getting my flea on

So last weekend I went to So Cal to meet up with some friends.  We timed it so that we could cross an item off our bucket lists – visiting the grandaddy of all flea markets: The motherloving ROSE BOWL!!

It happens the second Sunday of every month.  We opted to go after the crazies (read: dealers) so we showed up around 9:30.  It was already pretty packed.

Insert angels singing
the people watching was almost as good as the loot

Holy moly, people.  Even JWR, who I spent many a Saturday with up at the antique mall on Aurora but who doesn’t really feel the “thrifting” love, was impressed.  I wished they handed out maps, or aerial views at least. We knew it was huge, but we really had no way to get our bearings. We went up and down the rows as best we could.  There was ALL MANNER OF THINGS.

get it?! a C AND i'm in the picture!

I was DROOLING over the mid-century furniture.  If I lived there AND had the space and money, there was probably 5 pieces that would have gone home with me.

come to mama
plethora o goodies
sofa. seriously.
desk of awesome

Of course, along with the fabulous, there was a fair amount of just plain weird.

phone home…
hmm. i didn't get this one.

Of course, I HAD to come home with something!  And it couldn’t be anything big – it had to fit in my carry-on.  Luckily, in the first few minutes, I found this – for $8.  I tried to find out more about it, but I came up empty.  The ONLY other Sylvia Hood Original I found on Ebay was a pair of figurines.  I did find out that it’s called chalkware.  And that there apparently bigger versions of this out there.  It may not even be worth $8 – I don’t care.  I love it and the fact that it says Pasadena is the best part.

who. who.
owl bottom

As always, I’m a sucker for anything in a mid-century frame, so I picked this up for $10.  It’s signed “Kufler” and on the back says “Austria 1942” in handwriting.  Also couldn’t find anything about this on the interweb but I love it anyway.  It goes with the painting I scored at the Salvation Army.

Austria 1942

The sheer volume and variety of stuff was amazing. And overwhelming.  Just when we were ready to call it good (maybe having walked a third of it?), we discovered BEER!  YES!  They are smart, these organizers.  The men following their women folk were especially grateful when we told them where they could find this magic elixir.  And in California, you can walk around with it!

beer break

I don’t who that chick is on the left, but considering the man we got to take the photo barely spoke English, I wasn’t going to argue.  And for you Seattleites, check out the flip flops!  In March!  Definitely worth another trip.  When I have a bigger suitcase. Or a U Haul.


8 responses to “getting my flea on”

  1. Ho. Le. Cow. That looks amazing. I don’t know which is more exciting — the stuff or the fact that there is sunlight.

    The Swap meet down in Lakewood is pretty sweet too – well, it can be, on a good day. But always prime crazies are attendance, so the people watching never disappoints.

  2. I collect Sylvia Hood owls! Is there any chance you would sell that owl? I will pay way more than $8. Thanks!
    clk83 at Hotmail dot com.

    • Glad to see someone else who has heard of them! I searched online after I bought it but couldn’t find much – just a few larger ones on Ebay. Thanks for the offer, but I think I will keep it. Good hunting!

  3. Total respect for that! But I don’t give up easily. Is there anything you collect that we could do a trade? I have many owls.. Fenton glass pieces.. I’d even pay more than $40.
    Don’t want to be a bug, its just hard to take your no, thanks.. lol.
    I could easily replace it with another cute owl. My main collection that I love dearly are these owls done by Sylvia.
    I would love to try and work something out. Please .. pretty please. With whipped cream and a cherry on top.

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