Before Ryan and I went to the Arboretum on Sunday, we stopped in early at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. It is quite the event and Ryan and I have found plenty of goodies there over the years. Vendors and shoppers come from all over to buy and sell, and I have more than once seen crews from the HGTV shows filming there. Because of its popularity, good deals are a little more elusive at this FM than others in the area. That being said, the place is abundant with eye candy and a really fun way to spend a Sunday morning. I am generally more curious and wander-y than Ryan, he is more business when he is there. He'll be about 25 paces in front of me before he realizes that I am fondling some vintage tea towels or ogling some amazing clown sculpture. Ryan is always on the search for a Sea Captain painting. He saw one there a while back and didn't buy it and he has been living in regret ever since. The yarn art piece above is just up my alley though we let this one go. As are these bright vintage prints.The place is so full of amazing things that I sometimes get overwhelmed to the point of paralysis. Meaning, I love everything so much that I end up buying nothing. I simply can not decide. Another phenomenon of the giant flea market is searching for something very specific and not being able to find it to save your life. You can guarantee that when you go back next month, the place will be flooded with that one item. This has happened to us on many occasion. For instance, before we were married we circled the whole place upside down and backwards looking for a bird cage so that our guests could put cards in it at our wedding. No luck, nothing, nada. Every time I have been back there since, the place is teeming with bird cages. It should actually be called The Rose Bowl Flea Market and Bird Cage Emporium. This time we were there looking for things like a rocking chair, storage solutions, a smaller more kid friendly coffee table, and I wanted to find a cutesy vintage-y shelf for the nursery. We did not find any of those items to suit our fancy. However, we did by a few old and well worn Little Golden Books.
Treehouse Collective had a booth there too and we found this adorable jumper from the 50s in size 18 months. I love this color green and Baby Scott does not have a whole lot of it in her closet yet. Here it is! Their prices were much lower at the FM than on their site, so I guess there are good deals to be found after all!