Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday flea market - jackpot!!!

We went to the flea market this morning, but to a flea market in Regensburg, a universitiy city on the shores of the Danube. We don't usually go there, it's a bit further away. While I was oooowing and aaaawing over the first stand, which happened to be a Czech guy with lots of old rhinestones and jewellery pieces and ... you get the idea; my sweet husband disappeared. Well, I thought he just wandered off, because I was being boring, you know? Unbeknownst to me, he had actually already made the find of the day and secretly carried it off to the car. This is what he presented to me when we got home:

dressmaker's mannequin
Squeal! I have been wanting one of these for soooo long! Dancing around, jumping up and down! I have the best husband ever!!!!

I did buy a couple of pieces from the Czech guy, although not as many as I would have liked. His prices were just out of this world! But there were a few things I couldn't pass up - see those rhinestone beads and the necklace clasps? I also found some mother of pearl buttons, a brass casting of a bird motive, some old clothes pins and an old small brush.

These are also from the Czech Republic, glass beads for Christmas ornaments. These are like mercury beads, very thin. I have to get started making Christmas decorations soon...

These are some of my purchases from the trade show - brass beads. I think those big ones look like pebbles, aren't they cool?

I also found a manufacturer for copper beads, chain and head pins. They also make them in silver plated and gold plated.

These are some of the semiprecious beads (jasper, carnelian, onyx, amazonite, hemimorphite) and freshwater pearls I bought. Yum!

All in all, that was quite a haul and now I have lots to feed my inspiration!!
Hoping you are having a lovely Sunday!

12 comments:

Judy said...

I just adore flea markets...You got some great finds..but the best is your husband!!!

sharon said...

Sooooo jealous of that mannequin, WOW! We'll be waiting to see what you come up with from all this stuff, andsome EXCELLENT photo shots!

Rosanne said...

What a cool husband you have to find AND get you that mannequin.
You certainly come home with some of the best stuff. Love the beady purchases too. Those headpins are great.

Silke said...

Renate, you certainly hit the jackpot at the flea market! And your husband is so sweet to secretly buy you that mannequin! Your beads look great - can't wait what treasures you make of them... Hugs, Silke

SharonP said...

Wow, love all the beads and Christmas decorations, and especially the dressmakers mannequin-you lucky girl! Have fun with all your new goodies!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Wow what a score!!!!

Oh and congratulations on your new mana...er Modeling Assistant. :) Of course Annalise wants to extend her greetings and would like to know what her name is?? She advises you to be sure you put some thought into it because the name you bestow on your mana..Modeling Assistent will set the tone for your entire relationship!! ;) I found that it was best to let her pick her own name, a lot less stressful!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Barbara Lewis said...

Renate: I am so envious of your flea market finds. You find the best stuff. If I could find flea markets like yours, I'd be in heaven. Here is a blog by Cathe Holden, graphic artist. I love her site. Anyway, she has a project for enhancing dress forms. I picked up a form a few months ago and have yet to do anything to dress it up ... but maybe you've just given me the inspiration to get started. Let me know what you think.

Cindy said...

WOW what a great post full of wonderful pictures! I'm glad you found a nice dress form...something I'd love to find one day too (will keep looking). Those vintage beads you found were just 100% gorgeous - right up my alley! And I really liked those unusual brass beads too!

lilylovekin said...

What a great day at the market you had! Your husband is amazing. I love all your finds. And your photos showed them off beautifully.

Barbara Lewis said...

Renate: I obviously forgot to send you the link! Here it is: http://justsomethingimade.blogspot.com/2008/04/vintage-dress-form_16.html

sherry lee said...

Oh My!!! A great day at the flea market for you Renate....it's all gorgeous!!!

cat said...

You just have to love those husbands!
I wish we had flea markets that offered the wonderful type of treasures you were able to find!