Saturday, August 6, 2011
Dishes, Dirt And A Random Roadside Flea Market. Recipe For Vacation Pickin' Success! Status: Little Soap And Water Never Hurt No Dishes!
We were actually trying to find a white water rafting company that could fit us in without a reservation when we stumbled upon this roadside outdoor (mostly) flea market in rural North Carolina called Fosters Flea Market. Picking or possible Rafting....hmmmm. The flea market won out.
This pic above pretty much sums up the laid back attitude of this rather huge flea market.
Unfortunately the place got pretty hot pretty quick. The indoor booths tried real hard with fans
and such but it was a loosing battle. I'm glad we had gotten up early (for rafting) and it wasn't
so hot yet. We were done before noon but the place was still going strong unlike the local flea
markets around here.
I found this set of various Russel Wright dishes (mostly Iroquois) at one of the dark, poorly lit,
over stuffed, and DIRTY indoor(ish) booths. I was like, "Cool". A ton of dust and dirt mean the
stuff ain't flyin' off the shelf and the seller is either ready to take a low offer or I'll find out right
away if they are just crazy unreasonable. The seller had a $75 tag on eight pieces of this set. I
offered him $50 for all eleven pieces and he took it. I think we were both pretty happy with that
deal even though I couldn't tell if anything was cracked or damaged through the THICK layer of
Turns out I didn't have to worry. Most everything is in very good shape. No chips anywhere but
there are a few minor areas of discoloration. I now have an obscene amount of random Russel
Wright dinnerware. I'm considering setting up a second china cabinet in the dining room. Too
much? Do I maybe need to just become a better editor? Sigh...I wish.
There was a lot of other interesting items at some of the other booths but I try not to buy
EVERYTHING that catches my eye. I do however try to remember to take a pic of that which
does not make the purchase cut! I would have really loved to pick this set of dishes but some
of the pieces were chipped and really, I highly doubt that I'd be lucky enough to find any more
matching pieces of this at the kind of prices I'd be willing to pay. It's pretty though...ain't it.
Anybody gots any info on this pattern?
Love this Haeger vase! And not just cuz the sticker looks like a Broyhill Brazilia drawer pull. But
that don't hurt none. Why was that symbol used by so many companies? Broyhill used a
version of it for the Brasilia drawer pulls, Herman Miller used it on their labels as a stylized "H"
and obviously Haeger used it the same way.
This pic is for Bopfish and his love of Carlo! Nice piece don't ya think? Great color and
interesting style. It didn't make the cut. Not cuz I didn't like it, I just didn't think it would make it
home in the back of the car with all the other stuff back there.
What DID make the cut was a pair of little danish chairs that cost me only $23! They need lots
of love but they are a timeless Mobler design...in rural North Carolina...at a roadside flea
market...for $23 for the pair. Weird.