Bay Area decorators, collectors (and shoppers) hit the jackpot last weekend — the Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale was on Saturday, and Sunday was the monthly Alameda Flea Market. We scored some great stuff at both events . . . and most of it was, of course, colorful.
We are always on the lookout for unusual lighting fixtures, and the Alameda Flea did not disappoint. Jill picked up two cheerful vintage orange table lamps — $100 for the pair.
She also scored this groovy wooden multi-layered spherical lamp for just $175 — a great investment for such a unique item.
We loved (but resisted) these bright glass and ceramic plates and trays.
Of course, the color wasn’t limited to just home decor items. Jill picked up two vintage purses in the season’s hottest fashion color — bright yellow — for less than $20 each.
At the White Elephant sale, we found two vibrant paintings that we’ve already hung in our space.
Flea markets and rummage sales are excellent places to find unique art, and much of it is very affordable. It doesn’t matter if you have no idea who the artist is; in fact, it’s fun to imagine who might have created each piece, and when. Feel free to mix up high art and vintage “anonymous” finds on your walls — as long as you love it, it doesn’t matter.
What treasures and deals have you discovered at the flea market lately? Let us know in the comments below!