Feb 20, 2008

Flea Market Finds

Oh boy, the junking bug has bitten me! I go through phases of wanting buy different ephemera. First it was old books. Now it's anything that might be altered into something else. Like this mug tree- doesn't it just have tons of possibilities? Imagine it covered in creamy paint, with a bird's nest on top, filled with goodies. And more goodies hanging from it. The bracelets are precious, and will become a pretty dangly thing. I especially love the little silver one at the bottom left, with a cross at the clasp. Maybe it was a First Communion gift.

Or these little Westbend aluminum cups- maybe there were popover cups at one time... but they might have a second life as Christmas ornaments filled with pretty vingettes. Or filled with goodies and tied up with ribbons. Or, I don't know- you tell me.

I also found a very cool addition to my kitchen utensils- a fryer basket. I used to have some old spoons and spatulas hanging on my wall. I switched them out not too long ago to a wreath and an egg/hen reproduction sign. So my next find will fit right in, but I have NO idea what it is. This 6 egg, aluminum, holder thingy. There are no makers marks on it anywhere. If you look closely, you can see the remnants of a leather snap. The snaps themselves were made in France. The inside straps are elastic. Elastic? It's not for chocolate, and I'm sure not for boiled eggs. I mean, elastic on food? Let me know if you have any ideas. I've been searching the internet, to no avail.

Just goes to show, you never know what you'll find at a thrift store.
Addendum: My friend Dona from Antekin knew what this was- it's a camping egg holder. No broken eggs when you take a hike!! Thanks Dona.



Those are some seriously lucky finds. I have been aching too hit the second shops. Way to go!

The Other Side of Me said...

Its just beggin' for some decorated easter eggs to hang on it. Get busy.

Dona said...

Love your finds, watch out pretty soon your basement is going to look like mine.

Stop by and visit. I have something for you.


lindaharre said...

Dear Lee.....Thank you for your kind words.....all appreciated! Just to let you know, I did address the issue and the person mentioned was at my door within an hour to have a good cry with me and to say how sorry they were:D It made me feel so good to hear those words.....that is all it took! Thanks again for your comments....hugs, Linda

Tracie said...

Hi Lee,
I'm here from Dona's. Isn't she great? She knows what everything is and its purpose!

Happy weekend, liked that you found your muse... Isn't it great?


Susan Tuttle said...

Look at those lovely flea market finds!

I lived in Boston for five years too - from 94-99. When were you there? What a coincidence.

So wonderful that you and Tammy are best buds - girlfriends are the absolute best.