Finishing and Trade Days Round-up

I finished my race!  This past Sunday, October 13th was the Tyler Rose Marathon and I was one of the 179 runners to finish the race.  Man, it was . . . tough.  Tougher than I had expected.  The weather was warm and muggy, and those East Texas hills did me in.  I didn’t meet my goal time, but I did finish, which is still a major accomplishment.  Here I am in the final steps to the finish line.


Yep, I beat that man behind me!

I had a good running friend tell me that after a major race your immune system is really down, so promptly 48 hours after the race I picked up my youngest’s cold.  Ughh. I’m coughing as I type.  But as those of you with little ones know, things don’t really stop when mom gets sick! So I am plowing through with the help of green tea, lots of kleenex, and extra coffee.

Despite feeling yuck, I did manage to make it up to the McKinney Trade Days market this morning.  I’ll share a few quick photos of my finds.


This pile of porch trim was a great find.  I’m not sure yet if I’ll sell it in individual pieces, or use it to add some architectural flair to my booth space.


I loved these mid-century painted metal wall hangings.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but they are large, almost 2 feet tall.  They would make a fantastic statement on someone’s bathroom wall, or on a garden porch.


I grabbed a few “smalls” too, as they are called in this business.  I always love vintage tins, an the roses on this one were so bright and happy.  The three plates have great fall colors in them and will work well in my Thanksgiving display at the shop.  But my favorite by far is the small enamel pitcher.


It is so cute and dainty, but that pop of red trim adds a little flair.

By far though, my best find of the morning was this antique pull cart.


It was hiding under a table, and when I asked the dealer she told me it was a goat cart.  She quoted me a fantastic price and I jumped on it immediately.  I had to leave it in her spot while I finished shopping, and several more people asked about it while I was gone.  The early bird gets the worm!


It has amazing patina, and I can see it stuffed full of pumpkins and mums on someone’s front porch . . . maybe  mine!


The original green paint still shows in parts, which is like extra brownie points! I really am tempted to keep it myself, but I know it would be a super-quick seller up at the shop too.  I may think on it a few days . . .

Well, off to rest for a few more minutes before school pick-up time.  I would love to see what great treasures anyone else has found recently!

Trade Days

This past weekend was the local flea market in my area, McKinney Trade Days.  The pickin’s have been a little slim there the past few months, and it’s been HOT! But, this weekend the weather was really quite pleasant, and I found lots of wonderful things.

I was smitten with this floor lamp I found buried in the back of a dealer’s space.  It is fully functional and has lots of patina.



My favorite part is its ornate finial.


From the large to the small . . . I spotted this great etched brass vase complete with a matching, removal frog.



It is so petite . . . perfect for a fall tablescape.

I like to stock my booth also with unique vintage art, and this Sailboat oil painting was an incredible find.  It has no signature on it, but is the REAL deal, not just a print.


The colors were rich, and look at the close up of those white capped waves:


Someone else must have liked it as much as I did because it sold the day I brought it in.  I love when that happens!

One of my last finds of the morning was this cute primitive green side table.


It’s hard to see in the picture, but it has a little railing on the back of the top, and the triangular base and bottom shelf is one-of-a-kind.

I also bought this great weathered green screen to replace the old windows that displayed my vintage postcard banners.  They sold quickly, and I thought this screen would make  a great display in their place.


And lastly, I’m super excited about a pair of cane chairs I bought from one of my favorite dealers.  They have simple lines, but I think they will look perfect once updated with some paint and new fabric.  I think I am going to try on them some milk paint I have leftover from another project; they would look great with a chippy finish.


I purchased another large piece over the weekend that will be my next major project, I’ll share more about that another time.

For now, I’m going to enjoy a few minutes of quiet on this Sunday afternoon.  Hope you all enjoyed some quiet this weekend as well.

McKinney Trade Days Round-up

The town just north of me hosts a monthly flea market the weekend before the 3rd Monday of each month.  Why the 3rd Monday, I have no idea . . . but I try to hit this sale every month to stock up on great finds for my space at the antique mall.  Many of you may have similar sales in your area.  Compared to other flea markets, this one is relatively small, but I always find wonderful things there.

Each month I’ll showcase what I found at the market and highlight some of the neat things I saw. If you’re local and also went to McKinney Trade Days, I would love for you to share your finds, or what you hunted down at a flea market in your area.

Let’s get started!  I was really excited to find a vendor that was going out of business and had their entire booth 50% off! Wow!


At first I was enjoying shopping there all by myself, but then the owner announced her sale over the loudspeaker and before I knew it every vendor at the market descended onto her space. I had to shop quick!


Here are my purchases from her booth.  I loved the croquet mallets and all of their great vintage color.  I snatched up all she had that were in good condition.

Karla at Vintage Junk always has some fun things too.  This month she had this great weathered table and very unique lamp.



Now here’s something I fell in love with but didn’t buy . . . for my shop, that is.


I absolutely love the pigeon holes on this chest.  I have a soft spot in my heart for anything with cubbies.  The price on it was great, but it was a little too high for me to buy for my shop.  So I summoned up all my willpower and made myself pass it up.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I made it back home though, so on day 2 of Trade Days I went back, husband and kids in tow, and bought it for myself!  It’s now the perfect nightstand in our master bedroom.

I’ll leave you with a picture of my haul.  It’s hard to see really all that I got because the white cabinet blocks a lot of the picture, but believe me, my car was packed!