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Favorite shots from the last flea market… always the first Sunday of the month,

and only if it’s not raining. Unless the rain lets up, these might be as

close as I get for awhile. The wire “cage” above was placed over water

dishes at turkey farms to keep turkey beaks front and center and

discourage disputes. Would make a great “chandelier”, or garden

ornament.  Love the little seedling trug.

The mail trug at back was reminiscent of the

laundry trugs I’ve been seeing over the last

few months..continuing the theme of early

20th century industry I posted about

under “Working Paris” here

re-issued at Restoration Hardware  here

This puts the rough in rough luxe…

the pendulum swinging back from excess and frill

to celebrate hard labor and the “common man” …

European Country Antiques dealers told me they were

off to Rome and then further north this month

for more rough textures and farm treasures.

My sister and I bought our first grain sacks over

two years ago from these lads…who’ve slowly moved

further to the front of the Flea Market

More metal chic…

can imagine these rattling with milk and soda bottles

in the back of a delivery truck, upended glasses,

a bushel of onions or potatoes, clerical papers

and invoices…

Quietly amongst the farmhouse chic

and European primitives…

A bit of rarer and finer leans up against a van….

And settles in a tea time corner behind the huge Olde Good Things

truck that makes its way monthly to the San Francisco bay area

from Los Angeles

There is something satisfying in doing your own gardening, tending

and mending your own laundry, baking fresh loaves of bread with

your hands. Farmer’s markets are great substitute if you don’t have a row to

hoe. I love how a genre of antiques are springing up that acknowledges

early twentieth century invention and industry and working with one’s hands.