If your hand is in the air, and you live anywhere within reasonable commuting distance to DC, you MUST make plans to attend the DC Big Flea.
Look at the genuine distressed finish and gorgeous color on these balusters!
The DC Big Flea is huge antique show, held five times a year, that attracts dealers from all over the east coast. It is held at the Dulles Expo Center, with hundreds of dealers in two HUGE exhibition buildings.
It's hard to decide what to drool over first? The desk, the chalkboards, the clock, the cupboards .... oh, my.
The Husband and I went on Saturday afternoon. The Big Flea has been a tradition for us since it started in the early 1980's at the Richmond Fairgrounds. Many wonderful treasures have been carted home from Big Flea dealers.
This antique greyhound print was really cool!
Our house and garage are so full of stuff right now that anything we find at an antique show or shop has to REALLY rise above for us consider bringing it home.
If you didn't get to go to the show, come along with me, and I'll show you some of my favorite things that I found.
What a wonderful display of enamel pitchers!
There were some really good bargains to be had. This traveling shoe salesman's trunk was amazing and the price was right. I already have trunks on top of trunks, with trunks to spare. No more trunks for me, darn it.
How about this chopping block? The top of it is a section of a slice of a huge tree, and I love the galvanized base. You can't beat genuine patina like this.
This little mohair elephant was just about the cutest thing I saw all afternoon! Doesn't he look like Mr. Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street?
This little work bench, with its wonderful drawers and unique style, was totally TO DIE FOR!!
Another great piece with drawers ... a nightstand with a zinc top. Notice the 'sold' tag on the metal cabinet in the background. There were a lot of 'sold' tags on some beautiful pieces throughout the show.
The price on this set of US Navy china seemed a bit high to me. I don't remember exactly how high it was, but the sign by the spoons says that they are $15 apiece. I sure love the look, tho.
Here is another display with more wonderful things. The cupboard on top of the pie safe, with the beautiful armoire in the background. The rug ... and the firkins!
Those among us who are in love with everything linen and grain sack would love this booth!
More grain sacks at another booth.
I have such a huge weakness for wooden crates. At $20 each, it was hard to pass on these.
Whenever I'm out antiquing, I always keep my eye open for ironstone pieces for our dear friend Kat. These pitchers could have been perfect. The prices were a bit too high, otherwise I would have called her right away.
This was probably my favorite booth of the whole show. There isn't anything in this photo that I didn't fall completely and madly in love with.
I saw this scarf in a beautiful booth full of Victorian items. It's totally 'me', don't you think.
What did I get, you ask? I was thrilled to find something that will be a present for a loved one, so please forgive me for not showing it to you. For myself, I bought a lovely rose book. I always have room to add another rose book to my collection.
The next DC Big Flea will be March 5 and 6. The Fredericksburg Big Flea, in a smaller venue with fewer vendors, will be February 5 and 6. Anyone want to come with me?