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Sep 15, 2012

Fab Flea Market Finds or "Baubles, Bangles, & beads, beads, BEADS!



Readers, do you believe in synchronicity?  I generally avoid all that woo-woo stuff, but how else can I explain the glamorous gee-gaws I grabbed at the flea market this morning?

No sooner had I expressed my intention of making a Halloween harem girl outfit --now leaning more toward Scheherazade (an upgrade), with Michael as a Persian prince -- than the flea market opened its arms to me...for a price, of course.

All these baubles, a buck apiece:



Can't you see this bangle decorating the front of a turban?



How about this golden woven collar?



I also stumbled upon a good-sized piece of rich brocade.  I'm thinking vest or bolero.  Can't you see it matched with pink or nude chiffon -- or both?



Finally, I found beads, beads, and more beads.  This over-the-top trim is from a fabric store in Elizabeth, NJ that closed its doors; the vendor bought out its entire stock.  Each piece I purchased is five yards long -- a lot of beady bling for the buck!









Finally, I picked up this Vogue Couturier Design pattern -- Frederico Forquet -- in a 32" bust for just $2.  Not really my style, nor Halloween related, but wouldn't it make a fabulous giveaway?  Stay tuned!



Readers, that's all for now.  I hope you've begun thinking about your Halloween costumes -- the MPB Halloween Sew-Along doesn't start till October 10th, but the early bird catches the beads!

Have a great day, everybody!

13 comments:

  1. those trims will look perfect on your costume - perfect timing to find them! I lost a bit of time today watching Rita Hayworth clips on youtube, after following the last movie clip you posted. Cheers - it took my mind off having the 'flu for a while :)

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  2. I think I heard your brain going on overdrive and your eyes searching the crowd like a spy hoping no one else had their eye on those jewels. What a perfect find. I would be doing cartwheels if I were you...but please do stay away from wet cement.

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  3. The bling for a buck perfectly matches the woven slave girl collar. It's a sign!

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  4. I need to come to NYC to check out that flea market!!

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  5. Omg that brooch is so perfect for a turban. You lucky thing. You asked, and the universe provided.

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  6. Love those dangly beads. Can see them on a flapper dress.... Your topic of costumes has cheered me up. I went to a terrific Caribbean Party tongiht, and wore a mandarin batiste tierred skirt, with matching tulle ruffle, and more, with motor cycle/cowboy boots, a black beret, and a jean jacket, with a 70's crochetted cotton scarf. Sounds off, but it was the bomb. Tons of compliments, on and off the dance floor. My therapy.... Cathie, in Quebec.

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  7. When I first read the title of this post, I thought that perhaps you dove into the bottomless pit that is jewelry making. I am relieved.

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  8. Please say it wasn't McGowens Factory mill End...

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  9. Wonderful finds...and a great pic of the fabulous Dolores Gray!

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  10. Sweet deals you got there! The stars are aligned for you! Congrats on your luck!!!

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  11. Love the bling, Peter!
    It was SO nice to chat with you last night. Please consider doing your own book. :)

    -Donna

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  12. Blue chiffon perhaps? Or nude, that would be cool too. It's all very Golden Age. But I do think that cousin of yours is a selfish showpony, stepping out on Michael's arm to the fun events, while, I assume, you stay home and scrub floors or sing to the dogs? Cinderpeter? Peterella? ;)

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    1. Thanks, Mrs. C. I guess I'll be home babysitting Simplicity... :(

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