San Diego Flea Market Finds

In my last post I took you on a tour of the San Diego Vintage Flea Market.  Today, after a bit of delay, I'm here to show you my purchases.  

First up are these vintage flower frogs.  I myself had never even heard of a flower frog until my friend Amy from While Wearing Heels wrote about hers in one of her Goodwill Hunting round-up posts.

Now I'm not really much of a flower arranger, but as Amy pointed out in her post, flower frogs can be used for more than just flowers.

In fact, I decided to use these flower frogs to display some of my other flea market finds: vintage postcards sold in bundles of ten for a dollar.  Normally I wouldn't have given them a second glance but this postcard from Ft. Lauderdale happened to catch my eye:

My husband and I lived briefly in Ft. Lauderdale and are huge fans of South Florida in general. The fact that my oldest daughter was born there makes the sunshine state especially dear to my heart.  (Look closely at the card above and you'll see a little red X on the coastline.  That is -- roughly -- where we lived, though this picture was taken about 50 years before our arrival.)

The card below is currently on display in my den, and yes, I am using one of the flower frogs to hold it up.  It is such a beautiful Miami scene and the green in the flower frog complements it perfectly.  

This next card is truly my favorite.  The caption reads, "On Las Olas Sound, Fort Lauderdale, Fl."  I loved Las Olas sound so I was thrilled to find this card among my purchases.  

Making it even better is the back (yes, many of the cards I bought had been written on and mailed).  Check out the postmark:  1936!   And how about that address?  All the way from Florida to Maine, and all she needed was the recipient's name and her town.  No street number, no street name, no zip code.  My how the world has changed.  

I included the next card because it is from a place called Moonlight Beach here in San Diego.  I am actually supposed to spend a beach day there later this week.  This image is from the early 1960's.

Another fun find was this muffin tin which I got for $1.  My picture is kind of washed out, so it's hard to tell that it's been painted with a minty green chalk paint.  Sure, I could have made one myself but I do not actually own any chalk paint  (shh!  don't tell the other bloggers) so it was cheaper for me to buy one that's already been done.  I'll be using it in my crafting lair to store bits and pieces.

This clock was $5.  To be honest with you I don't think it's really vintage but I don't particularly care.  It's substantial, it's pretty, and it's going to look great in my living room.

I was really excited to find a bunch of vintage silver flatware for $1 apiece.  I have been dying to do some silver stamping ever since I bought a silver stamping set from Pick Your Plum.  (Look for that project sometime in the near future.) 

The knives actually came "pre-stamped" with a letter E which I naturally loved.  

My final purchase was kind of an impulse buy.  It's a vintage glass cutting tool and I couldn't resist it.  I've seen lots of cool projects made from old bottles so with any luck this isn't the last you'll seen of my little red friend.  

I just realized that I forgot to take a picture of one of my favorite finds (probably because it is already being used in my living room).  It's a Moire Glaze Kyes hand wrought enamel tray similar to the one shown HERE.  Looking at some of these resale listings I could probably made a pretty penny on this $5 find but I love it too much to let it go.  I guess I'll just have to look for one next time.  

If you have any interest in attending the next San Diego Vintage Flea Market be sure to like their Facebook page found HERE.  They will be announcing the next flea market date as soon as it's set.



  1. What great finds! I love those flower frogs you found and how you displayed those pretty post cards with them. I had never heard of them either before Amy shared them. :) Thanks for sharing your new treasures.

  2. OOOh how lovely! Love the finds, those flower frogs are always fun! :) Have a wonderful day! xo Holly

  3. I would love to go to the San Diego Vintage Flea Market. I loved this post and not just because of the sweet shout out you gave me either. I love seeing what you were drawn to and why. I love seeing what made it's way home with you and I look forward to seeing what you do with some of your fabulous finds. The postcards are amazing. I love that most were written on an mailed and, yes, it is shocking that the one made it with just a name and town written on it. Great finds.


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