Friday, July 5, 2013

Flea Market Decorating for Summer

Recently I went to the  'Junk Salvation' - Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Market at the State Fairgrounds. 

It was a beautiful Saturday with 3 whole buildings to explore, including outside vendors like this cute vintage bus converted to a clothing shop. 

The atmosphere was festively vintage...... 

Including this little vintage trailer shop. 

This little gal was dressed for some serious shopping! Check out her footwear! She was cool, comfortable and fast! 

There was alot to see! 

One of the first booths I entered had the sweetest little succulent vignettes. 

All were planted in vintage 'pots and pans' with old spoons, cups, or pretty little plates poking up between the plants. 

She also had all the 'ingredients' to create your own. 

I bought this sweet little set to do just that. 

(I will show you the results in a week or so)

Then I spotted this gorgeous turquoise tool caddy and knew it would be perfect to carry dishes and napkins out to the deck. 

This tiny pillow made from a vintage quilt came home with me, too. 

I gave it to my Dear Sister. It's so soft, she said she would put it on her bed. 

Of course I had to have this little painting! I collect amateur art with scenes of mountains. 

The colors were perfect for my home. 

It hangs in my tiny guest 'powder room'. 

Even the frame is perfect. 

These sea colored bottles caught my eye. 

They have a lovely embossed design along their base. 

I added them to my recently updated summer mantel. 

The deep green bottle with the 'bubble' top has been with me since I was a new bride. 

It is filled with marbles found here and there over the years. 

Do you ever find marbles?

I replaced a rather dark hued painting of flowers with this summery scene. 

I wanted to bring in the color green  to brighten things up. 

I made the decoupage tray out of cocktail napkins and a little craft paint. 

The green hued pottery pieces were flea market finds. 

These two depression glass bowls also came home with me! 

I've replaced my cranberry glass with blues and greens. 

More marbles that I found while gardening (my children's former sand box area) and a Recycled Candle.

It was easy to find things I had on hand to add to my 'green' decorating!

And of course, green snacks!

I hope you enjoyed coming along with me to the Funky Junk Sister's Vintage Market.

I had a lot of fun searching for special treasures to brighten up my home.

Do you go to Flea Markets?

What do you like to collect?



  1. Such great finds Karen! Did you have a truck to bring them back in? I would have to as everything in your photos would have had to come back with me, including the little trailer shop!

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, I tried to reply but it came up that you are a no reply blogger (just in case you didn't know). The views are spectacular but I don't think even I could have stood on that scaffolding! Have a wonderful weekend. Chel x

  2. It's lovely Ms. Karen :)

    as always. I love your vintage house/home.
    beautiful treasures for sure.


  3. Looks like a fantastic place to find something really dear!

  4. Dearest Karen,
    We used to go to our State Fairgrounds in Atlanta but they closed already ten years or so. In our immediate area there is not that much to collect but if we go to the mountains of Georgia we always check out the city of Madison. That is a city spared during the Civil War, said that General Sherman had a love there... and it is so pretty to visit it with all its Victorian style homes and old shops.
    You did find quite some treasures and really nice things that you will enjoy or anyone being gifted some.
    Happy weekend to you. We will celebrate 4th of July today with the 'Family' that adopted us too... Let's hope it stays dry in the afternoon.

  5. I would love to visit a place like this. We have some antique places here in Berea, KY but not a vintage market per se.

  6. you found quite a few things there!

  7. Great finds! I love going to our fairgrounds' flea market once a month. I don't always buy, but always see interesting stuff:)
    We do find marbles in our yard too.Some are our kids and some are much older. We've even found some made out of pottery. We also keep them in jars in the living room.
    I love seeing how you decorate your house. Thanks for sharing!

  8. You have discovered such lovely things!I'm so envious!

  9. Wonderful finds, It looked a fabulous day...I would love to walk round this market and soak up the vintage your living space it is Beautiful... Hugs May x x x

  10. The lighter colors really make your house shine. I have a jar of marbles but never thought to put them out for a long time. I collect dishes - and paper dolls - and vintage linens - and well, that is enough for now. I love your new acquisitions - they go so well with everything else. The decoupaged tray is a cute idea.

  11. Nice finds! You have a great talent for putting things together!

  12. Well, that was about as much fun as going myself! I collect "amateur" pottery and a few paintings myself :)

  13. The vintage market looks so fun and you got great stuff.

    Sure, I find marbles...that the kids have discarded in corners. ;)

  14. Hi Karen, I love what you have done with your home for the summer- it has such a warm feel.
    Going to flea markets is a fav pasted time for me- especially if it vintage things.
    To bad this one was 3000+ miles away ~:)

  15. Looks like a great place to shop! What fun

  16. I love that little trailer!!! So cute! And wow did you find some wonderful pieces! The pillow for your sister and the art pieces are just perfect!!! Your home looks so fresh with all of the blues and greens!!!

  17. Karen I have passion for hummingbirds, beautiful photos in the post below. The moon marvel!
    I loved to know the flea market with you, love. I love vintage. .. I collect birds, photos, embroidery, wood ... I love birds!
    Big kiss and a beautiful Sunday to you.

  18. Beautiful things you show from an exciting place.
    I had as a child many different spheres. Want dg a good Sunday Karen :) Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

  19. Karen, what a fruitful expedition! I LOVE flea markets. I love the thrill of the hunt and the fact that you never know what you find.

  20. Wow, wow and wow again! You find the most perfect things to make the decorating of your wonderful home amazing! Looks like a fun day, with lots of treasures to find, too!

  21. Hello there! LOVE VINTAGE THINGS
    Nice blog! Glad to find you.
    You have new follower from Greece.
    I will appriciate it if you follow me back.
    Visit ou facebook fan page too.
    Thank you so much!
    Much love from,

  22. You have found some lovely things everything gives a summery feel.

  23. What great finds and what fun! I love what you did with your treasures. The glass is so pretty. I love colored glass. Have a good week.

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  25. I tell you what, Karen - I really love the things you found, and the "eye" you have to know what to do with the treasures. It is so fun to change decorations with the seasons, and I enjoy learning tips from you. Norm recently told me when I changed from Patriotic 4th colors to summer sun yellows, "You would not be you if you didn't decorate by seasons." I took this as a compliment. :)

  26. Karen I totally love all of the vintage finds that you got, and that little flea market looks so fun. It is great poking around in places like that and tons of fun. I especially love finds like that for my country cabin. Lots of fun and so glad you enjoyed it!

  27. Flea markets are so fun! You found some really neat items. I love that pillow made from a quilt. Very cute!

  28. You founds some wonderful treasures, thank you for sharing them with us. I've heard so much about that event and would love to check it out for myself one of these days.

  29. I would love to browse (shop?) at this place ...
    glad you found some things!

  30. Hello - researching a painting that was found in the 90's at my in-laws farm in Indiana. I see you have the painting over your fireplace in the last (I believe) picture posted here). Wondering if you ever researched it or have any information on it. I know it has to be at lease 50 years old. My husband remembers it at the farm when he was growing up. Just curious and thought I'd ask. Thanks so much. (

    1. Hi Regi -I have not done any research on this painting - but it is signed WEBER, in capital, block letters. I found this print at a thrift store a few years ago. I am sure it must have been mass marketed. The print is on heavy cardboard with, I am assuming, a gesso coating to give it a realistic texture. There is no glass and it is very lightweight. I hope this helps in your research and thank you for visiting my blog! xo Karen


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