A Sunny Day at the Antique Market

After getting rained out last month, it was so nice to spend a sunny day walking around the antique market down the street. I love living in the city! This was the day for seeing lots of awesome type, this thrills the graphic designer in me to no end.

When I was 18 and a student at Santa Rosa Junior College in California, I was the campus poster person for the student activities office. I designed posters for campus activities on an old letterpress machine using type just like this. I wish I could go back and use that press now, what fun I would have.
This is the type I couldn’t live without.
I think these one foot tall letters spelling CUTE should be mounted on the wall over the bathroom mirror, for those days when one needs a little reminder 🙂

My dog, Abby, grazing with the elephants.

Put a bird on it!

Beautiful glass!
I love this vintage store sewing machine parts bin.

It even had some needles still in it.

Indigo (nina) and I had a great day!


12 Responses to “A Sunny Day at the Antique Market”

  1. What a neat antique market! I wished we had something like that around here.

  2. Deb says:

    That looks like stuff that would make me crazy trying to figure out what I really needed versus what I wanted to buy. I love the letters and will watch for them in a future project. Also wanted to mention how much I enjoyed the Tsukineko Inks class with you and Nina in St. Paul last month. Thanks for joining us for dinner. You and Nina are a special pair!

  3. Aw, thanks Deb, I had so much fun in St Paul, wonderful classrooms, students, organizers…we had a great time at dinner thanks so much for inviting us along.

    I know what you mean about the antique market, I try not to bring a credit card but only a bit of cash, because there are way too many cool things you want to buy!

  4. WoolenSails says:

    Lots of wonderful things for inspiration and creating art pieces, with.


  5. 2ne says:

    This looks interesting – lots of good stuff 🙂
    Understand you had a great day

  6. Jeannie says:

    I literally swooned when I saw the press blocks. I have a small collection and love their graphic qualities. Your idea of CUTE over the mirror is wonderful. We all have those days when we need a little encouragement. Thanks for sharing your day.

  7. cindy shake says:

    LUCKY DUCKY!!! We don’t have anything like that up here in Alaska 🙁 I would soooo buy everything -so probably a good idea we don’t have a huge outdoor antique market! I LOVE letterpress type AND those chairs in the background, and the VINTAGE SIGNS -holy cow! perfect day for the two of you :o)

  8. Lisa says:

    Wow! I am overwhelmed with the awesomeness of the items you photographed. It really is a good thing I don’t attend these types of events. I could easily get into a lot of trouble!

  9. zelzee says:

    I miss antiquing/flea marketing. I haven’t done it in way too long!

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  11. I want every. single. one. of those letterpress letters!

  12. Suzanne says:

    How fun and very inspirational….I always want to go home and create after walking thru a flea/antique market.

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