Friday, May 13, 2011

I've Got a Fever

...and it's not from Blogger.  Holy shazam was that a gong show or what?  Bloggers far and wide lose marbles over site being down for what seemed like an eternity.  Can someone give me the 411 on the miraculous upgrades we're supposed to be experiencing because all I've got is about 35 missing comments?  Uh, yeah.

Onward and upward to the weekend dear readers.  This has been the week from Friday the 13th and I, for one, am relieved to see it end.  On the agenda for this weekend is the local flea market.  Count back to a year ago and there is no way you would have heard me waxing on for a flea market find.  Every time I went all I could see was bobblehead Garfields and more dirty old cups than I'd care to count.  Then about 6 months ago I started meandering through without an agenda to see what I could see.  Low and behold it all began to make sense.  I began to actually see the goods that were there.  Somewhere out there my mother weeps with glory.  Her daughter has caught the frugal find bug.  But even more than that I began to see the value in the vintage treasure.  Just last month I choked up over missing out on a pair of vintage leather disco boots circa 1975.  Verklempt doesn't even begin to cover it.

I did however stroll out with a seriously old leather concho bracelet from an authentic dealer, a crazy maxi skirt to carry on the craze and an off.the.hook. detailed leather belt that the Chef swears came off the pants of some tiny man in Mexico.  I'll take the man's belt and give him $9.  Yes - $9.  I later saw a similar belt in a very "cool" hipster hangout for...wait for it...$140.

Can you imagine that little hint of tiger/leopard at bottom??
Ran off with this baby for about $10.  Coupled with a tank, mad beaded necklaces, 
belt, and my studded sandals (seen here) it'll be off the hippie chain on a hot summer night.
Check the sunrise detail - it's a horizon shot all around the belt, and the
 leather/concho bracelet came straight off a Native American reserve in New Mexico.

Cut to Sunday and you will find me with the concho bracelet dealer and his wife.  They are the absolute best of the best and have been scoping things out for me for the past month.  It's been too long and I can't wait to see them *insert flea market fever*.  My wallet is ready, I'm thoroughly stressed out from work and the mail stealing neighbor (see twitter), and it's time for a flea market find.  Wish me luck people!!  

If you have yet to take in a flea market or pull the trigger and make a purchase I couldn't encourage you more. Set a spending limit you won't regret and dive in.  I've worn this belt almost every day for the past month...best $9 I've ever spent.


Here's to a slow moving, relaxing weekend.  I think we could all use one of those.

32 comments:

Vintage is for Lovers said...

Hey soul sista! I am selling at the LB Flea this weekend! {first time} Come find me! Would LOVE to say Hi! {I will be in the middle part somewhere} xo Samantha

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh I love those buys!!! I really wish we had more flea markets here :(

http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Jess said...

That maxi skirt is amazing - can't wait to see what you buy this weekend!

Isabel said...

i love all your great finds! have a great weekend :)

Courtney Erin said...

That skirt is amaze balls! And not just because of the animal print at the bottom. In the aftermath of the great Blogger implosion 2011 I am going to drink pinot from a juice box tonight - for reals, I got it and a straw from the liquor store for like $5 this afternoon. I may be blind by morning.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

That skirt is pure amazingness. I suck and thrift and flea shopping. I lack the eye, sadly.

Rach said...

Yeah missing a bunch of comments and my last post. Grrr. I love those bracelets!

heather said...

i absolutely love this post! your mom would be so proud! how much fun, i would love to go flea market shopping this weekend. i'm stuck tho.

verklempt. straight off a tiny man in mexico. hippie chain on a hot summer night. lol!

Anna Walker said...

I LOVE this post! ha Awesome belt, but I won't like when you said "I've Got Fever" I thought "And the only prescription is More Cowbell!!!!!" :D

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Taylor said...

haha, the blogger conundrum was wacky! and so inconvenient! at least we're back - and that piece is ABSOLUTELY goooorgeous, i do love it and i am quite envious! i am a big fan of good, old fashioned leather belts. the one you have here is brilliant!

annelise said...

Hot damn, I nearly lost my shit with Blogger yesterday. Considering moving to another site but that just seems like so much work ...

Love the belt. I love the thought of some tiny Mexican man running around with his pants falling down because he no longer has the sunrise belt to keep 'em hitched up.

Have a great weekend, Carrie.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Thank goodness blogger is up and running again.
Such unique finds - am smitten with the belt and your "crazy maxi skirt";-)
XX

Josie said...

I love that bracelet! And seriously, re: Blogger meltdown, what was THAT? Super not cool, Blogger. Have an amazing weekend, love!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

AC Quigley said...

Fabulous finds from the last flea market - hope you have as much luck this weekend! Enjoy!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Loving the skirt! Blogger still isn't fixed they said it should be by Monday and everything will be restored to normal :]

xo

Debby said...

I can totally see you working this pieces into an outfit! Can't wait to see them in your fashion posts! Have a great weekend, Carrie! xo

Vic said...

yeah my comments and a project i was working on got deleted-----all that hard work, damn u blogger! I love that belt! so awesome:) I have a flea market close here but never find anything good...i'll need to use your eyes...i'm tackling the goodwill again this weekend to hopefully find some more vintage ....i found a betty crocker book from the 50's or something....nothing i wanted but maybe someone else will:) enjoy the slow, relaxing weekend doll

My Heart Blogged said...

Um, those finds are AMAZING. I need a personal flea market shopper asap. I mean that belt is awesome, and so unique that you don't have to worry about 50 hipster girls wearing it.
My Heart Blogged

Lori said...

Wasn't that blogger crap just crazy!! Oh well ~ we are back for now... What great finds Carrie ~ I cannot wait to see what you come home with this week!

lila Check said...

i love all your great finds soooo much! have a great weekend :)

Stacey said...

Hey you!:-)
Yeah, i'm trying not to sweat the whole Blogger thing too... Your finds are beautiful, and i am especially loving the belt. Here's to a happy and relaxing weekend! XX

Robyn said...

Best 9 dollar find ever. Those silly hipsters would cry if they only knew how much you saved.

Lady Grey said...

I certainly share your blogger frustrations.
Hey, at least it's the weekend, right?!
That skirt is gorgeous!!
xo

Daisy said...

amazing belt! I'm so into your flea market prowess!

blogger being down was so weird!

Jamie said...

I have been itching to go to the Melrose flea market that's on Sundays but I just haven't had the chance. Instead I have been making the Crossroads world tour hitting every one I can find. For some reason the thrill of a thrift find is so much more exciting than buying new!

http://www.glamlatte.com

Fit With Flash said...

flea markets are the ish.

Ylenia said...

this is an amazing dress!!!! I love it!!!

♥ Ylenia
from longuette

Heather said...

Beautiful finds!!! I love the skirt!

Carly said...

I KNOW..I lost 15 comments from my giveaway post..argh!!!
THAT SKIRT....THAT SKIRT...THAT SKIRT...I love it! I can't believe what a total score.
Enjoy it!

Bonnie said...

Wait ... They actually promised updates? Seriously?
Um ...
FULL OF SHIT.
All I got was a major pain in my ass.

http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

LyddieGal said...

That belt is so pretty - I hope the flea market was just as good to you this weekend!

and yeah, blogger, that was so uncool. are they ever going to put those comments back?

Chic on the Cheap

Kavery said...

You've got a good fever if it involves picking up great deals like the skirt and belt. I can just see you rocking that outfit now!

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