Welcome to Thursday's Confessions. A new weekly feature where I confess, before you my sisters and brothers, the silly, the ridiculous and even at times the shameful. Why? Because confession is good for the soul. Even in Blogland.
(Today it is pretty silly...Just cause.)
Confession: I love to wander aimlessly through the Flea Markets and low-end Antique Malls. It is to me what playing golf is to my father-in-law. A de-stresser galore.
I rarely get to do this anymore now that I work full-time but during the summer months, when I have more time off and time seems to slow down a bit, I like to find as many moments to steal away as I can and wander the aisles of colorful vintage goodies.
I was very fortunate that on my way to and from my farm retreat I was able to visit 3 flea markets - 2 which were brand new to me. It was so great to wander with no sense of urgency or purpose. Just me, my camera and time, lots of time.
Confession: I have no use for real Antiques. I like the junk and the borderline junk. And the cheaper the better. Give me things that cost $6 and under. Not $20 or $40.
I am such a cheapskate snob.
These days I find myself looking for useful items. Things that I can justify purchasing - like kitchen items. Sometimes I find funny kitchen tools and I cannot imagine what they are for.
Like this aqua handled something-or-another. Any clue on this one? Anyone?
I am particularly drawn to choppers and pitchers. Especially syrup pitchers.
I think I have maxed out my allotment of choppers (well there is one design I don't have yet...) But I think maybe I could get away with a few more pitchers...maybe?
I also am loving storage containers and tins. Anything I can use and still enjoy. I use old tins to hold dry goods like coffee, tea and beans. I loved the look (but not the price) of this huge baking powder can- how fun is it? And the colors are perfect.
Confession: I need grandchildren. Ok, well "need" might be a bit strong of a word.
But I am drawn to over and over is vintage children's toys and furniture and the other day I actually said out loud "I can't wait to have grandkids so I can buy this stuff!" while looking at some great vintage goodies.
I just love the colors of vintage kids goods. Kinda like how I love current little girl shoes. I am always walking through Target, lamenting how I love the little girls shoes better than the women's shoes.
There were 2 sets of these glasses, one in a carrier. I loved their colors and kitschy charm but I wondered if perhaps they are offensive to Native American Indians? I am always curious about that.
Next up I found a full set of this pattern. I had never seen this exact set before, the aqua trim, the gold and the flowers. I have seen them separate but never together.... Of course the very last thing that I need is more floral china. Seriously.
And last but not least, the Queen herself. Isn't she lovely? Wish I could have brought her home, but again, too high a price. Cheapskate me.
If you find yourself traveling between Fayettville and Little Rock sometime and you need to take a potty break, stop off in Alma. There are lots of food joints along with one handy flea market right off the exit. Just look for:
Sister's 2-TOO Antique Mall702 Highway 71 N, Alma, AR 72921-5109