We shopped the flea and didn’t spend a dime

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!


Alas, I was too cheap to buy this gorgeous silk kimono. I’ll just have to love the photo.

See what else caught my eye

The collecting bug bites early

“Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” What do you think of this Jesuit motto? Is it true?

I don’t have to go any further than my dining room to see where my childhood and present intersect.

I got my first piece of furniture–a china cabinet–when I was only three years old. My father built it from knotty pine and scraps of Formica counter top. I distinctly remember wanting to be tall enough to see what was on the top shelf. (Now it barely reaches up to my elbows!)


My early American china cabinet.

Yep, there’s more!

A chicken a day! Wyandotte this one first?


Chickens have been jumping out at me all over the place lately.

Not the real kind! Though I do work at a farm, all the boys in the poultry house (this year we have only roosters) are well-behaved.

I mean all sorts of chicken-y vintage things.

So, rather than buck-buck this observation, I’m just going to pluck up my courage and peck around here for a whole bunch of eggscellent poultry¬†posts in the next couple of days.

Sorry if you hate bad puns! Don’t get your feathers all ruffled about it.

Yep, there’s more!

Flea or thrift? Flea or thrift? Don’t make me choose!


Loved the color on this ladder (which I didn’t buy). I think I’ll steal the idea, though.

Yesterday ManRay and I did a marathon of shopping starting at the Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville NJ. I haven’t been there since last summer and was surprised by how much the market has changed. At one time it was considered the preeminent antiques market on the East Coast.

Read on!

Estate sale madness #2


Yes, there’s more! Janeray already showed you what she scooped up at the estate & barn sale we hit on the first day of the Sage Farm show.

Now it’s my turn!


I scored a homemade cash drawer, nicely made in pine but with odd numbers written in the compartments. Space for $3 and¬†$4 bills? Maybe it was used for tokens or something else. Janeray thinks I should put it under my sewing machine to keep all the little tools right at hand. Might work. I’ll have to try it out. If it doesn’t work, then I’ll have to find some $4 bills.

Golly. yes, there’s more!