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Monday, January 20, 2014





I finally made it to the Portland Flea market this weekend. It's only been around for about a year, but I have been wanting to go for at least half that time and I finally checked it out. I have to say I had a bit of a grandiose vision in my head; I pictured a smaller version rose bowl flea market, even though I have never been there either, I have daydreamed of it daily forever and I was hoping against hope that this might be a little bit like that. This wasn't that, it was pretty small, but the venue was lovely, everything was curated wonderfully and the prices were better than I expected. I had my eye on a couple things - namely the blanket in the top photo, but I have so many blankets so I passed (currently regretting this btw). I also found a cute vintage desk lamp for Fisher's room, but I wasn't sure I couldn't find something I liked a little better down the road, so I passed on that too. In the end I came home empty handed. One of the vendors said that in the warmer months it's twice the size so I am looking forward to checking it out then. The last photo I just added to show that the sun came out for us this weekend! Speaking of weekends, how was yours?

11 comments:

  1. It would be hard to pass up that "Flea" sign! I feel generally disappointed in our antiquing here, but a small corner of my mind remains convinced that I just don't yet know the right places to go. Or how to do it. Or how to do anything, really. Right now I'm looking for a black steamer trunk to use as a coffee table, and who would have thought they'd be so elusive?

    BTW, I took one of those dumb facebook quizzes that tells you where you should live and I got Portland! Maybe not so dumb after all! ;)

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  2. It definitely looks like a cool spot to find things...perhaps you find a treasure when you go again! :)

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  3. my weekend went too fast. we visited home and it was just fly by. it's the last time we'll visit home before our south america trip! it's funny that you passed on both a blanket and a lamp - kind of like how i passed up on that lounge chair/recliner and had to go back for it after regretting it for a week!

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  4. I love Portland Flea and how its at Union Pine but the price tag on some of those antiques.. aren't really flea market prices.. if you know what I mean. Weekend was pretty boring- art time and Tim glued to the football :)

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    1. haha, so true. i figured as much. only in portland is a flea market so posh and really not a flea market at all ;) but it is pretty.

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  5. I really want to visit Portland! It seems like such a wonderful city. I can't wait to explore your blog more and get more glimpses of it!

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  6. judging by your pics this is a wonderful market. I always love the idea of shopping at places like that more than reality. I just down have the nerves and patience to look through everything. I rather take my camera and 'photoshop' :)

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  7. I spot a bag I can easily picture myself carrying, the white one with red and blue stripes and camel handles, I would make it my weekend bag, perfect for country or mountain getaways. :)

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    1. you know i didn't notice that bag until i looked through my camera lens and it was the first thing i saw. the price was a bit steep but i loved it too.

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  8. Oooo on the list for my Portland trip! I've got to start keeping a spreadsheet of all the places I want to go!

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  9. Flea markets are so much fun! We only have a big one here twice a year, though they've started doing an off-shoot of the Brooklyn Flea down here in a hipster-centric neighborhood. I haven't been to that one, but I know it's sooo stylized and picked-through and specifically curated and not really a treasure trove the way I always picture flea markets to be, you know? Weekend was good, plenty of naps and waffles, so I can't complain :) xo

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