Saturday, September 18, 2010

More Flea Market Freebies

I'm still going through some of the goodies I got at the Flea Market last weekend, and thought I'd post a few more freebies for you to use in your artwork. The reading primer is so sweet; it has a copyright date of 1906. Sadly, it's in pretty sad condition and falling apart, but I love the illustrations and the stories are so cute. I love how pictures of objects in the stories replace the words.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Flea Market Freebies

I manged to scan some of the cabinet cards and a few pages from the Sally and Billy reader for you to use in your artwork. Please feel free to download them. You are welcome to use them in artwork for your own use as well as artwork for sale. I would love to see any projects using these images, and a link back to me is appreciated. Please do not sell these images or include them in collections for sale.

Fabulous Goodies from the Flea Market

It was tough getting up so early this morning, but my daughter Shelby reminded me that the Flea Market opened at 6 a.m. and we needed to get started if we wanted to find treasures. This absolutely amazing Flea Market is hosted by the Lion's Club and happens twice a year, so folks come from miles around looking for bargains.

There's always tons of very diverse stuff at this particular event, but I had made up a wish list of what I wanted to focus on finding - old photo albums, cabinet cards, old postage stamps, and some very old books. Shelby and I scored almost immediately. She found some vintage note cards and stationary, and I was ecstatic to find a seller that had several old photo albums. I did a brief look through and decided I had to have three of them. I bargained with the guy and got a pretty fair deal. He also had a very sweet 1940s baby book which became part of the package deal. I spent a good portion of my budget on the albums, but they were worth it.

A few sellers later, I found some zip lock bags of older U.S. stamps. I was ready to snap them up, but the price was $20 for each bag which was, sadly, just not budget friendly.

Shelby found 3 lovely vintage handkerchiefs and a darling vintage pink lady's ceramic cigarette box with 2 little ashtrays that fit inside the box. The box has little ceramic flowers on the top and each ashtray has a flower on it as well. No, she doesn't smoke but she fell in love with it because it is so unusual.

I found some old books that are falling apart for really cheap, so now I have some great materials for an upcoming project. I also found an old childrens' reader, Sally and Billy, copyright 1928.

At one of the last booths I visited, I really scored. A gentleman had a box of cabinet cards that were in excellent condition. At $1.00 each, I bought 20. The greatest part was that some had the names of the people in the photos written on the back.

it was a fabulous shopping day. Shelby came home with some very cool stuff. I came home with almost everything that I had set my sights on finding, minus the postage stamps, and only exceeded my budget by $20. Best of all, we had a great mother-daughter, spend time together day.