Monday, April 18, 2011
SATURDAY 'S FLEA MARKET
Last weekend being the 3rd. weekend of the month, Renningers Flea Market held their larger than normal antique fair. This means that dealers who do not come to the flea market end every week do come to the antique market end on this 3rd. weekend.
I was having company for lunch (more about that tomorrow) and so set off about 9 and went to my usual flea market end first because there is a gal there who sells large bouquets of cut orchids for $5.00 a bunch. I wanted one so I could give my guest a couple of orchids to take home. I had bought a bunch more then 5 weeks ago and with changing the water and cutting the stems once a week I still have a few but they are falling fast. 5 weeks of orchid blooms for $5.00 - I call that a deal. Well wouldn't you know it she was there but had no cut flowers just potted orchids. The next disappointment was when I walked out to the field there were hardly any dealers there. The majority had headed north. Apparently a lot of them work their way up by attending flea markets all the way north. I do not remember them leaving so early in other years and I hope none of them got caught in the horrible weather all up through the south. The amount of people killed and the damage from the tornados is just horrifying. To think I talked about our episode just last week and then this.
Well I left there and drove down to the antique end. There were more dealers but still not as many as you would expect. I bought a bunch of old linens from a gal I buy from frequently and they were only 6 for $5.00 and she always gives me extra - told me to pick out 1 more. I immediately cut the lace off and through out the fabric when I got home. They were pretty bad. I bought 3 lovely vintage rhinestone pins from a gal and I also bought the pretty box you see above. Someone obviously hand made it and did an absolutely beautiful job of it. It was 12.00 and a great bargain at that for the workmanship that was in it.
When I first got there the first fella I stopped at had a set of 4 tray tables in a stand. They were the painted flower trays similar to what I collect for my walls up north and the couple I have down here. The set was 25.00 and I snapped it up for the sun room. When we have a crowd of people in it is good to have some tray tables for drinks, snacks, etc. They were also a great bargain. I have never seen a set like this before. All in all I had a fun morning then hurried home to get ready for my company.