Brocante Vintage Market

October 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Yesterday afternoon I picked up my bi-weekly share of organics from my Annie’s Organic Buying Club coordinator.

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I was happy to get Lacinto (dinosaur) kale again, and the little baby pears are so cute. Also happy to get oranges! They are Valencia’s, which are great for juicing, but we’ll probably just eat the fruit whole. The boys love orange wedges in their lunches.

Last night for dinner I just warmed up leftover crockpot apple pork tenderloin. No pictures.

As soon as Chad got home I left to meet my friend Gerardo at the Brocante Vintage Market preview party.

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I’ve blogged about the Brocante Vintage Market before (the first one here, and the second one here). Brocante Vintage Market is the first weekend every month and this month was the third one they’ve held. It’s organized by my friends Celesta and Sean, the owners of Paper Street Market. The preview party is invitation-only (but if you send them a message on their Facebook page, you can probably get them to invite you…they are super nice like that).

The preview event is just a party for the vendors who have worked so hard picking gold all month and getting their displays all set up, and their friends and patrons. They had food…

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and drinks.

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I could have had something, but I didn’t. I ate before I went, and I wasn’t ready to let Jim Beam and water be my first post-whole30 cocktail. And I’m just not a wine drinker.

They also had a DJ and there was definitely a party atmosphere.

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You can’t actually buy anything at the preview. I saw several friends there and they were bemoaning that fact, but I think it’s a great idea. It gives you the time to really casually stroll around and take note of things without feeling the pressure to pop the tag before someone else wants it. When the market is open the next day, you can go straight to the pieces you loved at the preview while everyone else is slowly seeing everything for the first time.

The displays were fabulous.

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In the photo above I particularly loved that 2-tiered console piece in the middle. It would make a perfect media stand and you could fit a huge flat screen on there. It was priced at $299. I think that is reasonable as this piece was sturdy, in excellent condition, and beautiful. Have you priced media consoles lately? Even the crappy particle board pieces are $500. I really wished that I had a need for this piece, but alas…

I also really loved this little robot fan:

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It says “Robo-Fan” on the breastplate, the arms move up and down as it oscillates, and the eyes flash on and off. And it was working. Awesome. I texted a picture to Chad and he said he thought Cal would like it (he is very into robotics), but that he thought it crossed the line into “junk”. He and I don’t see eye to eye on these things quite often.

I also really liked this 3-tier display shelf for $28:

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We have been trying to figure out a solution for spice storage and thought maybe we could use this in the little walk-through area next to our kitchen to store spices. It was the right size and after texting Chad a photo he also liked the way it looked, but we decided that we really don’t want to have our spices all displayed like that. I want to find a closed storage solution for them. So I passed on this piece as well.

All of the vendors put a lot of time and effort into having interesting and attractive displays at Brocante. I liked this Halloween-themed display in one booth:

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Gerardo is a photographer (check out his photography Facebook page), and he was drawn to many of the interesting items at Brocante that could work as photo props. I was drawn to the mirrors, as usual.

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I thought this drainage tub (of some sort) was so Kool, and would look great as an art piece in some gear-head’s garage:

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Kool-O-Matic! Since I knew it wasn’t for me I forgot to look at the price, but I loved it.

One thing that Chad and I often disagree on is art. We agree that we like original art and generally are not interested in prints. I think that if you see a piece that you like, that makes you happy, and that is easily affordable, that is reason enough to buy it. From what I can surmise from our arguments discussions, he doesn’t see the value in it if he doesn’t connect with it on a very personal level. Most of the art that we have bought together was purchased directly from the artist. We like to talk with the artist about their work and I agree that it gives the piece a greater sense of meaning in that case. But I’m like, if it’s $20, a signed original, and you like it…get it!

So anyway, I made special note of this little painting for $22 (signed and dated 1961) at the preview…

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I thought the string of pearls painted onto this dresser was nice:

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It’s hard to see above, but I also took note of the brass and copper napkin/mail holder on the dresser. You’ll see it again later. I was drawn to brass and shiny things again this month.

Like this little doggie for $8:

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I thought these baby blue lockers were great:

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One of my friends has been looking for lockers so we have looked at quite a few in vintage stores. They are often really pricey, especially if they are painted an interesting color (not just industrial tan). These were only $159 which I think is a great price. We have seen many similarly sized lockers going for $500 and up.

Another awesome display:

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Gerardo’s photo:

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I really loved this huge red “stop sign” octagonal mirror:

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“Did I ever meet a mirror I didn’t like”, asked Narcissus?

Loved this vintage pendant light for $22:

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This vendor had a whole “boudoir” theme set up in their booth with vintage negligees and these naughty LP’s:

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For adults only, by “Judy Andraws”. That lady is somebody’s grandma right now.

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I LOVED this $18 large painting of a young boy, and only partially because I knew how much it would displease Chad:

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Oh man, he would hate that painting. I can hear it now. “It’s just some random boy. It’s not a painting of anyone we know. It doesn’t MEAN anything to us. I don’t like it.” We’ll see what he says when he reads this blog post, but I’m pretty sure I’m right.

I am always intrigued by HUGE lamps. We love Boardwalk Empire, and it has given me a renewed appreciation for anything deco, speakeasy, or brothel in nature. Can’t you just see this lamp in Al Capone’s brothel or speakeasy in St. Pete?

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(What, you didn’t know Al Capone had a connection to St. Pete? Well, he did. And it’s coming up on Boardwalk Empire right now. They’ve had scenes in fictional Tampa.)

Continuing with the speakeasy thing, I thought this cigarette case was so cool:

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Such a blast from another era. Cigarette anyone?

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Back to my fascination with shiny brass, this little $10 kitty caught my eye as a gift for a friend:

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She is most likely reading this at some point and guessing that it might be for her. She would be correct.

I thought this “book” was cool:

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It had a surprise inside:

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I loved these turquoise glass subway/railroad/runway/whatever light covers:

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I also couldn’t resist being drawn to this little vintage wiener dog salt and pepper shaker for $8:

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I used to have dachshunds (3 in fact), and collected dachshund stuff. So my eye still gravitates towards anything dachshund. Salt in the head, pepper in the rear. How cute is this thing?

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This brass-trimmed mirror was gorgeous, but it was big and I couldn’t get a photo of the whole thing with me in it! And of course, that is important.

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I just liked this and thought the boys would think it was neat:

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Another mirror (this one was pricey…I think it was around $300):

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I thought these old military portraits would be cool in a spooky Halloween display of some sort:

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One of the vendors was selling our dining room table!

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Or rather, one exactly like it.

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The table is from Scan Design and we bought it about 17 years ago right after we moved into our first house. It is pretty much the bottom of the line in dining tables at Scan Design, but I’m happy to see that someone values it at $240. I don’t think we paid much more than that for it originally. I’m thinking we got the table and four chairs for under $500. Is a 17 year old table considered “vintage”? According to Sean of Paper Street Market, it is “vintage-ish”. OK. I think it means we have good taste.

I saved the best for last. This, in my opinion, was the nicest bang for the buck at Brocante this month:

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It is a 3-piece set (two chairs and ottoman/table) of vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura wire mesh patio furniture. The three piece set was priced at $399 and the chairs already had all of the old paint and rust removed and were ready for repainting. You can still see the old paint and rust on the ottoman/table. Just a pair of these chairs alone go for at least $550 on Ebay, so I think this was a good deal. They were in great shape. Unfortunately, we don’t need patio furniture and here again Chad and I disagree. He does not like this furniture. What? How can you not think this is beautiful?

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Imagine it in a glossy finish in the color of your choice. So nice. And they are comfortable. Very. I hope somebody scooped them up and loves them.

Thanks for inviting me to the preview Celesta and Sean!

This morning I made a quick breakfast scramble for shopping fuel.

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My friend Amy met me bright and early and we were ready to hit up Brocante Vintage Market for real.

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After scoping things out last night I was able to make a bee-line for the things I knew I wanted. My pile:

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After gathering all of my stuff I re-scoped the place with Amy and spoke to many friends that I saw there. That astro-inspired coffee pot was seen on my second go-around. I sort of have a little collection of those carafes in different sizes and shapes. I imagine having a cocktail party and filling each carafe with a different specialty cocktail. It’s awesome in my head. That pile is about $80 worth of goodies. $80 worth of fun.

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The Brocante Vintage Market is still going on tomorrow (and they do some restocking over night!), and there are still two more markets coming up before the holidays. I would check it out if I were you. I’ll probably be there.

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After Amy and I left Brocante we stopped by one more shop since we didn’t feel all shopped out yet. We went to Memory Lane Antiques Mall on 9th Street in St. Pete.

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I didn’t buy anything! Yay me! However, I am very interested in this vintage brass light fixture:

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It was almost impossible to get a good photo of it because that place is packed floor to ceiling. But this light fixture extends from ceiling to floor on an adjustable pole with a brass medallion that attaches at the ceiling. It has three pendant lights hanging down. Attached to each pendant light is a planter! See the one that has a fake plant stuck in it? So cool. It would need re-wiring, and the dealer said his lowest price is $125. Rewiring would probably cost less than $30. It shows its age, but is so unique to me. I’ve been looking and have never seen anything like it. It would definitely be a statement piece in our living room. Chad’s not convinced. He needs to see it in person. It might be too “junky” for him. He likes retro, but not shabby in any way. I think I could clean it up and it could be really cool in this corner in our living room (where the chair is, and moving the art probably):

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Our living room has no overhead lighting…only lamps. It’s actually quite a dark room despite having a huge window and my attempts to make the décor light.

While we’re back inside my house…Chad brought some autumn colored flowers home from the grocery store for me today:

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Much better than empty vases. Thanks honey!

Okay…gotta go get ready to go out on a date night with Chad. We are going to a Yelp Elite event at Lowry Park Zoo. Zoo Boo! Fill you in on that tomorrow.