My Latest Find

ImageRecently I had a chance to go to the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, CT. It’s a great place to find that treasure you’ve been hunting for and it has recently been gaining a lot of popularity from the HGTV show Flea Market Flip. In fact when I arrived, I wasn’t surprised to see Lara Spencer and the crew filming on location that very morning. After a little distraction, my hunt began as my daughter and I worked our way through the aisles. When I go to a flea market I always like to have something in mind to keep me focused. So with my mental list I scan each vendor space and then move in on anything that catches my eye to take a closer look. 

During this particular visit, I was thinking lawn art, signs and vintage fabric/linens. I ran across a few items of interest, but didn’t purchase anything until I saw this sign. It’s perfect for my outdoor patio bar and since the space is not well lit, it functions to improve lighting as well. Flea markets and antique shows like Brimfield Antique Show are a great place to find unique pieces to add to your decor or repurpose to suit your needs.  So if you decide to venture out to a flea market in your area, keep these few tips in mind:

1. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing (layers are great).

2. Bring a bag and/or a cart to store your finds.

3. Have a mental list, at the very least, of what you’re looking for.

4. Stay hydrated.

5. Bring some cash and checks. (credit cards may be accepted but cash is good for bargaining)

6. Don’t be a bully on price, politely ask what is their best price, or offer your best price.

7. Arrive early for the best finds.

With these few tips, an open mind and a positive attitude your hunt for treasure is bound to be a success. Happy hunting!

 

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The Art of Signs

Signs add visual interest to this outdoor patio.

Signs, signs, everywhere signs… It’s true, everywhere I look I see signs being used as accessory art in the home and I’ll admit I’m a collector. I think it started when a friend of mine gave me a sign that reads “Don’t mess with my Feng Shui”. Now I’ve collected several and continue to look for more. In particular I like distressed looking signs, but I also choose them for the message.  For the most part signs are an inexpensive way to add art to a space. The right sign in the right place adds visual interest, can be inspiring and might even help strike up a conversation. If you like the idea of a custom sign you can try a site like Saltbox Signs or Etsy is great if you want more of a selection. Do you have any signs? If so do you have a favorite?

Summer Hours

During the summer my schedule doesn’t seem to be my own. My kids are home, my husband works fewer hours and the warm weather is always beckoning me outside. Try as I might I just can’t seem to focus on the tasks at hand. Why do it today when I can relax on the patio instead? This is the point where I should be suggesting some sort of solution, right? Well I’m not sure I have one. Instead I’ll suggest you bring it outdoors if you can and do the best you can to stay focused.

Summertime is a time to relax, a time to move a little slower and the only time of year there are flowers we can take time to smell! So right now I’m sitting in my summer office, writing about summer, thinking summer thoughts and being in a summer state of mind. Take a look at my summer office and let me know what you think.

Summer Hours