This is my new favorite weekend activity.
On the first Sunday of each Month, there is a very large Antique fair held in Alameda, CA. I went for the first time last month (May). It was amazing. Actually amazing. The amount of vendors at this event is insane, and all the goodies they bring along, well, you can imagine. There is so much to look at. Even when you don’t buy anything, just to see some of the old treasures and hear some of the stories behind where they came from are incredible.
Samsonite Fashionaire luggage set.
Kaj Franck enamelware bowl.
Super collection of copper cookware.
Kotex wall dispenser (I regret not snagging this)
The fair starts at 6am. So my sister in law and I woke up at about 6 and were on the road by 630 am and in Alameda just after 7am. Happy Sunday, right? Well, it was totally worth it.
During my first trip, I was mostly just enthralled with all the lovely things. I had set a budget (it HAS to be done) and brought my cash. However, I could not pull the trigger on anything. I think in the back of my mind I kept thinking I might find something BETTER. I ended up leaving the first fair with a some mineral rocks and gems, that I purchased from a legit Paleontologist who was AWESOME.
I went again last weekend for the June fair. This time Lisa joined Emily and I! It’s good to have buddies that share in the joy of waking up at 5am on a Sunday (this time we went earlier!) I had less restraint when it came to making a few purchases. I was immediately finding great beautiful treasures that I felt I could not leave behind.
Here are my treasures in their new home (my home!)
Some random yard sticks. I love the colors. Seemed like a random little collection to start. I need some rulers now though… this could get fun.
Singer 185J. I have been wanting to add a green machine to my collection. I got this greenie for $35 and she works! Now, all I need is White Singer Featherweight. Someday…
Last, but most definitely not least, my globes. Yes, multiple. I had to. I had been looking for a black globe for a little while. At the last antique fair I kept my eye out for one but only saw a neat Navy one. But, of course I held out (pat on the back). Soon after we entered the fair last weekend, we stumbled on the Moon globe. And then later on I saw the Black globe, which is in amazing condition. Now, I need a smaller globe of some sort.
Do you like how each new thing I got, seems to require more? I do. I LOVE collecting