Monday, September 3, 2012

Laboring, rewards, rest

So I labored all day Saturday at a yard sale with my sister and her fiance.  I did good selling my stuff.  Then Sunday I took my profits and spent some at the annual ginormous Hillsville, VA flea market.  


These vintage pyrex dishes were everywhere.


And check out this iron!  Love the color but it weighed a ton!  Still wouldn't it look great sitting in my studio?  Its my color!


Its sad that so many of the antique dealers who have had the same places for decades have been pushed out by the carnival-esque new cheap goods sellers.  Socks, tshirts, shoes, gadgets, etc.  There are still a ton of dealers but even in the VFW grounds where there used to be edge to edge dealers, now there were empty spaces and parked cars.  And even a carnival balloon game!  I hope they dont ruin it completely.


I did see some great stuff though.  I missed getting a 5 drawer watchmakers cabinet similar to above for $100.  I didnt have enough cash on me and I went to get more.  Should have put a deposit down.  Oh well. 
I saw quite a few of these .


This picture is for Nancy-its a Victorian clothes dryer similar to the one in my studio.

And this is my haul!


Yes that is a sewing machine!  He sews like a dream!  Only $25!


I think its a he.  He reminds me of a classic Chevy.  I think that might be his name.

He came with a great attachment box.  Only a couple of feet and one bobbin.  Luckily the bobbins are the same as the ones for my Kenmore.  I have tons of them.


These old bobbins are fun to wind lace or ribbon or binding around.  I tried to get a variety.

I was so excited to find this from one of my favorite vendors-Victrola man.  He deals in those and and other antiques.  And I used to buy needles for my Victrola from him  I couldn't find him in his usual place.  He was always next to stereoscope man.   Victrola  man said he was too old and fat to come anymore.  Of course Victrola man is skinny and 83.  I have a thing about modern egg slicers always breaking or being hard to use.  My dad said he'd had one just like it when he was a kid.

A cute little jar of buttons.


There were many vendors with fishing gear and I found this vintage red and white Arbogast Jitterbug.  I'd been wanting one for a while.

I found some vintage quilt blocks.  I look for  fabric, condition, techniques, and pattern.  This first one I would love to add to my studio wall.  I may have to get a new frame because I cant decide which block to take down.


I love the scrapiness of the petals of this Dresden.

These crumb blocks are so neat!  I loved the various fabrics. They are all hand stitched...
 onto fabric foundations!


I always love to get some marbles to add to my marble jar.



Needless to say I got a lot of sun this weekend.  And my feet hurt.  
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So today I rested and finished up a sewing project.  


Im participating in the Modern Scrappy bits swap.  We make a tiny zakka item with our scraps for our partner and then send it with a fat quarter equivalent of scraps. I made my partner a case for her glasses as she asked.


   I covered a fat quarter with scraps.  I found the pattern in Zakka Style book.  It is actually for a pencil case but I increased the width slightly and it works perfectly.
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keep dreaming...Colleen
A friend sent me a random Spoonflower code last weekend to order a FQ for $1 !! So I ordered the Heather Ross girl in the tower and got my mom to order the   campers.  Tried to get my sister too but the code had expired.

5 comments:

Dana Gaffney said...

That looks like so much fun! Everywhere down here the good vendors are gone and it's all new junk, so sad.

sarah said...

i almost got that heather ross camper fabric. i changed my mind at the last minute and got some cassette tapes. you know, being a child of the eighties, of course. :)

got derek to order me a cut-n-sew fabric of a fox in underpants (for my sister).

i NEED to go to that flea market next year. i forgot all about it until you posted the instagram pic.

anyhooo... talk to you soon!

Carrie P. said...

You got some great buys. I have been that flea market several years ago. Lots of neat stuff.

Jessica said...

Wow that's awesome!! I love going places like that! Your sewing machine looks fab and I'm super jealous about the Spoonflower coupon, lol!

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

Ack! I knew it was a clothes dryer!!! Love it! I'm seriously eyeing your Chevy, and if he's gone one night, it wasn't me who took it! You found lots of amazing stuff. I would have snatched the Pyrex in aqua! Thanks for sharing. I got my fabric too. Love your selection.

Nancy