Friday, July 10, 2015

A Cool Shopping Day in Alameda

I wasn't looking for anything in particular when I went out to the Alameda Antique Faire on Sunday, but the idea of spending the day surrounded by vintage treasures, good food, and good friends sounded like a great idea. It's usually at least 15 degrees cooler over there on the San Francisco Bay and always a refreshing treat to get away from the heat here in the valley. 

Let's go shopping!
pocket watch faces
It's always fun to dig through all the bits and pieces in this booth.

skeleton keys trinkets for jewelry
Lots of jewelry potential here.

vintage doorknobs
Hardware heaven.

vintage hardware display
I wouldn't mind having a version of these display boards hanging in my house.

vintage storage cubby
This metal cubby would be gorgeous all dressed up. 

wooden handmade cubby
This was once used in a church.

Beach sign
Sounds like a good idea to me.

vintage doorknobs picnic basket

hydrangeas vintage urn

vintage shopping
Cool junk overload.

greenhouse made with windows

vintage locker sign chippy paint
I love the beautiful color and crackled paint on this old locker door.

vintage luggage suitcase

chippy paint architectural salvage pillars

unusual vase
An interesting what's it filled with faded lavender.

Signs don't apply to dogs.

hand made bar with fire hydrant
These guys build some wild custom pool tables, retail displays, and bars.  Check out the fire hydrant base on this huge bar.  PlanksUSA.
custom made table bar

whimsical motorcycle creation
This was made from just about everything but the kitchen sink.  What an imagination!!

Elvis Presley and the Blues Brothers
Elvis and the Blues Brothers.

wooden cow homemade display
Cute weathered plywood cow.

rustic farmhouse desk boxes

vintage swing Navy pillows

Home Sweet Home sign
I really liked this Home Sweet Home sign, but it was the mantel in the background that really caught my eye. 

  You wouldn't believe the stuff I talked myself out of; I had so much self-control!  After almost five hours of walking and talking, here's what I brought home.
vintage finds Alameda Antique Faire
A sturdy old step stool, grain sack remnant, door hardware, six old film canisters to repurpose, and a cool chalkboard hiding in the background.

vintage prints from Alameda Antique Faire
I couldn't leave these sweet framed prints behind. I love the soft muted colors.

Mother's Day message
Signed: Your loving son, Bob and Angela.

vintage jewels for repurposing
I rounded up these old jewelry bits and pieces from about eight different dealers. The watches are missing their internal parts, but I still have a plan for them.

sterling salt and pepper shakers
Tiny salt and pepper shakers for making necklaces. Here's what I did with the last batch.

rusty turquoise Tonka truck with camper
My favorite find of the day!  Turquoise and rust, lots of rust.  I love the combination.  The camper pops right off, so this old truck will be hauling around a lot of junk.

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  1. Linda @ Itsy Bits And PiecesJuly 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Lots of eye candy here! LOVE your new toy truck...

  2. Donna WilkesJuly 10, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Oh, Oh, Oh!!! What treasures! There is so much to drool over. My favorite is the cubby followed by the truck. There are no markets like this in SC.

  3. Linda @ A La CarteJuly 10, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    I could use a good day of lots of junk!! Just to look and have fun would be great! Love all your finds, but the truck is amazing. I always keep an eye out for one but haven't ever seen the right one yet!

  4. Pam LaurenJuly 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    OMG! The truck is amazing!! What a wonderful place to go and dream! I went to one near my town not to long ago and it was just so fun to look around and let your imagination run wild! By the way, I live near Fresno, so we must be 'neighbors!'

  5. handmade by amaliaJuly 10, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    I admire your will power, Betsy. I would have broken the bank and hauled home a whole lot of stuff.

  6. ZefiJuly 11, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    I wish I was there!!!

  7. AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNaJuly 11, 2015 at 4:14 AM

    Looks like you visited junk heaven for a day! Out of all your fabulous treasures, that truck is my favorite too. I am still on my aqua/turquoise craze so I would have had to have it!

  8. Julia - Vintage with LacesJuly 11, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    OMG, OMG, OMG!!! Betsy, what are you doing to me? SIGH! You really did have self-control with so many cool things to buy. Your finds are wonderful. Like you, I especially love the truck.
    Have a great weekend!

  9. DebbiefrankJuly 11, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    WOW...and now I NEED to find some S&P shakers! I have some glass ones I may have to try out. I picked up a bird feeder truck Joann's and will make a planter out of it.. thanks for the inspirations!

  10. LizJuly 11, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Great finds! Interested in seeing how you repurpose film canisters.

  11. LizJuly 11, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Great finds! Interested in seeing how you repurpose film canisters.

  12. LizJuly 11, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Great finds! Interested in seeing how you repurpose film canisters.

  13. Tuula McPheeJuly 11, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Wow! I see so many awesome things. Love those cubby pieces, and the suitcases and that locker door, and.... I could go on and on. Great jewelry pieces, and that truck is a real treasure.

  14. Michelle L.July 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Soooo much! Your picks are all delightful...and so restrained, did it hurt not to buy more? Well done!

  15. Rose LJuly 11, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Probably a good thing I do not live near there as I would be broke and have way too many projects to get to!

  16. Glenda/MidSouthJuly 11, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    I always loved the flat boxes and trays full of bits and pieces to dig thru looking for a treasure or two. Nice bling stash.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  17. mary scottJuly 11, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Such wonderful stuff. Thank you!

  18. JunkchiccottageJuly 11, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Woooo Hoooo such great treasures!!!!

  19. Deanies StashJuly 11, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    I want to shop there! You really showed restraint with all those goodies! I love what you did bring home and am drooling over the truck!


  20. KathyJuly 12, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    What a fun day and bravo to you for not talking yourself out of everything. You got some great treasures! Big shows like that overwhelm me to the point I can't make a decision to buy anything - strange but true!

  21. The Speckled Hen CottageJuly 12, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Oh that truck is a great find...I've been looking for one to make a Christmas vignette, they look so charming with a little bottle brush tree in the back. Food, Friends, & Finds ~ what could be better!

  22. cynthia lee designsJuly 12, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Lots of great goodies!! I love the old jewelry pieces. They are my favorite thing to look for at the Flea Market...and old buttons.

  23. Linda@Coastal CharmJuly 13, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Now this looks like my kind of's full of wonderful treasures and the cooler temps sound GREAT!!! You came home with some outstanding goodies.


  24. Sherry@Back2VintageJuly 13, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful, junkin' day. Sunshine, cooler temps and JUNK.... what could be better! Several old farm tables caught my eye along with that giant metal rooster! Love your Tonka truck... rusty perfection!!!

  25. By NeymesJuly 13, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Como eu gostaria de participar de uma dessas feiras... Beijo amiga.Valéria.

  26. Creations By CindyJuly 13, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Oh my goodness! Love all the loot! WOW! That "junk" would be my "treasure". Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  27. Ree CeeJuly 13, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    I'll take one of each and two trucks. What a satisfying way to spend the day. Can we go shopping with you!? I also love the bits and pieces table, the dog and what looks to be a sad rabbit pillow behind him, the curvy shelf behind the columns as well as that big a$$ white birdcage, the sweet terra cotta (?) deer, and every single one of those drafting stools.

  28. BlissJuly 13, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    I would go wild to have bins of doo-dads like that to pick in. And where can I get me a couple fire hydrants?

  29. MarshaJuly 13, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    I think I want two or three things that I saw in each one of your pictures. Great photos of great stuff!
    Wish you could be my personal shopper!

  30. JeanieJuly 13, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Oh Betsy, I would have totally shot my budget in the first two or three photos and then been tearful at all the other good things I wouldn't be able to buy -- and want to, so much! What fun you had to have had!

  31. Sam @ Raggedy BitsJuly 14, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    Oh WOW!!! I wish I lived there!! What an awesome find Besty!!

  32. Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble ChristmasJuly 14, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    WoW!! I see a lot of things that would have come home with me!! Amazing place!! Nothing like that here...Thanks for sharing!!


  33. Jillian's Bella Rosa AntiquesJuly 15, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    I just love all of your photos, Betsy! How fun. I will be giving you one of the features for next week's LTV post! Thanks so much for linking up. Have a great day!

  34. must love junkJuly 15, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    Whoa, Betsy, so many cool and unusual things! I'd get in BIG trouble there! :)


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