Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gilmore Car Museum Flea Market


(94 degrees on set up day) 


(96 degrees on show day)

Hair up. Check.
Deodorant on. Check.
Lots and lots of ice water. Check.


That's the kind of day we had at the Gilmore Car Museum a couple Saturdays ago.
Over 1,000 people came through the gates to oooh and ahhhh over 400 vintage cars, trucks, boats, and campers.

Now...let me tell you...

I'm not normally one of those gals who get all geeked over blingy cars.
I'm not usually impressed with fancy schmancy cars loaded with bells and whistles
that try to make a big statement.

I'm just happy that my SUV starts when I turn the key.

But, I've got to tell you that I had a ball watching all of the really old vintage cars rolling past our booth.
Motors softly put-puttering atop skinny tires.
Horns "wa-hooooga-ing" back and forth.
People in costume waving from rumble seats.
More people in costume riding antique bicycles around the property.
Old Cris Craft boats with their ultra shiny wooden hulls.
Retro music playing over the loudspeaker.
It was so much fun!

If you follow my Facebook page, you know that on that Friday morning at Doster Emporium,
Georgina and I stuffed these two trucks with our goodies to sell,
and took off merrily down the road on a blazingly hot morning.

We arrived nice and early, but I was immediately distracted by a couple of trucks parked close by.
I ooohhed and aaaahhed over them.
I stroked them,
and imagined myself rolling happily down the road hitting all of the flea markets and barn sales in complete boho style.   :)

I ended up buying this fabulous hippy chic truck

because it had my logo on it.

Hey! Get away from MY truck!

Juuuust kidding.

I really bought this one.


[I've always had a thing for vintage pick up trucks.
Haven't a clue where it comes from,
but I'm totally obsessed.
I'm still kicking myself for not buying my SIL's perfect buttery yellow vintage truck
she had for sale many years ago...]

But we did have a fun day selling treasures to wives who were bored looking at vehicles and heard the flea market bug calling their name.

Here are a few pics of our cute little booth.

We were allowed a 20x30 space for a $10 fee.
Yep....only $10!
We seemed to be spilling over a wee bit,
but didn't have a close neighbor...
so we spraaawled. :)

 We busily got to work setting up before the morning rush,

and created vignettes here and there.

Three of my white end tables - sold.

My Aubusson rug - sold.
My old window box - sold.

Chicken wire cloche - sold.
A few framed pictures - sold.

My round oak table - sold.

Then, halfway through the day,
the "Rug Police" stopped by and informed us that we had to roll up all of our rugs laying on the grass.

Say what???

Since we didn't want to hauled off to be tarred and feathered and put in shackles,
we begrudgingly complied.

This French inspired mirror was transformed in my basement with ASCP in Duck Egg and Old White and distressed a bit back to the original gold.

Dry-brushed vintage frame with a photo of a woman who looks amazingly
like my grandmother did when she was 20 years old
on top of a 
pink folding table I painted with ASCP 'Antoinette' and stenciled a random damask pattern on top with 'Paris Grey' and 'Old White'.

Hmmmm....I'm thinking that Georgina's cute little footstool on the table
may be in need of a makeover at Heaven's Walk.

Lots of vintage jewelry - sold.
Plaid thermos - sold.
Blue & white Delft bowl - sold.
Brass swan - sold.
Some crocheted doilies - sold.

We had a pretty successful day.
Sold a few things.
Drooled over a few trucks.
Waved to a lot people.
Talked to even more people.
Handed out a ton of our business cards.
Didn't get taken to jail.
Drank a gallon of water.
Wished we had gallon of margaritas.
And sweated off about 5 pounds.

It was a fun day spent with my junkin' buddy.

Georgina (from Doster Emporium) on the left and me on the right -- before we sweated our makeup off.

~  Blessings  ~

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  1. What a fun day, Laurie! I have been to a few custom car shows and had a ball. How neat that you had your booth there and did so well! It looked fantastic! Kudos to you!


  2. Laurie,
    What a fun day! But I agree I would need a few margaritas after ;-) .
    That is allot of work!Your booth looks great!LOVE that mirror.What a fab photo of the two of you!

  3. You had me fooled! I gasped when I saw that you had bought that truck!! LOL!! I was thrilled for you, and was having some serious truck envy at the same time...even though I like mine to show their age with some flaky paint and such!!

    I could have also brought home several of those items in your space!!! Love the baskets and terracotta pots you do!!

    Have a fabulous Friday and weekend, sweetie! I get to spend mine with my fantastic sister! We both have large families of our own, and haven't had any just sis' time {except for a few hours here and there} for 30 years!! There's gonna be a partay!!! Woohoo!!

    Hugs and blessings, Laurie!

  4. Looks like a great day. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  5. Laurie,
    Sounds like you had a fun and profitable day! I love old cars and go to the local one they have here at the mall every Friday night during the summer whenever I can twist my son's arm to go with me.

  6. Hello!
    This looks like great fun.
    So glad you shared.
    God bless,

  7. Laurie, Even though it was so hot, it looks like you had a great time. It's especially fun when you sell so much. Way to go!
    Mary Alice

  8. Wow that looks like you had a wonderful day!! I love old trucks!! In fact Al bout me an old one like five years ago so he said but this past year he went and picked it up and it is getting restored:) I cannot wait to get it!!

  9. Looks like you had a fun day. I see lots of great goodies in your booth.


  10. loved seeing all your work massed together! you look fantastic, you blonde bombshell!



  11. What an eventful day and next day :)
    I am sure you did well, looks like you and your junking buddy had it all together, wish I were there to join in.


  12. Oh, how fun. You are blessed to have a nearby junkin' buddy to make, hang and sell with. Your things look great! I love vintage trucks too. I stick to the toy versions...much more affordable! Grey has a vintage, turquoise truck above his bed that I wish I was small enough to drive. ;) You crack me up with the logos on the doors. I used to plan our local "The Great Car Thing" event (for a few years) and it was so fun to see the vintage and antique cars. Happy you had fun and sold so many things. $10 for a booth? Awesome. Nice tan. I'm the color of your shirt. lol!

  13. you stinker, you just about had me believing that you bought a truck. actually pretty cute, and everyone would sure see you coming! so glad you didn't have to go to jail!! fun post!!

  14. I want the bed! love ,love the bed. I could take the mirror too.

  15. J'adore votre univers et ce que vous faites


  16. Fun, fun, fun and a little profit too! Sounds like a great day!!

  17. Wowww Laurie what a great sale !! the things what i see today in your post !!! from is verry hot here in Holland...i am sitting outsite right is lovely......tomorrow i must work......o from

  18. Laurie -

    Thanks so much for being a part of the Red Barns Spectacular Car Show at the Gilmore Car Museum! Glad you had such a great day in the flea market area - you had a lot of very interesting stuff. We'll have to talk to those "rug police" and see what we can do!

    Just to update the numbers... we had 1049 show vehicles and about 6,500 people on site... it really Spectacular!

    Jay - Gilmore Car Museum

  19. Well, that sounds like quite the day! I'm glad it was a big success for you, Laurie. Thankfully you didn't get hauled off to jail, with the rug police and Hope you have a good weekend. xo

  20. Your set up looks great Laurie! LOVE that mirror! I'm glad you guys had a successful day of sales. I would rather have a hot, sunny day, than rain.
    You and Georgina look so cute.

  21. Hi Laurie,

    It looks like an awesome day! I just wish I could have popped right over and bought LOTS of your goodies!!!


  22. It looks like that was a fab day!At least the sun shined as imagine it in rain! I wish i could of come!
    Amanda -

  23. i love old car shows:) your booth looks very inviting, laurie! such a cute pic of you two:)--happy weekend!

  24. What a fun day and your booth looked great. :)

  25. Looks like you had a fun day Laurie!! Wish I was there selling wares right beside you!! :)

  26. Looks like lots of fun. Glad you had some selling success too. Wish I had been there with my cheque book. Loved that mirror.

  27. Looks like a fun day, Laurie! I would have dropped a few coins there! Goodness, there is always someone around to "police" something new! Thank you for sharing your day at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  28. Laurie,
    What a cute booth...and without walls!!! The Rug Police...too cute!!! Glad you had a successful day in spite of the heat!
    P.S. Glad the crystals arrived and hope they will be useful for you!!!

  29. Sounds like lots of fun and lots of success! I really thought that truck was yours, though. :)

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  30. Oh What Fun! WHY did you have to take your rugs up? That was kind of dumb!!! I love those old trucks, too. I learned to drive in a 1953 Chevy and have wanted one ever since. lol...except I am spoiled with air conditioning! I am glad you gals did okay- hope it made it worth the effort-xo Diana

  31. What a fun day! Glad you had such success!

  32. Looks like a fun & successful day! I'm still in love with your terra cotta pots with the transfers on them. :D THREE MANGO SEEDS

  33. Glad you sold a lot. Shame on the rug po po. I'm glad your friend was there to sweat and laugh along with you.

  34. All in all, it sounds like a very succesful day Laurie. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

  35. If I had seen your booth.....I would never have paid attention to those fancy trucks! I am so happy your booth was successful. It looks amazing!


  36. It sounds like you had a wonderful even in the heat! I can't believe you only paid $10 for the size of booth you got. I guess you made money!!! I would of bough half you pieces, don't understand the rug thing but glad to see you weren't arrested! Love the trucks! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  37. Beautiful vingettes from you Laurie, I'm never surprised you just have that magic touch!
    So many beautiful treasures you had for sale. Why did you have to roll up your rugs? It didn't look like there was much grass! We've had such an ongoing heat wave we literally have no grass. :)
    My husband is crazy for those vintage trucks, he may end up bringing one home one day. :)
    Have a lovely day,
    Hugs Rosemary...xoxo

  38. Those rug police are on top of things. Wonder if they thought you were going to kill the grass or something. Oh well, for only $10 you can deal with the cops!

  39. Oh Laurie, you're such a little cutie...I loved seeing that pic of you! And you really had me going with that vintage truck. I actually gasped when I saw it! What a fun day you had and a profitable one too. Makes me wish I had a buddy here to do this kind of selling all your wares! xoxo ~Lili

  40. Laurie you're too darn cute to sweat. lol! Sounds like you did real good. I have a plaid thermos just like that and I adore it. I love plaid! Your french cart is so so cute! I'll say those trucks had your name written all over them. My SIL has a vintage car and participates in these type of shows. Kind of fun to see them once in a while. I too am like you about cars. Thanks for sharing your day with Share Your Cup.

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