I've been on a quest to find some "vintage" items for some projects and finally had a little bit of success today. A lot of bloggers tend to find things at thrift stores. I have never had much luck at a thrift store. I recently read that it's best to visit thrift stores during the week and not on the weekend, that the mid-week visit is the key to finding great stuff. That's not really an option for me (that pesky career of mine keeps me busy during business hours), so I decided to follow the other tip I received this week and visit garage sales and flea markets on the weekends. I found one flea market going on this weekend, in Mount Airy, MD. A bit of a drive, and I almost didn't go, given the very chilly weather. But I pulled on my boots and coldgear headed out. Here's what I found. (Pictures taken with Instagram. If interested, you can follow me on Instagram @emilytutorialtrials.)
I picked up this straw tote. I have a weakness for straw totes, particularly ones that are souvenirs. In fact, I would love to start my own collection of these. (I have one other one, so now I can officially say that I have a collection, right?) So I couldn't pass this one up. Perhaps I should have, because it was not in as mint condition as I thought. Of course, I didn't discover this until I got it home. It has a small water spot on the front and a small hole in the lining. So, maybe I can't actually use it as a tote. I'm also considering turning this into some sort of wall hanging, framing it somehow. I still love the colors.
A demonic little owl. I realize that in her current state, she is nothing short of creepy. But I promise, I have big plans on her becoming cute. Hopefully really cute. Stay tuned for an "after" picture of this little one.
I bought this for the FRAME only. No, I don't yearn to receive a "Good Citizenship Medal." And I haggled her down to a $1. And to think, I almost bought a frame just like this for $12.99 yesterday! I also have a project all planned for this one.
The flea market visit was totally worth it! I found quite a few things that I was looking for. And a few things for future projects. There is some good blog content on the horizon! Stay tuned, dear readers, stay tuned!