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It’s not often that you get to see the pages of Flea Market Style magazine come alive right in front of your eyes, so when I had the opportunity to do that last Friday with an Early Bird ticket I jumped on it! The Junk Bonanza made its debut in Southern California at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this past weekend and I was thrilled to finally meet Ki Nassauer, “America’s Most Famous Junker”, before we went into the venue.

From Shabby Chic favorites like lace, a wee bit of vintage millinery and chippy white paint to Industrial Vintage pieces featuring over sized trolleys, signs and inventive upcycled lighting fixtures, there was something for every lover of junk, antiques and vintage at this show. I was especially excited for my friend, Joy Gabler of the Vintage Rabbit, who made her inaugural appearance at this show, just a mere week after selling at The Vintage Marketplace, and she had a stunning booth overflowing with handmade pretties and vintage treasures.

Since I’m still relatively new to selling at flea markets I was particularly looking forward to seeing how the vendors at this show would present their merchandise and I wasn’t disappointed!  The vignettes were over the top fabulous, full of my favorite items like gilded picture frames, deer antlers, feathers, aged ladders, vintage signs and antique furniture and arranged in the most creative ways.

Not only did I get inspired but I also found some great items that just had to go home with me (but I had to be good since the Mister was with me). We brought home an antique dress form, a set of bistro chairs, a wrought iron folding table and chairs for my vintage trailer, a wee bit of antique lace and a collection of antique tin types.

The Junk Bonanza was a thrilling success for me! I found some wonderful treasures, got to meet Ki, and I left feeling inspired to find more junk so that I can create some amazing vignettes in my home. I highly recommend the Early Bird ticket, since you get two full hours of shopping before the crowds arrive.

Here are some photos of my favorite vignettes, enjoy!

 

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The Vintage Rabbit

 

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 The Junk Diva

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The Olive and Rose

 

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TaDah Solana Beach

 

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Grenouille French Antiques

 

 

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Casual Cottage Chic

 

 

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Junk Girls

 

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H. Bleu Antiques

 

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Rust & Roses

 

 

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Salvageability

 

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Coquilles de Mer

 

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Use-2-Bee’s Creations

 

 

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With my sweet husband, Phil!