Monday, February 20, 2012


This was the weekend of the Renninger's Extravaganza flea market. I went on sat. morning and found a few things but what tickled me more then anything was a little vase of flowers made out of shells. They were so unique, hand painted where necessary to define a flower and made by someone with a lot of patience. The flowers were only 5.00 and she said the vase can go with it. I didn't take a good picture of it but it is Czech glass in the pinwheel pattern. The vase alone is worth more then 5.00. I have a large silver compote filled with shells in the sunroom so I put this little vase right with it. I can't stop looking at them.

The booth where I found this I also found another great stash of lace and her prices were very reasonable. Lots of beautiful little pieces and a bagfull of old collars. I spent the last 2 days oxying and bleaching again and have another stash. I will use them in the project I am working on right now. I am working on cloth #3 and will show it to you in a day or two.

I should have added that I was in our Publix supermarket today buying a few things and I picked up a copy of Flea Market Finds and was leafing through it while waiting and what did I see but a huge 5-6 page feature on Renninger's flea market - precisely their Extravaganza weekend. I was going to buy it just to show then looked at the price of 9.99 and thought what has happened to magazines. You can now get a subrscription to many for 10 - 12.00 per year and yet they want 9.99 for one.
i put it back and thought you go there every weekend almost so you don't need the article. Rather spend the $10.00 on more lace - he he. I probably should buy it as a memento as it had a lot of references to Mount Dora in there. Will let you know if I give in.


MosaicMagpie said...

Fun shell finds! Good job on scoring the lace and collars. It is even fun cleaning them up I think. I am like a witch stirring them up in my saoking tub and adding a pinch of this and that! I look forward to long lines at the grocery store, so I can read the magazines. Magazines cost way too much! More than paper backs used to cost.
Ps.. the word verification is really hard to read.

fabriquefantastique said...

agree with the word verification...what a pain.
I have started to pick up magazines I like in thrift stores.

Gina E. said...

That creation using shells for flowers is absolutely stunning. I can't imagine how much work went into that. LOL at MosaicMagpie's comment about feeling like a witch when she is cleaning her laces!! If I've got linens soaking in my special solution in the laundry tub, and hubby tries to wash his hands under the tap, I almost scream at him!!
And Jan's comment about picking up mags in thrift stores; that is where I find most of mine too.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What pretty little shell flowers - someone certainly had a lot of patience to make them. Regarding magazines - I love them and I know I buy too many but I'm trying really hard to stay away from the stores that sell the ones I like so I'm not tempted.

Susan Elliott said...

I adore this little vase of shell flowers Freda. You have the BEST eye for treasures. I have a few flower brooches made from seashells and Have a picture on velvet...a basket of "flowers" all made with shells that I need to refurbish. Loved seeing your posy...