We decided that we’d kick-off our blog with a Mother’s Day trip to our favorite local flea market, The Elephant’s Trunk in New Milford, Ct. We didn’t want to wake up at 5 a.m., but since the early bird really does catch the worm, we did! We were searching for sources of inspiration for upcoming blog topics. “Big A” was scanning for old sewing patterns, vintage knitting needles, a tatting shuttle and (as always) any Swarovski crystal jewelry. “Little A” looked far and wide for mirrors that she could etch, vintage stamps, and textiles, textiles, textiles.
Here’s what we found:
An antique wood and copper roller used for printing wallpapers.
Some funky tins to keep other collected goodies in.
(note to flea market shoppers: if something opens, check to see if it opens BEFORE you buy it. that one on the left won’t budge…)
A pretty crocheted pot-holder
Crocheted-edge pillow cases
Some pretty trims: an eyelet, a lace, and some tatting (tatting is definitely on our list!)
Sparkly! The pic doesn’t do it justice — vintage Swaroski crystal necklace
Not pictured is a small engraved printers block with a drawing of… an accordian quartet. Yes, four people sitting at music stands playing accordians. As soon as we can get this into a usable image… oh you just watch out…
So, the best part of going to the flea market is definitely the ‘going together’ part. We didn’t get the greatest stuff ever, and we’re not really sure that we can do anything with the stuff we got, but, we really can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day. So, all in all — a great first-flea-market-trip-of-the-year!
Oh, and there was kettle corn. Which is usually the best thing at any flea market…