Monday, May 29, 2006
Gypsies, tramps and thieves
You know it's gotta be good for me to get up at 5:15 am. Gypsy Caravan, the annual fundraiser for the St. Louis Symphony was this weekend. It's a flea market/antique bonanza with some craft booths thrown in for good measure.
This was the first time I've attended as we have been out of town in the past. I went with my best flea friend Robin, also known as my good luck charm since she helps me sniff out the best stuff. She has a serious knack for junkin' as she calls it. We went early and paid extra to do the "preview" sale from 7-9am which is why I had to get up so early. Despite the cost ($20 instead of $5), it was TOTALLY worth it as we had the pick of the offerings plus we didn't have to deal with the crowds or the heat.
I found some wonderful items:
- Set of vintage alphabet stamps.......all upper and lower case letters plus some symbols insluding a very cool pointing hand. The letters are maybe 2 inches tall and are a fantastic font. In excellent condition I might add and simply a steal at $8.
- Huge vintage map of Vienna that I was drawn to because of the colors.....warm pink, coral, soft green, sienna. So gorgeous.
- Bag of maps, perhaps 50 or so.
- Game, the Treasure Hunt, from 1940. Wonderful phrases and little letter cards.
- A few books.......one from the late 1800's is a music book. A child's primer from 1901 with lovely drawings.
- A big red metal arrow; it is rusty and just looks super cool. I will hang it in the studio.
- Bag of small wood geometric pieces, painted all different colors.
Great scores all around plus such a fun day. I can't wait to get to work as I have lots of new ideas.