Friday, November 6, 2009

it's a beautiful fall day, let's go to the flea market!

I get so much feedback on my blog when i go to the flea market. i hear from you that your flea markets are non existent, sparse, lame, too expensive or plundered. so i think vicariously, it is fun to see what i find at my flea markets. not being a Jersey native, i often complain about living in this state, but i have to secretly confess, that if i were to move out of NJ, i would miss my flea markets! so come along with me today as we go to my favorite junky flea market, Collingswood. to visually get a picture of Collingswood, I like to quote my friend, Steve, a vendor, who told me that he only likes to sell at Collingswood in complete desperation or (you'll love this), when he needs to "flush the toilet". it's kind of gritty, dirty and has some seriously interesting characters. it took me awhile to get comfortable coming here. i made my husband go with me for the longest time as the men tended to creep me out. Now that i am getting to know some of them and am a more recognizable face, i will go alone and not have a thought about it. sit back and enjoy as i decided to post individual pictures in stead of the collage format.

here's some of the things i look at every time i drive to the flea market.

this lovely row of trees. it has been fun to watch them grow and change with the seasons.

one of many corn fields in my area. they are drying up now, their summer jobs of supplying delicious "jersey corn" to us has come to an end. for now they will feed the birds until the first frost comes.


our local fresh farmer's market; a dying breed.

the Canadian geese flying around. they are noisy and annoying; yet when you see them flying like this in their vast numbers, honking away, it takes my breath away. i wonder if they are psyched to be heading to a warmer climate or what?


the infamous sign for Collingswood. this is the new and improved sign. not sure the image of the gentleman got any better. he looks like a cross between farmer john an an alien with a potatoe face.


let's talk about "flea market attire" during winter hours. it is COLD and WINDY at Collingswood! got your checklist?

here's my stay warm uniform: sensible shoes, warm socks and leg warmers, check!

cute shopping cart to hold wares, check! got this one at Marshall's for $19.99. (give up the notion that you can carry it all, because you never know what you will find and it helps prevent constants trips back and forth to the car. (record set this summer of making my husband cart stuff to the car - 6 times!)

warm pair of gloves, check! the hands don't work well doling out cash when they are frozen!


cool hat, very long scarf to wrap around neck and face, over sized sunglasses, chapstick and cute coat (from Daffy's, NYC!) under coat, yet another lightweight zippered nylon jacket, check! (attitude byob!) also, carry a purse that you can wear across your chest -easier access to the $ and keeps your hand free.


get to know your vendors, check! this is Phillip - he knows i like working with costume jewelry, so he'll bring out stuff for me to see. he also plays Irish music and tells really bad jokes, but we love him. there is a hierarchy to these guys selling at the flea market. Phillip is on the higher end of the spectrum and i love going through his stuff. other characters a bit lower on the chain include: Dependable Don, Vinnie & John, Vic and a few of the other junk guys that i haven't quite wanted to ask their names yet (but jeff and i have nicknames for)!


Collingswood wares


LOVE these!

Oh, look who i spy? it's Joanna (Summerhouse girls from Country Living Fair and one of her sons). Naively i think maybe her mom, Kathe, isn't there and i ask, "where is your mom?"

Oh there she is! she immediately pulls out a cool find, which she knows i will appreciate (we are kindred souls) - old doll body parts!

down what i call, "Junk Alley" - Dependable Don's terrority..... this is a "digger's delight". be prepared to scrounge through disgusting boxes which are sometimes really wet from sitting out in the rain. (gross). sometimes he has a helper named "Mikey" who jeff and i have nicknamed, "Kid Rock" (strong resemblance!). recently i found that Kid and i both collect Fedora hats. who knew we'd have so much in common. sadly, Kid was off today because a pic of it him would have been cool with his rockin 80's glasses and stringy, long, blonde hair!

as seen around Collingswood - an oversized Gumby doll - i got that "look" from the vendor when i asked her if i could take this picture.... 'nuf said about her!


remember my empty shopping cart when i began? well, i scored big in Dependable Don's section with a bunch of vintage Christmas stuff (and some vintage Easter) i love that stuff and am buying it all up. what for? not sure yet! wait tell i tell you what he charged me for all that stuff.

this was what i got from Phillip

loot of vintage Christmas, Easter and super cool vintage, NEVER USED cosmetic case - wait for it, wait for it, wait for it - $5! (and i didn't even post all the pictures!)

and how about these? are they absolutely the bomb? vintage dance/costume attire for a little girl -so sweet. the detail and materials used are unbelievable. how much were these beauties? now don't be mad, but i took them from the FREE table.


  1. So Fun, Love it.. I would Love to go Fleaing with you...Looks like my Tuesday cast of characters too. xo, Jamie

  2. Loved this post!! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!! Great finds and your pix are fabulous!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! xOxO

  3. What a great day you had.

    Put me in the envious category as where I live we have no flea markets,and garage sales maybe 5 months of the year.

  4. Oh man, if I didnt live in Morris County I'd so be at that flea market. That place is like a treasure hunt! Oh and I'm signing up to take your soldered angel reliquary class at Art Opera! Can't wait till that event!

  5. So fun...thanks for taking us along to see the sights you see. Those old tin type pictures were incredible. And the Gumby doll...sure brought back old memories from teh 80's! And that cosmetic case was a great find...and very cool that you're in the mirror taking the picture.

  6. Fabulous post! So fun...I felt like I was there!!

  7. Don't know how I never see you at Collingswood! I guess I have been too in the shadows this year--but love this post! Know what you mean about Junk Alley, my favorite section to dig. I always get great paper off the free tables. We really need to do a junk breakfast next year so everyone can show off their stuff!


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