Monday, August 8, 2016

Flea Market Loot - 2016

Come summer and visiting local flea markets, antique fairs and salvage yards is a ritualistic affair for me. Flea market style is something that I’m hooked to because it advocates style that is authentic. It's the possibility of finding pieces that are loaded with faded charm or have the ability to evoke nostalgia that makes the process of scouring flea markets so exciting. What's also wonderful is that if you are someone whose décor style thrives off of flea market finds, you know for sure that no other home out there is going to look like yours! 
I'm so excited to share my first flea market find, these gorgeous 1950’s Afghani spice boxes. Traditionally used to store spices, they now serve as storage for my ring collection. I have blogged about similar pretty boxes earlier, and have had them on my must-have list for the longest time. I've spotted a few on Etsy and Ebay but boy are they pricey! However, I got really lucky the other day. These beautifully handcrafted boxes in shades of coral and deep garnet, with flaking paint and intricate detailing, literally jumped at me from a pile of clutter (Tip: Having a trained eye always helps to recognize the potential that pieces might have when you spot them amidst a pile of junk.) I contained my excitement, for the fear that the seller might pick up on my vibes and quote an exorbitant price for them. So with a casual tone, I approached him and to my delight, these were up for grabs for a song:) 
Next is a vintage amber miniature glass hobnail oil lamp from Japan. I not only fell in love with the color but also with the size! It’s in perfect condition with a working wick. Spotted this one on the third floor of an antique shop. Hiking those rickety stairs was so worth the climb. I also plan on building a collection around this particular find. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have this in different sizes and colors all lined up on a mantle? (Tip: Another helpful tip would be to have a mental list of what you’d like to snag at a flea market jaunt as this way you have a specific requirement, don’t end up with stuff that you may not need and stay well within your budget.)
Who doesn't love the iconic lassi glasses of Punjab? I know I do. I love displaying blooms in unique receptacles and a brass lassi glass would elevate the entire arrangement to a whole new level is what I reason. I hunted long and hard for the perfect lassi glass. I also believe in stretching the dollar. So if the price is not right, I just wait. And I can happily say that the wait was well worth it. With elaborate details, this handmade filigree work, lassi glass weighs a ton. An authentic vintage piece, the seller himself sourced it directly from Pakistan. There was no way I was going to walk away without this piece. So the offer was made and graciously accepted by the seller. Back home, the lassi glass turned new vase, holds some pretty in pink, Turkish carnations. 
Last but not the least is this Pakistani truck art. It was so unique, kitschy and colorful that the minute I spotted it, I knew where to hang it. These are traditionally used to decorate trucks in Pakistan. Much like our trucks in Punjab, the truck drivers take great pride in decorating their trucks. Infact, truck art has even made it from the road to the catwalk. (FYI: The Italian fashion company Dolce & Gabbana used truck art-inspired displays in a 2015 campaign.) 
With that we wind up with our flea market post for today. I hope you enjoyed the vignettes I shared from around my home and are inspired to do some flea market shopping of your very own. (Tip: Flea market style is also about stretching the dollar so remember there is always room for bargaining. That being said, if you happen to fall in love with a piece, price becomes a secondary consideration. What really becomes important at this point is deducing what the particular piece can do to elevate your current interior styling situation:) 

This month we are focusing on flea market and vintage style. I have a lot in store and you are going to love it (if I may so myself). So do stay connected.  To catch up on my other flea market posts, click here, here and here

Happy decorating!

(Image Credit/ Copyright: Sruthi Singh, The images may NOT be copied /used for commercial or non-commercial purposes without the prior written permission from Sruthi Singh and TECD)

13 comments:

  1. Love it. Once again Sruthi made we want to go shopping asap.

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    1. Thank you so much Madavi! Seriously, scouring Flea markets and going antiquing can be so much fun :)

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  2. Great finds Shruti. Love the way you have used them around your home. The Pakistani truck art being my favourite. I'm so inspired right now to go on a flea market spree.

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    1. Happy you dropped by Renu and enjoyed the read !

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  3. Love your flea market finds. Looking forward to lots more!
    Is the rug also from the flea market?

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    1. Hello swathi , the rug is from India . Found it at a crafts sale :)

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  4. I can't help but like your cushion covers. They are so pretty and colourful. Would you like to share where one might purchase them from?

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    1. hello J , if you are referring to the third image, I got these custom made out of Khun blouse pieces :) hope that helps .

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  5. Subhadra LakshmananAugust 9, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Fabulous finds Sruthi, how unique and beautiful they are; each one of them! But I must say my favourite is the truck art display, hey look so wonderful on the wall. Looking forward to reading more about your other vintage finds

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  6. Loved the post Shruthi! your post gives us another reason to go shopping. Flea markets are always so exciting. Those Afghani spice boxes are beautiful and love all the vignettes here!!

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  7. The lamp shade is too good.. Is it purchased in US or India?

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  8. I stumbled upon your blog via Instagram! You have a beautiful blog, loved browsing through for lovely decor inspiration! :)

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  9. Hi! Loved your blog. I live in San Francisco bay area. Wondering where I might find such unique flea market finds? How do you go about looking for a flea market in your area? Thanks

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