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Sunday, June 25, 2006

got fleas?

they say the origin of "flea markets" dates back to the plein air markets in a paris suburb way back (i can't recall the exact details, but that is the gist of what i read from my web search) because many of the goods sold, acoording to lore, had fleas...for some odd reason, the name has stuck... nowadays, going to a flea market has become a national craze &'s a highly popular & fast-growing past-time for a good many people... while i have not actually been to a flea market per se, i have been to outdoor antique fairs & chi-chi tag sales>>>which i have found them vastly entertaining & wicked know, the thrill of the hunt, the perfect, absolute must-have, cannot-live-without find(s)! & the throngs of people, buyers & sellers, novice & well-experienced alike all in search of that special, unique & bargain find! it's a mania! i was watching this show on fine living channel & it had this designer, sheila bridges, doing a segment on flea market amazed me to know that people got up before the crack of dawn all in order to be first in line! my goodness...there are usually so many sellers & tons of stuff at these things that surely, there's something for everyone? what's all the clamoring about being FIRST anyway?! i don't get it! that's a bit much, don't you think? anyway, as i wrote a couple of posts ago about my new fave mag, called junk market totally has me inspired to go "flea-ing" that pic above, it's a mural on the side of this antique place, called (& i'm not kidding) uncle hunk's junk...they have loads of garden, rusted iron stuff that i love as well as wonderful leaded & stained glass windows, etc...uncle hunk is a bit pricey, but the reason i bring them up is because, i noticed a little sign in front of the store, which advertised that there is a FLEA market every SUNDAY @ 7am! wow, i would never have known this...well, actually, come to think of it, a guy at campus antiques mall (one of my current fave haunts) did mention the big flea market in ehlkorn (wi), but i remember telling him not to go any further...funny, how i recalled that bit of interchange when i saw that sign...joe & i were in ehlkorn the other night for his birthday & the antique place was about a block from the restaurant we dined at... so, for this week's friday's finds, i encourage you to go "flea-ing" & to post your lovely miscellaneous must-haves! see you friday! Posted by Picasa


  • At 6/26/2006 05:03:00 AM, Blogger sweet memories said…

    I went fleaing on rainy mothers day...I found a little booth with miniature doll house furniture which I snagged up a few bags of...some new wooden shingles, wood flooring and some furniture..I used to collect them as a little girl, but dont have anything left and my husband picked up an antique doll house from a customer that was throwing it is all falling apart but that was 'supposed' to be my project for Friday's finds....I guess I should start! I need a space to work on it...the flea markets around here, or the one I went to was not the greatest....I shall start searching for more!

  • At 6/26/2006 12:26:00 PM, Blogger Jes said…

    oh I love to flea market!! If you ever come back to Maine for a visit...we must hook up so we can go to the Monsweag flea market!!!!!

  • At 6/27/2006 09:44:00 AM, Anonymous looney said…

    um, thanks Ate! love, love, love, love, heart, heart, heart, heart that Junk Magazine!!! so much neato ideas! the kiddies and i might take an afternoon stroll to blue island's antiquing district with all the 4th of July activities going on...i'll have to take some pics of some great flea market stuff for friday finds...happy fleaing! xoxo looney

  • At 6/27/2006 10:12:00 AM, Blogger firstborn said…

    hooray pauline!!! happy flea-ing!

    & jes, MOST DEFINITELY!!! i know exactly where that is on route 1!!!! i used to pass by there whenever en route to my home health visits, portland, the kennebec, bath, brunswick, all points west!!!! bring it on!!! & i am dying to go eat at sarah's cafe!!!!!

    um logi, can i have my junk market mag back when you come up here next time? i'm having wicked withdrawals over here>>>lol!

    love to all,
    mary ann xoxo


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