Hot! Vintage Finds: January 9, 2010


I'm bringing back Vintage Finds if only for a record of my purchases. On Sunday, Krissy and I headed to the Alemany Flea market, a market that I'm quite conflicted about. There's a lot of smoking, rude older men and, frankly, junk. But every once in a while I'll get a few good things. I only got these nice things because of Krissy's perseverance in dragging me to Alemany. Almost everything in the above picture has some sad Krissy-tale associated with it, however. 

Krissy found the adorable table cloth first and when the seller quoted $10, she for some reason didn't haggle and instead put it down. I then picked it up and said "would you take $7?" The seller ended up selling it to me for $8. 

Next, Krissy picked up a vintage parasol (almost identical to the one pictured above). When another seller said "we have something similar to that one," I headed over and asked the price. Mine was $7 and Krissy's was $15. Then Krissy made the dreaded mistake of saying "well, the other seller is offering it for $7."

That's when the seller basically flipped out on Krissy.

Disgusted Seller: That's irrelevant! 
Krissy: What?
Disgusted Seller: That's irrelevant! It doesn't matter how much she is offering! You never compare prices of vendors. It doesn't make any difference!
Krissy: Ok…
Disgusted Seller: I paid $10 for this! I'm not going to sell it for less than that!

After being yelled at, Krissy wasn't in the mood to buy the parasol on principle alone. However, it was cute and I told her that the vendor wouldn't care if she bought it or not. So there wasn't any reason to try to prove a point. So she bought it for $14 and will most likely associate that lady with the parasol.

The patterns were a $1 each (another Krissy find) and thankfully don't have a sad story associated with it, although I did give her grief about stealing the joy of finding the box myself.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Oh I feel so bad for Krissy because that is what would happen to me. Except that I got my vintage patterns, that are much like yours, for only .10 cents each. (Sorry that little brag was for Krissy. Ha Ha)

  2. Sounds to me like Krissy needs some lessons from you :) As for the seller parasol comment, I make jibes all the time about the prices people have on things up here. Not directly to sellers, unless they are jerks to start, but to whoever I’m shopping with and I’m sure I’ve been overheard on occasion. In terms of selection and quantity, we have about 1/10th the amount you have in California. I know how much items are “worth” and how likely I am to see them again. $15 for a parasol/umbrella is an AMAZING price in these parts…I think I paid less than $10 for mine and its the ONLY time I’ve seen a mint one for under at least $35. A lot of sellers here, especially of min-century items, don’t actually deal in that era and therefore use Ebay/Etsy as a price guide…which means they are overpricing things I’ve found at the thrift for a 5th of their price.
    Just need to know your stuff I suppose!

  3. You are so lucky to be able to get patterns that cheap! In the UK there just isn’t that amount of patterns so the price gets pushed up, most of the patterns on eBay UK have been sent from the US.

  4. Why do I never have that kind of luck at flea markets? I realize that jealousy is a very unbecoming shade of green, but I just can’t help it.

  5. great finds, I too wish I was that lucky with my finds :) x

  6. I just want to say. That my daughter read your post. She came to me. If she has nothing nice to say then why say anything at all. What you were saying about the old men. But she bought something mom. What is that showing our young kids who want to sew.

  7. Oh golly… what a story! I always dislike when vendors get testy at flea markets–even if it’s not with me (just being a bystander is awkward enough ;). Looks like you got some great finds though–those vintage patterns are gorgeous! And I’m totally coveting that parasol…
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  8. $1 each is such an amazing deal for vintage patterns! I’ve had great luck with the vintage pattern lots on ebay (although it’s certainly not as much fun as visiting a flea market). Great story, thanks for sharing!