Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In the Eye of the Beholder: Trash or Treasures?

I don't know about you, but my adrenaline level rises just by walking into a flea market. Just thinking about all those booths filled with treasures waiting for a new home is enough to set my heart all aflutter.

One of my favorite flea markets in the Jackson, Mississippi, area is the Highway 49 South Antiques & Flea Market in Florence, just a few miles south of Jackson.

This building connects to another flea market called Magnolia Flea Market, which is even larger.

So, there's actually two huge buildings filled with all kinds of good stuff, and you only have to make one stop — now, I ask you, does it get any better than that?

Here are a few of the treasures I saw on my visit last week.

These two pedestal "centerpieces" are composed of four separate cut glass pieces which were stacked to look like one piece. I thought it was interesting that there were two identical "crystal statues," as the tag called them, priced at $45.00 each.

This pedestal compote, however, was only one piece ... for $40.00.

I should have bought this pretty glass "chip and dip" set. It would be perfect for my Curry Dip with Vegetables, and was only $16.00 ...

Most of the items you'll find at the flea markets are strictly "flea market-type" stuff, but they do have a few pricier treasures locked away in glass cases.

I love that green epergne, but didn't love its $950 price tag!

There was row after row of booths full of all kinds of STUFF ...

And, literally, something for everyone.

I love all things Italian, and they never fail to catch my eye ...

I could picture this beautiful porcelain bouquet in my china cabinet. I'm pretty sure it was a Capodimonte piece.

I think this little tole chandelier would be pretty in a sunroom or under a covered porch ...

A perfect gift for the serious wine connoisseur ...

Although it has seen better days, isn't this little "Dick and Jane" thermos cute!

And for animal lovers, there were ducks ...

And cows ...

And chickens!

And no telling what kind of animals were hidden amongst these little treasures ...

Here are some more things that caught my eye:

I especially liked this fancy little iron "dress form." I can just picture it in our granddaughter Avery's room holding her umbrella, backpack, "jewelry," and all her other "girlie" stuff she would probably hang on it.

I like this pine cabinet, but I'm not sure why the inside is white and the shelves are glass.

I enjoyed browsing through the flea markets, but I didn't buy anything that day. In retrospect, after looking at my pictures, I wish I had bought that little dress form for Avery. I may just do that if it's still there the next time I go.

6 comments:

Pat said...

What a great place, Janie. I was just thinking, this morning, when/if the January thaw arrives, I want to make a run to Artichoke Annie's, a fabulous antique shop, near Columbia. Fun place to browse.

I'd love to have the wine jar.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Janie,
Love this post! I enjoy browsing flea markets like this, and this one looks alot like one of the ones where I have a booth!

Thanks for posting this, and I can just picture the dress form for Avery!

What a great place to display jewelry as she gets older!

:)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Janie! I love flea markets, too. And that was a good price on the chip and dip set. You need to think about getting that. I loved the green goblets and was thinking how perfect they would look on a Christmas table or even for St. Patrick's Day.

Hope your weather isn't as cold today. We're expecting a freeze tonight. Thankfully, no snow.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Deb said...

wow what a lot of treasures...my favorites are the dress form...the green glasses...and the momma hen with the chicks running behind..and the cute little bumble bee...

Khaki said...

I love to shop at this flea market when in the area. I've been there on the hottest day of summer and some cold ones too and there are always great prices and treasures to be found. Thanks for making me smile today! Looks at her calendar to see when she'll be back there to ....browse....

nancygrayce said...

In the picture of all the crystal pieces, I think I saw my mother's pattern of crystal glasses. She only got 4 and had 6 kids. I'd love to add to that collection!

Beautiful stuff and some treasures!