Thursday, March 13, 2014

When Flea Market Cravings Strike

Just 4 months, 7 snowstorms and 5ish or so pounds ago, we made our last trip to our favorite outdoor flea market. Like squirrels gathering nuts for the long winter months, we stuffed our SUVs full of delicious treasures in hopes that our last flea-market feast would feed our junk-loving, gypsy souls til Spring.

The flea market gods were shining down on us that brisk October morning....and nuts were plentiful.

 With the exception of the two perfect vintage dress forms we missed out on  - and nearly got run over for -  while chasing down one very lucky squirrel who spotted them before we was a good haul. Apparently, when a lucky squirrel is being chased by two hungry squirrels offering to buy his dress form, he can't hear very well. (In hindsight, we can see how chasing that lucky squirrel may have made him cling more tightly to his nuts).

At any rate, we did gather some goodies that day -  a great leathery trunk and a sweet, old suitcase that smelled like chicken and waffles. A gloriously old, arched window frame, a few chandelier crystals and a wooden birdcage. A dozen or so cherub floral picks and a stack of aged sheet music. We added our wares to the stash we'd been stockpiling all season. Our supply was abundant and our hearts were overflowing with gratitude. We were officially prepared for long wintry months with nary a flea market or garage sale in sight.

But that was one Polar Vortex ago. 

With frigid temperatures surrounding us for months, our supplies are dwindling and we are beginning to weaken. 

We have a mean craving for a heaping helping of Kane County Flea Market with a side of neighborhood garage sale. 

With more freaking cold weather in the forecast for another month, flea markets and garage sales cannot and will not feed us. 
Simply put, we need more nuts.

Thankfully, we have a plan. 
It's called Thrift Shopping. Indoors.

 Happy Thrifty Thursday, all!  Now, go get some nuts! 

P.S.  Kane County runs the first weekend of every month, March-December.

Note: Next week, we'll share some of our favorite thrift shop finds. See you then!

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