Sunday, April 11, 2010

52 Flea Finds!



It was dark when I left the house this morning and just a sliver of moon was shining in the sky....
...but almost an hour later as I was getting close to the market the sun rose up like a big fiery red ball from behind the mountains...
I knew it would be a beautiful morning at the flea market!



I met Deanna, my friend from Gather in Ivoryton, CT and she had something special for me...
This is an old lab table from Yale....the apron on the other side has a 51 stenciled on it.
...apparently it was shared by two university students...



This is a shot of the top of the table...it has a burn mark...actually a hole in it and the black paint on top seems to be coated with a layer of wax...
...it appears to have gotten a lot of use.
Mr. Flea wants to know what I am going to use it for now.
I have no idea!



...a few other finds I picked up this morning...that is a compact in the front and the birds are salt and pepper shakers...



...an old Eastman pen holder...



... a stylish vintage feather hat and an old hotel key...



... some old laundry pins and a brass needle case...



...a wonderful old receipt book with a marbled paper cover...



...it dates from 1872...



...an instruction manual and music for an Estey Organ...





These are interesting and something I haven't seen before.
They are old zinc and brass templates from a photographer's studio.
...used for portraits...



...lots of vintage lace...











...the sweetest wedding cake topper...



...and a winsome and charming wedding veil and wreath...



...with delicate wax flowers...

I will show more pictures from this weekend's adventures later on in the week...
... found some lovely linens and other treasures that you will enjoy...

Just a few more posts and 52 Flea will hit the 400 posts mark...
Still trying to figure out what to Give - Back this time...
... to one of my blog friends...one lucky winner...

Should it be the new edition of Jeanne D'Arc Living?
Maybe some old lace?
Maybe something special from the French brocante?
Any suggestions? What would you like to win?

I will be posting the details soon!

Hope your weekend was full of fun and that the week ahead brings all good things!
:)

59 comments:

Michelle said...

Great finds!

Linda said...

Looks like you found some really sweet things. I love that old hotel key! The beautiful old cake topper and wedding veil, well i'm speechless.

Lisa said...

Oh lovely finds! Great table was made for you! How cool 400 posts!!
Hugs, Lisa

Victoria said...

You sure did get a lot of goodies! I laughed at the comment your hubby made, asking what you plan on doing with the table:) My fiance asks me that all the time, I just say I don't know...yet.

Sarah said...

Wow! I want to tag along to that flea market. These are terrific finds. It's fun to see what yo found. And almost 400 posts. Amazing! I've just a beginner at all this. Congratulations!

NicNacManiac said...

WOW....a fabulous weekend...great finds..beautiful lace and the table that was made for you! 400 posts...crazy isn't it....I personally am so happy that you post this much and bring such joy to so many!
Happy Sunday xOxO Nerina

Rosemary said...

Some day I want to go flea marketing with you.
You find the very best stuff ever!!
The cake topper is beautiful!!
Love everything else as well.
Thanks for your sweet comments, as always.
I will give Jake a hug from you!!
Have a great evening,
Rosemary

Amy said...

Okay, these finds are amazing!!
Where are you shopping, HEAVEN???
Amy

Diane said...

You found all this stuff!? What a great day!
Worth getting up before sunrise!

Diane

craftymarta said...

Ok , I got it. We could never go shopping together. Love all your finds, specially the cake toper and the vintage lace. I hoard lace and buttons among other things. Love your blog look and your finds. Come and visit sometimes, blessings, Marta.

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Wow so many great finds! I love the wedding cake topper, I can just imagine how beautiful the cake was at the wedding so many years ago. Thanks for sharing, Theresa

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Beautiful things and how fun for you and the #52 desk! But, my favorite is that wedding cake topper! Just beautiful!

Margaret said...

You must have fabulous flea markets where you live, the old lace is exquisite, that would be on top of my wishlist.

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

wonderful finds!!!
Worth getting out early for...isnt it fun!

*The Beautiful Life* said...

ARE YOU SERIOUS???? Oh my word! I have ALWAYS wanted a lab table!! Dunno why -- just do. Can you even believe it has "your" number on it, too... Ahhh.. serendipity. ;)

Great finds!!

Ruth

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Great finds! I love those laundry pins!! and what fantastic lace....

judi said...

Laura,
I see that you are thoroughly enjoying retirement! Love the table...perfect & fun. So many special & unique findings...the hotel key, laundry pins and books are my favorites.
hmmm..anything industrial, metal or numbers works for me. congrats on your soon to be 400th post! wow...i have a long way to go to reach that milestone.

judi ;)
the1829farmhouse.blogspot.com

The French Bear said...

Laura that table is fantastic, at least glue would peel off, so it could be a craft table......although it is too nice maybe...
I love your vintage key and the lace....you have some gorgeous pieces!!!!
Have a great week, 400 posts, wow, that is amazing!
I am getting close to 200 but it seems like it is taking forever!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Gypsy Fish said...

Pitter patter more like boom boom goes my heart over your delicious finds....hope you can make the market it would be so great to meet you in person!
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

Mylittlecornerofga said...

Great finds! Yep...went to Scott's myself this morning! Wasn't lucky enough to find a beautiful compact like yours, but was able to find some rust!

That's what I like....Roses and Rust!

Merri (aka...MyLittleCornerOfGeorgia)

Linens Lace and Lattes said...

LOVE the lace you found...it is gorgeous. Have a wonderful week. deb

Alecia Justice said...

Such beautiful treasures....im lovin the vintage lace and wedding cake topper.

Hugs,
Alecia

KarenSue said...

Great finds! I'll let you choose what to giveaway. I trust you! I won a giveaway today so I'm still on cloud 9!
enjoy your week.

Linda said...

OH my gosh Laura...these are some seriously gorgeous finds! My heart would be skippin' beats- I can't even pick a favorite! And what a sweet find your friend made for you!!

cityfarmer said...

would the paris hotel key happen to be for sale ... i would love to purchase it ... perty perty please???

Debby said...

What a beautiful bunch of goodies you found.
Debby

Sue Young said...

MOI!!!MOI!!!MOI!!!S'il te plait!!!!!!!Ton blog est incroyable!!!Sue

Sue Young said...

N'oublie pas que je voudrais avoir/acheter un petit panier et verre de toi..................merci!Sue

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

You got some great finds. I guess the early bird does get the worm!

Theresa said...

Oh what a wonderful bunch of goodies, the table with the 52 on it, the keys and pins. The list goes on and on, I am drooling at all of these precious finds. The lace... OH MY GOODNESS, give that away and pick me:) Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

sweetpea said...

I am in love with the hotel key... What a haul.

Hugs,

Shelley

Gracie's Cottage said...

Wow....just WOW! Lovely - each and every one.

Rummet för välbefinnande said...

Ohhhh so many fantastic things you found on the market. And the sun that rose up just before you went there was a good sign I think.
Well, all these treasures sets my heart on fire. The old books, the old laundry pins - but my absolute favourites are the old vintage laces. My gosh......... They just take my breath away! So beautiful.
You wondered what kind of things we would like to see on your give-away and I just say one thing - OLD LACES *big smile*
Now I wish you a wonderful day and thank you so much for the inspiration.
Hugs from Mia in Sweden

manon 21 said...

Tes trouvailles me font toujours envie.

Des bises de Provence

Manon

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Laura
You're on a roll... love all your wonderful finds.. but mostly.. love your dear friends that brought you such a special gift... large gift!! haha... but fabulous gift with wonderful history... boy.. i think you should make that you new desk for your new life!!! As for the give away.. whatever makes you happy dear Laura.. but i think a little brocante never went astray!!! hahaha... have a great week xxx Julie

It's me said...

O Laura...........

Beautiful things and how fun for you that 52 desk!!!!!!!!........... But, my favorite is that ................hotel key.........can you send it to nederland??? i really whan tot by that !! is that possible?? let me know...........make me happy !!!............have a great monday my dear! hugs from me....................xxxx

Miss Sew & So said...

ooohhh that lace is just heavenly & i would be one happy lady with that husband & wife cake topper sitting watching me in my kitchen- seriously gorgeous finds- lucky gal- & congrats for nearly 400!!!

Melissa
http://misssewandso.blogspot.com

Lynda said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA hoeveel zakken heb je meenemen naar huis ????;)... Ik zie de heer Flea's wenkbrauwen gaan omhoog :)..... zij geen idee hebben die mannen;).
Je moet wel erg blij met al deze schatten, ben je net als ik?? Ik heb altijd op te raken, te wrijven .... draaien rond en rond ....: D. ....
Geniet ervan!

Groeten
Lynda

cheryl kuhn said...

What wonderful finds! My fav's are the photo plates, the laundry pins and all that beautiful lace. I'd say you did pretty darn good at finding some amazing treasures!!

Jeanne Nelson said...

What an awesome blog ... and day of plundering, with great finds! Love the bird salt & pepper shakers, the old photographer's templates, marble-covered journal, lace, oh my [heart thumping out of chest]. You found some wonderful treasures!

I just discovered you in "Somerset Life," and look forward to 'following along' with you here, and discovering more of your great finds and experiences. Beautiful photography here, also! Thank you for sharing, and allowing me this opportunity to get to you, Laura! Happy Monday ~~ Jeanne

maryann said...

Love your great finds, and your lovely photos of them! Thanks for sharing!

A Cottage Muse said...

What wonderful treasures...great picking!!

Bonjade said...

All these are real treasures........
You lucky one...;))
Fine week

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

That table was meant to be yours! You found some fantastic things out there, so fun!
I just found your blog...loving it so far.

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

WONDERFUL FINDS! DOES'T JUST MAKE YOUR DAY!

Laurie said...

The table is perfect! Beautiful finds...

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What great finds! I love the table and that lace - ooh la la!!!

carpe diem said...

.... Que bonita Compras Soo! Me ha encantado TODO, felicidades .. Por los Hallazgos
un abrazo, Olga

Temps perdu said...

Fantastic finds!
Thank you so much for you kind words, they are well appreciated.
Nina/ Tempa Perdu

Burlap Luxe said...

Dreamy finds...I WANT TO SHOP WITH YOU!!!
Love the photo brass plates they are great to use when you need the trace that perfect oval.

I will be back and sorry for droooling :)

~Dore~

Jeannette said...

*gasping for air* W O W
Each find is gorgeous. The lace..love it. The pepper and salt birds..love it even more.
And that table is fantastic. And don´t get me started on the hotelkey!
I want to be adopted by you and mr. Flea. Seriously! ;-)))
A big hug, Jeannette

decorator to the stars said...

LAURA, DID YOU GO TO THE ELEPHANTS TRUNK? I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THERE THIS YEAR. SAME OLD GOOD STUFF, I SEE :) GIO

Anita said...

loving the receipt book :)

Beach House Living said...

How fun to find a table with your number on it. You can always use it sort out your finds.
The photo plates are really neat.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Hi Laura!
Wow, that's some incredible stuff there, girl!

I love that feather hat and the bird salt and pepper shakers!

Thank you so much for your comments on my last post, I really do value your feedback!

Have a wonderful week!
Anne

beth said...

Oh what great finds..I love the kiey and wow--that cake topper is very special! Enjoy!

LiLi M. said...

You always have the best finds!! I think one of your finds, no matter what, is a better prize than let's say the JDL magazine, that can be bought by everyone!
Have fun with your finds!

Jane said...

What awesome finds! I love all of the old lace and the receipt book...everything I love.
Jane

Deanna said...

Hi Laura!
I figured out how to do this!!!! How did I miss that receipt book from the 1800's? Hope you enjoy the desk, I thought the comment was great to use it to start your business. Loved the link to brocantess.