Brocante Vintage Market June 2014

June 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm

One of the last blog posts I wrote back in December before taking a break was about Brocante Vintage Market. That was the Brocante Vintage Market December 2013. Since then I have attended all the monthly markets except I missed May (last month) because of our annual Kentucky Derby Party. I am making up for not blogging about Brocante for the last six months by including about 100 photos from this month. I love Brocante Market!

Brocante Vintage Market August 2013
Brocante Vintage Market September 2013
Brocante Vintage Market October 2013
Brocante Vintage Market November 2013

This month was great as usual. They just keep making it bigger and better every month. My friend Shari and I went to the preview party last night.

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I seemed immediately drawn to all things turquoise, and it’s so trendy right now that there was plenty of it at Brocante.

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Loved this little Argus slide viewer for $6.

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Loved all these turquoise trays, dishes, planters, and pottery…each $10 or less.

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$13 totally groovy vintage ashtray:

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This guy was $16, but worth it:

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Loved these chairs:

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These mid-century chairs were awesome with their brass leg tips and peacock vinyl. At $149, I think they were a great price. However, there was some damage on the vinyl, so I would have had to reupholster them or have the rips repaired and then they would not have been so inexpensive. Still, I loved the color and style…and so sturdy and comfortable. Someone else might not mind the character-building minor damage.

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Pretty brass stool, but must have been out of my price range:

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Shari and I both loved these 1956 Republican vs. Democrat coasters for $12:

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I would totally just use them, but I’m not sure what party they would be appropriate for. I saw some lady with them in her hands at checkout later and I was a bit wistful for them. So funny!

Kitchen canisters seem to be something that are easy to find, and I loved the color of these (although the sugar canister is missing from the set) ($24):

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This shiny full set was awesome also:

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I hope this cute vintage serving set was not broken up, as I bet they’ve been together a long time ($8 each):

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Even though I do not need another lamp right now, there were many great ones at the market that caught my eye. Loved this rad Lucite and chrome lamp, but it is begging for an equally flashy shade ($36):

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Green Raku pottery lamp ($48):

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Tons of great lamps at this booth:

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My favorite of that bunch was this sultry beauty (expensive):

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I also really loved these:

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$165 for the pair and they were in pristine condition:

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Paintings I liked:

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I think this one was around the $30 range (tiny painting, huge frame):

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Spin art! (didn’t check the price, but there were a bunch of them) These remind me that I have a few pieces of the kids’ art that I want to frame:

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There were so many things that caught my eye, like this desk organizer that would fit right in on Don Draper’s desk ($19):

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Used to belong to Marcia Brady (spoiler: now belongs to me):

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A wooden UVA ROTC practice rifle, and a handmade wooden toy rifle from the 50’s (Mack would have loved these, $29 each):

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Brass and faux fur vanity bench:

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I would have bought it at half the price, maybe even at 2/3 of the price, because I LOVE it.

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$7 pretty mirrored star:

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Super awesome hand-carved palm fronds (carved from actual palm fronds), set of 3 for $14:

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Antique brass frog (holds flowers upright in a vase) $12:

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Vintage (1970’s?) framed map of Tampa Bay (must have had thick glass because this thing was HEAVY) $39:

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If you like vintage boating/sailing stuff, this is the place:

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Sunken Gardens banner flag from the 1950’s ($49):

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LOVED LOVED these chairs:

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So comfy. I would love to have them in our den where we need more seating. The copper/gunmetal frames are beyond amazing. I don’t mind the Fozzy Bear upholstery really and it was in good shape, but it would not fit in our den which I am attempting to make less cave-like and therefore it does not need a pair of grizzly bear chairs. These would be bitchin’ reupholstered.

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I liked this planter, but thought it was too much…I think $29?

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Pretty shiny pineapple bookends for $35:

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Charming, colorful vintage needlework for $12:

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Birds listed on the back!

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This stuff slays me. Somebody spent hours, days, weeks on this and it is beautiful. I have done embroidery in the past, and I know what a labor of love it is.

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FAB-U-LOUS spun fiberglass patio set for $299:

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Whew. Told you there were tons of things I loved, as there always are! A few of those items were calling my name so I got up early (for a Saturday) this morning and headed downtown for the market. I got there about 8:40 and the line was already forming.

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With 15 minutes to go, the line had reached 22nd Street.

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By the time the doors opened at 9, the line was past 3 Daughters Brewery.

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The market is always hopping and festive on Saturday mornings!

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Sundays are more laid back, and they bring new items out over night.

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I was able to snag most everything I wanted…here is my haul (I spent $110 total on all.this.stuff!):

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They updated to the 21st century last month with computerized check-outs.

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Thanks ladies, and all the Brocanteurs! Great market as usual!

Some of my treasure immediately found homes, like the carved palm fronds on my mantle:

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They tie in with my new palm frond curtains in the bathroom down the hall.

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The underneath side is the most beautiful, so I figured out how to display them so that the bottom shows:

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The little birdies went right into the space where I had imagined them in my head:

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I love the colors next to our colorful abstract paintings (from Mainsail Art Festival many many years ago…pre-kids):

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Everything else is just hanging with the rest of the turquoise stuff in my dining room, waiting for their next home.

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My Lenox china is sea foam green, and I have been collecting pieces of blue/green glass and ceramics forever.

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The speckled California Pottery planter and chrome lantern were both from The 49’er flea market a few weeks ago ($8 and $5). The other turquoise planter on the tray was from Jo-Ann’s on clearance.

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Do I have too much turquoise/teal/sea foam in my house? Probably. But sitting here, writing this blog post, I’m enjoying the view:

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Cya!

p.s. Here is everything you need to know Brocante Vintage Market this weekend:
1.  Market Hours: 9-7 Sa and 9-5 Su. Market address: 2200 2nd Ave S in St. Pete, 33712.
2.  You can come anytime, because we re-stock all weekend long- this includes during market and in between days. For those of you looking for a more laid back shopping experience, we recommend Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings.
3.  We are climate controlled (kind of). We do our best to keep it cool, but we are a warehouse….in Florida….and it’s June (aagh!).  Please plan accordingly- comfortable shoes, light clothing, etc.
4.  We have complimentary coffee from our friends at Brew D Licious both mornings.
5.  Food trucks! Our friends Hott Mess will be on-site Sa from 11-1:30, and Health Freakz Café  will be there Sunday from 11-2.
6.  Our neighbors at 3 Daughters Brewing open Saturday at noon, so grab some vintage goodies and then grab a brew!
7.  For parking, we have our own lot out front of our building, and there is ample street parking surrounding the building.  In addition, you are welcome to park in the 3 Daughters Brewing back lot or at our neighbors Island Nautical (they are the building with the big mural)
8.  We accept credit cards.
9.  Our team of 50+ Brocanteurs can’t wait to see you this weekend!!!!

Three home updates

June 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

(This post is not sponsored in any way and contains no affiliate links…there is no good reason for me to be writing this.)

My Mom is back home in South Carolina now and we are missing her already. Before she left, I took advantage of her mad seamstress skills and we sewed some curtains for the closet in the guest room. The previous owners had removed whatever doors used to be there (there is bi-fold door hardware in there) and left behind a double curtain rod over the closet. The guest room doubles as my craft (hoard) room, and the closet could use some organization. Here’s what we had:

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As many guest rooms are, this is kind of a cast-off room and that bedding used to be in our master bedroom in the old house. New bedding is in the future at some point. I’m thinking all white bedding with black and white pillows/accents.

Several months ago when I was in Ikea I fell in love with this fabric and randomly bought a couple of yards. Even though I know it does NOT go with the current bedding, I wanted to make the closet curtains out of it. My Mom whipped up some simple curtain panels in a jiffy and we used some curtain rings with clips that I already had to hang them on the existing rods.

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Cute, right? I could change out the double curtain rod, but I probably won’t. I have since hung a bunch of blue, green, and silver Mardi Gras beads from the second rod. Just because.

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Now I don’t have to organize the closet, because if you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist!

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While Mom worked away on the curtain panels, I removed all of the seats from our dining room chairs.

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Mom helped me re-cover these chairs about 15 years ago. They are from Scan Design and originally had black linen seats. We used a soft blue brocade type fabric to re-cover them the first time.

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After suffering through two babies, toddlers, and little kids (the same 2), these chair seats had seen better days.

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I have no clue what that stain is. I don’t want to know. And yes, I had spot cleaned it to no avail.

When I removed the seat covers I numbered them along with the chairs just in case the screw holes were somehow not uniform among the chairs.

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We have eight chairs and use four of them in the dining room and four of them at the breakfast bar. I worked on four chairs at a time so that the ones at the breakfast bar could continuously be used.

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Mom helped me pick out the fabric. I knew I wanted something graphic, and my general color scheme is cooler with greys, blues, and greens. After looking at everything at Jo-Ann’s, this one was the winner:

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Mom helped me cut out all the fabric for the seat covers, but I ended up finishing them after she left. Re-covering seat cushions like these is the easiest thing ever. All you need is a screwdriver, a staple gun and scissors. All done:

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I think they help to brighten up the breakfast bar area by adding some interest that draws your eye. The previous blue seat cushions just disappeared and added to the cave-like feeling of this area. Since it is right above the step-down to the den it has very low ceilings…much lower than in the kitchen.

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I think they also work really well in the dining room. They play nicely with my gray walls and allow my blue/green accents to stand out.

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There are other black and white items in the room as well, like the storage box and soft woven basket to the left above.

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I like them!

The final little project was completed by the boys and our neighbor Cole.

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Here is the situation I was hoping to address:

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This is the door to the pool at the foot of the stairs below the kitchen. It functions as sort of a mud room, obviously. However, I am the only one who ever puts shoes on the shelf. And those white Kino’s are mine, so I am also guilty of leaving my shoes right where I took them off.

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That little wire shoe shelf worked ok in our old house (not really, but our old house was beyond redemption in many ways), but it was doing nothing in this space. But now…

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I think it’s about a million times better. The woven baskets and the dipped basket are all from Target and were all on clearance. The shoe shelf was also on the clearance end-cap as a “repackaged” item, but there was nothing wrong with it as far as I could tell. Am I the only one with a Target clearance “problem”? I mean, if you love it and it’s on clearance, then you have to buy it, right?

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The black and white ties into the rug in the den (Ikea) and my new breakfast bar chair seats.

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Chewie gave the updated “mudroom” his sniff of approval.

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Please ignore the mess in the den and on my stairs (and in my kitchen and in my dining room and in my guest room). I am not a home décor blogger and do not know how to do it right.

Cya.