De Anza Flea Market - Buying or Selling?
|I LOVE vintage table cloths!|
|This is only 1/3 of the huge circle of boxes we got to go through.|
It all started with a drive to the East Bay. My mom and I loaded up my MIL's boxes in two cars and were giddy with excitement of what on Earth could be in all those boxes. My MIL has the BEST stuff and I am always ecstatic to get first dibs on all the great craft/party supplies she gets rid of. Since I like to be super organized, I laid out all boxes in the courtyard of my grandparent's home and started sorting through each one, in hopes of making them easier to sell the next day.
|Loads of new ribbon!|
|The ladies love their yarn!|
|New craft supplies always go so fast!|
After taking three car loads down to our spot at 5:30 AM, quickly unloading (as people started looking through our unpacked boxes...people really have no shame when treasure hunting) I knew it was going to be a busy day. Since my TM and I were full aware of what we were getting into (we had done this before mind you), we decided to keep the prices low and incentive high. We decided to make it easy on ourselves; every item $1, 10 items for $5 or 25 for $10. I wasn't crazy about practically giving away all the amazing stuff we had, but at the end of the day I wanted to get rid of it. So, I got over it, made a cute sign, tightened my Vera Bradley fanny and got focused.
As the mayhem ensued, we were trapped behind people galore stock piling the treasures on Aisle E. Women squealing, begging for boxes or bags as items spilled to the ground overflowing from their arms. My TM and I worked seamlessly together, (as usual) counting, bagging and moving on to the next always keeping communication open and directing traffic to the checkout station (me).
As we kept marrying boxes and moving merchandise around we noticed the crowd kept coming and was not showing signs of stopping. We even had some heated verbal exchanges over vintage glittered angel wings...who knew?! We had started at 6 am with more stuff than we ever thought possible to sell. By noon...we had sold out. Our once overfilled truck (with two other cars as well) was carrying nothing but empty boxes. It was unbelievable. The best part ever? My usual vendor friends (Lovely Lucy who I get my knobs and hooks from as well as the wonderful Yvonne from whom I get my vintage linens) all wanted items from my booth so I got to trade for what I wanted in their booths! It was AMAZING!
|One of our "down times"...|
The booth directly behind me was simply amazing. A woman and her son had set up small "rooms" within their booth. Each way you turned felt like you quickly transformed from a garden party, to a bar scene, or ladies lunch and even a powder room. It was great! Even as I was crazily selling in my booth I found time to peek over the truck and see what she had. Her booth was my first stop.
|Welcome to the garden party! I love the huge mason like drink dispenser and old glassware.|
|Suddenly in a powder room with these vintage perfume bottles, fans and clutches. Even better, this awesome shelving unit.|
|Sweetest pink vanity ever! Made even sweeter with the little tea cuts and vintage pics.|
|Great idea! Taking an old chair, using the seat as a planter and then just tossing a vintage tea cup on it...is the white rabbit going to race by at any second?!|
Once I had spent a sufficient time pouring over each little trinket in her booth and chatting for a bit, I had to get a move on. I am easily distracted and had a lot more to see. So, across the way I went into another vintage haven of treasures!
|Such a cute way to display/sell old cookie cutters...I have a TON of cookie cutters!|
|Another great linen on display, those colors are so vibrant!|
|Someone say vintage aprons?!|
|GORG teal tackle box, perfect for makeup or jewelry. That vintage CA plate would make a great tray too!|
Are there any flea markets you love? Have you been to the De Anza Flea Market?