Mar 22, 2010

TrEaSuRe Hunting Field Trip

Sunday was so beautiful here and I was itching to go TrEaSuRe hunting. So I took my mil to Braswell Galleries, an antique flea market.  I wanted to get some pics to show my friend Amy who will hopefully take a trip down here soon.

The warehouse is in an old lace factory in Norwalk, CT and these faces look at you as you park your car:

And when you walk in, this black beauty greets you:

I was drawn, of course to anything I could possibly incorporate into a creation or repurpose for my home.  Need trim?

I LOVE buttons:

Remember when zippers were so popular in scrapping?  I never really understood that one:

And there's BLING!

and lace:

They have tons of fabric:

I really wanted these for my stash storage, but didn't want to spend the $:

This is the hardware section and is my absolute favorite place to browse:

I know I can turn this into something:

And I'm in the middle of turning these into something BeAuTiFuL:

As a pharmacist, I just had to take a picture of this:

And I really think I'm going back for this.  It's going to replace my ugly plastic Iris cart:

This stuff is just totally cool

How cute are these?

and this is just gorgeous:

I want THIS in my house! But my husband might kill me:

I thought this was very cool storage.  

and these are just the coolest things.  You could do tons of things with these, right?  And it's my favorite photo of the day:

So, I ended up with a handful of little treasures for $10.00 and a LOT of ideas.  We'll see if I break down and replace my ugly Iris cart with that wooden cabinet . . . 

Are you still with me?! If so, I dropped my mil home, and headed to my house.  I had to start dinner, but a Thelma and Louise feeling came over me and I passed right by my cross street. Continued down the long and winding country road, drove by the reservoir, and crossed state lines to get to another very cool antique store. OK, I'm trying to make it sound wild and crazy, but the New York line is just minutes from my house.

And the photos and ideas from that  field trip will be for another day!  Cool stuff!  Can't wait to show you what I'm making from my finds . . . 

And check out what Pamela is doing this week!  A whole week of RAKs??!!! Is she nuts?!!!

Thanks for visiting! - betsy


  1. Wow!!! I'm all hepped up on going antiquing now. I loved those photos. I immediately googled the closest antique places to me. So many treasures. I'm so so jealous. And about replacing the cart... is there any doubt what you should do????

  2. i am impressed you didn't go broke! love each are lucky to have such a cool flea market near you

  3. Wow - those are some neato finds! I'd be happy to be seeking that stuff out, too. :) Great photos.

    Was there REALLY a time when zippers were used on scrapbook pages? I missed that era!

  4. wowzers!! i wanna go next time. what an awesome place. tfs! oh marlene. i have a zipper on a page somewhere. and that's where it'll be staying. lmao....

  5. Ok Betsy!! Let's GO!!!!!!!!!!!

    How's next week?? :D

  6. that last pic is my favorite too! I'm with you on the zipper confusion - what was that about? I never understood it!

  7. AWESOME images. you rocked them out.
    love the DOF.

  8. Thanks for letting us drool over your photos- can't wait to see whats coming with those chandelier crystals!

  9. Wow - what a bunch of cool stuff! I especially like the shot of the birdcage! TFS!

  10. Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...Oooooooooooooooooooo....OK, that is AWESOME stuff, and an AWESOME place. Thanks for sharing, the pics alone inspire me to get into my scrap supplies and play today!

  11. GREEN with envy! What a fabulous hunt with some amazing finds!

  12. you are my hero!! I adore these pics!! Come to TX...i've got a bunch of fun antique stores with fantastic finds!! teeheee!!! can't wait to see what you do with them, betsy!! yay!!

  13. I haven't been in an antique store in years...seriously...I can't believe it. Now, I must go. It's just got to be! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Looks like you had a great time!! Can't wait to have a peek of your adventure after dropping off your mil!!


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