Friday, December 26, 2014

First in a series. . . On Collecting!


For Christmas I treated myself to a new book by one of my favorite collectors.  Mary Randolph Carter is the author of the "junk" books. . .
American Junk    Garden Junk    Kitchen Junk
And a few more too.
Her new book speaks to my soul.
It's called,
Never Stop to Think. . .
Do I Have a Place for This?
I never seem to have a place for much of what I buy. 
But - I buy it anyway.
I suspect I'm not alone in this....
In fact, I know I'm not alone.  And I'll prove it to you. 
In the coming months on this blog I'll be showing you collections.
Created by some of my favorite people.
First up is my dear friend,
She's kind of like this first photo.
Beautiful inside and out, and full of light.
I'm privileged to work with Marci at Vine Street Antiques in Murray.
Make that Marci and Luigi.
One of them warmed up to me pretty quickly.
The other one likes to smell my pant legs.
He and I are slowly becoming friends.
Marci is especially passionate about two things.
Animals, and antiques.
Marci recently invited me into her home,
where I got to experience both.
I was in awe.
I hope you will be too.
           There was beauty everywhere. . . .
Bottles, and jewels, and crowns. . . oh my!
Cleverness abounds.
Take silverwear in a tool box, for instance.
Or heritage lace in a primitive cubby.
Or clocks and chickens and bedsprings, all in a row.
Marci loves industrial antiques. 

This is where Marci designs her incredible steampunk creations.
            Like these. . .
Flower frogs are another passion.

As is Manhattan Depression Glass.

And the color orange.
Pearls & crystals.
Industrial & steampunk.
Marci Henich.
My friend.
And a collector. . . .


Thursday, August 21, 2014

What's hot at the flea? Get the skinny from Utah flea market organizers!

Do you love a flea market?  

Here’s what Utah flea organizers       
have to say about what’s HOT. . . .

3 Dotters Vintage Market ~ Jennifer Reed

fleattitude co-founder Jennifer Reed is spreading her wings and flying solo with the debut of 3 Dotters Vintage Market.  She’s thrilled to be able to keep an indoor flea in Utah County. 
·         Best-selling items:  Kitchenware, vintage clothing, furniture, salvage, and vintage goodies for crafting (i.e. buttons, game pieces, and doo-dads galore)
·         Best find ever:  My husband. . . .
·         Favorite recent find:  A pink and gold sofa from the estate of a 90-year-old woman in Ogden.  The price was so good I can’t even say!
·         Something you’ll never part with:  A 1926 “kingdom” mirror from a Masonic Temple in California
·         Next sale: October 11th in Pleasant Grove, 65 E 200 S, around 50 vendors

flea.o.logy ~ Paula & Nell Perkins

The flea at the Victorian mansion on Main Street in Payson, now in its ninth year, began as a yard sale for antique mall dealers to clear out their older merchandise.  flea.o.logy has grown from six vendors to nearly 50 scheduled to be at their upcoming sale.
·         Best-selling items:  “Trendy” items like globes and clocks as well as upcycled furniture
·         Best find ever:  30 pieces of brown aesthetic transferware at a second-hand store for $200; typically they sell for $20-50 per piece
·         Something you’d never part with:  The vintage oil painting of a young woman that hangs in my dining room
·         Next sale: August 30 at the flea.o.logy house, 218 N Main in Payson

fleattitude Vintage Market ~ Cathie Cox

fleattitude is moving to Salt Lake to a venue that will fit twice as many vendors.  That translates into twice as much vintage goodness for customers!
·         Best selling items: Industrial, salvage, farm & garden “junk” and shabby chic.
·         Best find ever:  A huge painted cubby shelf that came out of the garage at an estate sale – price: $50.  It now houses merchandise in my booth at Vine Street Antique Mall
·         Something you’d never part with:  The soap saver my grandma gave me.  We washed dishes together and she’d use the funny little wire cage with soap slivers in it to make the sudsy water.  Not worth much – but priceless
·         Next sale:  November 15 in the Grand Building at the Utah State Fair Park in Salt Lake, 155 N 1000 West, up to 80 vendors!

R House ~ Stephanie Johnson & Stephanie Schneck

The two Stephanies are your proverbial “two peas in a pod.”  Only their pod is a resplendent historic home in Springville filled with vintage delight.  Be prepared to be amazed by their talent for presentation.
·         Best-selling items:  Trunks & suitcases, custom bird feeders, old scales and vintage rockers
·         Best find ever:  An ornamental iron street light corner post that we “married” with a metal spoked wheel that likely came from a Model A.  The two were meant to be together!
·         Something you’d never part with:  The show-stopper outdoor rustic awning that we put up in the main room of our shop.  We love how it creates an unexpected style
·         Next sales: August 23 and September 20 at 211 N Main in Springville

The Summer Flea ~ Julie & Dani Smith

Enjoy a bit of British tradition right here in Utah at the Summer Flea’s “car boot” sales!  The mother/daughter team have a long-standing love of buying and selling at fleas and are hoping to win Salt Lake County over to their unique twist on them.
·         Best-selling items: Vintage fashion, ceramics & glassware, furniture and hand-made arts & crafts
·         Best find ever: A stunning Ossie Clark dress at a pop-up market in London.  Purchase price – about $11.00
·         Something you’ll never part with: Very high, baby blue leather “Biba” platforms.  They’re a museum piece.  Have them on my mantel!
·         Next sales: August 23 and 30 & September 6, 13 and 27 at the Equestrian Park, 2100 W 11400 S in South Jordan

Urban Flea Market ~ Michael Sanders & Kate Wheadon

The Urban Flea was born when Michael – a New Yorker – and Kate – who had been living in Los Angeles – got together in Salt Lake and were missing the amazing fleas they used to attend on either coast.  Now in its fourth year, the monthly (June-October) flea boasts nearly 100 vendors as well as pet adoptions, gourmet food trucks and music provided by KRCL. 
·         Best-selling items: Original artwork, odd-ball knick-knacks and the eclectic!
·         Best find ever: Kate – A fabulous pair of red chalk-ware mid-century matador lamps
·         Something you’ll never part with: Michael – An enormous silver Western belt buckle that he found at the market
·         Next sales:  September 14 and October 12 at 600 S Main in Salt Lake

Vintage Whites Market ~ Jana Roach & Vanessa Pleasants

Born in a garage with five vendors, the Vintage Whites Market now has shows in three states, over 80 vendors at each one, and has been named one of the top 25 vintage markets in the country by Romantic Homes and Flea Market Style magazines.  Wow. . . .
·         Best-selling items:  Small furniture, kitchen items, pieces that customers can repurpose and the little things you never knew you always needed
·         Best find ever:  An old wooden shoe-form rack.  It has been in every room in my house!
·         Favorite recent find:  A 1900s parlor mantel that came out of a home in Philly with the best curves and a ton of character
·         Next Salt Lake sale:  March 14, 2015 in the Grand Building at the Utah State Fair Park

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Who's new at the zoo? Introducing our new fleattitude vendors!

fleattitude loves adding new vendors to our little flea-family. . 

. . . here's our group of "newbies" for August 2014:

Amy Denny and I go waaaay back. . . to our time at the Abode Flea Market several years ago.  We would put her booth - Vintage Re-d-fined - right next to the street because it would draw customers in with her lovely display and fantastic merchandise, which includes furniture, suitcases, windows and doors, and more.  She says, "I love that [vintage] gets in your blood and changes everything you look at."

Brittney Erb of "Charlotte Joy Vintage & Accessories" will be sharing a booth with wonderful Kat Markham.  Brittney's specialty is small items such as girls' accessories, teapots, bottles, books and other assorted goodies.  Her son's room is decorated with tin toys and her daughter's with 1930s paper dolls.  What's not to love about THAT?

I discovered Elizabeth Merrell & Maren Spencer at the Urban Flea Market in Salt Lake and invited them to have a booth because I loved the charming look they created.  They also sell at the Summer Flea in South Jordan.  They'll be selling kitchenware, vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry and ????? in their booth that they call Aunt Lizzie's Attic.

Heidi Adkins' calls her booth "To The Tree! To The Tree!"  Anybody know where she got that name??  She says that she is a scrounger and a picker and has been gathering for years. . . always telling her husband "I'll sell them - they're valuable!"  (Sound familiar?)  She adds, "The world of vintage is where I want to hang out.  It's my happy place. . . ."

John VanCott is a familiar face to many and always has the unique and unusual in his booth that he calls Steel Horse Antiques.  He's a veteran at selling - just new to this market.  I've known John for several years from our mutual associations with the Acorn Antique Show and Treasures Antique Mall.  Be prepared to find something interesting and OOAK from John!!

I haven't met Laura Burt in person yet. . . but that's okay because I HAVE tasted her cookies and they are to die for!  Laura works with my husband and calls her business Honey B's Boutique & Baked Goods.  I had her make some cookies for me for a holiday cookie exchange. . . and she came through with Raspberry Lemon Creams and Lime Delights.  Let's just say #meltinyourmouthamazing!  Laura will be selling her treats in the kitchen (immediately to the right of the admission area in the annex).  Here's a partial list of what she'll be bringing:

Lime Delights
Chocolate Chunk
Peanut Butter S'more
Creamy Nutty Butters
Triple Chocolate Fudge
Raspberry Lemon Creams
Chunky Peanut Butter Pretzel
White Chocolate Cranberry Cashew

Pamela Morgan of Moon Pepper Vintage is coming all the way from Lava Hot Springs, Idaho and discovered fleattitude on  She says her style is "an eclectic grouping of rustic vintage shabby and junque!"  She fits in well with us when she says that she's "a junker, hoarder, recycler, and upcycler. . . and enjoys it."  We think you'll fall in love with her farm junk and primitives. . . .

Stephanie Seelos of Afton's Wish Book says her style is "Mid-Century Modern, Leave it to Beaver (Pyrex love!), lots of color, shabby chic, and kitsch." Sounds fun, don't you think?  She's been a vendor at the Vintage Whites Market and Oh Sweet Sadie and is excited to be a part of fleattitude now.  In one of the photos she sent in her application there is a plaque that says, "Thank you for not being perky."  I think I like this lady. . . .

Many of you will recognize Trista Aitken by her alter ego - half of Pickin' N Peddlin'.  But which one IS she?  At fleattitude she'll go by "Two Pence Vintage" and I promise that you'll want to visit her booth.  She says her personal style is "vintage industrial farmhouse chic."  But her merchandise style is "all around."  You can expect to find picture frames, wool blankets, mirrors, ladders, tool boxes, tablecloths, metal carts. . . whoops - I think I'm drooling!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

fleattitude's August 2014 vendors!

fleattitude vintage market
is going to be on Saturday August 9th
at the Old Pleasant Grove Rec Center
(65 East 200 South,  in Pleasant Grove)
from 8:00 til 4:00


we  welcome all these  incredible vendors

Amy Denny

Annette Broadhead
Flea bit

Brandon Kay & Tonya Painter
2 Pitts of a Pear

Brenda Klomp
Just a Bed of Roses

Callie Bott

Carla Cunningham & Sheri Parker
C & S Co-op

Cathie Cox
fleattitude Vintage Market

Cynthia Bohannon

Cynthia Edmunds

DeAnn Adams
Two Antique Gypsies

Debbi Crosby
The Tattered Butterfly

Debra Washburn
Relic Mercantile

Denise Gamble
Two Ole Crows and a Coot

Dru Beecher
Polka Dot Poplars

Elizabeth Merrell
Aunt Lizzy's Attic

Heidi Adkins
To the Tree! To the Tree!

Heidi Wilcock
Acorn Antique Show

Jacqueline and Logan Whitmore
Parchment and Pallet

Jennifer Reed
3 Dotters Vintage Market

Jennine Ashley
Le Junk

John VanCott
Steel Horse Antiques

Karen Houmand

Kat Markham and Brittney Erb
K Markham Designs
Charlotte Joy Vintage 
& Accessories

Larry Ray
Picker's Paradise

Laura Burt
Honey B's Boutique & Baked Goods

Laurie Rigby
Rig Bits

Lindsey Snarr
One Vintage Dish

MaryAnn Hill
Miss Fitts

Margo Graham and Clam Lynch

Mike Sovic

Mike Swendsen & Michelle Elwell
Reclaimed Relics

Oakley Seal
Hot Diggety Vintage

Pamela Morgan
Moon Pepper Vintage

Penny Jones
Penny Jones Art

Ranae and Mike Zauner
The Blue Vintage

Shireen Watanabe
Mon Amie Jewelry

Stephanie Seelos
Afton's Wish Book

Sweeto Burrito food truck
from 11:00 am 'til 2:00 pm

Tammy Herker
Crates and Ladders

Trista Aitken
Two Pence Vintage

Vicki Densley

Vickie Hunter
Pick it Vintage