Saturday, December 24, 2011

Are you anxious for some flea-ing?

If you're anything like me, it's been a bit too long since my last "flea experience."  I try to make up for it by hitting the thrift stores, and frequenting the estate sales, but it's just not the same as a flea market.  There's just something magical about flea market fodder.  It's better than. . . Christmas.

So, we three flea.o.logists have a "Christmas" gift for you.  A flea market in January!  Albeit an indoor one, but a flea market nonetheless.  Mark your calendar for Saturday January 21st, 10:00 am.  We'll be at Olson's Garden Shoppe in Payson, check the info on the side of the blog here.  To get you in the mood here are some photos from past sales. . . . 

Try not to drool on your keyboard. . .
and Merry Christmas!

With love,
Paula, Jen & Cathie

See you soon. . .

Monday, November 21, 2011

The humble card. . .

I like to shop on eBay for vintage treasures to keep and sell.  Sometimes the items I receive are awesome and exciting, other times not quite as wonderful as I thought they'd be.  But a few days ago I received a box in the mail that thrilled!

It was filled with Christmas cards.  Vintage Christmas cards, that is.  Most of them from the 30s and 40s - a lovely era for graphics.  Most of them in their original envelopes, complete with Christmas seals, very old stamps, and postmarks that read things like, "6:30 p.m. Dec 24 1941," and "Buy U.S. War Bonds; Ask Your Postmaster."  Oh - and did I mention that it was filled?  As in "to the brim?"

All of the cards were addressed to the Schoulteis family of Cold Spring, Kentucky.  Edna, Alma, and Elizabeth - although most of them were for Edna.  A handful were sent to Mr. and Mrs. John Schoulteis, and a couple were "in care of" him.  Cold Spring is a suburb of Cincinnati.  Turns out I'd been near Cold Spring many a time on trips home during college, as it was on the route between Carbondale, Illinois and home - even though home kept changing places back then. . . .

The box was like a miniature family history, tracing a family's relations and acquaintances from over the course of some 15-odd years.  Alma lived in Cincinnati from 1935 through around 1937.  Elizabeth was a teacher.  Edna had a suitor, Herbert L. Elijah of Ligonier, Indiana - a small town in the northeast corner of the state (and which is just a hop, skip and you know away from Angola, where my parents eloped in 1951).  Edna's girlfriends made references to the couple on their cards, but Herbert seemed to be a bit of a clod at romance.  Here is the card she received from him in 1937:

The poor dear. . . .  

He sent her the same card the following year.  He signed only his name in that one. 

It doesn't appear that they ever got married.

The war didn't stop the holiday greetings from coming. . . .



Oh how sweet to get a holiday "hug" in the mail from a friend!


May you have a delightful and wondrous holiday season. . .

hugs to you,


Saturday, November 5, 2011

When the Weather Outside is Frightful .... We Just Move Inside!

Oh how we junquers love to junque, which makes the winter a difficult time for some of us.  Skiers benefit from high tech snow making machines to extend their season.  Plants grow in artificial heat and light in green houses for their extended season.  But alas, we junquers cannot create the warm summer climate that makes our treasure hunting oh so pleasurable ... or can we?  If plants can be grown in green houses in the winter, why can't we go junquing in such an artificial climate as well?

OK, so maybe there was some sketchy logic in that opening paragraph, but the important thing is that we ARE going to enjoy a mid-winter flea.o.logy in January this coming year!!  Payson's Award Winning Olson's Garden Shoppe is going to be hosting a full fledged flea.o.logy in their wonderful, warm and sunny indoor garden area!!

Saturday, January 21st is the big day, so be sure to mark your calendar. The sale will open at 10:00 A.M. and will close at 5:00, giving you 7 lovely hours of junquing in January. 
 Does it get better than that?

We would like to thank Brad and Chris Olson and their staff for this wonderful invitation, as well as flea.o.logy vendor Cristy Peterson for arranging it.

Olson's Garden Shoppe is found at  1190 W 400 N in Payson, and is easy to find for your January Junquing!!
 Exit on Payson Main Street as if you were going to our regular flea.o.logy site, but turn west (right) two blocks early at 400 North, instead of at 200 North for the flea.o.logy site.  Follow 400 W. for 1.1 miles to the end of the road, Olson's Garden Shoppe is on your right.

Hope to see you there!!  We will have most of our regular flea.o.logy dealers, and they are already busy gathering goodies for your mid winter junquing fun.!!

Don't Miss Your Chance to Junque in January!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Still Smiling Since Simply Splendid and Our Flea.ette!

Well, it quit raining last week, and warm breezes came up from the south and the sun came out for us to hold our flea.ette on it's rain date, October 15th.  It was a lovely day, and Dana and her staff cooked up some divine smelling stuff for breakfast, like orange rolls and French toast and pomegranate lemonade.  Yummmm
And here we are, in front of the store sign, ready to welcome our wonderful customers.  We had a great time with some of our regulars stopping by, and we had a chance to meet new friends who are now as excited about flea.o.logy as we are.

Cathie brought along her cute mannequin, dressed as a flea.o.logist, to hold our 'open' sign, isn't she adorable.  The pumpkin display in the wash tubs was perfect for setting the stage for our fun autumn sale.

Here are just a few of the great displays that were put together by our 8 flea.o.logy dealers for the flea.ette.
(A full fledged flea.o.logy sale in Payson typically has around 25 dealers)

Then there's our customers!!

Of course our customers are really what it's all about.  The gal on the left is trying to decide if this crown is 'just right' for her.  You know, all of us need a crown, there are just those times when nothing else fills that need.  The gal on the left just purchased the necklace she is wearing from one of our jewelry artists, Nell and since it matched her outfit perfectly she decided to wear it home.
And last, but certainly NOT least is Michelle and her daughter and grand baby accepting the blog followers prize, the most recent Flea Market Style Magazine, for her daughter whose name was drawn, Leslie. 

The sale was a lot of fun, chatting with friends old and new.  And of course I am wearing my happy face because I found a wonderful door for the green house my husband is going to build me next spring!! 

Thanks again to Dana of Simply Splendid, there in Pleasant Grove, and her staff for great breakfast and lunch treats, and affordable crafts, jewelry and clothing too!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall is perfect for the Vintage Look

I thought I would post some fun ideas about Fall decorating. I love, love Fall. The color palette really speaks to me; orange, yellow, green, brown, all those wonderful earthy colors. I posted a little while back about a wonderful cabinet I got from Fleaology vendor Bruce. I have had so much fun with it and was excited to decorate with a Fall theme. I dug through my "stuff" and found some really great vintage items. Some vintage items you might want to use to decorate:

1. Old clocks...I think they can be kind of spooky in a Halloween setting.

2. Old books...always adds mystery to a vignette.
3. Old jars...look great with colored water or fun Halloween labels. (My fellow fleaologist Paula has made some vintage Halloween sure to look for them!)

4. I love to pull out green DISHWARE. In my cabinet I have a stack of green depression glass.

5. Any kind of vintage Halloween decoration....I got my paper ball from my friend and fleaologist Cathie.

I filled in the rest of my shelf with some cute Martha Stewart Halloween decorations and a BANNER. My motto....always use a banner if you can.

So come to Fleaology this SATURDAY and pick up some VINTAGE finds for FALL decorating. We are so excited to get to see our friends and customers one more time before it gets really cold.

We are so grateful for the beautiful weather and to be in such a fun location. Come hungry, there is a wonderful bistro at the boutique.

We'll see you at 9am!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Flea.o.logy Flea.ette Postponed by Rain until 10/15/2011

Well, it looks like you won’t need to hunt up your umbrella after all...
the Flea.o.logists are officially declaring their decision to use that Rain Date

Come and see us at Simply Splendid next week.
Saturday, October 15th at 9:00 A.M.  to 3:00 P.M.
Simply Splendid at 67 S. Main in Pleasant Grove.
We are so sorry we missed seeing you today and hope to see you next week.

P.S.  We just found out that SImply Splendid will have breakfast available during our sale at their Bistro!!  Yummy!