Brocante Vintage Market December 2013

December 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I wasn’t able to go to the preview this month for Brocante Vintage Market since the boys and I went to Busch Gardens Christmas Town, but I wasn’t going to be deterred from getting my monthly dose of Brocante. I haven’t missed one yet!

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

My friend Ali went to the preview with her daughter Molly and they texted me photos all night of things they thought I would like and things they liked. We’ve shopped together enough that they know my style.

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They also texted prices and locations of the items. They were not going to be able to be there Saturday morning when the market opened because it conflicted with the St. Pete Santa Parade. So they were previewing for me and I would be shopping for them. Perfect relationship.

The boys and I got up early and went to Trip’s Diner for breakfast before heading to the market. My NSNG diner breakfast…

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which I uglified for maximum deliciousness.

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We got to Brocante Market at about 8:30, a half hour before they opened. They had a fancy new ramp this month and there was already a line.

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Waiting wasn’t too bad, though, because it was sunny and warm and they had free coffee courtesy of BrewDLicious.

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By opening time there was a line down the sidewalk.

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When they let us in I went directly to the location of one of the items that Molly wanted, this little brass unicorn:

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But it was already gone! There were maybe 20 or 30 people in front of us in line and somebody else snagged it first. You lose some.

They had cookies! You win some (for the boys).

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The market was decorated beautifully, as always. Check out how they used these vintage player piano scrolls for a dramatic effect:

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This month the vendors had all of their Christmas best on display.

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These guys moved back and forth slowly and Mack said they were creepy:

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My friend Perry’s booth was especially Christmasy. He always has good stuff.

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I just now noticed this painting amidst Perry’s stuff:

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I wish I had looked at it more closely when I was there. I like the colors! Celesta, can you ask Perry if he sold that painting? Give him my e-mail.

Things I liked but did not buy:

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This little bookshelf was so nice. It was priced at $58 and originally I took the tag, but then decided that it was just too expensive and I didn’t have an exact location in mind for it. I really liked it, though. If it had been $30 I would have taken it home.

I really liked this tray and can see it spray-painted some fun glossy color (all over), but again I thought $18 was too much.

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I liked these small rectangular Pyrex pieces, and they were only $6 each, but yellow is not really my color so I skipped them.

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Ah, the vendor’s booths looked so great!

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This red lacquered dresser was pretty but pricey at $500-something.

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I really liked these Kentucky Derby glasses, and now I can’t remember why I didn’t get them. They must have been priced too high, but I didn’t get a photo of the tag and can’t remember. They would be so cool as décor for our annual Kentucky Derby party…the next one will be the first in our new home. Darn, I should have bought them.

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Loved this brass pineapple container, but thought $18 was too much.

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We have a pineapple theme subtly running through our house. We have a pineapple doorbell plate, several original pineapple light fixtures, pineapple finials on the staircase and curtain rods, as well as several pineapple accessories here and there. So I am drawn to them, but made myself walk away.

I went back and forth about this 3-tier serving tray the whole time I was there. I loved it so much. The chrome trays combined with the brass standard and cool decorative finial…I wanted it. But it was $28 dollars. Probably worth it, but I couldn’t justify it.

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I recently bought something similar at Ikea, and if I hadn’t just bought that one I would have definitely purchased this one. Dang it Ikea. You suck. (just kidding, you know I love you Ikea)

I loved all the creative light fixtures in this booth (hard to see, I know, but they were cool):

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They still had the stop-sign mirror, and it’s $40. I love it for a boys’ room, but have no use for it. Wish I did.

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Boots, boots, boots:

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I would have bought this in a second…

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but Chad would have thrown it out. I’m not sure of the price, but I liked it. It would look great in rotation on our mantle (in my opinion…Chad would differ).

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The boys always enjoy checking out all of the ancient technology at vintage stores.

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The starburst clock on the right below was in rough shape, but it is so cool.

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I actually thought I was buying this plant stand for $20:

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The exact same plant stand was at the market the past couple of months but in turquoise and it was priced at $40. This one was the right price and I could have painted it any color, so I asked a brocanteur to get the tag for me, which he did. But somehow it must not have gotten put with my pile of stuff because when I checked out it wasn’t there and I forgot about it. I hope they put the tag back on it for someone else to buy!

We have one of these dachshund boot scrapers by our driveway door…

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but ours is all rusted from living outside for years. I still love it. The rust just makes it look like a red doxie.

So what did I buy?

I got this little tinsel tree for $14.

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It is now the centerpiece of my dining room table and works perfectly in there where my decorations are all gold and red.

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I have a small collection of vintage glass carafes with brass details. I found two different ones and had to have them ($12 and $15).

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I got this 1970’s chip and dip daffodil tray for $15…

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and this leather purse for Molly ($14).

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The boys spent their money on those walking canes and Cal also bought the wooden shoe horn above (they were all $5 each).

I also bought this gold metal, adjustable height, standard with a hook and a star on the top, but didn’t get a photo. You can see the edge of the base of it above on the left. It was $12 and I thought it would be really neat to use on my mantle to hang a wreath some time without having to attach anything to the wall. I’m sure it will appear on the blog at a later date.

Finally I bought this little antique sterling creamer filled with succulents to give to Mack’s teacher ($10) with her Christmas gift:

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I know she likes vintage things.

In all I spent just over $100 and that included the purse for Molly and the canes for the boys (they paid me back). Such a bargain for a morning’s worth of entertainment for all of us. The market was busy and is getting more popular every month. Celesta and Sean (owners of Paper Street Market and founders of Brocante Vintage Market) and all of the brocanteurs were super busy but always friendly and helpful.

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The Christmas theme was so festive and it was another great month at Brocante. I am really feeling the holiday spirit this year.

See you next year Brocante Vintage Market!

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Cya.

Mid November catch up

November 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I pretty much let Yelp take over my blog for a while there, but regular life was also happening in between all of those fabulous events. I was dumping all of those non-Yelping photos into a file as the days went by and this morning there were over 250 photos in there. Here are some of them (stuff that happened in the last two weeks):

Lots of walking to school.

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Mack is such a trooper for posing for these silly pictures on our walk every morning.

Lots of other school stuff happened, like volunteering the past two Mondays and today.

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Three Monday lunches at school with the sweet potato.

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Cal’s school had a mandatory PTSA meeting (like PTA with an S, and they are all mandatory) one night…

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and it was also a spaghetti dinner.

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Mack participated in a multi-school gifted competition called the Creativity Olympics, held at Perkins Elementary.

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His team didn’t score in the top three, but he talked about it for hours afterwards and kept saying how much fun it was.

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He got the coveted “Participant” ribbon.

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Mack got to see a bunch of his friends from his old elementary school, and I did too.

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The kids had school on Veteran’s Day and the car line was lined with flags.

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Very nice.

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My attempts at fashion and bathroom mirror photos over the past two weeks…

Volunteering at school outfits:

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Yes, that is a dress covered with purple giraffes. So what?

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A Yelp night outfit:

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Another Yelp night outfit:

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Showing off some of the beads that I made at Painting with Fire Studio:

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Gearing up for The Urban Bike Adventure with Team Wonder Wheels in downtown St. Pete this weekend (yikes):

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Ugh. Ok. Enough with the horrid selfies. What else?

I noticed on my various shopping trips the past couple of weeks that it is obviously full-on holiday time. I love it.

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I don’t love this so much:

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Why?

I was excited to stop by a new to me fish store a week or so ago.

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There were about a dozen people loitering around outside both of the entrances, but sadly, despite the next photo, they were not open.

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Some lady was pretty upset because she was supposed to pick up her crab. I hope she got it.

I went back to the doctor.

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More on that in another post most likely.

Chewie, the boys, and I went to Largo Central Park one Sunday.

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They have the Christmas lights up! We love coming here to see all the lights during the holidays.

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Best playground in Pinellas County.

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The boys play while I walk laps with Chewie.

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Last week I went to a Ladies Night event at The Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg.

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I have been missing my friends at the Trek Store since I haven’t ridden my bike very much in the past six months. But next weekend is The Urban Bike Adventure (yikes again), so I took this opportunity to take Star the Trek in for a tune up.

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They had some good food…

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giveaways…

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and a speaker from Trek Women as well as a lady who spoke to us about commuting by bike.

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I was happy to see my friends Meghan and Tori there!

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You can barely tell in the photo above, but I wore my shirt from the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon last March because Southeastern Guide Dogs was also there and gave us a great presentation.

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Duke pretty much stole the show.

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I won a giveaway!

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A set of tire levers…thanks Trek Store of St. Pete!

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Thank you to Anne and her team for another fun event!

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And thanks for the tune-up for Star…

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and her new sticker which was hard to photograph.

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On Saturday we went out to the beach to have some family Christmas card portraits made.

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And Sunday we rested.

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Or at least some of us did.

So now I’m a little more caught up, but that was not 250 photos, so more to come.

Cya.