I really should call it an obsession--flea markets! I love searching for forgotten items from the past and using them again giving them a new life in my art.
When I find these (especially the vintage photos), I want to know more of their history, and who are these people in the photos?? Why did they end up in a flea market of all places?! I want to take them all when I see them, but unfortunately it would be way too many for me--so sad to see these vintage family photos tossed aside like this.
All of these collage fodder goodies pictured here are courtesy of the Brimfield Flea market that I went to a couple of weeks ago. Oh my goodness--22 fields of flea markets all in 1 place--over 4000 vendors. It's 6 days long, and we went for 3 days--not nearly enough time to see it all. If you like flea markets, and you live near Massachusetts, then go!
Here's the booth where I found a lot of these 'art supplies' in Brimfield--
....you can probably guess that this was one of my favorite booths...
And as an added bonus, it's only a couple of hours away from New York City. We spent a few days there and visited our son who lives right in Manhattan. He takes us everywhere--a great tour guide.
You can't go to NYC without experiencing Times Square--at least once :-)
So needless to say, we had a great week!
And when I got home, I was totally inspired by all of my finds--
...and see those images of the vintage people in the houses?--courtesy of Tim Holtz Paper Dolls--
--even though they're not the original, they come in great for that finishing touch--already pre-cut, and in different sizes too...
they were perfect for my latest box
And another find--
Before and after pic--I found 4 of these 9 x 9 wood boards at a booth (that's all he had). I really like them because of the raised center that they have--for $2.00 each, I would have bought whatever he had available, since wood is my favorite surface to work on.
And another one--
I got a lot to keep me busy for a while! I really love this time of year around here--the weather is warmer, which means garage sales and flea markets are starting up and going strong--makes me happy!