Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Flea Market Season Is Upon Us And Here's My First Batch Of Loot To Prove It! Status: Ahhhh...Spring!


Unfortunately, it wasn't really Spring like weather.  Friday the temps were up into the high 60s low 70s.  Saturday morning the temp was maybe 40 and it just got colder all day long.  Then it rained...then sleeted...and snowed a little.  If I hadn't scored so much good stuff over the weekend I'd have been irritated!


I found this great 15 bottle wine rack right away on that cold Saturday morning and things immediately

looked up.  I've already got my "dream" wine rack so I'll be dropping this at the Green Shag soon. 

I've already got a couple of wine racks available at the shop...what I need to do is populate those with

some actual wine...for those slow days.


This little blue fish ashtray came along for the ride with the wine rack.  I pulled a "package deal" like

on American Pickers.  When I picked it up I didn't even realize that it was a "fish" motif.  The seller

clued me in.  I just liked the shape and the lovely blue color!  The stamp on the bottom appears to

say "6 USA".


No...I'm not a Stampin' Up collector.  I don't get that.  But, when we make tags at the shop we have a

stamp that makes a Fleur De Lis, which is fine for Mom-tomic and Sis-tomic's stuff.  I've been using too,

but check this stamp out!  This is much more appropriate for Mr. Modtomic's tags, don't ya think?  I

can't wait to try it out and see how it looks!


This "bread boat?" was the last item I found.  The stamp says "Monkeypod Wood Philippines".  I've

got some other bowls made of this somewhere.  I like how the handle is wrapped in cane.  It's a nice

touch.  Doesn't Monkeypod wood look like Teak?  I think it's just a lot softer and easier to work.


Speaking of wood...I took a few minutes to clean up the Florence Knoll dining table tonight before

shooting these pics.  Here's a little before and after.  I used 0000 steel wool and Walnut Howard's

Restore-A-Finish on it.  The light spots (so light they look like somebody spilled milk on my table!)

came right out!  The dark spots are there until I sand them out I think.  I might try some other techniques

first but I'm not getting my hopes up.  But to remove light spots like these, Howard's is a miracle

worker!  My table looks almost presentable now!


  1. When you are removing water spots, do you use the Howard's just in that area, or do you rub down the whole table?


    1. Hey Diana, I've been using Howards a long time and I'd recommend doing the entire piece. Otherwise it will not match.

    2. That's what I figured, but just wanted to make sure. Thanks!!

  2. Here's a great article that I saved long ago about repairing common problems with wood furniture. It's my go-to.,,432209,00.html

  3. Great finds! I love the blue ashtray-which could be an "anything" dish. I think the monkeypod bread thingy looks like an outrigger. Great for Tiki lovers!!