|One of the many treasures I saw at the Long Beach Flea Market this past weekend. Thought about taking her home, but where to put it......|
First, let me say hello and Happy Monday! Last week while I took a short break from AWNL so I could catch up on a few house projects and tie up some loose ends. I continued to work on spring-cleaning my closet, primed a large canvas for my next project (hopefully I'll be sharing it soon!), worked in our garden, spent some great time with my family, booked a trip to NYC, and spent my Sunday morning at the Long Beach Flea Market. Although it was only a week, I missed blogging & chatting with all of you and am happy to be back!
|Rod iron garden chairs waiting for someone to rescue them with some metal spray paint and a comfy cushion.|
I've been going to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena since I was in middle school and even worked there in high school to make extra money, and as long as I can remember, it has always been THE flea market in L.A., and one of the best in the country. However, over the last several years, everyone here in L.A. has been talking about the Long Beach Flea. Month after month, there seemed to always be something in between me and the LB market, but this week the stars aligned and I finally was able to go! Walking through aisle after aisle, feasting my eyes on all the glorious and beautiful vintage knickknacks, furniture, jewelry, clothes and odds and ends was so fun and I was reminded of why I used to get up on Sundays at a quarter to 6 in the morning to be one of the first to arrive. If you live in Southern California and love vintage, I definitely recommend you pencil in the 3rd Sunday of the month to visit LB. Here are just a few of the many lovely wares for sale yesterday in Long Beach:
|The wood on these mid-century modern chairs was in pristine condition.|
|My friend bought one of these vintage sorting tins to plant succulents in.|
|This was a child's wagon made of an old 7-Up bottle crate.|
|Distressed metal + aero-dynamic design = very cool chairs.|
The purple glasses were so lovely in person and my dear friend picked up all 6 for $25!
|I loved these quatrafoil bar stools with iron bases.|
|I'm always a sucker for vintage children's beds. If only I knew how to rehab rusted pieces like this one.|
|An incredible collection of vintage suitcases.|
|A child's rocking chair.|
|Super glam and very French gold double-mirror.|
|Gorgeous Moroccan pendants.|
|It's not a legit flea market if you can't find a suit of armor.|
|A vintage dresser, repainted and just a little distressed.|
|Great vintage barrels for potted plants.|
|Vintage jewelry box.|
|Thought this would be great in a garden, with the seat used as a planter.|
For me, wandering aimlessly is just as much, if not more fun than finding great pieces, but these days it seems harder and harder for me to carve out the time to go. If you don't live in a city with a large Flea Market or just don't have the time to go, here are some great online flea markets of sorts that you can shop whenever you have a few spare minutes (well, maybe hours:).
|Set of 4 Danish Mobler Folke Palsson Spindle Back Chairs, $595, threepotatofourshop.com.|
Three Potato Four - Both a retail (in Philadelphia) and online store, they usually have a great selection of home decor objects - from vintage boy scout flags and children's toys, to depression-era mug shots and vintage signage, there are many, many treasures to be found here.
|Hollywood Regency credenza, $475, thisisnotikea.com.|
TINI (This Is Not Ikea) - I've never visited this store here in L.A., but I hear nothing but great things about it. Luckily, they also post their inventory online so you can view what they've got in store. Their selection is wide and varied, from Hollywood regency to mid-century modern.
|Vintage Metal Spice Cabinet, $649, onekingslane.com.|
One Kings Lane - already my absolute favorite online source for all things home. With their new addition of a vintage marketplace that is updated daily and impeccably curated, you can satisfy your vintage craving 24/7.
V and M - I dedicated a whole post to this fabulous place back in February. One of my favorite online destinations for vintage home wares.
|Pair of Brass 1920's sconces, $550, 1stdibs.com.|
1stdibs - No question this place is largely aspirational (unless you have a $5000 budget for a coffee table), but if you spend a little time, you can find some more affordable pieces. I often just go here and browse to pinpoint exactly what I'm looking for, and then start the hunt to track it down for a price within my budget.
|Mid-century modern arm chair, $175, rhanvintage on etsy.|
ebay - From fashion designers, to mid-century modern collectors and interior decorators, everyone still swears by the site that started it all. While I've ordered many things on ebay, I have yet to buy any large pieces of furniture (the closest I've come are several lamps). Anyone out there had a successful Ebay purchase of a chair, couch or the like?
Although I saw several pieces of furniture I loved at the Flea Market, I forgot to bring my wall measurements with me and didn't want to make another mistake after having learned that lesson the hard way (buying a table that couldn't fit through our front door and lamps that were too tall for our bedside tables). However, I did score a few smaller pieces, including a vintage Greyhound map of the U.S. (for my daughter's playroom), an original painting of booksellers along the Seine in Paris, lovely yellow pillowcases, and a delicate gold mirror.
|Gold mirror for my stairwell collage - $12.|
|Yellow hand-blocked pillow cover for my living room, $24.|
|Vintage U.S. map (it will need a new frame), $25.|
|Original drawing of booksellers in Paris for my stairwell, $35.|
Do you have any stories of great home finds at your local flea market? Do tell! Have a great week everyone!