Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hope You All Had As Epic A Long Weekend As I Did! Memorial Day Monday? Gypsy Caravan! Status: Sunny And Warm!
The Gypsy Caravan is a once a year flea market that sets up on the University of Missouri St. Louis Campus. It's fenced off and a $10 entrance fee ($20 early bird) is collected for the St. Louis Symphony. It's like a donation...I guess. The key is to buy enough stuff so that the $10 seems inconsequential! Mission accomplished.
So, wanna take a little stroll through with the Mr.? I only bought three items (well, 6 if you count
each individual item) but totally filled the wagon (Tinkerbell, not Frank...he was chock full of
china cabinet that I picked up Sunday!). There wasn't a TON of vintage modern but as with most
of our flea markets, look hard enough and you'll find it!
There were lots of weird items to see like the small coffin complete with tiny skeleton as well as
crazy things like an Ice Cream Fire Truck (little kid's heads were exploding with excitement. Fire
Truck AND Ice Cream Truck...In One!?!?). Of course, it's the midwest...so there's gonna be a
There was a vendor set up today selling very nicely re-painted "up-cycled" vintage
style furnishings. It's by Leslie Sumner who gave me a card with a web address of
www.lovetoloveit.com but there's no such web address! ::shrugg:: Cool stuff. I'm a big
fan of this type of re-thinking of other types of vintage furniture. I could never stand to do
this to a proper vintage modern dresser...but this French Provincial type stuff...looks better
painted up like this to me sometimes! Gives it a great eclectic mod quality.
The cool looking retro table up top had sliding panels with patterned insets. I tried to get a picture
of the patterned inset but it got washed out! You can just make out the $50 price tag though. Cool
table. Hard to spot under all that other stuff. I loved the three pendant lamps. Loved them so much
I brought them home! They'll probably end up at the Green Shag Parking Lot Sale as merchandise
and if they don't sell I might use them as lighting IN the Booth that I'm opening inside the same
Can you guess which of these fine seating options I stuffed into the back of Tinkerbell and brought
home with me? All fine examples of design and comfort I'm sure, but only one had the elusive
combination of style, condition, comfort and PRICE! I asked the vendor very off-handedly what
he wanted for it expecting to have to just nod, give a thoughtful facial expression and say "Thanks
anyway"...but they surprised me with a lowball asking price! THEN, as I mulled over ever so
briefly how to get it back to the car and if it would fit in the back with the other items, the vendor
Lowered the asking...and before I could stop him, Lowered it again! I had to stop him before
he had to pay me to take it out of there! But which one is it? Hmmm.
Yes, there were some real bargains to be had...and there were some "not so much". The Lane
Acclaim set (with hard to find swing out coffee table) was rough but serviceable and ripe for
refinishing...I bet the new owner paid a pretty penny for it too. If you enlarge the pic of the
fiberglass chairs you can just make out the price tag which says $600. Ouch. The mod white
ashtray stand was $30 I think. Pretty good, right? Of course, everything is negotiable and more
so as the day wears on!
I just love retro bars like the one in the top pic. Almost as much as I love disco balls. See the
lady checking out the nightstands? She was asking about purchasing them no more than 30
seconds after I had paid for them! Whew! Timing is everything! The seller told me that he had
about 4 other people try to buy them after me! Sorry folks...Sold! They took a fair amount of
elbow grease to pretty them up today though.
You know...Nick(Armadillo - Mid-century Midwest) texted me about 12:30pm telling me he was
at the Gypsy Caravan. I texted him back saying that I had already gotten all the good stuff! But
now that I look back, there was still plenty to be had. I actually STOPPED LOOKING when I
realized I wouldn't be able to fit any more large items in the car! He told me he was thinking about
setting up a Tiki bar in his basement, that top pic of a corner table would fit right in! He might
have passed on the Owls Lamp (are Owls coming back?...I thing they might be!) but I bet he
picked up the pair of vintage lamps with the two tiered shades. They were $70 and I really don't
know why I didn't buy them. The covered bowl, or compote, or whatever, was really pretty. It
was bright yellow inside, but it had a few light scratches on the outside and I couldn't really find a
reason to bring it home. Sometimes a picture is enough. Hope you all enjoyed our little roundup
of the Gypsy Caravan. I know...it's no Brimfield, but the prices - even though they might still be
higher than our other full time flea markets - are probably so much more reasonable. My only
complaint for the day? There seems to be a growing contingent of "sock vendors" (anybody
hawking new items - like socks, purses, makeup, sunglasses) at the sale and less "vintage"
dealers. This is a bad bad thing. I hope the powers that be rectify this in the future. If it
continues, it may get to a point where it's just not worth going anymore.