Monday, July 23, 2012

flea.o.logy in pictures. . .

Saturday's flea.o.logy was simply extraordinary! 

                       Swarms of customers in the gate at 8. 

                                           Happy customers out the gate with flea market treasures.

And since I'm better with pictures than with words, here are some pics of the amazing flea . . .


                                                                          See any treasures here that you took home?       

                                           What treasures did you take home?  


Share your flea.o.logy experience with us in a comment or email!                                          


I'll be back later this week with more visual goodies. . . .


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Realizing what's important. . .

This week I've spent many moments contemplating just what flea.o.logy is.  I was told that we are a business.  Hmmm. . . are we?  My dad worked for General Motors.  Now, in my mind, that is a business, not our little flea market.  Is flea.o.logy a yard sale?  A pretty darn fun one, I'd say, and I love the yard we do it in.  Is flea.o.logy an event?  Yuppers.  We've even been called a flea circus by our wonderful friend Dennis at the New Century Collector, which I'm certain is a term of endearment, coming from him.

Then I spent a few hours with Kathy, a new flea.o.logy dealer, whose life, you could say, has been "lemons" lately.  Her husband was laid off a few years ago from his career of a few decades.  Three years ago she took on a partner in her 20-year-old business, but that partner went on to financially ruin that business.  Two years ago she and her husband had a dream to open a charming reception center which would host practically-perfect-princess-parties and wedding celebrations straight out of storybooks - but, after making a substantial investment into the dream, the seller backed out and their investment went up in smoke.  The stress caught up with Kathy, and fibromyalgia is now her constant companion. . . .

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is thought to be the result of overactive nerves that results in widespread pain and tenderness all over the body.  It can cause extreme fatigue and result in difficulty performing even simple tasks.  Still, Kathy has a smile as she tells me that flea.o.logy has been her inspiration.  She was "lost," she says, following the reception center fiasco.  We (flea.o.logy) gave her the "spark to get up and move."  She spoke about the "joy of the find."  And the people.  She loves the people you meet in this flea market adventure. . . .

And thanks, Kathy, for helping us figure out what flea.o.logy is. . .

i    n    s    p    i    r    a    t    i    o    n

Now, IMHO, fibro is not an illness for the faint of heart.  It takes great courage to keep going when you feel pain   e v e r y   s i n g l e   d a y .    Some days you can't get out of bed until afternoon.  Some days you can't get out of bed.  At all.  And it's incredibly frustrating.  Yet Kathy spoke with quiet determination and courage.  Especially considering the incredible discouragement she and her husband have gone through in recent years.  She told me that she has no ill feelings. 

She said, "You don't give up. 
There's always a light somewhere. 
You just might have to reinvent yourself, though."

Kathy and her husband are the parents of four grown children, two of them living at home.  It wasn't what they had planned, but it's what they do, because their children need them right now.  A curly-haired, just-starting-school, "watch-me-jump-in-the-pool-Grandma!" granddaughter lives with them too.  She painted the chair above. . . and, like the artist she is, she showed me her technique - this stroke here, another stroke there.  It's done in pink camo, Kathy and I decide.  We hope it will go to a good home on Saturday!

"All these experiences have made me

realize what's important.

You simplify.

You focus on the positive."

~  Kathy
- flea.o.logy dealer
- wife, mom, grandma, friend
- survivor with a smile

Friday, July 13, 2012

have you been praying for rain?

gee, thanks. . .

well. . . now flea.o.logy has to

take a rain-check

n e w   d a t e :

s a t u r d a y   j u l y   2 1 s t

8 : 0 0   -   4 : 0 0

2 1 8   n .   m a i n   s t .

p a y s o n

We will still have 30-plus dealers who
have been out gathering even more
vintage & antique goodies
& getting them ready
for YOU!

(However, the Scottish Festival will be over,
and their kilts & tams will be drenched.)

s e e   y o u   n e x t   w e e k

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

... And The Winner Is ....

We had 11 different people enter our $50 Flea.o.logy Gift Certificate  - Favorite Finds contest this time.  Thanks to: Karie, Alicia, LaVern, Daralyn, Danniey, Nettie, Kristen,  Kasia, Angela, Emily and Caitlyn!  Between them we had 24 different slips of paper in that yellow bowl.

We would also like to thank Jeff, a fellow dealer with us at Treasures Antiques for doing the honors!!  By the way, Jeff is one of the owners of Carter's glass in Spanish Fork and Payson.  He does a lot of work for the flea.o.logists, so if you are in need of glass or mirror cutting give him a call.

Before we announce our winner, I wanted to add the final two blog addresses for the last two people to enter.  Karie and Kasia. Take a look at their take on flea.o.logy.

OK, you have waited long enough.  Kasia, was actually the winner of the certificate.  Congrats Kasia, be sure to  claim your prize when you come on down to Payson on Saturday!!  Happy Hunting to all!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Another Happy Fleaology Customer Shares Fav!!

We have another double entry in our $50 flea.o.logy shopping spree contest.  Our customer Emily  shared her sweet chair and table set that she picked up for a near song at our last flea.o.logy sale.
Because she provided the picture and told us about her favorite flea.o.logy find, she will be entered twice in our drawing.  She made it just under the wire, since tomorrow is the close of the contest and so can you.  Read the previous blog post for directions for entering our contest.

Emily said "I fell in love with these chairs and table at the last flea.o.logy.  Even though my little girl was just 7 months old, I knew she would want to have tea parties some day soon.  The chairs and tables were all different colors, but I painted them all pink.  They are the cutest thing in her nursery!! Thanks flea.o.logy for all the great finds.  Can hardly wait for Saturday to find more vintage goodness!"

Sunday, July 8, 2012

More Favorite Fleaology Finds!

We would like to thanks Lavern for her double entry in our contest to win the $50 gift certificate for the next flea.o.logy sale.  Lavern said   " I have been redoing my Bedroom with the antique furniture I bought at treasures. I wanted the room to all be old fashioned. We had some old family photos that needed frames. I found these oval frames at fleaolgy, just perfect. Also, I found the shadow box to use for some collectibles that I had for my bathroom. Some of the collectibles came from fleaology as well. You never know what you may find, always a fun treasure hunt!" 

Lavern sent pictures and the above comment to me at to be included in our contest.  Remember the deadline in this Wednesday Night!  We will post the winner on Thursday so be sure to check out the blog.

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. . . . . . )

Monday, July 2, 2012

The "perfect" flea.o.logy find. . .

flea.o.logy shopper Daralyn wrote to us to tell us about her 

             "Favorite flea.o.logy Find"

She says, 

"I found this necklace holder at the last sale. My mom had a lime green one when I was 

growing up, but tossed it! I thought about painting this one green as well, but I kind of like it 

how it is. It is PERFECT behind my bedroom door." 

                       *  *  *  *  *  *  *

For sharing her favorite find with us Daralyn qualifies for two entries
 towards our drawing for the 

     $50 flea.o.logy Shopping Certificate!  

               (One for sharing her story with us, and one more for sending us a photo. . . .)

          You can qualify for a chance to win the $50 certificate too.  
                Take a peek at our June 15th blog post for complete details.