Saturday, August 1, 2009

The DC Big Flea

It isn't as big as I hear Brimfield is, but it is pretty big! Today, we paid our second visit to this show, which is held several times a year. There are hundreds of dealers inside two buildings at the Chantilly (VA) Shopping Center. All of the booths pictured here were in the South Building. We ran out of energy before we got to the other building. Although we cut short our visit, we had fun and made some great buys.

We met artist Stacey Bear. I was normal until I found out who she was and then I gushed about how wonderful she is. Thoroughly embarrassed Emma.... Here are some glimpses of her booth with Deborah Hartwick showcasing antique and vintage sewing notions and other items like the millinery decorations we bought. They have a new blog, Truffle Pigs Sewing Room.

Great vintage buttons:

Sewing antiques and new artwork:

Both artists are friendly and down to earth.

We ran into Marie of Savage Mill's Treasure Trove (MD), too. We have bought antique and vintage ribbons (mostly) from her over the last couple of years. The beautiful early bonnet pictured on my sidebar is from her. Marie is a wealth of knowledge and as kind as they come. Her specialties are linen and lace.

I failed to get the names of the dealers for the next 3 booths pictured, but wanted to include their things anyway. I bought a great vintage box at this booth; also saw several nice tole trays:
This booth had a variety of fun vintage items.
This booth was here in March when I first visited. Nice things both times (the next 2 pictures were taken today).

This last picture is of the gorgeous booth of Allmond's Antiques (717-270-9014; l.allmond AT verizon DOT net).Just beautiful!

There were so many other nice booths and some that weren't of interest to us, but there is much to see. Prepare yourself for the abundance :)


"The Antique Odyssey" said...

Great pictures! Wish I could have gone to this one!

Truffle Pigs said...

Hi Jenny,
It was lovely to see you again at the flea--thanks for all your nice comments! Debbie and I had a great time--especially seeing all of our old friends from the Annandale Show days!


Lydia said...

You've been on the move, haven't you?:) Glad you are having so much fun.

sandra said...

It looks like this was a wonderful show. I am planning a trip through Maryland in September, and wonder if Marie of Savage Mills has a website or blog. I'd love to have some information about her if possible.
Thank you so much.
Sandra Blanks