Monday, November 12, 2007

Flea Market

Christmas Tree With RedBirds
This past Saturday, I went to the Indoor Flea Market again with Kerry (the boys' bio mom) and her fiance. I forgot to bring my camera which come to think of it, wouldn't have mattered because our computer isn't recognizing the driver for the camera all of a sudden. So, I have pictures stuck in there that I can't retrieve anyway. Shame too. I found HUGE fairies that Karla would love. I found tole trays that Robin would love. Of course I found a million things that I would love to own but I was very good. I spent $20 and "layed away" a few loverly dishes from Dana's booth. You can see them here. Everything on that shelf is mine. HA! She was nice enough to mark them sold and I will bring her the money next week. I'm all about the transferware these days. And this particular set of dishes has ROOSTERS on it!!

As I mentioned before I am going to make apple cinnamon garland this year for my Christmas tree. I have all of the applesauce and cinnamon I'm going to need. I found jute twine on Saturday for a buck. I decided I want glittered pinecones on this garland. And I found about 2 1/2 dozen pinecones. Funny thing. I asked the young girl there how much for the pine cones. At first she told me $.25 each. I thought that was a little high for pinecones. She then asked her father who must have been talking to his wife on the phone. And I could tell by the tone of his voice he was none too pleased that HE was working the booth and SHE wasn't. He told me I could have them all for $2 (MUCH better than the $7.50 the daughter wanted.) As she was putting them in a bag for me she asked if the wire rack (that I'm saying looks like something to keep logs in) was included and I of course thought he was going to say no. He quietly and a little persnickety-like said "if she wants it - give it to her." I wanted. So the moral of the story is girls - don't send your husband out to do a job if you aren't going to be happy with the results. He sold me something for $2 that I'm sure his wife and daughter would have charged $10 for.

I found 3 bags of red ball garland that I'm going to use as the "cranberries" because I decided I wanted those on this garland too. 3 bags for $3. Not bad. And I finally own a cake plate. I have said for years now that I need one. Any woman will understand that. But for one reason or another I have never bought one. I found this woman selling a brand new, but discontinued cake plate from Home Interiors. It's cream colored ceramic and has a red ribbon is intertwined around the edge. It's beautiful and it was only $10. I know how much those cost. So I was pretty pleased. And on my way out the door I found this 16x20 painting of a hen in a black frame. "HENS" painted so prettily below the hen herself. They were asking $5. I only had $4 left and again - go to the man working the booth. The daughter, probably 16, wanted to ask her mom. The son, probably 12, said very matter-of-factly, that's FINE! So all in all, I had a great shopping experience and I learned that I like to deal with men better!!

Blessing of the day: I'm blessed to live in a country where my freedoms are protected by the men and women who fight for them, for me and for this country. God bless the veterans! (I love you Daddy!)

43 comments:

Anita said...

Wow! What a great day! The Hen picture sounds wonderful!!

FarmHouse Style said...

Oh, I love your new dishes Julie!! It sounds like you did have a great shopping day:)

I wasn't really up at 2:54am, I just don't know how to set the clock on my blog to make it tell the time where I am. It was really a little before 6 here. I am an insomniac, but not that bad...LOL!

Rhonda

restyled home said...

What a great flea market trip you had! I agree, the men are usually pretty indifferent to the "value" of the items...they just want rid of what they inevitably consider "junk"...which is to our benefit!! Your garland is going to be so lovely. If the red yarn balls don't work out, you could just get a wooden cranberry garland at the dollar store and take it apart for the cranberries, too.

It certainly speaks to how nice you are, that you and your husband's ex and her fiancee are friendly enough to hang out together. You really are a great person. I'm impressed!! Of course, obviously they are lovely people, too! Your boys are lucky to have two great mums...

Love,
Linda xox

Naturegirl said...

Great buys looking forward to your show and tell of the garland you create!I am announcing my giveaway winner today..will post by noon!
hugs NG

Nunnie's Attic said...

Actually, I should have clarified better. They are wooden red balls. They're perfect! But thanks for the tip anyway!!

Love,
Julie

Alice said...

You really scored some bargains at the flea market. I love your new hen dishes and can't wait to see a photo of them in your home. I hope you can figure out what's wrong with your camera-computer connection.

Kari & Kijsa said...

So much fun....glad you got a deal on the pinecones! Can't wait to see all your Christmas decorations.

Have a very, very, very blessed day!

smiles, kari and kijsa

Cris said...

Next time I'm in the US I will sure look you up Julie! My first thanksgiving was really close to where you live! I can't wait to see your garland!

Mary said...

Dear Julie, I can't wait to see your garland -- it sounds wonderful! I totally agree with your tip to buy from the men. I've found that if you look like you're a little indecisive, they will often lower the price a little, too! the hen picture sounds great -- can we see it soon?
xoxo,
Mary

Erin~~The Classy Rabbit~~ said...

Wow...sounds like you had a great day at the flea market. I love your story of how the men gave you such great deals...so true, so true!

And...I just got a great idea from you! I love glittery things but it never occured to me to put glitter on my pinecones. I have a wire bowl on my island in the kitchen just waiting for something Christmas-y to put inside. And now I know what I'm going to put in there - a little greenery, some beaded Christmas balls I'm going to make and now, glittered pinecones!! Thank you for a great idea!!

Blessings to you,
Erin

NeereAnDearCreations.com/wordpress said...

You have me so looking forward to Christmas... please stop by my blog... there is something there for you

HUGS BLESSINGS LOVE

JO

Heidi said...

Those dishes are so neat! You found a great set. And speaking of bargains...boy did you seem to find them. It all sounds wonderful and I hope you have a working camera soon as I will want to see this garland among other things.

Have a great and inspiring Monday!

~~ Heidi ~~

joan said...

Hi Julie,
Happy Monday to you! I just put an award up on my site and wanted you to have it because you are such an encouragement to everyone in blogland. Make sure you go and get it.

Meggie said...

Oh Julie: I MUST get to that flea market! You've inspired me with all of your wonderful bargains. I was LOL reading about the man on the phone with his wife... Lucky you! I also love your blessings comment about veterans.

From the Doghouse said...

Your tree is making me hungry.

Kelly Mahoney said...

I love flea markets and second-hand shops. My entire apartment is decorated and furnished in that manner.

Bethany Hissong said...

I loved your story... and those plates are wonderful!!! I need to drive to the other side of the state and go shopping with you!! And I agree that men just give things away more easily...it's a wonder I've been allowed to keep anything at my house when Craig gets in a cleaning out mood!!!

Sandy said...

Hi Julie! Every time I come over for a quick visit, it makes me so happy when I hear the Christmas music!
Love your blessing of the day!
Sandy

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Way to go Julie! Can't wait to see how your project turns out. :-)

Kari said...

It sounds like you had a MOST wonderful time! Wish I could have been there to help you with the bargain hunting. lol

bj said...

Oh, I want to say first....I LOVE THOSE DISHES SOOOO MUCH. I can't wait for you to get them and then do a post on them, showing them off really good!
Second...I want to know how to do the garland you are going to make. Any pictures anywhere? Maybe instructions?? It sounds so neat.
hugs, bj

Sharon said...

It sounds like a fun time! You need to get your camera fixed! I want to see all your treasures!

Have a wonderful Monday! Sharon

Donna said...

Great bargains! Love your dishes. Your decorating ideas sound wonderful, and I can't wait to see them. Hope you get your camera working soon!
Donna

T*mmy said...

I'm glad you got a good price on everything. I've heard that you can hagle about some items at flea markets, but I've never been good at it. I've not been to a flea market since I started blogging though, maybe after reading a few blogs like yours I might have a better idea what things should go for...lol!

Have a great day!

the feathered nest said...

Love those dishes I would have snapped them up too! You really got quite a bit for the money. Sounds like a fun flea market. Can't wait to see this garland - it sounds wonderful!

Manuela

Alison Gibbs said...

What a fabulous look of bargains you got at the market. It was your lucky day.
Alison

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh Julie, I just love your new dishes with the roosters!!! You did good in your hunt too, all of those goodies, wow! Yes, every girl does need a cake plate :)

Hugs,
Dena

Counting Your Blessings said...

Flea markets alone are blessings! =) Again, I'm stunned that you are friends with your ex. But God has been teaching me lots. I'd tell you but I'm not quite able to sort it all out logically yet. You're inspiring! Blessings...Polly

Esther Sunday said...

Yes, God bless all that have served/serve our country.

Brenda said...

Wow that is a great deal. Sounds like you had fun and I LOVE the dishes.

Sandi said...

You're so creative, Julie. I bet your house is going to be lovely this Christmas.
(and kudos on the steal on decorations! LOL)

Joy said...

Hi Julie,

I have had the exact same thing happen to me except the husband was the one with the crazy prices(!) The wie was pratically giving stuff away!

p.s. Be sure and stop by my blog today :)

collard green queen said...

wish I was with you for the flea market trip! I love a good day of shopping...

BellaColle said...

WoW! you really scored!!
Yes, cake plates are a must!!lol
I love your story about the Man and his daughter!
hugs.

Our Red House said...

What a successful trip! It sounds like you got some terrific bargains.

Kate

Rosemary said...

Sounds like a fun day Julie!!
I love flea markets. I am going to one this Sunday.
Rosemary

Karen said...

I'm so glad I 'found' your blog through Kat's place. I could come over here for the music alone! but the posts are so wonderful, too. It sounds like a very productive day at the flea market:)

Michelle said...

Your new dishes are wonderful! It sounds like a great day at the market :) Way to work it! You are going to love your cake plate and I guarantee, it won't be the last one you buy.

rosemary said...

No indoor flea markets here only really expensive antique stores taht jackup prices monthly when the tourists cruise through town...boo hoo.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Hi Julie! It sounds like you had a great day! I have bookmarked the instructions for making the garland! Thanks for sharing!
Barbara

Emiline said...

I'm hiring you to come decorate our house. I'll even fly you in and feed you. ;)

You should bake a cake, take a picture of it and the plate, and then post it on here.

You can sure get some good bargains.

Cottage Contessa said...

Wow, what a fabulous shopping experience you had! Mind if I come and rub against you for luck before I go a thriftin' next week?! lol
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

This veteran thanks you for that blessing! Great post!

:)