Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday flea market - well, almost...

No, I didn't have a flea market to go to today. I've been going through 'stuff', sorting what to keep, what to get rid of. But I know some of you are wishing it was a flea market Sunday, just as I am - so I thought I would show you some wonderful things I found at the flea market a few years ago. After all, I have been going to flea markets for most of my adult life...


I found these gorgeous old suitcases on different occasions. I have a couple of large overseas trunks similar to the bottom suitcase. They are made of very thin wood, which is reinforced by wooden bands on the outside, so they are sturdy, but not too heavy. Too bad there wasn't a matching key.


The upper suitcase is leather and one of the locks has been ripped out, which is a shame. But the wonderfully smooth leather has a beautiful patina and the whole suitcase was calling my name.



See that? It had my initials on the lid. I mean, honestly - how could I have passed up a suitcase that was meant for me?



Both suitcases are lined inside with the typically striped paper, which has yellowed with age and looks wonderful.  I keep some of my antique linens - mostly dish towels and napkins - I love antique linen napkins!, doilys and such in these.Of course, most of these are also from the flea market.

See - almost like a flea market Sunday.
Have a wonderful day, where ever you are!

16 comments:

Silke said...

You know, Renate, I would love to visit your house! I bet it would look like the most beautiful antique shop showing off your amazing jewelry! I can just imagine it from the bits and pieces you show us on your blog... Much love, Silke

lilylovekin said...

This was just as good as fresh finds plus you did not have to leave the warmth of your home. The trunks are wonderful and how lucky to find one with your initials on it. Thanks for the tour.

mairedodd said...

how neat the suitcase had your initials on it... i have a large leather one of my grandfather's - it weighs a ton! the linens are beautiful - i agree, your home would be wonderful to see...

Silke said...

Ha! I am relieved then that your house sounds more like ours! Ours is an eclectic hodgepodge of things and everywhere there's dog and cat fur no matter how often I vacuum... And my studio is total creative chaos - sometimes I love it and sometimes I think I need to organize. Enjoy your creative home!! Love, Silke

Head full of stuff said...

The initialed case was obviously meant to be!

Inge said...

Ich bin zur Zeit auch am räumen und mich von einigen Sachen zu trennen. Jetzt ist genau die richtige Jahreszeit frischen Wind in das Leben zu bringen....Die Koffer finde ich schön - und da hast ja gleich die passende Aufbewahrung für deine Schätze, eine schöne Woche, Inge

Esther said...

an other treasure!! love the linen napkins too! romiz

steufel said...

Ohhh, die Servietten sind wundervoll. Es gibt für mich ni hts schöneres als eine weiße Spitzenserviette. Auch die Koffer sind wirkliche Schätze!

Judy said...

I love old suitcases! I have a nice little collection myself and use them as a side table in my guest room. I also use suitcases in my show displays, they always pull the customers in.

sharon said...

Beauties for sure Renate, filled with wonders to my eyes! I do adore all those things too, and have similar...we are so much alike, why are we so far away in miles? At least not in heart.

cat said...

It's just as good as flea market Sunday! Love the linen!

alteredbits said...

you, my dear, had a great flea market run! i meant to go on sunday, but mix home schooler with crazy art chick and sometimes you don't remember the sunday flea market until monday morning (or at least that's what happened to me!). whoops!

when i first saw the initial photo you've posted, i thought of my grandfather whom i never met (he died when my pop was 3). i have no idea why. then i scrolled down more and it said RS. those were his initials. so cool that they are yours too! fantastic finds indeed!!

Diane said...

I would love to hit a flea market with you, Renate. You find the BEST stuff. I love those suitcases, they are wonderful!
Hugs, Diane

Cindy said...

Renate, I can only imagine how excited you were to find an old leather suitcase with your own initials! Surely meant to be. Thanks for showing us a Flea Market Sunday even in the off season. :-)

Studio Sylvia said...

One word - Exquisite.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I knew this would put a little magic in my life. Thank goodness. I love the suitcases and the initials are in my family! Take care! Blessings.