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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!


  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 :)

  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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

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

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


  11. 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? ;)

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


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