As I was reading Camila’s post on her visit to the Brooklyn Flea last weekend, I realized I never posted about mine!  I was up in NYC visiting my sister on the weekend the Flea opened for the spring.  It was my first time to go, and it did not disappoint!

gorgeous day for a flea market!

There are lots of pics to show – but long story short, I didn’t buy anything but was inspired by a lot.  And I ate a reallllly good pizza that had ricotta from Salvatore Bklyn, recently on Martha and cousin of Linds at everythingLEB.  It was fan-freaking-tastic.

me thoroughly enjoying my ricotta margherita pizza! YUM

Now for the pics!

I saw lots and lots of “industrial” pieces – all the rage in blogland right now…

i'd put the pouf in our living room as extra seating...

wish i would have picked up those wire baskets for a bookshelf

i'd trade out my desk for this cool industrial desk

these old stampers would make a cool bookshelf collection!

old suitcase to make a side table out of

vintage apothecary and mason jars to arrange on a sunny windowsill

There were a lot of cute mirrors and pieces of furniture I wish I could have snatched up…

federal mirror i'd eddie ross (paint a fun color)

looooooved this - why oh why didn't i buy it?!

vintage barrel chair in a roberta roller rabbit fabric (pricey!)

i desperately wanted this coffee table for my living room! - love the shape, details, and the little clawfeet

more very cool reupholstered furniture - yes please i'll take that orange ottoman

upholstery options (and some gorge kilim pillows)

and WHY didn't i buy these sconces to hang above my mantle?!?! (oh right, they needed re-wiring and had a $150 pricetag)

fun turquoise painted chairs!

this little armoire was very Little Green Notebook - such a statement piece!

looooooved this high-backed settee - perfect for a breakfast nook

secretaries are perfect desks for small spaces - pretty AND functional - and i loved the burled wood face on this pretty

this was marble topped and its legs needed a coat of paint, but i loved the shape

grain and coffee bean sacks for pillow making!

sister's boyfriend picked up one of these wooden bins to make a liquor tray

It was a perfect weekend to see the Flea – next time I will not leave empty handed!!!

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My last post was about Friday night’s DC blogger cocktail party over at Michele of  My Notting Hill‘s house, where I first got to meet the dapper duo of  Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar.  So fun!  A bunch of the folks I met have posts up on the evening – and they even took some pics!  Check them out: My Notting Hill, pure style home, Matters of Style, Pigtown Design, Department of the Interior (who I didn’t get to meet but wish I had!), and a little something at Eddie Ross.  What a fun group of DC-ites!

But enough about that…let me fill you in on the Big DC Flea Market!

The whole crew that had signed up for Eddie’s flea market “class” assembled outside the main entrance a little before 11AM Saturday morning.  We chit-chatted with the other ladies as Jaithan played cruise director, checking everyone off his list.

everyone congregating outside

everyone congregating outside

(Honestly y’all, they are SO NICE and make you feel like a million bucks.  I love them!!!!)

Then Eddie took the reigns and shared what they’ve been up to: the recent HGTV Halloween shoot (airing Oct. 18 at 8PM), an upcoming workshop in Kansas City with Creative Candles (Dec. 2), and, most exciting, a book on entertaining at home that they’re writing!  Oh my goodnight!  He described the book as “a very Martha-Sandra Lee feel”.  I can’t wait!  These guys are B-U-S-Y!!!

eddie telling us about their exciting endeavors!

eddie telling us about their exciting endeavors!

With introductions done and announcements made, the whole gaggle of us ventured into the flea market.  Eddie and Jaithan had scouted it out ahead of time and knew just the booths to hit.  Are y’all ready for a slew of pics???  Here goes!

The first stop was at a booth with a great assortment of vintage mercury glass Christmas ornaments.  Do you remember Eddie’s a-ma-zing pink and white Christmas wreath last year?!  (I know I for one can’t get it out of my head!)  Well he explained how he has collected his ornaments over time, buying those that he really loves, buying clusters of inexpensive ones (like the pink and white balls on the wreath), and giving them as gifts as his collection grew too large.  All it takes is starting it to have a collection in the works!  Now why didn’t I take his advice while there?!?!

jaithan capturing a booth on his flip camera

jaithan capturing a booth on his flip camera

i loved all the little santa claus ornaments

i loved all the little santa claus ornaments

Next stop was a booth with a random assortment of stuff.  Eddie honed in on a box full of silver items, and I even caught it on video…which of course WordPress won’t let me upload without upgrading.  Boo hiss.  😦 So here’s a still from the video…not cool, WordPress, not cool…

a still from my video

a still from my video

But Eddie was oh so quoteable.  He was talking about a silver ladle (for $4!) that would make a perfect wedding gift.  He said, “People say to me, “Eddie, I found this silver piece but it’s not my monogram on the handle.” And I say back, “Well make it your monogram then!””  Classic.

He even spied this score of a silver toast rack ($20!) for the lovely Allison of Matters of Style, who had unsuccessfully been hunting for one on eBay for some time and was so excited to have found one:

toast rack --> mail sorter

toast rack --> mail sorter

Photo op with my mom!

partners in crime

partners in crime

The next stop was a booth full of beautiful china.  Eddie told us all about flow blue china, which is when the cobalt blue transfer on the china bleeds onto the undecorated parts during the firing process.  What emerges from the kiln is a gorgeous piece of china, which collectors go ga-ga over!  Here he is with a ladle:

isn't that china gorgeous?

isn't that china gorgeous?

we loved the turquoise majolica china on display

we loved the turquoise majolica china on display

Next Eddie pulled us into a furniture booth, where 8 painted chippendale chairs were on sale for only $250, and told us his philosophy on painting furniture.  Although some pieces could be considered “antique” because of their age, if they’re reproduction antique (like a 1930s fretwork chippendale china cabinet that was behind him), paint away and customize it to make it yours!  But keep those paintbrushes away from a truly glorious, unique antique!

somebody snap those babies up!

somebody snap those babies up!

He also shared a great idea to turn this marble-topped dresser into a custom sink console – love it!:

yespleaseandthankyou

yespleaseandthankyou

Onto one of the many booths of silver at the flea market.  This particular booth was FULL of $500+ items, but Eddie had fun sharing some modern ideas for old silver.  In the pic below, he suggested serving lemon sorbet or ceviche in this cute little lazy susan-esque egg cup server.  I tell you, he is a creative genius!

share your wisdom with us, eddie!

share your wisdom with us, eddie!

i'd love to have a stack of pretty platters like this!

i'd love to have a stack of pretty platters like this!

Next up was an absolutely incredible display of antique prints.  I seriously could have gone through the stacks all day!  If only I didn’t have the memory of the stack of unframed prints I already had at home, I probably would have snatched up a few.  Another project to finish!

telling us tons of great ideas where to use prints

telling us tons of great ideas where to use prints

my mom with a really cool print she was thinking of getting for her powder room

my mom with a really cool print she was thinking of getting for her powder room

All of these prints came pre-matted…and Eddie, of course, had a genius suggestion to vamp it up.  He recommended placing the empty mat face down on a piece of shimmery linen fabric, putting pins in the inside corners of the mat, cutting an X shape from corner to corner, then pulling the flaps through the inside of the mat, cutting off the excess, and spray gluing the flaps to the back of the mat.  Instant expensive looking mat for next to nothing!  He also suggested painting a linen-y fabric for a punch of color.  And of course what was the quote after he explained it?!  “How chic is that?!”  So chic!

describing how to wrap the mat in fabric

describing how to wrap the mat in fabric

Next it was another stop in a silver booth, full of silverware:

tons and tons of silverware!

tons and tons of silverware!

He says flea markets are a great place to either complete a set or to build a collection of “hotel silverware” (a la Pottery Barn).

telling a story about mangling antique silver in a garbage disposal (and finding a replacement at a flea market!)

telling a story about mangling antique silver in a garbage disposal (and finding a replacement at a flea market!)

We moved on to a booth that had a rack of vintage postcards.  He had several great suggestions, including making cards out of holiday-themed postcards (and decorating with glitter, of course!).  He told a story about how he was on Martha Stewart one day sharing a craft, where he blew up old postcards onto butcher’s paper to make custom wrapping paper.  When he shared it with her, she responded with something to the effect of, “Eddie, this a “good thing”.  You worked for me!  Why wasn’t this a “good thing” when you were here?”  Too funny!

this is a "good thing!"

this is a "good thing!"

(If tired of reading this so far, just think of how tired our feet were at this point!  But a GOOD tired!)

Next up was a booth full of linens.  He totally recommended buying vintage tablecloths for different and unique table settings, for sewing into napkins, for sewing into pillows, or even using as wall decor when framed.

check out those awesome chenille bedspreads (mom you totally should have gotten the pumpkin colored one!!!)

check out those awesome chenille bedspreads (mom you totally should have gotten the pumpkin colored one!!!)

Next was jewelry booth, with box after box after box of bejeweled brooches.  He had the awesome idea of framing inexpensive brooches in shadow boxes and hanging them in a dressing closet or powder room.  Love it!

how chic is that?!

how chic is that?!

We hit up a few more booths and then headed outside for a wrap-up.  So fun!!!  They were just the coolest of cool.

So what did I get?!  I think I got a little overwhelmed and got stage fright…because I only walked away with 2 things.  I’m totally regretting not picking up some Christmas ornaments, gift-worthy silver pieces, and fun linens, but now I know what to look for, right?!

But, I did get this awesome Victorian ladies print, framed in a timeworn frame (which I love even more because the wood is chipped)…

$20 score! and i love it!

$20 score! and i love it!

…and then this so on-trend vintage bib style necklace, which I haggled down to $35 and can’t wait to wear…

so j.crew!

so j.crew!

My mom, an avid Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) collector, picked up this gorgeous Loop style celery vase for a total steal: $32.  She has several similar items but not one with the scalloped edge like this one:

isn't it beautiful?!

isn't it beautiful?!

The day wasn’t complete without some pics with new blogger friends, like Lauren of pure style home (you can read about the rest of her weekend with Eddie and Jaithan, who stayed at her house Saturday night, right here)…

she is the SWEETEST!

she is the SWEETEST!

…and Allison of Matters of Style

she is such a great dresser!

she is such a stylish dresser!

…and now Eddie and Jaithan!!!

i might have to frame this!

i might have to frame this!

Jaithan I think is my brother from another mother because we were so unagi with our footwear/jean choice:

we're shoe twins!

we're shoe twins!

You might be wondering what my one big takeaway I learned from Eddie about flea market-ing.  It could easily be summed up with his best quote of the day:

If you don’t use it…

then why the hell do you have it?!

Point taken.  🙂  There’s no point in getting all of this amazing vintage stuff if it never makes its way out of the china cabinet.  Fellas, it was so great to meet you!  Can’t wait to do it again!

It was such a fun weekend!  If you want to see if they’re coming to your neck of the woods, check out their upcoming event calendar here.

What are you up to this weekend???

Honestly weekend couldn’t come fast enough…especially with beautiful weather in the forecast, my mom coming to play for the weekend, and some much anticipated time spent with Mr. Eddie Ross himself at the flea market.  Yay!

the man of the hour!

the man of the hour!

Tonight I’m headed to a cocktail party welcoming Eddie and his partner, Jaithan, to DC, hosted by the fabulous Michele of My Notting Hill!!!  Other DC design bloggers will be there, including Lauren of pure style home and Annie of bossy color blog. I can’t wait to meet everyone in person!

Then tomorrow we’re off to the flea market!  The DC Big Flea, that is.  If you’re in the DC area and you don’t have a booked weekend, this is one of the biggies of the year, held out at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

DC_Big_Flea

Eddie and Jaithan travel the US, scouring flea markets, and sharing insider tips and tricks for scoring the best finds.  They’ll have a gaggle of 40 or so of us following them around for a few hours tomorrow.  I can’t wait!

So what’s on my list?  I’m thinking…

  • A giant, ornate frame to put around my TV (since I couldn’t find one on my last Luckett’s trip)
  • Early American Pressed Glass to add to my and my mom’s collections
  • Interesting artwork
  • A unique piece of antique furniture…not sure exactly what I need though 🙂
  • Anything else that catches my eye…

I can’t wait to give a full report!

Bright and early this morning, Former Roommate (FR) and I met at the pancake place by her house in order to get properly fed before our hour-long drive to check out the semi-annual open house at Primitive & Proper.  Primitive & Proper offers “shabby chic” refinished pieces and one-of-a-kind accessories.

Today was such a PERFECT fall day to make the drive – the leaves are finally changing!  When we arrived, so many effortlessly refinished and distressed dressers, accent tables, mirrors, and frames met our eyes.  FR was on the hunt for a simple desk; I was looking for nothing in particular (but curious to check out a table I saw online).  We walked away with two finds each!

FR didn’t find a desk, but did find a cute distressed white tray (not pictured) that she plans to put at the end of her guest bed in order to store/display guest towels, lotions, etc.  She also walked away with this beautiful shabby chic mirror (below), which she will hang in her living room.  She has a set of similarly finished white chairs in the room, so it’s going to look so sharp!

FR's shabby chic mirror

FR's shabby chic mirror

I ended up buying the accent table I saw online, which is a perfect addition to my living room at the end of one of our sofas.  Now all I need to do is find a lamp to grace the table top!  The table has such graceful lines, beautiful detailing, and the daintiest beaded trim along the outside edge of the table…I couldn’t leave without it!

i love this accent table!!!

i love this accent table!!!

I also found this super cute frame with vintage victorian drawer pull.  I haven’t decided where to put it yet, but I’m sure I will find the perfect spot.

vintage frame & drawer pull

vintage framed drawer pull

Did you find any fun flea market finds this weekend?