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Apr 28, 2013

Fab Flea Market Finds (and Sewing Machines Galore)

What fun I had at the flea market today with my friend Johanna!

It was an absolutely gorgeous day -- all the flowering trees in full bloom.

I love a big table covered with junk (no jokes about my apartment, please).  You never know what you'll find.

That baby looks VERY familiar.

Naturally, it was all I could do not to check out the vintage eyeglass frames, but I held strong.   (Johanna's actually sporting a pair of Warby Parkers.)

We saw many sewing machines -- they show up more frequently in the warmer months for some reason.

This toy Brother actually takes batteries, though it also has a hand crank. 

This Featherweight was $200 (accessories included) -- a very fair price but not the bargain of the century.

Here's a Singer 328, an early zigzagger that takes embroidery cams.

There were some more modern machines too.  Not tempted at all.  (Would you be?)

Among the other "collectibles" to be had: a vintage Motorola portable record player.

Rusty irons.

A groovy rotating nun music box that plays Schubert's Ave Maria.

A pair of fully-rooted mannequin heads.

A vintage lunch box overflowing with Sixties-era Barbie clothes.

And so much more!

Best of all, readers, is that I bought....nothing!  (Correction: I picked up two CDs for $2 each: Baby Jane Dexter and Karen Akers -- almost nothing.)

I hope your weekend has been a pleasant one.  We have a big week ahead, so get plenty of rest if you can.

Happy Sunday, everybody!


  1. I really need to get myself a black Santa.

    1. Oh, we share the same fantasy.

    2. Why is he wearing boxing gloves?

  2. Wow, what a pleasant way to spend an afternoon!

  3. I think some of that stuff came from my storage building. Wonder if I'm missing some things???

  4. The Gillette Supermax blow-dryer in front of the Singer 328 - how I wish it were mine! If I'd been there with you, I'd have grabbed it. Bright and clean, with all its attachments. . . just like the one my family once owned for fifteen years of daily use. Like sewing machines, they don't make them like that anymore.
    -- stashdragon

  5. I owned that same Supermax. Would love to have one again, although as I was looking at those pictures, I was thinking, "Boy am I glad I don't live near a weekly flea market." I'd really be in over my head...literally.

  6. I discovered the flea markets of Chelsea through your blog and as a result scored some beautiful thread buttons –see the story on my blog ( Thankyou!

  7. I can't believe you came home without that statue of David (or whoever if I'm wrong!).

  8. I can see you had a great time!
    By the way, those "rusty irons" make great weights for tracing patterns or holding (proper paper) self-drafted pattern pieces in place. I bought three of those a few months ago and use them all the time.

  9. That is so cool. I wish we had big flea markets like that where I live.
    A visibly aged fairy godmother thing, a black Santa Clause, and a punk oompa loompa. Awesome!

  10. Eeek, the baby Brother is so cute! But why are flea markets always filled with creepy old dolls? Yikes!

  11. I will be NYC Brooklyn to be exact soon. I can't wait for the Brooklyn flea.
    I am a sewing knitter crocheter you name it. I live in Cali. Go on...your blog is fun.

  12. Oh, but Peter, did you see that chrome handwheel on the Featherweight? She was one of the pre-war ones. What if she had turned out to be a 1933 first run machine? Next time you see something like that at a flea market, you should post it to your blog immediately. I'd be willing to pay you a finder's fee! :-)

  13. I will be taking a trip to New York next month to visit a friend. He no doubt, will be dragging me out to flea markets and probably shopping (which I hate). Although I am not really into junkie type stuff, this flea market does look interesting for many reasons.

  14. love the markets!

  15. I have that same machine you were not tempted by. It's not one of my favorites.

    Every few months I re-discover your blog by accident and fall down the rabbit hole for a few days.


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