Sunday, June 12, 2011

On the Prowl....Grrrrr.

Port of Oakland
 A lovely Sunday was spent at the famous Alameda Antiques and Collectables Faire. Yep, on the prowl for unique display items for Zelma Rose at Renegade Craft Fair.  If you live in the Bay area and have never been, Alameda Faire is the first Sunday of the month out at Alameda Point.  Not only is it a total scene man, but the Faire boasts one of the most picturesque views of the San Francisco skyline and the East and North Bay.  One of my favorite Faire sights is to check out the impressive stacks of cargo containers arriving at Port of Oakland. Plus, you can munch on some killer fresh kettle corn while you shop till you drop. Sounds perfect, right? 

Check out some of the great items I picked up today. 

I was so happy to find a beautiful vintage wooden ironing board.  A sucker for most things wood, I just had to have it.  This might just get me really into ironing...okay maybe not, but I'm open to the possibility.

Vintage Ironing Board

Vintage Dress Form
 I have been on the look out for another vintage dress form for quite sometime.  I was so excited to not only find one in decent shape, but to find a twinsie!  Believe it or not, I have an almost identical dress form that I brought back to life after rescuing it from a dumpster some 10 years ago.  This one is a bit more petite than my first and has a sturdier stand.  While dress forms covered in muslin are more traditional, I really love the vibrancy of the gray and turquoise fabric on this form.
Vintage Dress Form

Clothes Pins

I just couldn't pass up This beautiful vintage jar full of old clothes pins.  Perfect to go with my ironing board! I see a theme evolving here.
Clothes Pins

Last but not least, my favorite purchases from the day.

A working vintage tape measure in it's original leather casing.  Been on the prowl for one of these for a while.  Finally found one that actually worked.  And yes, I have been measuring EVERYTHING since I got home.
And these are just too much fun! Tiny tiny metal letterpress.  I love all things letterpress, alphabet, and typography.  The weight of these is really nice and the finish is simply beautiful. I am definitely not done playing around with photographing them.  Beautiful!  
Until next time, I'll be working away for Renegade, July 9 & 10 in San Francisco.  I'll post with all the details as they come, including my booth number etc., for those of you in town who will be stopping by to say hello.

Oh, also, I just put together a profile page on It's a one stop site to connect to me on my website, Etsy, Flickr, Twitter and more. Check it out and let me know what you think :)




  1. I will pretend that you didn't call it "Flea Market" & I won't even poke you in the eye over it when I see you next! haha

    Awesome finds!! I was eyeballing a vintage ironing board for a show display aslo. but not cool wooden vintage... more like pea green 60's metal vintage.

    I also set up an about me page. but haven't posted it anywhere.

  2. I know, I know. my bad for sure. It's an Antiques & Collectables Faire. Faux Pas remixed.