Thrifty Finds: Long Beach Flea Edition

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So last week I shared my love for the Long Beach Flea at Veteran’s Stadium. I found some great goodies that trip (and left even more behind!) and I’d like to share them with you.

The sweet little Santa above is a bell. Bells are not usually something I look for, but I liked his face. Plus, when I got him home I looked inside and it has the original Japan tag and Holt Howard markers. I scooped him and a bag full of wood ornaments from a booth for $5.

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I don’t know what I’m going to do with these ornaments, maybe a future craft project, but the reason I picked them up was the tiny baby ornament with a present. It is sitting on a quarter for scale. Too cute!

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There was a booth full of stacks and stacks of old magazines. The seller saw me flipping through and making a stack and he told me there were more boxes under the table. They were $5 each so I had to be a little more picky. I focused on holiday theme covers because that’s usually when I buy magazines now. The holidays ones seems to be a little bigger and I was hoping for decorating tips in these. I also found 2 fashion magazines– one for dressing for all “types of men” and one for fashion on a budget.

These will all definitely make appearances in future #VintageEphemeraFriday posts.

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I had quite the vintage linen score, and many on the same theme: vintage southwest. I found 2 tablecloths with grid patterns and hispanic and desert images– one was $6 and one was $5 from two different sellers. The tea towel in the front came from my favorite booth of all: piles and piles of linens to dig through (I took a picture in the LB flea post, check it out!). The towel has some major staining but I’ve been working to clean it up. I also found a children’s hankie (for a future craft project) and my favorite thrift score ever:

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This is a vintage DEADSTOCK Las Vegas tablecloth. It’s covered in old hotel signs, many are not even around anymore. The colors are vibrant and there was only one spot on the bottom for me to clean up. When I got it home I realized it wasn’t even a stain; it was the residue from the price tag.

Vintage Vegas gear is some of my favorite and it’s not always easy to find, and when you do find it sometimes it’s too expensive. This beauty (plus the tea towel and hankie) was $5! Ahhhh! Easily the score of the year, and one of my fave finds ever. I wish I could go back every month to this booth and dig for vintage gold.

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So have you been going to any flea markets this year? What has been you favorite find, let me know!

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