One of a Kind Shopping at the Long Beach Antique Market
The second time is always a charm! To do some holiday shopping (and maybe get myself an early birthday present), I decided to hit up the Long Beach Antique Market. Needless to say, I was again wowed into utter obsession with all the great merchandise! Nic was in tow this time around, camera ready and snapping at my every command. The weather was warmer than we expected and soon we were stripping those sweaters off so we could better focus on charging through this heaven called the Long Beach Antique Market. So much for it being a chilly November morning (I am still adjusting to the weather changes down here).
|Ready to shop with my Vera Bradley hands-free pouch!|
As we took in every booth and fawned over the glorious finds before us, I was being quite bossy barking orders at Nic to take pictures of everything I liked (incredibly rude I know). Once I realized I was being such a sassy brat, I quickly apologized... I was just so overcome with excitement. I soon noticed Nic was not the only one glaring at me (NFN: she exaggerates, there was no glaring), uh oh, did I do something to offend these nice people too? Now I was really sick. I pride myself on being uber kind, so now I was freaking out a bit. Then it dawned on me, permission! I had forgotten to ask permission to take pictures in the booth we were in and clearly had offended the lovely lady who's booth we were photo attacking. Now, while I am usually very good at asking each vendor (whether at a flea market or garage sale) if I can take pictures, I kiiiinda got overwhelmed and was so enamored with the goods I may have forgotten once... or twice. I realized I looked like a crazed sugar fiending child in a candy store, except I was a late 20's, overly hyped bossy chick squealing over Pyrex. Gone were my manners as I dashed from masons, to chandeliers to vintage scales. R...U...D...E...
One I realized I had forgotten my manners, I stopped dead in my tracks and began to profusely apologize, thankfully, her glare turned to a smile and she was glad we noticed! She mentioned how her curiosity was getting the better of her as she wondered if we were going to ask her as we were now on our third snapshot... oops! I whipped out my TW card and told her all her wonderful items took a hold of my brain like a drug and I lost my mind. She forgave me and soon started sharing all the details of her vintage chic booth with us... WHEW!!
The lesson learned here... ALWAYS ASK FOR PERMISSION BEFORE TAKING ANY PICTURES! Many vendors quickly answered, "Of course!!" But, they always threw in that they were appreciative we asked, so please respect the people, their treasures and ask before snapping away. I want to save you from making the same mistake we did, and the horrible feelings of guilt I carried with me for the next hour I was there. Trust me, LBAM, that WON'T happen again! Just wanted to share this for future shoppers...
Now back to my killer finds:
Right when we walked in I spotted this stack of old books and just died. I needed to have them. On a bookcase, stacked on a suitcase, cut out a rectangle in the center of the pages for some super secret storage? I mean the possibilities are ENDLESS!
|I LOVE old books!!|
|Vintage cameras are always a fun find for the home, my girl Ash's TH has a SERIOUS collection!|
|These are a perfect addition to any nursery, did I mention I LOVE old books?|
|Only $10 and the more you buy the more a deal you get... I'm IN!|
|Frames, frames, frames!|
|Crystal of my dreams!|
|Chandeliers too, does this place get any better?|
|Can't you just see these filled with goodies on your kitchen counter. Just like at grandma's!|
(Nic randomly has the twin to that one on the left that was passed down from her Mama)
|Buttons, buttons come get your buttons!|
|This jar was SO meant for TW!|
|While I love the bike, this pink refrigerator nearly brought me to tears!|