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!!!!

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.