Monday, 22 August 2011

Melrose Trading Post ...........

              Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!  ~Albert Einstein ~

Overseen by Greenway Arts Alliance and Friends of Fairfax, The Melrose Trading Post is a successful ongoing fundraising event which is held every Sunday in the parking lot of Fairfax High School, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. Although there is an admission fee it does go towards supporting a variety of programs for Fairfax High School.  This weekly antiques and collectibles market is home to nearly 200 vendors and potential buyers will not be disappointed with the eclectic mix of items that are on offer. I was told that there are different vendors there every weekend. It's also an ideal place to sit and contemplate or to listen to the sultry voice of someone singing live in the background, whilst you rest your legs in between browsing! A shopping trolley is useful and we thought it was a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning or afternoon.   

We arrived around 9.30am and had a quick scout around. By 10.30am we were hungry and rather parched and it seemed right and fitting that we sat down and enjoyed a coke and hotdog! Although we didn't buy a great deal ~ a good time was had by all.


Talk about Miss Piggy ....... x 2 .........


 A cute dog owned by one of the stall holders, unfortunately not for Sale ~


A beautiful vintage postcard ......


A small set of well used tables for the patio .....


A small half doll who fits perfectly on this chair .....



A pretty chair for stripping down and re-covering .....



A hat to keep the sun at bay .......


Over the time that we were in the USA we visited lots of fab flea markets,
thrift stores and antique malls ~ more pictures to follow.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

A collection of beautiful head vases

We arrived back from the States, exhausted, tired but very happy! Much fun and enjoyment was had by all as we spent a lot of time visiting local swap meets, flea markets and antique malls in the Los Angeles area. I will upload the photos over the next few days.

The following pictures are of some of the beautiful head vases that my sister has been collecting for me over the last few months ~ aren't they stunning? They have been around since the 1940's, but became very popular from the early 1950's. Originally sold by florists to the public to hold cut flowers or plants they were mostly produced in Japan. Ranging from fairly plain faces to the very glamorous and ornate, they look lovely assembled together with a bit of bling and a few pearls. Some of the manufacturers to look out for are Inarco, Enesco, Relpo, Reubens, Velco, Napco and Lefton. Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Onassis and Lucille Ball all had head vases modelled after them and they are highly sought after by collectors today.






Aren't they just adorable ~ thank goodness for lovely sisters ..........