Sundays' flea market was exuberant...
I can find no other word. Maybe everyone was happy because they got to sleep late?
Once I crossed the bridges, there was a protected belt of still green trees, then near the market, about 3 miles north of the ocean, the trees glowed scarlet and gold in the low autumn sun. It was just so perfect. No wonder everyone was happy.
Despite my enthusiasm, I didn't find much.
A new dealer friend flagged me down to show me a treasure he'd saved for me, a wonderful 19th century child's photo. So serious in his black dress-up suit! Perhaps as young as 2 or 3?
Last week I bought quite a few photos of children from what was then a huge stash...
Now only one partial box was left and the dealer told me he saved all the children just for me.
|Lydia - 6 [mo.?]|
|Leonard Small, aged 11 months, left|
Lawrence Costello 6 months, right
And the attitude!
I believe this anonymous litle girl is at the beach! I love her dress with the petticoats and her black highbuttoned shoes (poor kid)...
I love to study these old photos. The clothes are amazing. And I use them for my Memory collages Christmas ornaments, too:
Then from my jewelry friend...in her junk-treasure bin (every week she sets out a tray the size of a large cookie sheet, fills it with random "stuff" watch parts, beads, rhinestone pins, charms, a ball of necklaces and chains. Old keys. Marbles, who knows what!? It's very popular, and in fact a woman was sort of hogging the space, she was very annoyed when I wanted to look too. So I just whisked out a couple treasures:
This handful was 6.oo! You can see how I repurpose the old rhinestone buckles as collage frames.
Then this beautiful, though slightly shabby bird of Paradise. Note the "ruby" eye and enamelled tail feathers. c.1910.
Tiniest little tin box imaginable! Barely 1'' x 5/8". Intriguing---shall it become an amulet? a message charm? A secret wish locket? Two collage charms?