The day was sunny but the air was crisp with a windy autumn bite. I wore my Freddies of Pinewood classic indigo jeans, a 50s camp shirt, and a red 49er jacket. I thought about wearing a housedress with tights but jeans seemed like a better, more logical (and warmer) choice.
As we grabbed a hot coffee, we browsed several booths containing vintage records, hi-fis, books, prints, art, clothes (mostly 60s-80s but I did spot a cute 50s patio set with gold ric rac but it had holes), jewelry, wall scones, lighting, mirrors, melmac, shabby chic furniture, vintage eyewear, and mid-century furniture. In addition to the shopping vendors, the District Flea also boasts food vendors.
Now, I admit that I went to this market with a few doubts. I was not expecting to walk away with anything. I was hoping to see the vintage eyewear booth and maybe stumble upon some bakelite, but my hopes were reserved. However, my doubts were soon proven wrong when I found two Lane two-tiered end tables in gorgeous condition. I was floored. The tables only had minor stratches (nothing Scott's Liquid Gold couldn't fix!) and the seller wanted $250 for the pair. I recently spotted similar tables on eBay for $500 or so. I took notice of the tables and decided to think about it. After a few sips of coffee and some brief hemming and hawing, I went back and told the gentleman, "You have a deal."
While I was coming down from my "end table high," my sister and I found the vintage eyewear booth. I was in total acetate, cateye, and aluminum heaven. I tried on a few pairs of various colors and styles and then found the pair I wanted: a 50s silver aluminum modified cateye frame for $55. The hinges needed to be cleaned but overall, they were perfect.
I already own four pairs of vintage frames that have been fit with my prescription: a solid black cateye, a clear acetate and soft gold cateye, a pale blue and clear acetate cateye, and lastly a black, brushed silver, and clear acetate cateye. In addition, I have three pairs of vintage sunglasses also fitted with my near-sighted/astigmatism prescription. I am addicted to vintage frames. Yes, it's true. I am not ashamed.
Here are my new frames:
So, overall, this weekend was a huge success! I got some pretty new frames to wear and my home is continuing to be updated in proper, mid-century style!
What are your newest vintage treasures?