On Halloween I treated myself to a visit to the big flea/show at the Charlotte Metrolina grounds. This show is always worth a visit, and this time around there was plenty to look at – and to buy. Above is part of the booth of my favorite seller at Metrolina. She is always finding great things for me. It pays to let people know what you are collecting.
Not all treasures are so well organized. The owners of this booth had cleaned out an old store that was closed in 1965. There was a lot of stuff, and it was cheap. Unfortunately much of it was also stained, but that’s why I have collected magic cleaning formulas.
Most of the inventory was from the early to mid 1960s. I found some really nice things including a harlequin patterned blouse and a matching shorts set from Glen of Michigan.
There was a great deal of underwear and stockings, much of it still in the original boxes. I could have spent the entire day going through it all, and they did not even have it all out to display.
Another seller had piles and piles of feedsacks.
Sometimes I do get home and wonder why I did not buy a certain thing. This drink tray fits into that category. I did love it, but I have one tray already, and having two is getting dangerously close to a collection.
There were some terrific vintage graphic items for sale. I loved the golfing woman on this poster for Country Club Beverages.
Dee-Light was delightful, as was their poster showing happy picnickers.
This Bruner Woolens box almost came home with me. The price was reasonable, and the graphics were terrific with the golfing theme. I already had a similar one from Detmer Woolens, as I gave it a pass.
This print was quite an interesting piece, mainly because of the date it was published. Entitled Sea Bathing at Ostend (Belgium), it was printed in 1888.
I would have guessed much later, due to the skimpy swimsuit of the lady and due to her bare legs. I’ve read that bathers in Europe were more likely to bathe bare-legged due to the prevalence of bathing machines (the little changing booth on wheels).
Here’s a basket full of display feet. I already have some, otherwise…
Not related to the theme here, but these big plastic decorations seem to be coming on strong as a collectible. I see a problem with storage, though.
Those looking for cowboy boots were in luck. Many of them were in the original boxes.
And what is a good flea market without cute doggies? This little one was showing off her new coat.
And this big sweetie was celebrating her fifth birthday by letting everyone pet her.
I’ll show off my finds in the coming weeks.