Flea market Friday

October 14, 2006

I’ve been wanting to go to the flea market for some time, but this time I wanted to go with someone who can appreciate junk. Otherwise I don’t get to rummage through as much. So I went with my new Flickr friend ilil, and we had a great time, as expected. We got our hands dirty, ate well, found some great finds, and then headed to the craft fair – Nachlat Binyamin, where we found some more stuff. But this is so much better with pictures, so here we go.

As always with her, the day started with gifting! yay! Look at these beautiful little collaged magnets she made, and the glittery box full of charms:

In the market, I notice I mainly took pictures of dolls:

I love how you can spot so many cultures in the picture below: note the Indian elephant, Russian Babushkas, Arab type coffe pot, Jewish Chanukkiyah, Nargillah…all in one flea market shop:

The greatest find of the day, I think, was a whole box of hundreds of old “Shanot Tovot” (greetings for the new Jewish year). They’re from the seventies, and are in great condition mostly. I love them, but I’ma lousy photographer, so keep in mind that my pics don’t do justice to them. If you’d like to trade some, I’d be happy:

Another beautiful find was a “stamp”. Well, I will be using it as a stamp, but it’s made from steel, and made for machines (I know there’s a name for it, but can’t think it up right now!):

I also bought lots of new small tins, many charms, a small book for altering, a deck of cards for ATC, 3 decks of tiny cards for collaging, and a GORGEOUS Habana cigar box:

And what a better way to end the day than to arrive home and find a note from the Post Office saying I have a package waiting?

I never remember to check Studio Friday or all the other inspirational days-of-the-week sites, so I got a reminder from Hanna(thanks!;).

I have a small (but cozy!) apartment, so my creative space is in my living room. It’s a crafting table I set up, and I have a whole Ikea cabinet which I bought for my (translation) business, but it has gradually turned into my crafting cabinet (which is not to say that my other closets are not full of rolls of paper, felting wool, and boxes I have wonderful plans for!). Anyway, I am telling you all this just as an explanation to why I don’t have an inspiration board although I would love one – it simply seems too cluttered to my eyes to have that in my living room, so although I have one, it’s tucked away in one of the closets I mentioned above.

So why am I participating in this SF? well, I have my small fridge, and on it I stick all my favorite bits and pieces which I’ve received as gifts from family, swaps, and online friends. I love how it’s gotten to be so colorful, happy and international! So here it is, my little fridge. If you want it annotated, click here and you’ll see it on my Flickr stream with all the notes.