Today was the long-awaited beginning of my favorite season of the year – flea market season! I made the trek to Charlotte to the Metrolina Antique Expo, or properly put, the International Collectibles & Antiques Show.
I’ve been a regular at this market for quite a while. Several years ago there was some sort of dispute, and the group split, greatly decreasing the number of vendors. And today’s market was the smallest I can remember. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
It’s now of a size that I can shop the entire thing without feeling rushed and ending up exhausted. And even better, the quality of vendors seems to have improved. I did not see a single tube sock, nor did I spot any fake designer handbags. That’s huge.
Best of all, today there were more vintage clothing and textiles sellers than ever before. There was an amazing assortment of very nice things, and prices were quite reasonable. It’s really great when one can go and pick up some wonderful new things without breaking the bank!
Tomorrow, what came home with me. In the meantime, here are some shots of the fun I had.
This vendor had some feedsacks with the paper labels intact. The user would soak the sack in water to melt the glue holding the label onto the sack.
Detail of a 1940s blouse. What a button!
And, of course, what is a flea market without cute pups. And here is one of the cutest.