This post is nearly the size of a book chapter, but from the emails I reply to almost daily, I think it may help you in some small way.
You may notice the blog of the week is actually a website filled with art, the blog of Marisa Haedike, and podcasts. These podcasts are the primary reason for selecting Creative Thursday as Blog of the Week.
When I started listening to Marisa’s podcasts last year on Creative Thursday, I heard a familiar voice. My own. Nearly everything she discusses resonates with me on some level. Maybe it’s because we’re the same age and have that “been there, done that” mentality – it comes from experiencing a lot at a young age and knowing that you have “arrived”, you have nothing to prove anymore. I don’t mean arrived as in big success, fame, riches, power, etc. I’m talking about an affair of the heart and mind. When both agree that you are doing exactly what you need to be doing in life and you know it and own it. Have you Click here to continue reading this post…
Joy speaks so fondly of Emily Chalmers that I had learn more. I found out that she’s authored (and co-authored) several books, one being Flea Market Style, which seems to come with rave reviews on all the book websites.
Flea Market Style is a beautiful book, it’s not the typical flea read, where everything leans more on yee haw Country (roosters and plaid) or the all white Shabby Chic style. While it’s hard to define the style, picture fresh cut flowers in a canning jar, on a metal folding table, in a Notting Hill flat with soaring ceiling, crown moldings, and a sweetly upholstered 19th century French Louis XV sofa against a soft blue wall, and there you have it. The photos are so gorgeous.
Books like this one are really helpful for those who may not have the eye to source amazing finds. I have friends who’ve accompanied me to Brimfield and they just don’t get it. They don’t have the vision to get excited about it. To them, it’s all junk. I don’t fault anyone for that because we all have talents in different areas. I’ve been going to fleas since I was a toddler (with my mother and grandparents), so although I can’t couldn’t compose music or write code to save my life, I can find potential scores at flea markets.
For a flea market junkie, this title offers plenty of styling ideas, and for those a bit overwhelmed by the thought of combing a huge market, helps them develop an eye for precious finds so the shopping experience becomes exciting. The more you look at pictures, attend fleas with friends who are savvy market shoppers, and my #1, have in mind exactly what you are looking for, the more beneficial your trip will be. The days of coming home, stressed and exhausted, opening your bag wondering what you were thinking, are over!
If you need any flea market tips, just ask. So many readers are complete junkies, I’m sure one of us can offer some advice. Once Spring comes, I’ll post a list of some of the best flea markets to hit, look for that in mid March.
Pick up a copy of Flea Market Style on Amazon for $18 right here.
(image from amazon)
(images from meesters & van der park)