Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market
This weekend I went to the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market, New England’s largest open air market. This time around I wasn’t there to sell – but instead to hang out with some fellow vintage fashionistas (one of which is pregnant and due in two weeks). The market opens to vendors at 5 am. This meant that we would need to leave at 4:30. I am NOT a morning person – at all. In fact, most mornings I crawl out of bed five minutes before running out the door. Knowing this about myself, I made sure I was all packed and ready to go the night before and set my alarm. As luck would have it, my alarm never went off and I overslept. I woke up in a panic at 5:30. My friend had texted at 4:28 : “are you still coming?” Um, no I wasn’t – I was fast asleep. Not wanting to miss out – I jumped in my car and drove myself. I enjoyed the hour long, but very scenic, drive to New Milford. I arrived just in time for the 7 am opening and there was already a line to get in. I worked my way to the back of the lot where my girls had already set up a pretty kick ass display of vintage clothing, accessories and housewares. It was a great day, the weather was perfect, and as usual I ended up with a sunburn. Here are some photo highlights from the day:
I met fellow Etsian Sharon Gatzke of Now and Then – Modern Accessories with a Retro Twist. Sharon creates super cute (and durable) tote bags, placemats and clothespin bags from oilcloth. My favorite item was this clothespin bag which is a necessity for those of us who still dry our laundry the old-fashioned way – on a clothesline! She also creates bracelets from vintage buttons. I am always searching for ways to upcycle my enormous vintage button collection. This is definitely going to end up on my pinterest board “Buttons.”
I also picked up this cute little chartreuse green succulent and set of four vintage trays. I’m starting a windowsill succulent garden – more on this little guy and the succulent cuttings I ordered from etsy in a later post. I’ve been collecting ceramic containers to put them in and this one will probably end up in one of them – along with the orphans that came all the way from California!
My friend was selling this adorable Dainty June brand brown dress with calico detailing. I’d never seen this brand before, so I looked it up. This designer may become a new favorite! A young girl and her mother also stopped by and picked up a tiny vintage skirt. The girl was so adorable. I love to see young girls who already are developing a great sense of style.
I wish I had room for this ginormous art easel. Would look fantastic holding a flat-screen tv in an artsy space or art gallery, no?