Monday, August 17, 2009

California Flea Markets & Vintage Score!

Let me ask a question of all you fans of flea markets, vintage chic and treasure hunting: Have you ever been to the Rose Bowl Flea Market???

Yes? No? Well, I haven't, but last week I was THIS close!!! :-) It's such a legend it's something I've wanted to do forever and last Sunday we were road trippin' to the beaches in California RIGHT through Pasadena exactly while this monthly event was taking place ...

... and we didn't stop.

Well, it wasn't exactly the best place for stretching your legs with 2 toddlers on a hot, steamy August day, right? But, guess what?? The next day I hit it big with two major scores at an antique shop!! We had spent the morning on the beaches of Carpinteria, and then when Daddy had to make his Starbuck's run, I dodged into this place:Angel's Antiques where my babes were entertained by Zelda Plume and her fascinating children's stories: And the funny thing is ... when I was lamenting missing the Rose Bowl flea with three friends before we left, one asked "Well, is there something you really want to get - what are you looking for?"

My very real thoughts - "S-T-O-P the bus! Who IS this person and why does she think I need a reason to go to a flea market? Has she never experienced the joy of the hunt??? Has she never gone garage sale-ing Just For Fun??? Is she a Man??"

My very real words - "A surfboard."

Here's what I found:
The PERFECT vintage surfboard!!!!!!! I was giddy with delight as I hauled it all the way from the back of the yard up to the front, concealing my enthusiasm until after I got "the best price" from Mr. Zelda Plume. This is for my little dude's bedroom and something I'd been looking for online for ages. Truly perfect for our purposes AND truly an unbelievable price!!! And Mr. Zelda Plume had actually been selling down at the Rose Bowl the day before!!! Ha! Had he even brought these two items I KNOW they would have been priced quadruple!! Score!! Thanks, God!!

The other thing one often hunts for is that treasure you just have to have, but didn't know it existed 5 minutes ago, right??? Am I right? Are you feelin' me? This is just that thing:A fabulous old sign dug out from behind loads of junk. I'll show better pics and what I do with them down the road!! Now, go hunt with wild abandon!!! :-)

13 comments:

Eva Gallant said...

never could get into the flea market thing; we have a huge one less than a mile away every day during the summer months. Went there once a couple of years ago; ho hum; never returned. Guess that gene is missing from my DNA.

just stopping by to say hi from SITS; hope you'll do the same.

RoverHaus said...

The surfboard??? Pfttttt!

Check out those sandals she is wearing.

I think you missed the real find there!

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Love your blog. So glad I found you, I am a Junk Girl too, tootles, Janna

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Say 'flea market' and we're there! Never came across a surf board at an Ohio one, though:)
Karla & Karrie

Kathie said...

Girl....I can feel your Rose Bowl pain!! I am a SoCal girl too and have never been. Guess this calls for a road trip!!

Anonymous said...

Long Beach, CA, has a great flea market too, with bonus celebrity sightings (I've seen Diane Keaton there). There's also a smaller flea market called The Groves in Irvine on the first Sunday of the month.

Mandi Arrington said...

Fun!!! I have always wanted to do that to we have 2 extremely young ones which would make it impossible :)

Tiffany said...

I felt giddy just reading this post and dreaming of finding the perfect thing, whatever that may be. For you, congratulations on the surfboard. What a neat touch that would be in a bedroom! I was also excited over the sign even if I can't read what it says. Signs are a favorite of mine, all kinds. Love them. I totally know what you are talking about with the going for fun because you just never know what treasure is waiting for you, it's so exciting! : ) Have a happy day!

Livin' the Yeh Life! said...

Next time pick me up and I'll go with you! :) Hope you had a great trip! Congratulations on your find... I love those deals; they're such a blessing!

Renee said...

Hope you had a great trip! Congratulations on your find...thanks for sharing with us..
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shana said...

I love a good flea market . . . great finds!

Blessings,
Shana in MN

Christina said...

I love how sometimes the perfect find just drops down out of the blue (so to speak). I have never actually been to a flea market, but I adore looking through the old stuff at thrift stores. I've found some good things in unexpected places!

Victoria said...

I love vintage and flea markets! I can't wait to see what you do with the sign.

I regularly read your blog but do not comment as often as I should. I do enjoy your "inspiring ideas" and just the sheer loveliness of your blog.

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