We shopped the flea and didn’t spend a dimePosted: May 24, 2014
It’s a holiday weekend and ManRay wanted to get out of our usual rut. So we hopped on the subway and went downtown to the newish Franklin Flea. It’s held on Saturdays in the old Strawbridge and Clothier building, a former department store.
If I’d felt like spending $150 I would have bought this fantastic vintage kimono. Oh, what colors!
I really liked this pair of huge lamps. Well over four feet high, they sure make a statement. I didn’t ask the price.
Then there was this faux Picasso that ManRay thought was amusing.
One vendor had lots of vintage doilies and crocheted pieces that had been dyed light shades of gray or sage green. It was hard to tell the exact colors because the lighting in the building was so dim.
The most popular booth was swarmed with shoppers looking at vintage school wall maps, anatomical illustrations, taxidermy and vintage clothing, to list just a few categories. I was intrigued by the finish on their bookcase. ManRay said it looked as though it was done with crayon.
And that was it! There were maybe two dozen vendors so not a lot to see. All I got was a sunburn from walking to the Reading Terminal Market for lunch. Better luck tomorrow!