|A few of my favorite flea market views.|
|Kelly shopping - check out all those skeleton keys!|
|Me, shopping away...definitely going for comfort over fashion...|
|Dismantling with our feline assistant.|
|My loot on the left, Kelly's on the right!|
We both ended up with a TON of vintage glass beads to repurpose. Kelly got some interesting metal pieces, and some fossils she had been hoping to find as well. I ended up with quite a few partial strands of trade beads, and some loose wedding beads in really unusual patterns and textures.
|My non-bead finds...|
I just can't leave the flea market without a few weird items. This trip it was a small wood animal mask for the wall, a large bronze strike bell, two miniature pottery jugs, and a plaster doll bust. Maybe she was a mold test in the past? There's still clay embedded in the creases of her face...and I just love how the vendor tried to make her more appealing by giving her a hankie kerchief.
Even if you don't have a local flea market, there may be neighbor hood garage sales, charity rummage sales, thrift stores, or antique malls you haven't checked out lately. I hope this inspires you to the possibility of finding beads in unexpected places. Happy hunting!