Friday, June 29, 2012

A few more "Favorite flea.o.logy Finds" vying for the Fifty dollar prize!

I recently heard from Caitlyn, a Payson resident who has lived there in a 112-year-old house for three years.    What a perfect place to fill up with flea.o.logy finds!  On her blog she posted the treasures she found at our last flea market:

A darling painted microwave cart which provides her 
with much-needed storage space in her small kitchen. . .

. . . and a pair of charming wooden school chairs,
a vintage Fisher Price barn,
and two old drawers (only one shown) that she's 
going to hang & use as shelves in her kitchen.

For sharing her "favorite finds" with us, and blogging about them, Caitlyn has earned three entries in our

"Favorite flea.o.logy Finds" Contest

in which one lucky flea.o.logy customer will win a 

$50 flea.o.logy shopping certificate

to use at our July 14th flea.o.logy sale!

Want to enter?

Here's the deal:

  • You can earn one, two or three entries toward the drawing for the $50 shopping certificate.
  • For one (1) entry, tell us in words, and send it to our email(s) or comment here on our blog.
  • For two (2) entries, tell us in words and with pictures, and send it to our email(s).
  • For three (3) entries, blog about it (with your pictures), and post your blog address here in a comment for all to enjoy (or send us your blog addy to our email(s)).
  • And then, the Wednesday before the flea.o.logy sale (July 11th) we will be drawing from among all of you who told us about your favorite flea.o.logy finds. . . 
. . . for the $50 shopping certificate 
to the July 14th flea.o.logy!

(And at flea.o.logy, $50 goes a long way. . . . . . )

For questions or to email us you response:

Jenn     jennifer_reed

Hurry, the sale is coming up soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

$50 Shopping Spree Contest.

We now have four entries in our Flea.o.logy favorites contest to win a $50 shopping spree at the Flea.o.logy on July 14th!!  Way to go ladies.
 This picture was sent in by Angela Shepard.  She says: "I've found many good things at the flea.o.logy markets. My most favorite find though, was my 4 milk glasses. I just am in love with them. I can now only drink milk out of these sweet things! Take a look at all I found that day!"
We also heard from Kristen Jensen.  She said, "These are the chairs i bought and refinished from one of your flealogy sales."  She also bought the sweet wire basket under the table at 'F' because I sold it to her!!

Kristen and Angela each have two entries in our shopping spree contest.  One for sending a picture and one for the note that went along with it.  If they had posted on a blog and had sent us a link, they could have had three entries.

You can make a comment about your favorite find on any of the posts about the contest for 1 entry.

Do as Kristen and Angela did and send one of the Flea.o.logists a picture and note about your favorite for 2 entries.


You can email any one of us the link to your blog where you share your favorite flea.o.logy find and include a link to this blog for 3 entries into the contest.

Friday, June 15, 2012

My favorite flea.o.logy find. . . & tell us YOURS for a chance to win $50!




vintage sewing table

was my favorite find of the May 2012 flea.o.logy. . . .

Sadly, it didn't make it home with me.

It just didn't fit in my house.


Make that major bummer.

'Cause I really, really loved it.

I hope it found a good home.  I hope it's feeling v-e-r-y loved right now.

Are you loved, beautiful pink sewing table?

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So, what was YOUR favorite find of our May flea.o.logy?

It's time to let us know.

Time for your chance to win a $50 shopping certificate
to our July 14th flea.o.logy sale!

Here's how:

  • You can earn one, two or three entries toward the drawing for the $50 shopping certificate.

  • For one (1) entry, tell us in words, and send it to our email(s) or comment here on our blog.
  • For two (2) entries, tell us in words and with pictures, and send it to our email(s).
  • For three (3) entries, blog about it (with your pictures), and post your blog address here in a comment for all to enjoy.

  • And then, the Wednesday before the flea.o.logy sale (July 11th) we will be  drawing from among all of you who told us about your favorite flea.o.logy finds. . .
. . . for the $50 shopping certificate to the July 14th  flea.o.logy!

(And at flea.o.logy prices, $50 will go a looonngg way. . . . ) 

For questions, or to email us your response:

Hope to hear from you soon. . .

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Amazing junking AND a new BFF!

See all those empty stalls???
Label this one "yuk!"

Some "inventory gathering" outings are just better than others.  Kinda like finding a man, where you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.  With junking, you have to endure a lot of average and downright yukky sales to find a great one.  After all, desirable junk - and lots of it - can be so hard to find these days. . . .

To find one incredible sale is heavenly.  Two - in the same weekend - is bliss.  See that grin on my face?  We're talkin' bliss here. 

We three flea.o.logists met early this past Friday morning up in Centerville for a sale that turned out to be more fun than Disneyland for a five-year-old.  Enough stuff for all three of us and for new flea.o.logy dealer Rachael, whom we saw there.  I brought home four dozen vintage printed hankies, more antique post cards to add to the stash, a few pieces of vintage clothing, an enamel colander, and a few other bits and bobs that I knew would find good homes at flea.o.logy. 

While "up north" we stopped in at Just a Bed of Roses,
our friend Brenda's charming shop in Farmington,
where I found thisAmazing, huh?

Sorry. . . it's going to live with me for a while.

And then, Saturday morning, it happened again.  Bliss again.  I started out at my friend Tamara's sale in Sandy, where I came home with bunches of delicious vintage sewing patterns and a few more aqua mason jars for those of you addicted to Pinterest. 


Giving Tam a hug I dashed off, with 11 more sales on my "to-do" list.  Which sale to choose???  There was one fairly close by with vintage furniture, vintage camping gear and a vintage dinette, along with pet items & stereos.  I don't think so.  I chose one farther away, in Sugarhouse, that promised to have "vintage, kitchen kitsch, rusty yard decor, and lots more."  Woo hoo - kitsch and rust!  Cross my fingers that it's as good as it sounds.

I soooo love it when I choose the right sale!  And wowsa, this was the right one.  Best sale I've been to in ages. . . maybe the best sale ever.  After scanning the outside stuff (quick! grab that awesome old window for Paula's garden house) I made a bee-line for the kitchen, with the promised kitsch still there.  I started filling my basket, then headed for the basement.  Found the yellow buoy on the stairs. . . loooove it!  (So did my neighbor, who saw it hanging up outside at home.  Sorry - already sold.)  A whole row of sad irons, I snatched up my favorite and let fellow antique dealer/friend Joan take the rest.  Head for the back room in the basement, FILLED with Christmas decor - some of it among the kitschiest stuff I've seen.  Woo hoo, amazing treasures everywhere I look!  And - enough of it to satisfy myself AND the other dealers and shoppers there.

My new BFF Julie, and her brother Jeff
My favorite part of this sale, however, wasn't the "stuff."  (Okay, so it was really great stuff.   But this sale had something more.)  My favorite part was the sellers - Julie and her brothers, parting with their parents' "estate."  They were endearing, approving heartily about what I was choosing.  We chatted about how much we love rusty stuff.  We chatted about a bunch of stuff - each time I surfaced with a new load of goodies to buy.  I got giddy when I heard one of the brothers say that everything in the back yard was for sale.  I made a mad dash for the back yard.  Found a few amazing galvanized tubs that'll find their way to flea.o.logy.  And an OLD child's picnic table with spatterings of red paint.  Her brother helped me carry the v.e.r.y.h.e.a.v.y thing out of the yard. 

Then, somewhere in the middle of a conversation along the lines of "Should we sell the drapes,?" Julie asked me for my opinion on the subject and subsequently declared me her new BFF. That's one of the great things about this junking business, the relationships we make. In the course of buying her vintage goodness, we connected.  

(BTW, have you seen anything yet that's going to be
your "Favorite flea.o.logy Find?" 
Be thinking about your favorite find from our last sale,
blog post about that coming soon!)

I've learned that you can always
trust someone who loves rusty junk!

I picked up these curly things for Jenn. 
I wonder what she'll make with them?
"Uncle Harry made them," Julie told me.
I could tell that it was important that I know this.

It took me three trips to Julie's parents' house to bring home everything I bought.  I think that's a record.  Can't wait to show all of it to you.  It was truly amazing junking, with a lot of fun & joking thrown in.  My son helped out on inventory-gathering-trip number two.  He wasn't too thrilled about helping to carry the incredible humongo cubby shelf that I rescued from the garage (once more - sorry, that one's going to live with me for a while, too).  On the way home he asked me how long I had known "those people."  Since this morning, I told him.  He was stunned.  He said it seemed like we had known each other for a very long time.

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I soooo love this business. 

You meet just the nicest people

Including new best friends. . . .

~ c a T h i E

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lookie what I found!

Was out junking and couldn't believe my luck when these beauties appeared before my eyes. . . 

first four of them all sitting together, 

and then, 

to my amazement, 

two more,

a few feet away.

Oh. . . my. . . goodness. 

Loveliness in glass. 

Mid-century perfection. 

Deliciousness from my mom's generation. 

I'm totally drooling. . . . . .

I can't believe my luck, that these fine glasses are finding their way into my cart.  Oh happy day!  And that they will find their way into my booth at Treasures.  They will look soooo cool.  Ooh, people will stop in my booth just to observe their fineness and beauty. 

(Well, maybe not.  But I can be wishful, can't I?)

oh my, it was a fine day for junking. . .

~ c a T h i E

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Queen of the Vintage Kitchen!

Before becoming a flea.o.logist, I had the wonderful opportunity to work in a vintage consignment shop in the Salt Lake area.  I learned oodles about what would sell and what wouldn't, about display and organization, and about the antiques themselves.  One of my favorite things about the job, though, was all the people I met.  I was able to make connections, and, more importantly - incredible friends, that I still have today and who have enriched my life immensely.  Two of those people are Paula and Jenn, whom I both met through the shop - Paula when she did a flea market there, and Jenn when she would come shop there.  Small world.

Another friend I made through the shop was Linda, a consignor there.  She would come in at least once a week, bringing new things and picking up things that hadn't sold.  And she would always have some stories to bend my ear with.  She made me feel like an old friend when we had just met.  That's a talent, you know. . . .

As I got to know Linda, I got to realize that she had a "thing" for kitchen stuff.  Great kitchen stuff.  Like Pyrex, and sifters, and egg beaters, and RED stuff.  Like all the stuff that I like.  She liked those little cookbook pamphlets.  And printed dish towels.  And vintage grocery store shelf price tags.  And on and on and on.  I knew I'd better never go to a yard sale with Linda.  We'd want all the same stuff, and someone would go home very unhappy.

Not the best picture, but one example of the
toy stoves that Linda loves. . . .

These kitchen antiques are a part of Linda's life.  Not just for show, they are there on her kitchen counter, where the grandkids can get into them.  She had a gorgeous drop-leaf formica table in the basement for those lucky kids to play on.  Jenn wanted to buy it from her. . . but, no sale.  It was destined to stay in the family. 

These photos were taken a month ago or so when Linda had a private sale and she invited me over to help lighten her load a bit.  Talk about knowing the right people!  Unfortunately I couldn't afford too much and so couldn't help her much that way, but I did have a ton of fun taking pictures.  And I did come away with a few things that have already sold, some Fire King fruit bowls with red rims that I'm keeping for myself, and a present for my sweet neighbor whose birthday is coming up.

Some of the goodies Linda had for sale that day!

I've tried and tried to woo Linda to be a dealer at flea.o.logy, but it's just not in the cards for her right now.  Wouldn't she be great?   Maybe someday.   She does share a booth with her daughter Carrie at Chic & Unique in Salt Lake, so you could pick up some of her wonderful items there.  I just count myself lucky to be her friend.  Hope you've enjoyed this little peek into her home.

~ c a T h i E