Tuesday, June 10, 2008

upcoming markets!

Don't forget that this Saturday (June 14th) is the first round of Simply Renewed's "4th Street Market" in Bremerton, WA. There should be lots of vendors and artists to see and deals to be had. Get there early (starts at 9am runs till 4pm) so you have first pick!

On June 28th, do NOT miss Bainbridge Island's Rotary Auction and rummage sale. It is legendary. Last year I got a remnant slab of white carreras marble for $20. The rummage sale starts at 8am and goes until 2pm at Woodward Middle School on Bainbridge. Again, get there early to get a decent parking spot and the best selection. Be warned, this sale can cause a mob mentality, so keep your wits about you and your needs in perspective. There is also a silent auction portion that begins on the 27th. You can even place your bids online through their website: bainbridgeislandrotary.org.

For both of these events, I highly recommend that you properly prepare yourself. One of my favorite bloggers, Holly Becker of Decor8 has written a couple fabulous articles on what to bring with you when you go to flea markets. Most of these tips can also be applied to a day spent going to local garage sales. I recommend you read her expert tips by clicking on the above link. However, a few basic items you will want to bring, or think about are as follows:
1. Measurements of specific spaces that need certain furniture pieces.
2. A tape measure and a pencil.
3. Paint chips from each room in the house taped into a small spiral notebook.
4. Bottled water.
5. A few reusable shopping bags, or even a cart if you are an ambitious shopper.
6. Fabric samples from home, when looking for vintage fabrics and linens.

When are properly armed, and have thought about what you are looking for, prior to embarking on your marketing adventures, you will probably be less likely to end up with useless pieces. Of course, its always more fun to be a little spontaneous! Happy hunting!
A couple of great tools to get you ready for flea market season:
Find this nice tape measure with a handy clip at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts:

Bainbridge Island's Port Madison Home carries this super sturdy market basket from Reisenthel.

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