A couple of weekends ago I went to a local flea market with my sisters and husband. It was hot and sticky out.
This flea market had everything imaginable. Old things, new things, junk, food, toys, furniture, etc. We didn't even walk through the whole thing.
Here are just a few of the treasures or oddities that caught my eye.
I just love these blue painted chairs.
I don't know how comfortable they would be, but that is my favorite color of blue!
Look at this old table/drawers. Just think of all the things you could keep in them!
These glass bottles called to me, standing there so pretty all in a row, with the sun glistening off their different shapes.
Here are some old canned goods.
I wonder if they were for real or if the labels were reproduced and just stuck on new cans. I didn't pick up a can to see if they were empty or not. Hmmm......
Some people are just so crafty. Just look at what they did with this old step ladder.
Right next to it was this old high chair. Another beauty!
Here are some old chairs just begging to be bought and refinished. I was surprised to see that the one on the left was actually a rocking chair with no arms.
I stumbled across this box of troll dolls. Remember these? These came out when I was young, but then didn't they reappear in the 90's? I wonder when these are from - back when or "way back when"?
We found this old rag doll. Can you read what's printed on her apron? Click to enlarge the photo.
But here's the REAL DEAL Raggedy Ann. Did you have one growing up? I did. Look at that price! $85.00!
But I have something to show you that's even pricier than that doll. These two dolls cost $150 each. And they are "U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi, you're UGLY". They MUST be antiques for that price. They were very heavy, too.
Meet Ugly Baby #1
And Ugly Baby #2
True, Ugly Baby #2 isn't as bad as Ugly Baby #1, but still *shudder*. Could be "Chuckie's" spawn.
Speaking of scary, remember these old Halloween costumes?
I thought this looked like Kathie Lee Gifford at first.
But I see on the side of the box that it says, "Cinderella". Oh.
This is the kind of costume we used to wear as kids, right? Bought them at the Five and Dime Store or K-Mart. Consisted of a plastic mask and a one piece cheap costume. We were LUCKY if we got this. Otherwise we went as a bum and burn a cork to rub all over our face. Whoop-dee-do. Kids nowadays go trick-or-treating in these elaborate costumes. Yeah right. They have no idea. But again, we used to go out for hours carrying a pillow case and come back home with it filled with candy. Now parents are too afraid to send kids more than a couple houses away for fear someone will put pins or a razor blade in their candy. So I guess it's a trade off. Shitty costume/great amounts of candy or fantastic costume/handful of candy. Yep. We had it better.
For all you Parrot Heads out there - It's Five O'Clock Somewhere!
These are original Tinker Toys in the original container for $20.
Look at this old-fashioned pull toy. I just love it!
You saw all those wonderful things above, and might be wondering just what exactly I bought.
Well, none of the above.
Not that I didn't want to, mind you.
Space is an issue, of course.
So this is what I did buy.
I bought this nice travel bag for $10.
It's a Vera Bradley knock-off. The real thing would cost me anywhere from $69-$92. Granted, it would be a little nicer, but for $10, this one will do!
My other great find is.......
Are you ready?
Don't be jealous now.....
"Say what? A bowl full of smiles," You ask?
Oh, no, my friend. Not just a bowl full of smiles.
You see, these smiles squirt.
Oh yes they do.
There's a tiny hole right by their smile. So, you squeeze the ball, submerge it in water, let the ball fill up with water, then fire away. The guy at the flea market said that they shoot up to 20 feet!
I know. I am a sucker.
Why do I have a bowl full of them? 25 to be exact? Well, in a couple of weeks we leave for our annual camping trip with Jim's family. I usually try to bring something goofy (besides ourselves) to entertain the troops. What sounds like more fun than smiley squirt guns.
But wait. There's more.
I opened up a new box of Honey Nut Cheerios and guess what was inside?
That right there is a Fiona (from Shrek) squirter. See the hole in her little crown? Oh yes boys and girls, Patty's got herself a SPECIAL shooter.
So here's Fiona and the boys. Notice how some of the smileys turned around to smile at the Queen.
Oh, yeah. The guy who sold me these also suggested that I could wash these out and fill them with, let's say, liquor. Then we'd have "shooters" all right! (Although I don't see the need to wash them out - won't the alcohol kill all the germs?)