While I was on my annual vacation to Maine, my family and I found in the local newspaper, word of a Maine blueberry festival. I was so excited for it. I always dreamed of going to a fruit festival, and while blueberries are by no means my favorite fruit, having an entire festival devoted to anything in the world someone could come up with out of blueberries was enticing nonetheless. Plus, it sounds like something that the people of Stars Hollow would do (the New England town the characters of Gilmore Girls live in). Except, well, my parents and I got lost on the way to said blueberry festival and ended up taking a detour to a flea market found on one of the side roads. The flea market wasn’t your average small-town one either! While it was no Brimfield, with both new and old items we spent about 1.5 hours having fun scavenging the rows of booths.
It’s always interesting to me how people make art out of the layout of their fleamarket booths. I found this one particularly pretty. Looking back at this photo is like playing I Spy: there was a mix of vintage itty bitty perfume bottles, daggers (umm??), seashell-shaped silverware, Danish hairpins, a plastic cuckoo clock charm, and watches that lay across the pretty lavender tablecloth. I like to imagine who these baubles would have belonged to because a lot of times they seem so incongruent with the people selling them. Feel free to comment with fun things you see pictured in the booth that I missed.
This seller was my favorite from that day. Here we have a ferociously fierce vintage Grace Jones In Concert booklet, an Elvis fan-made memorabilia hat, and old New Yorker issues!!
A dainty tea set fit for a garden tea party!
If this Paul Frank clock had worked, I would have bought it without question. It was selling for under $5 dollars (clearly, the seller undervalues Paul Frank).
I spotted this box at the same booth as with the woman who was selling the Paul Frank clock. The map print was really nice and so it’s now holding all my pending collage scraps back at home.
A toy typewriter---sure to get those creative writing juices going.
Notice the Born This Way pin!!!
A military veteran was selling these smiley pins and patches from the 1960’s that were reminiscnet of ones I'd been looking for on Etsy for awhile now. The guy selling them told me a story about how the man who originally drew "the smiley face" never trademarked it and so never gets credited for it. I bought the yellow smiley face patch, which I originally was going to put on the back of my denim jacket to go for a '90s vibe but ended up putting it on this gingham dress I found at a thrift store while in Maine. DIY pictures to come soon...
My mom on the other hand, found herself this cute charm bracelet. It has a diary, a candlestick, a lie detector, and a “find your next mate” wheel on it.
The fleamarket in action
Random tank top, thrift store beach print skirt, Aerosoles sandals, vintage 1960’s Grecian sunglasses, picnic basket purse bought here
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