I didn't have any plans on Sunday when I received an invitation on Saturday from my friend Cathe Holden to go to the Alameda Flea Market with her (officially known as Alameda Point Antiques Faire). She was leaving at 5:30 am and was planning to return home at noon. Was I game? Absolutely I said to her. I went to the Flea Market a few years ago when I was heavily into Shabby Chic. I found so many fabulous deals and began my Franciscan Desert Rose collection by going to this Flea Market. I haven't gone since I moved because I never felt that I had the funds to make the trip.
My favorite booth of the entire Faire. Although my overall opinion of the Faire is "overpriced." I spent very little money and compared the Faire with going to a museum looking at things I couldn't buy.
It's bright, it's loud but I still wanted it. I've loved lions since my childhood best friend gave me a little stuffed lion as a child. Cerys still has this lion. I also loved the British flag in the lions mouth. But not for the $45 dollar price tag that came with it.
I spent very little money because I just can't get the price that I pay for items at garage sales and estate sales out of my head. I didn't see much that I had to have which made it easier. Cathe asked the price on a little set of metal drawers. The seller said $25. I have the same item at home that I paid $1 for. Is the price for the location? The cost of the booth or just the work of getting there? It would seem that cheaper prices would bring more sales?
Cathe and I spent the most time at a booth where the seller had bought a bunch of old watches and watch supplies at an estate sale. We both stood there looking through little boxes of full of vintage clock faces, watch parts, movements and little metal boxes. Cathe purchased a small collection and once I realized the price was very inexpensive I put together a box of items. He charged me $10 for this box.
I once sold a watch movement for hundreds of dollars so I'm always picking up watches just in case. The one on the far left is actually a Rolex. You could barely see the name through the grime. Is it worth anything? I'm not sure in this condition. It was fun to find it in the box though. Keiran spent about a half hour with me looking at each little watch and movement.
I was a different thrifter than when I last went to the Faire. I didn't do a lot of impulse buying and I knew what a high price was and what a realistic price was. I was quite pleased that I could walk away without a car full of items knowing that I could find many of those items that I longed for at local sales in Sonoma County during the next year or so. My patience for thrifting is growing every day which means I can overall make better thrift choices.
Thanks for all you sweet and wonderful comments about the Cotton Candy Machine. I wish that I could invite all of you over for the biggest cotton candy party in Sonoma County.