Friday Flea

It felt so good to get out to the flea today…I’ve missed a few and there has been a gaping hole in my heart longing for an outdoor dig of dusty, musty treasures.



Kenny Loggins was the first thing my eyes landed on when I walked in.  I took this as a good sign that this might be a good day of junkin’.  He, who popularized the parachute prison jumpsuit as high fashion, stood as a beacon to all who entered.


This was only $2, and I should have dragged it home, but it was super rusty and I had visions of it sitting in my garage for 3 years waiting for the CC to pour a concrete top for it, like this….

Oh well, someone will do something fun with those legs I hope.

These stools looked new, but someone could tweak them a bit to give them that little sumtin’ sumtin’.



Some say Vintage Vultures, some say Lucky Buzzards.  THIS guy is exactly why I adore the flea.


The pair of Nelson headboards wasn’t going to last long, but I just don’t have room in the booth and I don’t need them…but aren’t they lovely?  This lighted bedside table is a piece I had never seen before.  If it hadn’t been packaged with the headboards I’d have snatched it up.


I grabbed my camera as I was rushing out the door and I had the zoom lens on…this proved very difficult in tight spaces, like here, where I couldn’t get far enough back to get a full shot.  I hate it when I do dumbass things like that.

So what did I get?

A bench,


…and a super groovy vintage lamp for the booth…the pale part of the base has a bulb in it so it glows when lit.


I also got these….


…two desk lamps and this nightstand.  I’m beside myself excited about this nightstand….check it…


American of Martinsville solid wood goodness needs some cleaning and refinishing, but she will GLEAM when she’s done…GLEAM I tell you.

A successful couple of days after the junkin’ drought of late.  Now to attend some social gatherings involving the required grills and beer to kick off a nice long weekend.  Have a great holiday everyone!

Estate Sale

I found two/three things at an estate sale today.  One I’m super excited about, the other, I hope someone else will be excited about.  Both need lots of work though.  Can you guess which is which?


OK, so the chandy is not my style at all, but I bought it for the booth.  It’s more in line with the mainstream market here.  It’s thick with dust and I wasn’t planning to paint it, but on closer inspection, I am considering it.

Can we get to the good part now?  The CHAIRS!  Yipee!

These 70’s lovelies were sitting on the front porch of a Victorian house looking so lonely and out of place.  Come to mama.

The chrome is needing love, and they must be recovered, but I can do both myself, so that’s just time.

I stopped and bought some Coke Zero under the guise of chair cleaning.  I’ve been trying to stop drinking those damn things for years now.  THEY REMOVE RUST after all! I make it a few weeks, then I fall off the wagon.

My attraction to chrome furniture and accessories that need rehabbing is enabling my addiction to diet soda.  This is not good for me, but it’s great for the house.  “Did you hear about that lady who lives on the hill?  She crumbled from phosphoric acid leaching all the calcium out of her bones, so she just became a shmooo…but her house looks great.  Really shiny furniture.”

Oh, and the flea is this weekend and I feel like I haven’t been in for. ever.  Chrome anyone?

Flea Market Friday + Estate Sale

So I didn’t take the camera with me to the Flea because:

1) It was freezing, which requires gloves off for shooting pics.

2) I’m supposed to be on a break.

3) I’m lazy.

I bought some fun things for the booth, and for the house, and some things that will begin their limbo test drive phase.  You know, you bring it home and start to reconsider selling it, so you leave it in the house for a few weeks as a trial run.  If it makes you smile when you walk past stays.  Well, until something better comes along…

Love these, but don’t need these…

I think after I pop the paint by number out and redo the frame..I will not want to let it go…another for the limbo set…

Keeping this box as a super stylish pencil holder for my desk….

The lacquer set was still wrapped in plastic and never even used….methinks this will add a little pan-asian panache to Dim Sunday.


All the Asian stuff came from this crazy estate sale.  Packed to the ceiling with goodies from Japan and Germany, where they lived for 30 years.  I’ve never seen so much lacquer and spingerle molds in one place- such a contrast of cultures.  I could have nosed around there all day.


Five Finger Discount

Now before you go calling the cops on me….let me ‘splain.  My bud and I were out junkin’ and I brought her downtown to shop the mall where my booth is.  As we stood in booth 50, I told her how hard it was for me to put a certain owl in there.  I had wanted to keep it, of course, but I was resisting my inevitable morph into a crazy bird lady.

She told me I was nuts to sell it, and I, being of weak constitution, took that as all the encouragement I needed to steal it from MYSELF.  Within seconds, that baby was in my purse faster than you can say Winona Ryder.

You can see why I resorted to petty theft…no?  I had paid a hefty $10 for it at an estate sale.

To make you feel a little better, I also got this (another hard to photograph glass piece)..for $3.50.

It’s got a pale purplish hue on the edges with gold and silver speckles…and I SWEAR I paid for it.

Things have otherwise been very un-blogworthy around here, lots of cabinet and closet organization…cuz I know you’re dying to see me clean out under the kitchen sink.  I’m planning on getting back to the tour soon now that I can actually find some things around here.

Where Do I Start?

Big weekend for ModFruGal.  I attended the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show, scored at the first decent estate sale in months, AND had nice weather, so the outdoor furniture painting extravaganza has begun.

First up was this pair of chairs I picked up for the booth.  They needed the lipstick.. some light peeling paint, but no rust and no sandblasting required…YAY. Recovered the seats with a staple gun and this project was done in a couple of hours.

I needed an injection of spring into the booth and I think these will do the trick.