Last weekend was full of activity... all of it fun. Time spent with family is always the best!
I did, however, take a little break from the July 4th festivities to attend one of my favorite antiques shows in Lake Elko, Minnesota. This one is held only three times per year and the variety of merchandise is always amazing. It also used to be an event where you could find great bargains -dealers were always willing to negotiate - but that has changed.
Although the selection of merchandise was still spectacular, the prices were a bit crazy. There were actually some booths where I caught myself mumbling (I'm sure someone heard me and thought I had some mental issues) words like "crazy" "greedy" "what the ?!?"
I was by myself...and took my time meandering.
My patience paid off; I was able to come home with some wonderful finds.
...lots of vintage jewelry...
Jewelry hunting is always exhausting for me. I have to be in the right mindset and have enough energy to "dig" through piles of tangles necklaces, looking for that diamond-in-the-rough. Booths with perfectly placed pieces, sometimes in their boxes, don't appeal to me.
I like the junk piles.... you know that ones - where the dealer has a sign that reads: "$1" Those dealers are always willing to give you an even better price if you buy a lot.
I can't get enough! Love the lustre of the old ones.
I was focused on finding bling...
crystals, prisms, rhinestones
A few mid-century pieces looked promising... so they came home with me.
Of course, I couldn't keep my eyes (or hands) away from the linens.
I was lucky to find several booths of dealers who had lovely clean linens, all neatly pressed, most of them in baggies, for a very reasonable flat price.
Those are my favorite... I always feel like a kid in a candy store... not knowing what treasure might be waiting for me.
I was not disappointed; so many pretties came home with me!
This is just a sampling of my treasures...
I'll save some pics for future posts.
Linking up to Faded Charm Cottage's White Wednesday to share my finds.