|groovy french mannequin heads - too pricey but had to take a photo! love!|
so, anyone that shops for vintage furniture and has done so regularly (as i have for the last 20 years) knows the golden rule... buy it now if you love it because you most likely won't ever see it again! i even mentioned this rule to my friend as we were starting our day at the market (he's not a regular flea market shopper)... little did i know, i should have been listening to my own advice! so, a while back i wrote about my "someday chairs." you know, groovy vintage lawn chairs that i saw at the long beach flea market at a price so amazing that i actually considered buying them even though i have no lawn, no patio, no balcony... really no outdoor space to speak of and no chance of having such a space in the near future. and yeah, i have seen enough episodes of hoarders that i am afraid of what my future might hold if i over indulge in pieces of furniture i have no space or immediate use for. so, i passed on these "someday" chairs. well, those are no longer my biggest vintage regret.
now, it is a lovely pair of vintage white slipper chairs that i saw on sunday. i think doris day (love!) would have proudly displayed them in her home. i saw these chairs (one in the above photo) when we arrived at 7:00 am and loved them immediately. caressed each one, sat in them for ages and for some reason decided to "think about it" even though the first price i was quoted (before any negotiating) was a good one. it was raining and i think my brain just wasn't working properly... well, i decided that we would check back. sadly, they were sold when we walked by the vendor the second time. and then i was really bummed even though there was nothing i could do about it. well, i thought, perhaps another dealer bought them and they would resurface in another booth? nope, sadly not the case. i know where they ended up. i saw them last night as i was catching up on reading emily henderson's blog. yep, i wasn't kidding when i mentioned a while back that we were on the same flea market schedule. except this time it wasn't her, it was her partner on her hgtv show orlando. he is the proud new owner of my chairs and they look just as awesome as i remember them. insert great big sigh here. i guess i should look on the bright side. they did go to someone i "know" and like. even though we've never met...
so, here's a groovy chair my friend darin picked up at one of our fave valley vintage stores the next day (yep, the prices and stuff at this store makes it totally worthwhile for a trip over the hill)... oh and that $750 price tag? not a chance! we got it for $200.
and we found this really cool table that needs a lot of love but is going to be sooo awesome for his kitchen when we are done with it!!! if anyone reading has suggestions on cleaning the stone top please send them my way!
and then he couldn't dream of passing up a pair of these lamps! in near mint condition, the bases spin and light up! they are going to be very cool in his living room!
and since, i was still smarting from my lost white slipper chairs, i jumped on it when i saw this one. i think reupholstered in a bright fuchsia chenille it is going to be super fab in my bedroom. can't you see it against my gold hicks hexagon painted wall?
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the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern