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.

Spectating the Women’s Running Half Marathon St. Pete 2013

December 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

The Sunday before Thanksgiving the boys and I got up at 5:30 in the morning for race day, dedicated Women’s Half Marathon spectators that we are. I ran the Women’s Half in 2011, and last year the boys and I spectated. Since it was my first half marathon I am very sentimental about it and knew that I wanted to spectate again this year. When I saw that my friends at Best Damn Race were putting together a cheer squad at a prime location I decided that we would join them.

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Their cheer squad spot was right in front of the Comfort Station at the base of The Pier.

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What a luxury to be stationed right next to a real bathroom at a race!

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The Best Damn Race had assembled quite the cheering squad.

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The morph suits were from FitLife Foods and the shirtless guys were from the University of Tampa swim team. I had a blast being in this group with so many friends.

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At our location we got to see the runners go by at mile one and again at about mile 7.5. We were ready for them at mile one.

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(my friends Beth from Discombobulated Runner with the wiener (misspelled) sign, and Brad from IronGoof below)

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We saw the leader zoom by…

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followed by the seemingly endless field of runners and walkers.

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After the entire field had passed we set up to see them coming again in the opposite direction. I had dozens of friends running…

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It was like a big party for me.

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The boys are spectating pros. They’ve probably spectated/participated in a couple dozen races at this point.

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The Women’s Half Marathon is always fantastic.

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The swimmers were a huge hit, especially after they dropped trou for the second pass of the runners.

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It was pretty chilly out there that Sunday. These young men were troopers.

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The expression on the ladies’ faces as they passed were priceless.

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We had an awesome morning. Definitely worth getting up at 5:30 a.m. Congrats to all the finishers!

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Afterwards we met up with a bunch of my blogging buddies at The Avenue for brunch.

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I got a burger without the bun and paid $2.50 extra for a side salad instead of fries.

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It was tasty, but The Avenue will KILL you with extra charges for any changes. Beware.

Cya.