Best Day I’ve Had in a Long Time!

Lately life has not had many fun moments and I have felt bogged down in serious stuff. So when my friend Lisa asked me if I wanted to join her for a day at the Alameda Flea Market I was thrilled. In all the years I’ve lived in California, just an hour away from this market, I have never been and it didn’t disappoint. It was a gorgeous day, Lisa and her sister-in-law Zoe were delightful companions and I found some wonderful items.

The flea market is next to a shipping port.
This pic is for my friend Lisa in Virginia.

This kind of thing is not to everyone’s taste, but gosh they can command some serious money!

Relaxing after lunch on a picnic bench doing a little people watching!

I’ll admit it was overwhelming. Hundreds of vendors with so many fabulous items. It was hard to know where to focus. Still I did buy a few things and everything I bought I love. That’s how I rolled. Yesterday was more about joy and having fun and choosing pieces that made my heart sing.

Antique and vintage photos

From three different vendors I bought two scrapbooks full of photos and one small boxful. There’s no money in them for the prices I paid, but I adore old photos. I’ll keep my favorites and sell the rest and likely break even or make a small profit.

Antique (possibly19th century) double-sided cloisonne 5.5″ cross

I’m fond of both old crosses and old cloisonne and this one has both! The cloisonne on this is so finely done with just a small bit of pitting and loss. I haven’t determined if this is from China or France as both countries produced similar crosses during this period. It has a teeny tiny loop at the top for hanging or wearing. It is just fabulous.

Will list for $100.
This side has a smidge more loss.

Antique Gorham Co. silver soldered “basket” with movable handle

I tell myself I’m not going to buy anymore silverplate, then I see something like this–an old Gorham piece with fabulous details like feet/claws, a greek key pattern and Egyptian faces which would have been produced during the Egyptian Revival period (1880-1930). So far I haven’t found any others for sale online. It does need cleaning and polishing and I’m not sure what I’ll find under all that tarnish, but my preliminary research indicates I should be able to sell this for $125-$200. (Paid $35 for this 11.5″ basket.)

Antique Iroquois beaded pincushion

Here’s the story–I grew up in Western NY just a few miles from an Iroquois reservation and I had seen beadwork pieces like this in the local museums. (These were made in the late 1800s/early 1900s for the tourist trade.) So when I saw this one yesterday at the fair I couldn’t say no. It made my heart skip a beat. It’s not perfect, but what is after 100 years?!

Antique Iroquois pincushion. Will list for $85.

So it was a lovely, lovely day in every way. Thank you Lisa for making it possible.

As always happy hunting,

Karen

3 comments

  1. I’m so glad you had a great time out and found a handful of lovely pieces πŸ™‚ They’re all really nice!
    I also bought some silverplate while ago, despite knowing it’s not “the real thing” πŸ˜‰

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    1. It was so fun and so exciting seeing so many wonderful items. Some priced too high to resell, but you can’t blame folks for trying to get the most out of them. And I have my small local flea market this coming weekend to look forward to. 😊

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      1. Some more vintage hunting coming up πŸ™‚ Great that you’re having some positive things happening after the recent hardship. I started opening old boxes , but sales are slow so it’s not motivating to list πŸ˜‰
        Hugs xx

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