Wednesday, January 11, 2012

flea market mania

Before Clio was born I was addicted to thrift stores and flea markets.  I used to go at least once a week.  I would have liked to go more but I was working full time and so we went nearly every weekend.  During the week I would constantly be looking out for new stores to plunder.  The tinier and more obscure the store the better.  Nearly all of the furniture in our house has been rehabbed from thrift stores or flea markets and much of my closet is full of vintage dresses.  Of course, since I am breastfeeding (and still twelve pounds more than I weighed before I got pregnant) I can't wear them.

Honestly though, Los Angeles is a tough place to stumble upon good finds.  There are just way too many hipsters in Warby Parker eyewear looking for the same items I am.  Sometimes you luck out but most of the time you really, really have to be disciplined in looking or you have to be willing to shell out the bucks for what you want.

We're cheap.  Which usually means that it takes months and months to find a particular item.  Still, it is pretty satisfying when the item randomly pops up during the search.

Over the weekend we went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena.  It was the first time that we had been since I was eight months pregnant.

Here's a little peek at the goodies we found.

It's going to be my crafting/sewing cabinet.  Honestly, it isn't in that great of shape and we probably overpaid for it by fifty bucks.  But I really wanted it and I knew it would fit perfectly in our dining room.
You can totally see Grey's Anatomy on in the reflection of the glass.  It is one of my guilty pleasures when Clio is asleep.

See, it is scratched up pretty badly, which means I've got to figure out what to do about fixing it up.  Refinish or paint?  Gotta think about this one.

Some cute vintage fabric.

A wire basket that I will spray paint, sew a liner for, and use for Clio's toys.

These sweet little guys.  I've got plans for them too.

Now I've got my hands full with lots of projects over the next couple of weeks.
I love that.


  1. girrrl,you are posting like crazy! love it!

    i like a cabinet for all of your crafting stuff. i want one, too.

    this comment is misplaced, but we loved kauai quite a lot. it was so beautiful. i could certainly handle living there for awhile. we liked where we stayed, and i'm sure we could come up with some tips if we put our heads together:)

  2. LOVE the wire basket. i've kinda been craving one lately.