Last month I shared my finds from the Kane County Flea Market, which is held the first weekend of every month. I decided I would continue to share my treasures each month from the flea market revealing what I paid for each item. I always try to find a bargain but I’m sure there will be times when I overpay for something. This month I found a few things, but not as impressive as April’s flea market finds, in my opinion. It seemed like prices were higher this time around.
The first treasures I scooped up was this pair of vintage enamelware. The vendor had several of these pieces and I would’ve liked to get a few more, but I really don’t have the space for them in the kitchen so I settled for these two. I paid $10 for the piece on the left. I’m not sure why there are holes in the top … if you have any idea, please let me know in the comments below.
I do have plans for all these mirrors I’ve been collecting. I’m going to hang them on the stairway wall after it gets painted. The upstairs hall tends to be a little dark so I think the addition of mirrors will help bounce the light around up there.
Okay, so this little bee bottle with bluebells wasn’t a flea market find but it was just sitting on the ledge above the next flea market find so I had to capture its beauty. The bottle was found in a junk pile. I liked its size and shape so sponge painted it in white and then transferred the bee graphic onto it using the Mod Podge transfer method.
I saved the best for last! When I had about given up on finding any white ironstone at the May flea market I spied this tall, cool beauty. She was just sitting there on a table surrounded by far lesser pieces of china and various knickknacks. The elderly gentlemen running the booth was sitting in a simple folding chair, eyes closed and chin to chest. There was no price on the piece so I coughed a little to stir him awake. I asked how much and he replied, “Well I was gonna mark it for $35 but I’ll offer it for $28.”
SOLD!! Are you kidding me??
In near perfect condition, this flea market find is marked Knowles Taylor and Knowles … one of the oldest names on American pottery. I’ve seen pitchers in this size and style in antique stores and on Ebay selling for $90 or more. Even if this manufacturer’s pitcher isn’t worth $90, I still think it was a bargain and my best flea market find of the day!
Total dollars spent on this month’s flea market finds is $89. Not bad for an afternoon of vintage shopping!
Stay tuned for next month’s flea market finds.