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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One man's trash....

This morning Tatum and I ventured out to one of my favorite places in town....the Woodward Flea Market. The brick building is tucked in between the many other deserted buildings downtown. It's often missed unless you happen to make a wrong turn. The windy day was kicking up the dust in the parking lot but Tatum(my sweet daughter and junior treasure-hunter) and I were eager to find a good deal.

The market itself is almost more interesting then the treasures inside. Originally built for the church that backs up to the building, the flea market is bright and open. It reminds me of some of the older church family-life centers of my childhood. Later it was made into an elementary school. The market is set up with each classroom holding a different "theme" of sorts.

This flea market is so unique because the building itself is very retro hidden treasure.

This is the main hallway...it's a bit of a squeeze.

Of course the place I head first is the vintage sewing machine section.

an assortment of 1890's Wheeler & Wilson, White, and Singer treadles 

A 1960's Dressmaker w/ cabinet

A 1960's White 671 model w/ cabinet

Pictures could not do justice to my favorite room in the market. This used to be the room where the church held parties and wedding receptions and then later the school's library. It is a large room filled with vintage lamps, coffee tables, dressing tables, and chests. This room is usually dark with all the lamps on. That paired with the orange shag carpet gives it a warm retro feel.

Tatum loves the old organ...she says, "I'm going to play for the celebration."

I caught a blurry shot of my junior treasure-hunters reflection.

I also love these frilly old lamps.

The very last classroom to the back has old stoves, heat lamps, fans, and miscellaneous items.

Tatum wanted to leave with this crocquet set.

I don't know what this is....but I'd like to....anyone know?

Tatum's favorite room is the room with all the old toys and childrens furniture.

Here's an adorable metal doll highchair. This room has tons of vintage doll trunks also. There would be more pictures but this room is under construction.

Here's a good one of Tatum working on her fitness on this vintage "Walking Machine" The original treadmill...ha ha!

These are insulators....you can find clear and green ones pretty much at any antique store or flea market....these purple and blue ones are a rare find(or so I've heard).

Time to go home! Forgive how rough we look....we were ready to go digging for treasures. I left with only this owl coffee cup....Love it though!

What a great day!

"My grandmother used it. My mother threw it out. I bought it."

Happy Treasure-hunting everyone!!


  1. Cool! I would have never pegged you as a treasure hunter.