Monday, October 1, 2012

Swapping and Biking the Day Away

Sunny, Southern California Sundays -- you gotta love 'em. That is, of course, if you're at the beach. We're still in this crazy heatwave here in Los Angeles, so the best way to stay cool is to escape to the coast. And that is exactly what we did.

We threw our bicycles on the rack, tossed some cold water bottles into the car, and headed north up to Ventura. That area has some great biking paths and beautiful scenery.

"Guess what, honey? The Ventura Swap Meet is today."
"What a coincidence!" he says.
She laughs.
He sighs.
This can only mean one thing.
She will browse the market while he gets in some extra solo biking.
It's a win-win situation!

Here are photos from my two-hour mad dash through the market:
A few of the items I liked, but did not purchase:

[I think I found your missing spoon] 
These matching side tables made me stop in my tracks!
Growing up, we had these in our living room.
Had I known they would be "vintage" one day,
I would've asked my parents to keep them.
These are the items I did walk away with:

a large wood tray with very old, stained fabric under glass.
 vintage clothespins

a wooden spice rack
 English grammar books published in 1915 (copyrighted in 1881)
a little shelf with a clothesline rack that folds out!
How handy is that for the laundry room?


 and this wonderful vintage luggage set.
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My husband didn't understand why I bought this slightly used beat up set of luggage.
I said it was for our daughter.
He said she doesn't have any room in her apartment.
I said it will stay in her room here at home.  
"Didn't we just get rid of donate three boxes of stuff to the thrift store?"
He didn't get it.
I did.
And yes, after a quick lunch, I was ready for cycling.
And a nice day was had by all.
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  1. and about the suitcases . . ?? and the books, can't way to see how you use those, I have some older books which would be fun to do something with!!

  2. Great finds.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  3. Great finds. I love the suitcases. Now following you from Plase come visit me and maybe you'll follow back??? THANKS.

  4. Hi, I'm visiting from Debbiedoo's link party. What a gold mine! I love the color of those suitcases.

  5. Swap meets are the best....
    Love your suitcases.... And especially the fold-pout clothes line....! So handy!


  6. Absolutely love the suitcases and the end tables brought back a lot of memories for me as well! Sounds like a great day :)

  7. You took the boxes to the thrift store because you knew you'd go to the swap meet, right? Makes perfect sense to me. I think the luggage is fabulous. The color is my fave!

  8. Love all your finds but that set of still my heart!!! hugs, Linda

  9. Thanks so much for stopping in! So glad I'm not the only one going through this heat alone :) So great to meet you!

  10. Great finds, especially those suitcases! And I have conversations with my husband just like that all the time!

  11. I love the suitcases - such a lovely colour. Whenever I see vintage cases they're always beaten up beyond repair.


  12. I could spend all day at places like that. Thanx for sharing your treasures at THT.

  13. I love places like this, and spend everyday there! You really did find some great finds, I just found a vintage case today, and love your set. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  14. I would love going to the swap meets in Southern California. Looks like loads of fun.

  15. Oh my, you are so right, what a great set of luggage, love the color!!! And I have to say I am flat out jealous of your ability to hit the fleas ... I love it!


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