Tuesday, September 30, 2008

flEa MarKeT fuN

You never know what you’re going to haul home from a flea market. That’s what makes it such an exciting shopping adventure – the hunt, the unexpected discoveries, the cheap buys, the one of a kind treasures. My search list is never the same and sometimes you just let the day lead the way. I'm happy to report my recent trip to the Pecatonica Flea Market yielded vintage tools. I love having a variety of tools to work with because they really expand creative opportunities and possibilities. That being said, I want to be able to actually use the tools, not just have them sitting around as props, so when I’m able to find old ones that actually run good..Whoo! Hoo!

I scored a circular saw, a couple of jig saws, a scroll saw and some hand tools like a draw blade, a brass hammer, vises and a sweet pair of retro safety glasses.
All but one of the power tools run beautifully! The $1 jigsaw unfortunately has an electrical issue…the tape around the housing was a bit of a red flag, but as my husband always says… “if it’s man-made, I can fix it” – so, we’ll see!

Last trip, I hauled home a climatorium. Yes, a climatorium. Think aerogarden, only MUCH larger, MUCH more laboratory looking and well, interesting to say the least!

My Aunt DeDe told me that I would have a lot of fun with it and should buy it – yes, she's a bit of an instigator and I always seem to bite! You should have seen my husband’s face when I unloaded that beauty! (I’ve yet to have ‘fun’ with it, but I’m going to get that contraption up and running and see what I can get growing over the winter -- biggest challenge will be trying to figure out which room it will look best in!) Let’s just say I think I redeemed myself with Jon when I unloaded my tool purchases this time around!
The climatorium is going to be a tough one to top!

Cheers to flea market fun everywhere!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OMG I am soooo raiding your place!

What awesome finds -- green with envy here!

Can't wait to see whgat ya do with all of it!