Flea Market


I finally made it to the Long Beach Flea Market last week.
I adore these markets, though I don’t let myself go too often for fear of buying in excess. A book here, a vase there, and before I know it, I could very well be a hoarder. Thank goodness A&E’s Hoarders alerted me to this phenomena; I never knew knickknacks could morph into a health hazard.

ANYWAY, since I am not typing this post from under a mound of collectible Tupperware and porcelain cats, I declare myself unscathed from this flea market trip.

There were so many charming, and sometimes odd (i.e. random top hat head, below), things to see that even though I wasn’t buying, I had a blast walking around and finding inspiration in the quirky, beautiful wares. I left with a few small trinkets and a lot great DIY ideas. A lovely way to pass a sunny Sunday morning.

How great is this collection of thermoses? Perfect for stylish school work lunches or as kitchen decoration.

Fire King Jadeite dishes

A table with a metal bin inserted in the middle for cold drinks- genius! I could also imagine using the metal insert as a planter for herbs or succulents.

Salt and pepper shakers. The baby bok choy (at least, that’s what I am imagining it to be) in the lower right hand corner is one of my favs.

An antique baby bathtub and stand. Again, the possibilities are endless! Fill with ice and drinks for a party, use as linen or towel storage, wash your delicates… or small dog in it. A true multi-tasker.