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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News from Memory Lane – we’ve expanded!

You might remember that last October, we started our booth adventure with a couple of adjacent wall spaces at Memory Lane Antiques in Valley Junction, here in West Des Moines. We’ve been closely watching the sales at this and all of our booths (Memory Lane owner Ed makes this SO easy with daily emailed sales reports!), and after some careful consideration we decided that the wall spaces just were not cutting it. Now make no mistake, they were a great entry point for us into this business. But for long-term success, we felt that the wall space was just too limiting.

Wall Space Booth | Hazel & Verdie's
So, we are very happy to share that we have moved into an actual booth space at Memory Lane, right across the aisle from our original wall spaces. The space is small, but it has a number of advantages over the wall spaces – first and foremost, it allows us to “come out from the wall” quite a bit more than we could before.

Wall Space Booth | Hazel & Verdie's

Wall Space Booth | Hazel & Verdie's

The additional space also allows us to create an area where shoppers can “step in” and take a closer look at our items without feeling like they are blocking the aisle, and of course allows us to stock a wider variety of items – from dishes to furniture to household items to primitives and much more.

Wall Space Booth | Hazel & Verdie's

Wall Space Booth | Hazel & Verdie's

Wall Space Booth | Hazel & Verdie's

Please come and see us when you get a chance! And as always, if there’s something specific you’re looking for, let us know!

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We’ve opened our third antique/vintage booth

This month our little micro-business took another step forward as we opened our third booth, this one at The Picker Knows in West Des Moines.

“PK” started out in a different location a couple years ago, but last Fall they relocated to a former grocery store and have since grown completely into that space with retail, storage and auction facilities. We went on their wait list for a booth as soon as they opened in the new building, and finally got “the call” in late February that a space would be coming open on April 1. We spent that day setting up the booth and moving items in.

Like Memory Lane (“ML”), PK is a mix of vendors and owners’ merchandise. The PK team takes their picking very seriously – they’re out just about every day, and when they’re not out they’ve got people bringing them truckloads of items to evaluate and purchase. They acquire some really amazing pieces.

Our booth is an 8×8 foot corner space in the “busiest aisle in the store,” according to the Assistant Manager. We weren’t allowed to paint the plywood walls, but we did want to customize them a bit so we simply put up some large flat sheets using a staple gun. I also made up another hand-painted barnboard sign proclaiming “Hazel & Verdie’s.” We anchored this booth with a few furniture pieces: a buffet/bar, a vanity, and a wicker dresser/headboard combo. From there, we layered with glassware, dishes, and other small items, including collections of mid-century and earlier periods.

Hazel & Verdie | The Picker Knows

 

Hazel & Verdie | The Picker Knows

Hazel & Verdie | The Picker Knows

Hazel & Verdie | The Picker Knows
We’ve added even more merchandise since these photos were taken, and sales so far in this booth are brisk – it is not quite mid-month and we have already made rent plus a little more, so we are cautiously optimistic about the decision to expand yet again.

Here are some of the other wonderful booths at The Picker Knows! If you want to stop by, PK is located at 1208 Prospect, West Des Moines. Hours are 10 am – 7 pm Monday-Saturday, and Noon-7pm Sunday. Please come see us!

Hazel & Verdie | The Picker Knows

Hazel & Verdie | The Picker Knows

Hazel & Verdie | The Picker Knows

Hazel & Verdie | The Picker Knows

 

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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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