I know that with the Olympics just finishing up last week, we tend to think of athletic achievement in terms of Michaels Phelps' amazing eight medal win, the perseverence of Dana Torress making the Olympic team at age 41, or the dedication and training of young girl like Shawn Johnson, but let me tell you....going to a flea market with the temperature in the 90's is no picnic.
Karla and I headed up to Sparks and White Cloud KS for their semi annual flea markets yesterday. The sun and the heat really took it out of us, but we still managed to find some goodies. I tried to be efficient so I've already taken some of my loot to my booth at the antique mall.
I did run into a little button greed- that's what I call it when I spot one pretty button in a group and decide I need the whole bunch without really looking them over. I saw this pink button with rhinestones (on original card), and decided I had to have the whole bag.
Luckily I only paid $3 for the bag- because besides the stuff I put on this tray- it was kind of thin pickings. (Note the reflection of the camera & hand on the tray).
And there was a bag of THESE- does anybody else remember what they are? I do - my Mom used them. Can anyone think of a present day use for them? They're such a sweet pink color.
I found some funky green bakelite buttons on the original card.
And one of my favorite 19th century calicos.
One of my biggest purchases was this collection of French jet trim. The original jet beads were mourning jewelry in the Victorian era, and came from Whitby England.
In the 1920's, jet was reinvented by the French as deco looking glass beads that were used for jewelry and trim.
(Sorry those beads are a little dusty.)
You know how much I like box lots- going through the little bits and pieces hoping to find a treasure. I saw a few fun things in this box and asked for a price for the box.
We'll go through the box on my NEXT post (if you want)