Peter Michaud of Spindle City has been buying and selling high-end vintage mens' shoes and clothes online for the past five years. He also mixes in some newer consignment pieces as well. His favorite question that customers ask of him? "People really buy used shoes?" His answer is a resounding yes! Evidently, men who like to look sharp also know a good deal when they see one. Artist, rebel, dandy--and those who just wannabe--fare attenzione! You're sure to find something with a past at Peter's booth on August 25, September 8 and 15!
Bob Green of Oldfangled Finds has collected antiques for over a decade. His finds range from primitive farm tools and kitchen equipment to quirky stuff (vintage electric foot massager, 1940's bedpan--unused, thank goodness!) to an assortment of tins for tobacco, tea and cookies. Bob loves when people ask, "What can you tell me about this piece?" He really enjoys researching the history of a piece--who made it, how was it made, what was it used for, how common it was in its day. And he loves the unpredictability of a flea market, knowing that on any given visit you could stumble across something that completely makes your day. (Hopefully, for you, it probably won't be a 1940's bedpan...unless you're in Bob's booth, of course.) Test Bob's knowledge of his oldfangled finds at The Flea on August 18 and September 15!
Sharon Gatzke of Now and Then has noticed that each piece in her collection has its own "personality" --retro, funky, traditional, chic etc. And she's okay with that. You, too, will be as naturally accepting when you see her cool retro/modern oilcloth tote bags, tablecloths, placemats, aprons, clothespin bags, and zippered pouches. (Her vintage button bracelets and rings are equally comfortable in their own skin...) Sharon told us, "I have always loved design and combining colors and patterns to different effects. I believe that an item must be functional and durable but must also have style, be whimsical and be unique and fun too. Also, my work is a statement against mass marketed junk." Amen, sister. Her favorite thing about flea markets? "The surprise," she said. "The unique quality of unexpected stuff." Come and see some of the unexpected stuff Sharon will have for *you* when she joins us on August 11 and 25!