There is no better way to spend a weekend than immersed in rows and rows of old, previously loved, vintage finds that are waiting to find a new home. Not only is it one of our favorite ways to spend a morning but it also happens to be the best place to meet fellow collectors! We usually set out with little to no expectations when we hit one of these fairs.. because frankly, you can either hit the jackpot or go home empty handed. A lot of it can come down to luck - right place, right time kind of thing..and a bit of a trained eye!
A large part of the fun of antiquing is discovering pieces you instantly fall in love with but never knew existed previously. It's like going to a candy store and discovering a new flavor of your very favorite brand of candy - mind blowing, priceless and the epitome of successful day! Like any candy store, it becomes easy to get distracted so there are two very valid ways to approach a flea market:
1) Focused - You know exactly what you're looking for and have done all your research. You know what the item should be valued at and you know what all the proper stamping/trademarks look like. In fact, you even know what separates a real antique piece and one that was reproduced a few decades later.
2) All that's gold, glitters! - If it's shiny.. you're there in a split second. You didn't know you needed it 5 minutes before, in fact, you didn't know the piece existed before but all of a sudden you must have. And just like that, it goes home with you! And you both lived happily ever after, happy new impulsive owner!!
If you're sitting there thinking which one is the 'right' type of collector to be - let us put you out of your misery. There really aren't any rules when it comes to this stuff.. in fact, one day you can be that focused collector and the next day you could decide to turn into the person who went home with half the flea market!
Personally, we are 'focused' buyers when it comes to our true passions - one of which is undoubtedly blue and white Delft pieces from Holland. However, every once in a while it's significantly more fun to let your wild side shine through.. and go home with pieces you never thought you needed! And last weekend was exactly that for us, so here are some of our finds that we just had to have.
This find was our jackpot piece..a mid-century Asian inspired bowl - And what's not to love here?! The colors are unique here and often hard to find when it comes to this particular period. The detail of the hand painted piece is exquisite - and what really sold us is the detail on each of the characters featured here.. WINNER!
We also fell in love with a blue and white decorative plate from England, hand painted, a sugar bowl from Germany and a gold detailed desert plate from France!
We couldn't be happier with our finds.. and perhaps, these are a sneak peek into what could become 'your finds' soon!! We cannot wait for the exciting launch of Our Finds on Friday, June 1st - a place where we will continue to share all our treasures with you and help them find a new loving homes!
Until, our next hunt!