It’s hard to visit any city and not try to hit the flea market. NYC would be no exception. A visit to the Garage was just what was needed. It’s located in a parking structure, which is kind of odd for this California girl, but I soon got used to the idea and set off to find a few treasures.
I didn’t buy this painting of a woman and sometimes wonder who she went home with. But I did bring home a couple of landscape paintings, a French pharmacy beaker and a antique brass star tree topper that will probably be making it’s debut in the pages of Country Living this year.
Another fun stop (and completely clutter free) was the Japanese store Muji. They have a large selection of paper goods and household items all with very clean, simple designs.
And a visit to Tinsel Trading was fun with it’s signature wall of vintage millinery flowers.
There was also a quick visit to this cute kitchen shop called Whisk. They had a great selection of unique tabletop and kitchenware items. And it’s owned by two locals from Brooklyn which makes it even better in my book.
Well, that’s going to round out the NYC shopping. I’m sure there were other places I’ve forgotten to share or didn’t take photos of (like the Etsy Pop-Up shop!) but for now….
It’s time we move onto the food!
Since I flew into San Francisco with only carry-on, I knew my shopping would be limited at the Alameda Flea Market. So I focused on a few small items I was needing for upcoming shoots and projects. I bought this bundle of air mail letters for $5.
And an envelope filled with vintage stamps for the same price.
I found these old watch makers tins and could think of lots of uses for them. So I picked out 6…only after trying to find all their lids scattered in the box.
With Christmas being in full swing in the publishing world, I couldn't pass up these vintage pipe cleaner candy canes. All for $2!
And I did buy myself a few presents. I have a collection of these cuff bracelets made from antique sterling silver napkin rings. Whenever I wear them I always get compliments. People find them so unique and I love that almost no two are alike.
I also came across a very well made leather bucket bag and had to have it! I'm a sucker for leather bags and especially one with a simple shape.
These folding coat hooks come in handy for small spaces, like the back of a door or inside a closet for jewelry or scarves.
I knew my kitchen hand towels were running low. I think they wander off by themselves at my house. So I bought ten more antique German towels. They're my favorite because they wash up well, are super absorbant, and look nice in the kitchen.
I thought the old cash ledger below would make a great journal cover. I may give it to a friend since I'm terrible at journaling. And a dozen lace appliques for a project along with a brass number plate with a 15 on it. It's my favorite number…our wedding day!
With all the stuff I bought in Chinatown, I couldn't fit anymore in my luggage. But that's ok because the Rose Bowl is this weekend and it's just a short car ride away!
What have you found at the flea lately?
My friends, Dustin and Christian who own Uber Chic Home are having a European container sale this weekend….and it's open to the public! I stopped by yesterday for a sneak peek and to get some photos to share with you. The sale is today and tomorrow from 10-6!
This isn't even all their items. They were unloading until after 10pm last night! There is so much to choose from. The location of the sale is at another beautiful shop Cisco Home, outside in their enormous courtyard. Here's the details:
Uber Chic Home Container Sale
11975 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Friday and Saturday Only!
June 8th and 9th
10am to 6pm.