Category: Thriftilicious

More flea markets on a long weekend

Editor’s note: I wrote this post back in early August, but had to publish another post before I could publish this one. The four-day weekend referenced in this post was the first weekend in August.

It’s Monday as I write this and I’m on day 4 of a four-day weekend. I’m planning to spend the afternoon helping my daughter clean her apartment. She is just back from six months living in Orlando, working at Walt Disney World as part of their college program. I had a great time going to visit her in May – we spent Mother’s Day at the Atlantic Ocean and the following day from open til close at The Magic Kingdom.

Atlantic Ocean 2016 | Hazel & Verdie's

At the Magic Kingdom 2016 | Hazel & Verdie's

 

She arrived home last night and now she heads back to her apartment in Ames to start a new school year at Iowa State University. But not without a deep clean of the apartment, and copious amounts of laundry!

Meanwhile, Greg & I spent the first two days of our long weekend at a fabulous outdoor flea market in What Cheer, Iowa, followed by an overnight stay at The Catfish Place Campground in Arbela, Missouri, then a visit to the outdoor market in Colony, Missouri.

The What Cheer market was excellent – we have been on the lookout for a few specific items lately, items we have noted are selling well in the antique malls where we have our booths. We were lucky to find a couple of them: in particular a wooden ladder and a small wooden barn gate. Here are some pictures from What Cheer – their next market is September 30-October 2.

What Cheer IA Flea Market | Hazel & Verdie's

What Cheer IA Flea Market | Hazel & Verdie's

What Cheer IA Flea Market | Hazel & Verdie's

What Cheer IA Flea Market | Hazel & Verdie's
En route to Arbela, we stopped at a couple of small-town antique stores. This one in particular was fantastic: Anderson’s/Cherry Grove Antiques in Downing, MO. This shop is amazing – rooms and shelves piled high enough that you get to dig a little for treasure, but overall very well organized and one of those places that is much bigger inside than it looks from the street. Unlike a lot of shops, this one also makes full use of its basement area. That’s where I took most of my pictures – it was amazing!

Anderson's Antiques, Downing MO | Hazel & Verdie's

Anderson's Antiques, Downing MO | Hazel & Verdie's

Anderson's Antiques, Downing MO | Hazel & Verdie's

Anderson's Antiques, Downing MO | Hazel & Verdie's

Anderson's Antiques, Downing MO | Hazel & Verdie's

Our stay at The Catfish Place was quiet and uneventful – this is a small family-owned facility that includes primitive and full hook-up camp sites, a few cabins, a restaurant, swimming pool, shower house, and small ponds with rentable water toys. A few of these amenities were in a bit of disrepair during our stay, but our waterfront spot was quiet with a beautiful view of the sunset and the opportunity to interact with a trio of pretty ducks. (Confession: I fed them pieces of potato chips and named them Bob, Ted, and Felicia. Of the three, Ted was the only one who wouldn’t take the chips right from my fingers.) Our camping spot was quite affordable at $13 for the night, and the one amenity we really needed – the shower – worked great. So it was well worth it!

Catfish Place, Arbela MO | Hazel & Verdie's

Catfish Place, Arbela MO | Hazel & Verdie's

Catfish Place, Arbela MO | Hazel & Verdie's

 

On Saturday we headed a few miles down the road to Colony. This market takes place two weekends a month throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. On one of those weekends, it coincides with the Rutledge Flea Market about 4 miles away. We attended both of these markets back in April, and thought at the time that we might come back down to Colony since we had previously walked that one toward the end of a rather long day.

On this trip, we came down on the weekend when only the Colony market was open. This turned out to be a disappointing mistake. The Colony market is notably smaller than Rutledge, and on the day (Saturday) when it should have been the busiest, literally only four vendors were open when we walked through an hour after the posted opening time. Needless to say we concluded our walk-through in record time and headed back to Des Moines, and we were home by early afternoon.

Despite the lackluster showing at Colony, we had, once again, a great weekend of treasure-hunting and campsite-sitting. Many good weekends left in this outdoor market season!

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Fresh picked goodies from Rutledge & Colony

Editor’s note: Today I went to write up a little post about our weekend flea market trip; I wanted to remind myself of all the items we bought on our trip this past Spring to the Rutledge and Colony markets in Missouri, but couldn’t find the blog post I KNEW I had written! Turns out, it was still in my post drafts – I wrote it back in May, but never published it! So – in advance of the upcoming post about our more recent trip, here’s the post I never published from May!

 

Been meaning to share a little more about the items we “picked” recently at the Rutledge and Colony, Missouri outdoor flea markets. One of the things we thoroughly enjoyed about visiting these new-to-us locations was the fact that among the many familiar items, we also found some things that were totally unique – things we had never seen before. Of course, being a tiny operation with limited funds and vehicle space, we couldn’t acquire them all. But we did manage to bring home several oldies-but-goodies.

One item I was specifically looking for was rusty coat hooks. Hit that nail on the head right away at the first vendor. In fact, upon closer inspection, the hooks I found were a bit too rusty… a thin bright orange layer coated them in a suspiciously even fashion, as though they had been soaked purposely in water. Didn’t really matter… they were cast iron, and with a little clean-up in vinegar and water, they ended up with just the right amount of patina to be used on some barnboards. Along with them, we also picked up some small cast iron stars.

Rutledge hooks and stars | Hazel & Verdie
More rusty goodness… several vintage tools, an antique buggy step, and clamp-on ice skates.

Rusty tools & goodness | Hazel & Verdie
Also on our shopping list, wooden baseball bats. We had a customer already in the pocket for these, and managed to find several at a very agreeable price. We hear tell she’s making a slugger-themed headboard for a grandson.

Wooden bats | Hazel & Verdie
Casters, for one of our own projects. We found some nifty wheels plus a whole coffee can full of casters!

Wheels & Casters | Hazel & Verdie
I can’t pass up amateur art, and picked up this sweet little hand-painted owl. He looks mod-70’s to me!

Hand painted owl | Hazel & Verdie
This great chippy white chair has seen its final days in the dining room, but would still look great in the garden.

Chippy white chair | Hazel & Verdie
Here’s a thing we didn’t recognize at all – turns out it’s an antique hay bale lifter. We actually found three of them over the course of the day, and purchased two. I think they’d be great in the garden, either as trellises or for hanging a flowering basket.

Antique hay baler | Hazel & Verdie
And probably my personal favorite find of the day: what appeared to be a simple wooden lidded box, but turned out to be an outdoor potty chair. Just place your least favorite enamel pot or galvanized bucket under the removable seat, and… go!

Vintage potty chair | Hazel & Verdie
All of our items from Rutledge have been “deployed,” so to speak – they’re for sale in the booths or in use for projects as intended. We’re looking forward to another trip soon!

Our Rutledge Picks | Hazel & Verdie

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Beautiful 1930’s/1940’s vanity

This week on Twitter and Instagram I featured this wonderful new furniture piece that we acquired recently. It is a 1930’s or 40’s vanity table – normally it would have a large mirror attached, but alas this particular piece was missing its mirror. The desk itself is in very good vintage condition, with only a couple small places on the front where the veneer is missing. It’s currently for sale in our booth at The Brass Armadillo here in Des Moines, and is very similar to the vanity we had in the booth at The Picker Knows back in April and May.

30's/40's vanity | Hazel & Verdie's
I really love this type of piece because they truly are of another era. Girls and women today simply do not use makeup tables – we do everything in front of the bathroom mirror! And yet, especially when they do have the mirror attached, they are so dramatic! Here are some similar pieces, photos courtesy of Google Images, that show some of the mirror styles that were available.

Vanity example | Hazel & Verdie
Vanity example | Hazel & Verdie

Vanity example | Hazel & Verdie
If you are local, I hope you get a chance to get to the Brass Armadillo and check out this wonderful piece. It would be beautiful as-is, of course, but is also more than suitable for a repainting or repurposing project, useful in any space where you need some additional storage!

30's/40's vanity | Hazel & Verdie's

 

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Return of the outdoor flea market

It’s warming up around the Midwest now and that means outdoor flea market season has returned. Last summer we tried to conquer a couple of the outdoor markets. We traveled to Sparks, Kansas and What Cheer, Iowa, and we found both to be overwhelming – one because of the heat and one because we just couldn’t get a good handle on how to tackle the large venue.

There was no doubt our inability to make the most of these venues cost us: when we came back empty-handed from Sparks, I read on another blog where the gal had returned from the same market, triumphantly talking about the “dollar jewelry table.” Dollar jewelry table? Granted we wilted in the heat (and vendors did, too, as many of them began packing up early)… but we did manage to make a pass through the whole market and I certainly didn’t see a dollar jewelry table!

Fortunately, I think this weekend we got it figured out, and managed to achieve three things: have fun, see the entire market, and get some great bargains on items we’re pretty sure will be a good fit for our booths.

We started out with the intention of just going to Rutledge, Missouri, but mid-afternoon as we were finishing up our visit there, one of the vendors told us that there was in fact another market taking place the same day, just a few miles away at Colony. So – just when we thought we were done for the day, we headed down the road to gather up a few more treasures. Here are some scenes from our thoroughly enjoyable day!

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Colony Flea Market

Hazel & Verdie | Rutledge Flea Market

 

We’ll share our small-but-mighty pile of picks soon!

 

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Vintage and Made Fair, 2015

I wanted to be sure to share with you my recent visit to the “Vintage and Made Fair” held recently in West Des Moines. This was a fun little outdoor market inspired by independent crafting and all things vintage. Booths included homemade skin care products, repurposed and upcycled junk, and what I like to call “project elements” – in other words, raw junk, ripe for the picking! This Fair is only in its second year, and has already been chosen by Buzzfeed as one of the Top 10 Indie Craft Fairs in the world!

Here are a few photos showing just a little of what we saw on Sunday morning. So much inspiration!

Vintage and Made Fair 2015

 

Vintage and Made Fair 2015

Vintage and Made Fair 2015

Vintage and Made Fair 2015

Vintage and Made Fair 2015

Vintage and Made Fair 2015

Vintage and Made Fair 2015

Vintage and Made Fair 2015

 

See anything you’d like to purchase? I did! I especially loved the Autumn-themed tablescape (and the big blue buffet) shown in the photos above… but all I actually bought was these two sweet little vintage tins. At just $2 each, I thought they were a great deal!

Hazel & Verdie: Vintage and Made Fair 2015

 

Have you found any awesome little treasures lately?

I’m sharing this post at the Vintage Inspiration link party on Betsy’s lovely blog, My Salvaged Treasures. Be sure to click through for creative ideas! 

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