Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Santa Monica Flea Market ~

On Sunday, we took a drive to the Santa Monica Flea Market. It was my first time at that show... I usually go to flea markets with a girlfriend but Mr. AntiqueChase was up for shopping since we would be taking the pretty drive along the coast... We didn't hop in the car till about 10 am, and had about a 45 minute drive, which is rather late for the "good stuff"... Years ago, I would have never gone to a flea market so late in the morning... but these days, I am realizing that's when the real deals are found... No vendor wants to take home all there goodies. The pricing becomes more negotiable the later you arrive, at least in my opinion...

My pictures are poorly lit, not staged and you will have to forgive me as I figured you wouldn't mind.

So here's what found it's way home with me...


The first purchase of the day is still my favorite... 

Can you guess which item I bought first??

I always find that the first purchase is a favorite or a purchase you can regret.. at least for me. 

It's hard to break out the cash when you first get to the flea market. Does this happen to you? You don't want to "miss out" on something.. and when you don't want to miss out, you can make a bad purchasing decision.. Then, you compound this with the "I just got here" factor so you don't know if you will find something better... 

That first purchase can be really tricky!!

My first purchase was this concrete cow... 
moooo!


and I love her!!!





Her slightly pink udders...



She is a little self conscious of her bad side...
See, she has one unsightly leg...


When I was buying her my husband gave me the rolly eye... I think he mentioned her 
"deformed" leg... 

Doesn't he know how RARE a concrete cow is?? 

I was not leaving her there!! 
Let's face it, 
I have a good and bad side too!! 

PLUS, I can fix her up 
with some modeling clay and cream paint! 
Someday.

My son named her Milkshake....

She's a cow on the move...
here's where she's been..


on a table...


by the TV...


On a kitchen tray next to a vintage cow painting...


By the sink...

She is so versatile... 

I love my cement cow, 
even with a broken leg!

Moooo'ving on....


I bought an vintage grain sack with a pretty blue stripe..


I have been adding some blue to the house and this blue was just the perfect shade I have been looking for...


This grain sack will be draped over a chair in the living room...

I also purchased this rope hook combo thing....


What is this called??

I may use this to hang a old lantern in the house...


I fell in love with this old wicker suitcase...


Mr. AntiqueChase calls it my 
Indiana Jones 
suitcase...




Interesting labels... 
they are in such good condition 
that I don't know if they are original...

Doesn't matter to me..


This suitcase is really old... 
 the wicker is in beautiful condition 
with great patina


Leather handle and brass hardware


The floral interior....

I will probably use the wicker suitcase in the family room on the bottom shelf of my coffee table.. 
I can stash my magazines inside.


I also came home with more farm animals...


These chickens caught my eye because I have been wanting a rooster...


This rooster's face reminds me of a cartoon I watched as a child but I can't seem to remember the character's name...



Great patina on the paint and nice to have a Mr. and Mrs...


After I bought the pair, I realized they were not concrete.. more of a lightweight plaster? 

(Note to self: touch the item before you buy it)

Since they are not concrete,
they will find a place inside the house.. 


Got a nice big succulent for $8 ... 


I think this is called Donkey Tail 
but I'm not positive...


Found it's way into an old urn 
I had sitting empty in the kitchen...


This mirror caught my eye early at the show 
but I walked away...


I thought the shape was amazing 
and I inquired about the price...

but I couldn't figure out where I would hang it...




I liked the age spots on the glass...


the beveled edge...


and the double chain.

As I was leaving the flea market, 
I spotted the mirror still there, 

on the ground 
and

it called to me.....

By this point it was 1pm and the seller really wanted to sell the mirror...

I'm so glad I purchased it!

Want to see where I placed it... 

cause you won't guess...



I realize this is the worst 
most un-staged photo 
in the world.. 

but 

I propped the mirror behind the stove 
and 
I love it there. 

I had a hard time taking this shot 
because it was reflecting my messy counter, 
dishes on the table AND I didn't want to be in the photo... 

Trust me, it's so pretty there in person!!

Last, but not least....


This is a wonderful trophy that I purchased 
It's my first three handled trophy!


Great inscription....


The detail of the daisies is amazing...



and it's large size says 
"hey look at me"


It's marked 
"Quadruple Plate Silver" on the bottom.

It found a place of honor 
in the entry way on a stack of books...


next to my trophy collection 
on the the other side of the white urn...

If you want to see a previous post about antique trophies click here


We had a great day in Santa Monica. The weather was overcast and wonderful for shopping. The show was smaller than I expected but perfect for Mr. AntiqueChase. I think we staying about 2 hours which is about his comfort level.  We took Pacific Coast Highway home and windy Topanga Canyon...then we stopped for lunch in the Valley for our favorite  L' Express salads... Perfect day :)

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I posted a photo of my packed cart at the flea market...

I'd love to know if you have trouble with your first purchase when at a flea market? Do you find that you hesitate, or do you sometimes find that your first item is a regret?
Let me know!!

Hope you are enjoying your summer 
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25 comments:

Kelly said...

Yes, I most certainly do hesitate with my first purchase unless it's something I've been looking for forever. You found some great items! Your cow is great. I can tell she will always be facing the same way for awhile, won't she? LOL! My husband would've questioned me buying it with a missing leg too. Men! I also love the grainsack you found. It looks like it's in great condition. You can never have too many of those. Glad to see you back in the blog world. It's been a while!

Deserae said...

Ha! I guessed the cow was your first purchase and I was right :o) I LOVE her....the name your son gave her is so cute too! You found some wonderful goodies at the flea market.
~Des

Debra Oliver said...

so many great things, love the cow and suitcase, too!!

White Ironstone Cottage said...

OK i Love all of your fabulous vintage treasures and
LOVELOVELOVE the mirror behind the stove
xxoo
Pam

Olive said...

Milkshake is adorable. I like concrete items too Marcy and I have not seen a cow here in the Deep South ever. I am very careful when spending for myself. When filling my antique booth I am willing to spend quicker for some reason.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I love your cow...I would leave her leg be...she is adorable!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I liked all your purchases, the cow and mirror was top finds in my eye

I have always wanted to go to a huge flea market , California, Texas, France, any Europe flea market will do

I enjoyed seeing all your finds

Sarah said...

I knew immediately that it was the cow! Milkshake is adorable and would have followed me home too. I was out and about this afternoon at a local antique mall. They had some really old paper maché cows, but they were seriously expensive. I've had a cow them going on this week as well. Stop by if you get the chance and have a brown cow with me. ~ Sarah

Pamela said...

Loving all your finds especially your new cow!!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wow, you sure found some great treasures! They all are so perfect for your beautiful home! Love the cow! What a great piece and the chickens are great too! Such perfect chippiness!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Great treasures! I don't know what this says about me, but the cow is my favorite, too. Love the mirror behind the stove!
Hugs,
Patti

Art and Sand said...

I don't go to enough flea markets and I need to. The Santa Monica flea is only about 45 minutes for us so I think we need to give it a try.

I guessed correctly that your first purchase was the cow. And, I would have grabbed the grain sack.

Art and Sand said...

I don't go to enough flea markets and I need to. The Santa Monica flea is only about 45 minutes for us so I think we need to give it a try.

I guessed correctly that your first purchase was the cow. And, I would have grabbed the grain sack.

Joanie said...

Great finds! The pulley thing is called a block and tackle. HAVE A GREAT DAY!
JOANIE

Joanie said...

Marcy - a block and tackle were used in barns to hoist hay up to the hay loft. They were used on boats to pull cargo onto boats and barges. Great find!!
Joanie

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michelle said...

What a find! Milkshake would be great for one of my still life paintings, I'll have to see if I can find her sister somewhere.

Pam said...

I know this is an older post, but I am just now getting caught up on my blog reading. Summer has been getting in the way :( But I just had to comment on Milkshake. He's adorable! I would have bought him in a heartbeat.

Donna said...

Love all of your finds! You are a lucky girl when it comes to sales. The trophy is amazing as well as the suitcase and mirror. I think I might have to start buying succulents . Don't have any yet but I'm starting to really like them. And your Cartoon rooster, Foghorn Leghorn and his pal are so cute!

Donna said...

Wish you would post more often as I always love your house and ideas but I know you are probably so busy like the rest of us. Have a wonderful week!

AntiqueChase said...

Thank you Donna! I wish I posted more too. Just took my oldest to college so I will have a bit more time going forward, I think...lol

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I love it all girl....but the cow....ohmygoodness the cow!! I would have snatched her up in a New York minute!!! LOVE THAT COW!!!

Hope you have had a great summer!! I cannot believe Fall is just around the corner...whendidthathappen???

Lou Cinda :)

gina said...

I'm way late finally reading this post. Lost you somehow but glad I've found you again. I love all your finds. Especially Milkshake....what a cute name. You had me laughing with the comments about the bad leg. The cartoon rooster looks like Foghorn Leghorn to me.

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

WHAT A HAUL! I guessed the darling cow was your first purchase...possibly as you had him out front though. My daughter lives in Santa Monica...I want to go next time!

LivingVintage said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE your cow too! I probably would have been tempted to buy it also. I also love the grain sack!