Monday, September 28, 2009

Flea Market Farewell

It's true, I skipped church again yesterday. Calvin was scandalized, especially since Nana skipped, too. What can I say? Allegan beckoned - the last Allegan show of the year.

I was enticed by the promise of flaking paint and happy faces.

You'll have to forgive me, though. This is the only picture I took.

I knew it was wrong. I knew you'd be disappointed. Why am I acting out like this? Heck if I know.

For what it's worth, I snapped this on the way out of town. Last time, the sign read, "Free rose if your name is Glenda", which seemed like a safer bet than Heather.

If it said "Shannon", I would so go in for my free rose. Do you think he's a stickler for exact spelling?

This Sweet Face Petunia "helped" me unload. (I'll save the dissection of my compulsive need for constant, ridiculous nicknames for another time and place.)

While we're here, I'd like to dispense of what is perhaps my most valuable decorating advice: Find a color palette for the main living areas of your home, if not for your entire home. It makes life so much easier and eliminates a good portion of the "Should I/Shouldn't I" internal debate.

If I find something in an acceptable shade of blue/green/grey/aqua/white/black, I'm probably going to buy it. If it's chippy wood or metal, I dare you to try to stop me. If I find something in a lovely shade of red or yellow, I'll get excited to help my mom decorate and I'll keep on walking.

In following this tenet, I am free to snatch something up, even if I have no earthly idea what I'm going to do with it. I can buy it with the full confidence that I'll find a home for it somewhere.

Cory took one look at this and said, "So, we're going for the Wild West look, huh?"

No, that is not the look we're going for.

Unless you're talking about the look of our feet.

Blue. Green. Rust. Metal.
Come to Mama.

Rhubarb Reign is my soulmate. I love them so much, I want to marry them. (Can you imagine our first starter home?)

I was immediately drawn to this bucket.

Mostly because of this label.

Allegan, I adore thee. Especially in the cool, snuggly Autumn.

See you on the flip-side.


  1. Awesome! What is that green cage-y looking thing and what are you going to do with it? I want one! We go for the same colors!


  2. You always find the neatest things!...and always come up with the most creative things to do with them!

  3. Lucky, lucky girl. I love your wagon wheel. It's the chippy. Who doesn't love the chippy? Isn't this weather wonderful? Doesn't it make everything better?

  4. very nice goods...but skipping church for it?

  5. I also visited the Allegan Flea Market this past Sunday and found some treasures of my own!! It was a great day!

  6. See, my husband just doesn't GET this...

    "In following this tenet, I am free to snatch something up, even if I have no earthly idea what I'm going to do with it. I can buy it with the full confidence that I'll find a home for it somewhere."

    Makes absolute perfect sense to me.

    Great stuff!

  7. well... skipping church was a must if it's for the flea market! You and I love the same colors. And chippy things seem to just call out to me.

  8. Oh....a an early Fall morning at a flea market...nuthin' better, that's for sure! Such interesting things you find! My colors are blue and red...cobalt, navy and bright red, those I love.

  9. great finds, as always :) can't wait to see what you do with them.

  10. haha. you're hilarious. (Good finds too!)

  11. Oh wow! I love that chicken crate, bird cage thingy --and the comment about Rhubarb Reign: It brings to mind only one thing--Pee Wee Herman. I can hear him laughing now. He-e-ee-eh! I'm about to roll on the floor.

    Although I was looking forward to the pics from the sale, sometimes it's just nice to enjoy the moment and not think about how everything is going to "frame up". Plus, I always love your post-shopping pics of your treasures!

    Oh, and PS: I just made a new embroidery hoop piece inspired by you. It reads "Chippy Chick." :)

  12. I spied that cage and wheel and had to wonder...I love that cage thing, seriously! But, you need to watch the church skipping (says the matress missionary girl) or I'm gonna have to call you a "secular christian." -ha! random comment, I know, but forgive me, I'm trying to play catch up!