Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Delightful Disarray

Brimfield, MA -- The mere mention of the name brings visions of deals and treasures galore. I still can't believe I had the chance to visit such a fabulous show~! So much to see and so little time. Even with 3 full days of exploring, I still wasn't able to see it all... Guess that means I have to visit again!
Purchases will be shared in a future post but I wanted to make sure everyone got to see the "splendidness" of this wonderful experience. Through these photographs, I hope you'll get a sense of the sheer excitement felt during the show.
Booths were filled to the brim with textiles, buttons, dolls, trinkets -- All my favorite things!
Just look at these notions- Doesn't this image make your mouth water with antiquing anticipation?
A fabulous little ditty - I can't even remember what she does - All I know is that she was too expensive for me to buy ... One regret I have! I believe she might have been a sewing kit. If anyone knows what she is, please share...
So many treasures to be found- There were dolls to be loved... I bought only doll parts for crafty purposes. I found some little legs that would be great for altered jewelry or shadow boxes.
Isn't this just a vision of romance? Each booth had a unique flavor revealing the personality of the vendor. It was a sheer delight to find so much concentrated in such a small area.
Enjoy looking at the captured "wonderfulness" of Brimfield. I hope every antique lover gets a chance to experience this at least once in their lives!
What a great bag!
More goodies- Just look at those pillow cases in the background.
A final look at the "delightful disarray" of Brimfield ...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Slow But Sure ...

Slow but sure- Much like me getting a post written over these past few weeks! Time has flown by! I've missed you all and am truly going through blog withdrawal... I've been scouring the fields for deals for the up and coming Open House this weekend. We've found tons of smalls and wonderful crafty items. Brimfield was a fabulous experience and really turned up some exceptional pieces. From an Art Nouveau bust to an early 20th century birdcage, I have just the perfect treasure for every client and budget~
If you're local, I promise you won't be disappointed with this event. I will have summer time refreshments and door prizes as well as deals that can't be beat!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Through the Looking Glass

Dear Blog Friends- Many of you have asked for more pictures of my shop so I thought I would share some vignettes I've created. As you know, I adore tiny trinkets so naturally that's what many of my displays consist of. I want my little boutique to be a place people can find curiosities both for themselves and for special gifts. So, enjoy this snapshot through the doors of Flotsam & Jetsam.
Late 19th Century Parisian Pharmacy Boxes $10
Exquisite Victorian Laces $8-$14
Circa 1940 Doll $13, Wonderful Child's Photograph Dated 1952 $32, Vintage Silk Baby Chemise $8 Fabulous French Framed Photo $18, Henrietta Pocket Watch Compact $8, Miniature Half Doll $7, 19th century Daguerrotype $45, Mid 20th Century Jewelry Box $32, Hand painted c. 1910 Buttons $24

Wonderful Early British and American Letters c. 1849-1914, $8-$40

Circa 1950 Millinery Flowers $5-$7, c. 1900 Jar Cover $15, German Baptismal Ephemera $7, Indian Lacquered Box $40

Wonderful c. 1960 Mod Portrait, $125

Wonderful Doll Box $64, Casket Plaque $35, Steel Beaded Flowers $12, Bakelite Bracelet $16, Silver Dish $15, Art Deco Buckle $10, Cemetery Stereoscope $7, Daguerrotype $18
19th Century Lusterware Pitcher $17, Dutch Stitch Sampler $12, Victorian trim $24, Lace $5
Napoleon III French Tole Wedding Memento $325, French Catholic Emissary Book d. 1934 $35
Small Paper Texts $7, Glass Apothecary Bottles $8

Friday, May 7, 2010

The One That Got Away!

This wonderful card is my last one to share with you from Paris. I just love the paper hats and the adorable little dogs. This postcard reminds me of one of my past regrets- Passing up an antique photograph which had real little girls wearing these fabulous handmade hats... To this day, I sigh over my missed piece of ephemera.
So, what are some of your own missed buying opportunities? What's that one thing you wish you had sprung for?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry

Dear Blog Friends- Thank you so much for all the recent comments. I value each one and truly look forward to reading all of them... So, on that note, I thought I'd share the newest development for F & J ~ The signs are all put up! Don't they look just fabulous? I chose a brown on aqua color palette with a rococo style frame ~ I just love it!

The front of my quaint little boutique

The side sign visible from the road

A close-up shot of the larger sign

So that was "a time to laugh"

Now for "a time to cry" ...

For this week's Vintage Thingy Thursday, I wanted to highlight a special piece in my shop. Purchased long ago for my personal collection, I've decided to part with this dear little sign ~
It's a Victorian casket plate. During the late 19th century, there was a cult of mourning that focused on death and interment. Black and dark purple were the latest in fashion; jewelry made from the dead individual's hair was very common. This particular plaque was a memento of a precious soul - A loved one wanted something to remember them by.

Be sure to stop by The Colorado Lady for more Vintage Thingy Thursday!