This small bench was so cute ... ideas, maybe?
I loved the finish on the wooden drawer cubbies. I'm such a sucker for cubbies.
Janet had never been to the DC Big Flea before. Deborah had, but it had been a long time.
The finish on this green cupboard was incredible!
The price on this oak jelly cupboard was great, and I would have bought it for a spot I have in mind in our dining room .. but it was a bit too wide. Rats!!
Normally when I go to this show alone, I can get through the hundreds of booths pretty quickly. I know what I like and what I shop for, and I tend to ignore anything that doesn't fit the pattern.
I loved this child's toy dresser.
I saw this Dutch Boy sign, and I began to wonder how large the 100-lb keg of white lead was.
Shopping with three other people slowed things down considerably ... but in a good way.
Another great example of a worn paint finish.
French mail bags, and pillows made from antique fabric.
Each of us spent time shopping through each other's eyes ... sifting through booths that we probably would have overlooked if we weren't there with someone else.
This restored trunk was fantastic ... you already know that I have a 'thing' for trunks.
I love everything in this photo! The rope bed, the zinc planter, the turquoise bench, and the antique woven carpet ... yum!
For example, I used to shop for antique linens ... but I stopped doing that years ago, and I probably would have skipped those booths if I was by myself. Janet makes wonderful aprons from antique textiles, and we dug through the items at all of the booths that had tablecloths, napkins, etc.
Someone took a beautiful early-to-mid 1800's rope bed and made a bench out of it. There are plenty of wreck beds to use for this ... ruining this original one made me a little sick.
I could pretend that this is my sister and me smiling as we lean out the window of our rose-covered cottage ... it really could be us, because I'm a brown-eyed brunette and she's a blue-eyed blonde.
This trunk gave me an idea for something to do with a foot-locker that I have already. Stay tuned.
One of the most amazing booths we saw was totally packed with hundreds of antique chocolate molds. The owner talked to us about the history of chocolate molds, and showed us how to date them and care for them. (I have one of a pig in a flower patch that sits on top of my stove.)
You KNOW I had to take a photo of the greyhound chocolate molds. These are rare and in exceptional condition, and the prices reflected this. $600+ for EACH of them. Wow!!
Janet, Deborah, and I paint and resell furniture. It's cool because all three of us have distinctly different styles. I found myself studying and photographing painted items at the show so I could save them for later to study their finish.
Flaking black and grey paint on this cabinet.
Layers of cream and green on this Shenadoah Valley quilt shelf.
Turquoise paint peeling off of this grain-painted door.
I actually bought a few things this time. The red rose tablecloth may end up in a project (not sure yet). I already have plans for the tin crown molding and the feed sack. The silver-plate spoons and forks ($1 apiece) are to pad my collection of silverware that I use for parties. (I do not like to eat with plastic utensils!) The metal greyhound thing? It's another addition to my already-out-of-control collection of greyhound items.
We finished with the show at 2:00, and we were starving by that time, so we went next door to Three Amigos (a Mexican/Salvadorean restaurant) for lunch. (I had chichen enchiladas that were SO good ... I practically licked the plate.) We probably could have stayed there eating and chatting forever ... these are really, REALLY lovely women to spend time with. (I like their blogs, so I was certain that I would like them in person, too.)
Thank you Janet, and Deborah, and Mary!! Our day together was so much fun! We will definitely plan to get together again ... soon.
The Fredericksburg Big Flea is in February 4th & 5th... is anyone interested?
(The finalists in the Best of 2011 DIY contest were announced this morning, and my greenhouse wasn't one of them. I'm bummed.)