Flea Market Update

25 May

006 Is there anything better than a sunny, 73 degree spring day at the flea market? No, no there is not. Unless you are 13, and out of school for the summer, and your mother drags you there to help her shop for her booth. For the at-leisure teenaged boy, “flea market” is synonymous with “terrible” or “only slightly more fun than mowing the lawn.”

Worst. Time. Ever.

Worst. Time. Ever.

But, we did find a few things. I don’t buy much for the booth at the flea unless it is a straight-up great deal. Which means that I don’t buy much, at all. 007 Check that Pyrex casserole…I’ve never seen that pattern in aqua but it’s pretty cute and if you collect the Butterprint pattern, it will coordinate beautifully.010
The little jadite vase is perfect for a kitchen windowsill (mine, specifically, but I’m putting it in the booth at great personal sacrifice). And the lamp fits one of the shades that I found when I bought a bunch of them at a sale this past fall…slowly, I’m finding the perfect lamps for each shade. The tin Kracker Kan (patented in 1949) is just like the one that is on the kitchen shelf in the kitchen of Don Draper’s latest mistress, Sylvia, on Mad Men. I am OBSESSED with the kitchens on Mad Men. The set dressers on that show do an amazing job. Any time a scene is shot in Betty Draper/Frances kitchen, I am not watching the action at all; I am totally checking out the vintage kitchen stuff. Anyway, the Kracker Kan is an innovation because you unscrew the glass knob on the lid and bake it in the oven. When the interior crystals turn blue, take it out, let it cool and put it back in the lid. The blue crystals absorb any moisture in the pretzels or chips that you store in the can and keeps them crispy. When the crystals turn pink, it is time to re-bake the glass knob to turn them blue again and re-activate them. I have not tried it but it is a pretty innovative idea. Type Kracker Kan into Ebay to see a selection of the various patterns and sizes.

The Nashville Flea Market is definitely back in full swing, and if you don’t go regularly and want to give it a shot, now is the time! Summer is the season for lots of good thrifting/vintage bargain-hunting opportunities and I hope that you are finding some great stuff. Best, LaurenT xoxo


2 Responses to “Flea Market Update”

  1. Lisa May 26, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Oh, look at your pretty finds. We have similar taste. That fiberglass lamp shade is to die for. And of course Pyrex always makes my heart race. That is the bluebird pattern.

  2. AngLeeRick May 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    That is a more rare pattern! good find!

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