Flea Market Finds: November

24 Nov

The Mister and I went to the flea market on Friday…it’s been a really, really long time since I went on Friday, and hey guess what? That’s totally the day to go because it is not crowded–at all!–and all the best stuff is there. Huh. It had been so long that I had totally forgotten all about that. But, I have Fridays off now, and starting in 2015, I will have all the days off because I am leaving my day job and returning to being a mom/wife/antique booth nerd on a full-time basis. Very excited about that stuff. Anyway, the flea market…


So, the Mister’s jadeite quest continues…we only ended up with this restaurant ware cup and saucer because it was kind of a puny month for jadeite, otherwise he totally would have bought more. The cup has a pretty shape, doesn’t it?


I got two pairs of early 1950’s pajamas, one satin and one rayon, and this beautiful aqua silk and lace gown from favorite vendor…$10 each. They are deadstock, with original paper size tags attached. Never washed, never worn. The dealer pulled them out of an attic in their original gift boxes. I have since washed and ironed them and all three are beautiful…and my size. So, these are not headed to the booth…I’m going to keep and wear them. See why Friday is the day to go to the flea??  The lace on the gown and one set of pajamas is very high quality and all of the fabrics are very nice. These may be pre-1950s, especially the gown and satin pajamas; I’ve seen a similar pajama set dated to the 1940’s on a vintage clothing site but I’m just not the most knowledgeable about vintage clothing so I’m not sure.

Before I had my booth or did a lot of shopping at flea markets and estate sales, I would wonder how people found “the good stuff”–really nice vintage in great condition, at great prices. And I really think that they answer is that you have to get out there, a lot, and you have to spend a good amount of time going through piles and racks and booths and asking questions. It never hurts to be friendly to a flea market vendor and it’s always good to tell them what you are looking for–they may start sourcing it just for you.


This Pyrex cutie IS headed to the booth…the light shining through it makes it look a bit worn but it is actually in very nice shape. Oh, Pyrex. I still like Pyrex but in the last three years the prices have risen steadily and the availability has decreased as more and more people have started collecting.  I don’t necessarily like charging the prices I’m currently charging for it in the booth, but because I’m paying more than ever, I’m charging more than ever. Pyrex still has the most narrow margin of anything I sell.


Pyrex aside, I’m buying a few fun things to put away for a future spring/Easter booth update…I love basket purses and this little cutie with the plastic flowers is adorably 1960’s. The tiny flower pot is McCoy.

The November flea market is one of my favorites…did you get a chance to go this month? What did you get? If you aren’t local, I hope you are finding fun things in your area.


2 Responses to “Flea Market Finds: November”

  1. rae November 25, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    I went, haven’t been in a while! I like Friday because it isn’t crowded, but then most vendors don’t want to make deals! I got mostly christmas ornaments, 6 made in japan putz houses for 10 bucks! and some stuffed 1950’s black bears that I didn’t need at ALL but were too cute to leave behind! I love that pajamas you got.
    And people don’t seem to believe me that the way to find good vintage for a deal is to go a lot. I don’t always score! Going a lot just ups your odds!

    • apronstringsvintage November 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      That is a killer deal on Putz houses…how did I miss those? Lol…

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