Beth and I went to our favorite flea market on Thursday and besides some dripping with sweat, soggy photos of friends, this is the only picture I took all day. It was way, way, way too hot.
You know how people in the Midwest say, "it isn't the heat, it is the humidity"? Well, on this day it was both!
By the way, I won't be posting the soggy friend photos, not if I wanted to keep the friends, that is! We were all just miserable with the heat, and I felt like the Wicked Witch of the West, melting away.
I kept saying all day that the heat wasn't bothering me. I was having fun and doing fine, even though I was a stinky, soaking, mess.
But, when I realized we were too hot to eat and we hadn't even had to make stops at the nasty port-a-potties, I figured we might be a bit dehydrated. I still thought I was fine, but that night when I got home, I felt like I had been hit by a truck and was sick all the next day.
I bought 18 hats. One was over $10, quite a few were only $1, but most were in the $3-$5 range.
See why I was braving the heat??? Some of my regular spots for finding millinery didn't have any at all! Beth says I have created my own shortage by buying up all the hats in the Kansas area, like Howard Hunt did with the silver market years ago.
For those of you who were asking me about more Halloween colored flowers for crafting, I was able to get one orange and one black hat. And the orange one was pure velvet, just wonderful!
These are all the flowers off those two hats, so I will be adding maybe some white and purple to the bags and making up bundles to list.
When I am at a flea market, I always scan for hats and old jewels, and usually vintage photos. But as much as I use my flowers and blingies, I rarely use the photos. And yet, they are so plentiful and inexpensive, I keep buying and buying them.
I begged Beth to stop me if I tried to buy cabinet cards. I told her that "friends don't let friends over spend on photos."
So, when I saw this album, she did her best to try to stop me.
But it was FULL of photos. And not just old guys, it was mostly families, babies and ladies! And those are the pretty kind to find.
Not only that, but half of the mats looked like this!
And did I mention that it had more than 30 photos in it and the whole thing was only $20?
It was definitely bargain day at Sparks and White Cloud, KS.
Darling little plastic critters 2 for a quarter, and a pretty pink runner with a hand crocheted border was $1, so was the vintage doll dress (that maybe one of my dolls waiting to be transformed into a fairy will be wearing soon??)
Pretty trims, and a jar with a great lid were a bit more, but worth it.
I'm not a purse person, but when I see one this cute for under $1, I sure am. Apparently the person selling it must have thought that since the fabric was disintegrating, the bag wasn't worth anything. I felt that just made it more interesting.
And I found a chalk ware DORKY! Dorkies are hard to find. Scottie dogs seem to have the market on dog jewelry and doodads. When I find a little, antique, Yorkshire Terrier, I am always thrilled. And this one was $3. (she is already wearing a tiny crown made by Carol and is sitting on my desk)
Beth and I ran into Carol there at the flea, too. She was there with Deb. Both of them gave up a bit earlier than us, the heat got to them too. But we ran into them again later at a nice, cool, air conditioned antique mall on the way home and got to visit a bit then.
There are quite a bit more things that I bought that are all in "before" condition. Bottles for a project with Carol,, displays to fix up and use for Silver Bella, trophies that will be glittered and foofed, but since I have run on and on for long enough, I'll wait and show these later after they become something a little less grungy.
Now, some grunge is good, like these two pink cabinets. The tall, wooden one was my most expensive item of the day, it was $30, the doll trunk was only $1. They will both be Silver Bella displays too, because I can actually pack the items to be displayed right inside of them for the trip to Omaha.
My favorite purchase of the day? I'd seen this broken metal lady on Beth's blog last week and she brought it to me. Here it is in her post. I called her the Lady of the Begonias.