Liberty Antiques Festival – Spring 2018

It’s officially flea market season. This weekend was one of my favorites – the Liberty Antiques Festival. It never disappoints and this show was especially good. We have been in a rainy pattern here in the Southeast, and often that means dealers leave the textiles at home, but for some reason they all took the chance on the weather. As it turned out, both days of the show were beautiful, if a little on the cool side.

Despite the presence of clothing, I didn’t find anything I needed for my collection, but I did find shoes and skates and a great little pair of “ski-skates”. So, here’s what I saw that was interesting to me, but I didn’t (for the most part) buy.

I loved this, and could see how handy it would be for sorting all my embroidery thread, but where would I put it?

There was a new dealer who had the most fantastic photos. The ones above and below were all in a group from a news service, and were of the rich and famous. Many, like this one, were identified:

The engagement was announced yesterday of Lady de Clifford and Mr. Arthur Stock, of Glenapp Castle, Ballentrae, Ayrshire. Our photo shows Lady de Clifford with Mr. Arthur Stock at Murren in Switzerland.

This group of photos was a real treasure, and needed to be kept together, so there was no way I could afford the thirty-odd photos that were priced at $20 each. A shame.

This is a chromolithograph of the sort that people collected for their scrapbooks. So pretty, but again common sense whispered that the price was too much.

At first glance this looks like an ordinary shirt. But look at the $2 bill and the spoons, and you can see that this is a miniature salesman’s sample.

Flea market rule #14: Every single box of textiles much be thoroughly examined for hidden treasure.

Without a doubt, this is the best way to display vintage hankies I’ve ever seen. Most dealers just pile them in a little box and one has to stand and flip through the entire stack. This way potential buyers can see at a glance if this seller has any hankies of interest.

What about the Nunn-Bush salesman’s case? And it was surprisingly well-made, with nice leather trim.

I may have shown this little boy’s middy and knickers set before, as I’m pretty sure I had seen it previously. I don’t usually buy children’s clothing, but this was a temptation, as it shows a step in the progression of girls and young woman wearing middys for sports.

This scarf was pretty amazing.

I see a lot of overshot coverlets at shows like this one, but rarely one with light blue and red. Very pretty!

This handbag was tiny and made from cardboard. But look at that Scottie.

Here’s proof that I live on the edge. I took this photo to show in this post, but the more I thought about Peter’s Ski Skates, the more I wondered why I didn’t buy them. I even posted a photo on Instagram, hoping that would be enough, but all the enablers over there told me I should have bought them. By that time I realized a smarter somebody had probably scooped them up, but I got back to the seller’s booth and they were still there. He even gave me a generous discount.

Meet Rosco. Unfortunately, he was not for sale.

The show was a bit smaller than last fall’s show, and two of my favorite sellers were not there. Still, I found some fantastic things for my collections, which I’ll be showing off in the coming days.

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10 responses to “Liberty Antiques Festival – Spring 2018

  1. Amanda

    Lizzie – those photos were great – shame they were priced so high. Love that Mr. Stock was skiing with a camera – and clearly the lady had fallen a few times. And that Alice scarf! Great stuff. Glad you got the ski skates!

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    • Yes, I don’t consider myself to be a cheap spender, and I’d have bought them if they had been, well, cheaper.

      The Lady de Clifford led an interesting life. Four husbands and a career as an actress and model for Whistler.

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  2. Tactful typist

    I feel those photos should have found their way home to you…
    Thank you for sharing their herstory.🙂

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  3. Great photos – thanks for sharing your adventure.

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  4. rockyspace

    Thanks for sharing as always! Rosco seemed quite content NOT being for sale. Cute! A favour pleass. I know maitenance isnt as fun as the chase / acqusition, but I would really appreciate your thoughts, advice and resources information about the proper methods, tools and ingredients for cleaning / drying antique and vintage textiles, garments etc. Could you consider it for a future article please? Thanks

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  5. jacq staubs

    The antique handkerchiefs are so pretty – i am sure quite “ordinary” still think they are special. Coverlet design is unusual – yes and pretty. Send me the little Scotty! The photos are a real find! The antique linen world has disappeared? An entire study / category of it’s own.

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