Flea Market Fun

Hello, Vixens!!!  Long time, right???  Hope you have all been fine, enjoying the spring season and the Easter or Passover holidays.

Sorry for the unplanned break, but between a very busy spurt at work, two book clubs with 500 plus page books each and several personal things to attend to, I just did not have the energy to open my laptop at the end of the day.  But that period is over so let’s get back to the treasures!!!

Two weeks ago I went to my first estate sale of the year on my lunch break after seeing the sign for it on my way to work.  It was definitely worth forgoing my usual soup and sandwich fare.  I do not recall seeing the sign the day before but it worked out better because I went on the final day of the sale when everything was 50% off.  So I got one Ironstone platter, three Ironstone plates and two New England Baking Company pie tins for $10.00.  Say it with me…….SCORE!!!

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This past Sunday, four of my wonderful cousins and I took our first trip together to the Elephant’s Trunk Sale, which opened for 2017 at the beginning of April.  We had a perfect day for it-sunny with a nice cool breeze.  Fantastic weather to shop in!!!

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We were having such a great time together that I did not even think to pick up my camera to photograph all the treasures we saw as we strolled up and down the aisles.  But anything and everything you could want or need is at this market.  Plus, it seemed to me there were a lot more vendors selling plants, flowers and fresh produce than last year.  And if you are a foodie-this place does not disappoint!!!  The smells of hot dogs, popcorn, grilled veggies and fresh baked goods were everywhere we turned.  Two of my cousins, Sharon and Gina, were swooning over the cupcakes.  And three of us made out with some great finds.

My cousin, Laura Ann, found an adorable pillow featuring one of the best breeds out there-and she would know, as she and her husband, Joe, currently have one of these cuties at home:

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My cousin, Sharon, found this fabulous rustic gift.  I think both chickens and stainless steel  farmhouse decor rule!!!

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And I did not even make it all the way down the first aisle I was in without spotting these two shabby chic delights:

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I have gone to this flea market so often by myself since I moved to the area and enjoy it each time.  But, it is so much more fun to shop, laugh, talk and buy with a group of great people around!

So, have any of you started attending any sales or flea markets yet?  Have you found anything swoon-worthy?  If not, don’t worry.  The season to shop has just begun!!!

Till next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Hello, Vixens!!!  Hope you are all doing well & enjoying your summer.  If you are like me, you are counting down to the start of fall in about two months!!!

A couple of blogs ago I told you that I was getting ready to move again, this time to a small New England town in Litchfield County, Connecticut.  Today I want to share my new place with all of you.  These pictures were taken before I moved in.  Once I am fully unpacked and settled, I will share the after photos with you.

Here is the view from my living room and bedroom windows.  I feel so blessed to be able to see this each morning when I wake up!!!  If it is this beautiful now, imagine how spectacular it will be in the fall!!!

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Here is the entrance hall to my apartment.

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The kitchen features a flat top cooking surface (no more scrubbing drip pans!!!) and a dishwasher, which I have not had since my college days in Massachusetts!!!

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The view of the kitchen from the living room.

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The living room with the most important feature:  air conditioning!!!

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Sorry for the lighting in the bedroom picture, but the sun was very bright and fighting me!!!

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The bathroom has additional storage thanks to the shelving unit left behind by the previous tenants.

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I know that medicine cabinets offer more storage, but I love the look of a stand alone mirror in the bathroom.  I think it is so much more elegant!!!

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My new apartment is in a quiet area but close enough to shopping so it is very convenient.  I am also less than 30 minutes away from one of my favorite places on earth:  The Elephant’s Trunk County Flea Market (read more about one of my shopping trips here).  But this could turn out to be more of a curse than a blessing LOL!!!

So now begins the next chapter of my life.  Thank you for coming along for the ride.

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

Road Trip: Connecticut

Because of the Springsteen concert, I spent last weekend in Connecticut. While Saturday was all about Bruce, Sunday was all about shopping. And what better place to shop than a flea market? This stop: The Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market in New Milford, CT.

First stop on my road trip......breakfast!!!

First stop on my road trip……breakfast!!!

About 90 minutes after leaving my hotel, I arrived at the flea market.

About 90 minutes after leaving my hotel, I arrived at the flea market.

This is just one of at least 50 aisles for shoppers to walk down at the ET Flea.

This is just one of at least 50 aisles for shoppers to walk down at the ET Flea.

I love the look of vintage metal signs.

I love the look of vintage metal signs.

Love these buckets!!!

Love these buckets!!!

My weakness.....vinyl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My weakness…..vinyl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a blast from the past!!!  This would look totally cool in a vintage kitchen!!!

What a blast from the past!!! This would look totally cool in a vintage kitchen!!!

Isn't this adorable???  It would work inside or outside to hold books, plants, a bucket of flowers or as an extra seat!!!  Too cute!!!

Isn’t this adorable??? It would work inside or outside to hold books, plants, a bucket of flowers or as an extra seat!!! Too cute!!!

Some of the new items you can purchase at the ET Flea include plants.

Some of the new items you can purchase at the ET Flea include plants.

And more plants with pretty flowers!!!

And more plants with pretty flowers!!!

Don't just take my word for it about how great the ET Flea is.....local cable shows were there to see what all the fuss is about, too!!!

Don’t just take my word for it about how great the ET Flea is…..local cable shows were there to see what all the fuss is about, too!!!

My scores from the ET Flea:  an old gym locker for $20.00 and a blue floral sugar bowl for $3.00.  Add that to the $2.00 admission fee and all I spent at the sale was $25.00!!!  I love thrifty days like this!!!

My scores from the ET Flea: an old gym locker basket for $20.00 and a blue & white floral sugar bowl for $3.00. Add that to the $2.00 admission fee and all I spent at the sale was $25.00!!! I love thrifty days like this!!!

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