One of my all-time favorite things to do is flea market hop!! We are fortunate enough to live about 25 minutes from one of America’s best Flea Markets (according to CNN)… the Raleigh Flea Market!! I don’t think I have ever dug through the Raleigh Flea and walked away empty handed! And this past weekend was no different!!
Walking around the Flea, I got to thinking about where the term ‘Flea Market’ came from… have you heard the story? Well, as it turns out, it’s a bit debated. But the most common story is that the term Flea Market comes from the French phrase, marché aux puces, a term that literally translates to ‘market of the fleas’. As the story goes, the first flea markets in Paris were named as such because shoppers were leary that the second-hand shabby wares had little fleas hidden within them!! Interesting, huh? And seeing as I am a lover of all things Parisian, I’m gonna go with that story!!
Les Puces de Paris at Saint Ouen (Source)
Tell me you wouldn’t love to stroll the streets of that Parisian Flea Market?!! The hubs and I went to Paris on our honeymoon back in 2011, but were only there long enough to climb the Eiffel Tower, eat a baguette, and we were on our way to Italy!! We want to go back sooooo bad!!!
The Marché Jules Vallès in Saint-Ouen (Source)
But until we can get back to Paris… the Raleigh Flea does the trick!! Even the treasures that I don’t take home, somehow find a way into the arms of a fellow junker. Did you see those blue industrial drawers in the first picture?? I posted that picture on Facebook while I was at the Flea, and Kristin, a Rusted Roots fan knew she had to have it!! She hopped in her car… came to the Flea.. and look!!!
It was fate!! I mean, how cute is that?? I just love stories like that! Just one more reason to follow on Facebook… I got your back!! Oh! And remember this old wooden dynamite box that we had at our January Junk Show??
Look what Miss Chasity did with that ‘ol box for Valentine’s Day!!!!
Dynamite, right?!! I tell ya, I feel so lucky to get to do what I love for a living! It is no doubt hard work, but so worth it! It makes me happy on so many levels. And that’s what life is all about!! The only downside to my job is dilemmas when I want to keep what I find!! Did you see this picture on Instagram??
I’m having a hard time with this one… I LOVE the industrial look!! And those baskets… eeeeeeek!!! Lucky for you junkies, I scored several wire baskets… so we’ll have those at the February 20-22 Junk Show!! Now, as for that chair and cart…. hmmmm…. we’ll have to see how that goes! Ha ha!!