Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sifting through the Treasures at the Local Vintage Marketplace

Last Sunday, I spent the morning strolling through the local vintage marketplace. It was a glorious day; and, I actually got there before the crowds.  This particular event, the Topanga Vintage Marketplace, is held monthly.   Begun only last spring, it has quickly become a popular venue.  And at just $2 admission with free parking, you can't beat it. 

This marketplace had everything--including the kitchen sink!

Old kitchen sink

Many vintage items caught my eye that day, including these lovely objects:
Vintage sifter & grater
(which I totally scooped up!)

Rusty metal bucket
Antique Ironing Board

Toddler seat planter?!

Vintage office rubber alphabet stamp sets

Antique Student Desk & Chair

Adorable planter box & window

 In addition to the vintage sifter, I brought home these lovely treasures:
blue mason jars
I'm hosting Mah Jongg next week, so these rule books, circa 1958, and the vintage Bakelite tiles are going to be a big hit with my group. 

Following my shopping trip, I stopped by the local nursery to check out some new spring flowers.  These African daisies immediately caught my eye, and I knew exactly where I was going to plant them:

With a little potting soil and some Spanish moss, I now have a beautiful new old centerpiece for our patio table.
Using old kitchen sifter as planter

Now what to do with the fabulous vintage blue Mason jars?
Stay tuned!

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  1. Beautiful, simply beautiful. I can't wait to see what you can do with the mason jars.

  2. Looks like a very fun place to shop! Love how you used the vintage sifter. So cute!!
    I'm a new follower.
    Mary Alice

  3. Hi Doreen, thanks for inviting me to stop by. I love all the pics but my heart belongs to the rusty bucket!

  4. Love the old sifter and how you used it as a planter, very creative! Love it! New Follower.


  5. Love the whimsy in this repurposing.

  6. I went to a vintage market here last week too! I only found 1 thing this time but it was still pretty fun to see.

  7. Darling! It looks like a great sale ~ and a pretty day!
    I'm visiting from Wildly Original today. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  8. Love the vintage sifter! What a great idea to plant flowers in it! I would have never thought that. I'm having a link party on my blog and I'd love for you to join!

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  10. Wish I could of been shopping with you. All that stuff just makes me happy. Your sifter pot plant is beautiful andi

  11. Love the idea to arrange flowers in a sifter. Looks so delightful. Thanks for sharing and please visit me at 366 on The Scoop.


  12. Love all the treasures!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week! HAPPY EASTER!!

  13. Thank you for taking us along on your trip to the flea market. Ah, what treasures I spied like that aqua and red tablecloth behind the window and those tin cornice pieces. Love the planted sifter - I think I will try a version of that!

  14. love it! I hope you'll consider linking up to the Upcycled Linky Party going on right now at I know our readers will love it!

  15. Hi Doreen...thanks for sharing... I never heard of this flea market... I need to go! Did you hear about the one coming here locally? RCC Norco... I heard it opens April 28th.
    Thank you so much for linking up and Sharing at One More Time Events.

  16. Love EVERYTHING and adore the vignette! thanks for sharing...hugs...featuring today : )

  17. I love your sweet sifter planter. Planting in the unusual is one of my favorite things to do!

  18. Such awesome finds, Doreen ~ your sifter is the perfect planter.

    Have a lovely week!

    Mary Beth


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