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Monday, December 16, 2013

Sweet Groupies


 Dear Friends.
   We all the know the saying, "what is old is new again". This could not ring more true as you wander through a Flea Market. Vendors displays collections of vintage and antique wares from days gone by. Sometimes the most ordinary objects when placed in a grouping create a interesting design element. A large chippy gesso frame on it's one may look in need of repair to some, but when placed in a collage of three or more it becomes a statement piece. Adding texture and style to a room. Collecting is not only about adding your own unique style to your home, it invokes memories and a appreciation for craftsmanship that is seldom found in our fast paced world. Flea Markets are a wonderful source for inspiration as well as a resource for adding to a current collection. Here are a few collections I spied around Sweet Salvage this month. Remember to make your list and get ready for some Junkin' fun.



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sweet's Flea Market Guide

Dear Friends.
   The day has come, your adrenaline is on fire, you are dreaming of the all the "shut up fabulous junk" that awaits, the alarm is set and the looming question begins....."what do I take to the Flea Market?" Here are a my tips for a successful treasure hunting day.

What to Wear

It is important to check the weather prior to going to a Flea Market. Knowing what to expect is essential.. Layer your clothing. By doing this you can add or remove clothing to suit your needs, comfort is key.
Your favorite weekend jean is the perfect fit for a flea market day. Wearing pants with pockets proves to be very helpful..
 I can not stress the importance of good shoes enough. Although those brand new boots are soooo cute, leave them at home. Your feet are your best friend today and keeping them happy with prove to be one of your greatest strategic moves. Remember you have a lot of ground to cover and hopefully many treasures to haul. Be kind to your feet.
Awe the hat....hats are another must have staple in my book. They shield your face from a whole day of sunshine, protect against the "OMG look what the wind is doing to my hair",  keep you warm on cold mornings and in case of the occasional rain fall keep your head dry
It's fun to put on a few accessories but leave your grandma's favorite ring at home. A flea market is not the place to wear your finer things. In the hustle and bustle they can easily get lost, opportunists may scope you out based on what they see...enough said.

What to Bring


Keeping hydrated is so important. Make sure you pack a lot of water. Keep a small cooler in your car to access as you bring your finds back and forth. Convenient snacks are also a plus. Most flea markets will sell food and drinks but a high prices. I'd rather buy junk thank you....
A key essential to a successful day is making your list ahead of time if there are certain items your are looking for. The variety of merchandise can be somewhat overwhelming and easily distract you from your original vision. Sometimes it's just about the experience and a list may not be needed. That's when you come home with "Why did I buy that?'...giggle giggle

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First step is to plan your budget and know how much money you have to spend. Cash is the universal language at all Flea Markets and does allow for better negotiating. Make sure you bring smaller bills with you, 1's , 5's and 10's. When asking for a seller to lower their price  having the exact amount works in your favor. Some vendors take credit cards but because they pay a fee so will you.

Carrying the right bag and wallet can make all the difference. Leave your expensive purse at home. A backpack to hold all your Flea Market essentials is a much better choice. I prefer one with many pockets and compartments to stay organized. Another advantage to carrying a backpack is that it leaves your arms and hands free to shop....hello that is the plan.  

Now load the truck it's time.......


                                                       Let the Junking Begin

              One last tip, take photos of everything your buy. Most vendors will allow you to leave large purchases to be picked up later in the day, If you choose to take advantage of this convenience, to continue the hunt, take a photo of the item. I also take a photo of the vendor's space number This provides a receipt of sorts and when at a large venue reminds you where you left your treasure. Believe me it works. .

Happy Junkin'


Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Annual Sweet Flea is So Sweet!

Dear Friends,
    It's the most wonderful time of the year! The annual Sweet Salvage Sweet Flea is just around the corner, beginning Thursday, December 19th at 10am. Are you ready? Put on your running shoes and get ready to dig, hunt and conquer. The Sweet Gang has created the most incredible flea market displays, filled with more treasures then one can image. Be prepared to be blown away. To top off this once a year shopping bonanza, there will be over a thousand FREE items located throughout the store. That's right! Simply find an item that is marked, "Free go ahead and take me", and it's yours. How fun is that? In addition, special pricing and markdowns are plentiful, making the Sweet Flea the perfect time to treat yourself and finish all your last minute holiday shopping. Sweet Salvage couldn't stop there, no way! During the entire event we will be giving away amazing gifts and door prizes as our way to thank you for all your support and friendship this year. Here's a little peak at what I would consider the most quintessential Flea Market ever!