Monday, July 2, 2007

Cool Stuff: One Faire Day

Nick and I had a rare treat on Sunday: Both of us were able to slip out early to the Alameda Antiques & Collectibles Faire while the kids were at friends' houses after Saturday-night sleepovers. Normally only one of us gets to go (that would be me), or the whole family attends together but we can't manage to get everyone out of the house until later -- and then we have to listen to the kids whine the entire time about how we're torturing them by dragging them out to look at a bunch of "old stuff." I'm sure their future therapists will hear all about this abusive behavior someday ...

(Question for you other flea-marketing parents: How do you do it? I see kids there with their parents every month, and they don't look like they're on the brink of mutiny like our kids always do. We've even tried to bribe them with the promise of churros and a small budget to find their own treasures, or attempted to make a game out of spotting things -- but all to no avail. If you have secrets for making flea markets a reasonably enjoyable family affair, I'd love to hear them.)

Anyway, I'm happy to report that the Faire's new location isn't much different from the old location, and that the gorgeous view of SF remains intact. We didn't have an agenda this month -- I'd already blogged the Faire and there was no one thing we were on the hunt for. In fact, we came home with only one $7 ceramic dish in which to toss keys on our entry table. (Sadly, Nick would not let me take home the cement garden deer, below.) But it was so nice to just wander around hand-in-hand, checking out the wares, chatting with the vendors, and enjoying the sunshine.

I snapped some pictures of things that happened to catch my eye, and only realized later that there were a few themes at work: I seemed to be drawn to turquoise (surprise, surprise), patinaed metal and shiny silver objects, old bottles, objects from the ocean, and, um, disembodied heads.

A photographic scrapbook of the day:

10 comments:

Helena said...

that lamp with the jade colored lamp shade is my favorite

cardboard said...

I ADORE the wheat art in the first pic and the angelic little boy mannequin head! I would hold onto those for-e-ver, if I had them.

katiedid said...

Love your photo groupings! I have GOT to get down there one of these days!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Fleamarketing is my very favorite thing to do, bar none. Did you come away with anything? How were the prices?

modmom said...

love those pillows!

deerseason87 said...

So funny- I almost bought both those lawn chairs and the Bauer vase! Amazingly though, I didn't buy a single thing this month. Maybe it was the new location that threw off my shopping mojo, but there just wasn't anything I had to have. Hope you have a great holiday!

Hannah

Gypsy Purple said...

What fabulous stuff!!!!

Leah said...

Modmom: The person selling the pillows also has an eBay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Euro-Linens

The eBay store prices are crazy-expensive, IMHO, but her prices at the Faire were more reasonable -- the pillows were in the $60-$70 range, I believe.

All the best,

Leah

amy (rustyletter) said...

I love seeing other people's photos from the flea market - it's fun to note items that I both saw and missed.

We didn't buy anything either this month, not sure why. The cranes were a nice addition to the view.

The Paris Apartment said...

love your flea photos, you have a great eye and sense of humor!

 

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