Attention Flea Market/Boutique Lovers!

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Do you find yourself drawn to vintage doors, shutters, crates, and hardback books?

Can you visualize transforming metal egg crates into shelves, or {sneak peek at part of our new office} turning pallets into a reading nook?


If so, we are meant to be friends. I too have a love for up-cycling junk from treasure; seeing through what is into what could be. The pure joy of antiquing and flea marketing has become a hobby ~ more so for the thrill of a fabulous find; adopting an industrial desk for the office, or searching through hundreds of sheet metal letters for the perfect two T’s {think “Boy Cave”}.

In fact, I may be developing a flea market obsession. January beckoned us to the Rose Bowl. There are no words. If you haven’t carved the second Sunday of your month and experienced the Rose Bowl, go next month. It. Does. Not. Disappoint!

Last Sunday I talked Em, her mom Donna, and her two flexible kiddos into joining the boys and me at the Long Beach Flea Market. Less overwhelming and much closer, it offered hours of entertainment. Tanner and Ty came home with 40 marbles to add to his ‘Collection Jar’ and while I left creatively charged, I am still kicking myself for bypassing this beauty:


Heck, if I could attend a new flea market every weekend, I’d be the happiest girl ever. Alas, a budget and two squirrely boys don’t always cooperate.

What is it about flea market finds? It’s the story behind the piece that I’m drawn to ~ who made it, how old it is, where it came from…

A house is made home not by its basic beams and drywall, but by the people that occupy, and the stories surrounding personal decor, art, and furniture.

If you love this sorta thing, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Penelope Lane Boutique on Saturday, March 23 in Seal Beach. I’ll be there as a vendor, but I can guarantee I’ll be there as a shopper too! Come make a day out of it!

Penelope Lane

And if you’re really crazy like moi, you may want to grab your go-to girls and make a weekend of Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show – smack dab in the heart of Central Coast’s wine country, Paso Robles.

speckled hens

Managing events, I used to work at a Paso Robles winery with a guy whose mom started this event with her two best friends. The first Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show met at the Templeton Legion Hall, blocks from our former home. It’s grown so large that it now occupies the Paso Robles Fairgrounds. Oh, the memories of the Paso Robles Fairground: Mid-State Fair, gooey cinnamon rolls, and Black Eyed Peas concert with Em. If you make a road-trip of this antique show, be sure to eat your way from San Luis Obispo’s Firestone Grill for a killer tri-tip sandwich orĀ  Buona Tavola {their pumpkin tortellini to die for!} and on to Paso Roble’s cute cafe: Berry Hill Bistro, for the best raspberry chicken chipotle panini ever!

Hope to see you at the Penelope Lane Boutique! Please stop by Inspired Window‘s booth and show me your new-found treasure!

And would you be a dear, and share your favorite flea markets, antique shows or boutiques in the Comments? Who knows, you may just see a curly blond strapping an over-sized chair on the top of her car!

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