Fleas and Antiques

While on a short trip to New York we stopped between the very small town of Arkville and the larger village of Margaretville, an area that had been devastated by last year’s hurricane Irene, at a regular flea market that meets every weekend in a large field.

The flea market fills up as the weekend progresses.

Some folks set up actual stands and stalls while others just threw a blanket on the ground to show their wares.

A blanket full of stuff.

To my mind most of the items were inconsequential and useless, not to mention overpriced.

Glass insulators among other odd items.

I did see one display that I thought could be very decorative: air return grates. They were priced in the $20 to $30 range.

A beautiful, scrolly grate almost looks like a sad face.
Grate design could become a design theme.
This round grate is elegant.

Then while passing through Downsville we were attracted by “Wood N Things,” an antiques store which has a large variety a fairly priced items.

Glass insulator caps seemed to be a common commodity in New York.

Not everything in the store appeared to be antique.

This 3-door, leaded-glass cabinet appeared to be newly created.

The store was packed with both old and newish things.  I’m sure some dealing could easily take place.

The large hutch may be new but the small green cabinet next to it looks vintage.

Some items were surely the real thing.

A vintage Victrola next to an electrified oil lamp.

There was a room almost totally dedicated to printing memorabilia including large racks of printer’s letters.  I was drawn to finding our initials. I found them but left them for the next seeker.

Printer’s type

This old store had once been the town hardware emporium and so had a lot of tools, signs and cans to wade through.

Step away from the tools, Charlie!

We escaped without buying anything although we were tempted by a few things but hampered by the room available in the car and the promise I had made.

Have you made any discoveries? Old one? New one?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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