I have not been flea marketing for quite sometime and I was really beginning to miss it. My already cluttered cupboards can surely take something more. But I was prepared to be a little more restrained than normal. Only if the things were beautiful and cheap.
Just like inflation these days, prices at the flea market seem to be on the upswing. In the past, there were many charming old couples who had personal vintage things to sell at reasonable prices but lately, many dealers seemed to have moved in, asking for rather high prices.
Met a new lady stall holder who had quite a number of beautiful things. A beautiful oriental vase with a strange pump top caught my eye. It turned out to be a Japanese water dispenser and written at the base -"Produced by Hario". It was one of the two bottles she had received as a wedding present in the 80's and though it was never used, she was willing to part with it for a reasonable price. Thought it was a good deal as the base really had a beautiful Japanese ceramic design and the pump was strong and clean. Hario, as I subsequently discovered means king of glass in Japanese and the Hario factory goes all the way back to 1921. Today, it produces coffee and tea makers which are stylish and modern. This vintage model was totally not in keeping with their present style but like all things old and vintage, I loved it ! The lady was at the stall was so nice that she even sold me a wooden tray with beautiful hand painted flowers for $2. Looks like I won't be able to shake off flea marketing just yet.
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