along for your treasure hunt! The first Sunday of every month... it's on my bucket list now!!! Can't wait to see what you bought!

  12. It's an awfully good thing I'm not there of I would have to start working again to pay for it all! Looks terrific!

  13. Fun! I haven't been for awhile and need to go! It looks like you went to Patine's booth-grainsacks!

  14. Wow Betsy,
    What a great show with lots of whimsy and fun things. Wow that big ole head!!! Too funny.
    Glad you had a fun junkin day.

  15. The large woman's head reminds me of the woman's face in that old painting of a farmer hold a pitch fork and his wife.

  16. Looks like a great place! I'm going to suggest it to my daughter who lives in San Francisco. But I must get that giant head to complete my re-creation 'American Gothic'!

  17. Wow, that would be so fun to shop there with you!! Great photos! I saw several things I would love to own...can't wait to see what you bought.

  18. ME! It is I. The one who would buy the giant head and a few of the small ones too. This is so overwhelming - I would be running around like a chicken with its head cut off with dollars flying out of my pockets. Yellow drawers - who would not want yellow drawers.

  19. One mannequin looks like someone played with her boobies a lot! MEN!! I saw so many cool things but SF is too far away. There are no swap meets here in oregon---darn. I used to love the Rose Bowl one when I lived down there. There also used to be one at the Orange Co. Fairgrounds, but not sure still active.

  20. Okay, I didn't read anyone else's comment to see if they are of the same mind, it just me or does the giant head look like the woman in the painting "American Gothic?"

  21. I want everything you showed except the giant American gothic head! Those upholstered benches look like the Uber Chic guys. Love them!

  22. I am addicted right now to all the old library card catalogs and other small drawed bins. I also LOVE the rusty metal chairs (in the photo right after the big "furniture" letters). Even though I live in Santa Barbara, I am extremely tempted to take a trip up to Nor Cal in October!

  23. I'm with Amy...when I was there in August, I was so overwhelmed by all of the amazing goodness, I didn't take very many pictures. You totally did this show justice with your documentation. Can't wait to see what you got!


  24. What a great looking show. You must have had a blast.

  25. I love love love those cubbies and drawers and all that metal. Swoon, swoon. One of these days I'm going to get to that antiques show. It's definitely on my bucket list.

  26. Oh my! I am in love with all the drawers and cubbies! I would love to have any of cool! Lots of beautiful things to rummage through and a beautiful view too! Can't wait to see what you bought!

    Blessings, Vicky

  27. I've heard the Alameda is a great flea market and from your pictures, Im convinced. What fun stuff and displays.

    (I feel the same way about Danish Modern and for the same reason.)

  28. Betsy...You had giggling! Yikes to the creepy doll heads and the one HUGE head!!! Great stuff, I'm guessing it was all a little pricy, but that never stops me from looking. I am going out on a limb here guessing you bought some great small bits and pieces???


  29. Thanks for sharing your post @ TTF! :)

  30. What fun eye candy!! LOVE all those fabulous cubbies and drawer units! And that HUGE head...just... 'wow'.

  31. I have wanted to go to Alameda for so long. This post makes me very jealous! Found you at the Coastal Charm link up! Kyla @

  32. It's such a fabulous place to visit!! It's amazing as it's so near where I grew up. (Concord) and yet so far now. I'm looking for Florida to cool down a bit before venturing out.

  33. That giant head is the kind of thing that I wouldn't be able to get out of MY head for days. You are right, who would have a place to put it?? Love the pink chair and the chicken feeder lights, too. Thank you for sharing a wonderful day of eye candy!


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