Monday, June 28, 2010

Hello from Barcelona!

Hi everyone! I´m having an amazing time on my 9 week European tour so far. We´ve been to Galicia, the Picos de Europe in Astoria, Santiago de Compestela, San Sebastian, Bilbao, and now we are in Barcelona (All in Spain). Tomorrow night we are leaving to travel Italy for two weeks. I promise I´ll try and upload photos at one point! But luckily for now the awesome Coco from Cococozy had written an awesome guest post!

COCOCOZY'S FIVE FLEA MARKET TRENDS!

Hi Decorology devotees. I'm Coco from COCOCOZY here on guest duty. I want to thank Ashley for having me guest blog while she is on her fabulous journey abroad. I live in Los Angeles (in the Hollywood Hills) to be exact, am not a professional designer but after over two years of blogging about interior design 3-6 times a week, I might be what would be considered a "designaholic" (Can you do that? Just add "aholic" to any word to indicate someone is obsessed with something? Hmmm...please let me know...)

Anyhoooooo...onto my post...here goes.



Was at the Rosebowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA a few weekends back. Hadn't been to this flea market in about 10 years. It was time. My plan was to get up at 6:00a on Sunday, be at the market by 7:00a, get all of the design scoop with my Cococozy camera and find some great items all by 9a. By 10a, the plan was that I would be home to take dog for a walk (I never take dog for a walk so don't know how this got into the planned schedule but it was) and perhaps be at a breakfast with some friends in Los Angeles by 11:30a. Well...I made it to the flea market by 9:45a...so much for keeping to schedule.

The Rose Bowl Flea Market was packed. Throngs of people trying to find the most interesting items possible. So much to see...so many interesting finds...

With thousands and thousands of items on display, one might think it would be hard to make sense of things...but if you can believe it, in all of that, I did notice a few recurring trends.

TREND 1 - ORANGE



Love these orange wire nesting tables. They were my favorite of the day! I could so see them in my house. Too bad they were at the beginning of our journey through the flea market so I never got back to them.

Orange...whether originally orange or painted orange...orange has been an "it" color for the last few years in decor...and it is certainly a hit color at the flea market.




For no reason at all, I also coveted this orange metal coffee pot from a vendor from Sweden. He wanted $30 for it...I wanted to pay $10. He said "30", I said "10"...he said "Okay $30" and I said "I can pay "10"...and it went on and on. Clearly the deal never worked out!

TREND 2 - COLORED GLASS PENDANT LIGHTS



Lots of these amber, blue or green colored pendant lights. They were reasonably priced. Couldn't seem to get out of the vendors whether they were newly made or recycled pieces. I think they are newly made though to look like 70's kitsch. I had an eye on the small amber one on the left. Thought it would look good in a hallway (not my hallway...but some hallway). The vendor wanted $75...I would have paid $35. Again, no deal.

TREND 3 - CRANES




Lots of bronze crane statues. Don't know what this was about but I saw at least 4 vendors selling tall bronze statues of these birds. One vendor said he got them from the furniture sale of a Las Vegas hotel that was closing. These particular ones were going for $125 each.

TREND 4 - VINTAGE LANTERNS



Saw a million and half vintage Dietz lanterns (kerosene lanterns and railroad lanterns). Cleaned up they could be great at an outdoor living space or if really shined up, even inside in a bay window. I wanted to pay $4...the lady wanted to sell three of them for $20 (they were marked $28 each). No deal there either. Hmmmm....note to self...need to work on negotiating skills.

TREND 5 - VINYL 1950's DINING CHAIRS




We ran into so many metal and vinyl chairs. They looked like they were ripped right out of the 1950's and placed at the flea market in 2010.



I particularly liked the light yellow set of chairs. I can't remember how much these were...but since my price point was at about $10, I knew I wouldn't be able to afford.

Well that is it from my day of trend sight seeing at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I definitely regret not getting the orange nesting tables...but other than that, I am happy with how the day went. I left pretty much empty handed with only a dish and four glasses that altogether cost me a total of $18. I enjoyed the day...browsing, dickering and flea market trendspotting.

Ashley, hope you have a great rest of your vacation. Decorology readers please stop by COCOCOZY for more fun design finds!

Thanks Coco, and thanks so much to everyone for stopping by even though my posting has been so spuradic!

14 comments:

Lexi said...
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Lexi said...

Thanks for the flea market pics! I love the orange trend you came across- especially the amber pendant lights...too bad the vendor wanted so much for them!

I love finding bargains and trends at the flea market- and the summer is the perfect time for it. I recently wrote some of my favorite flea market tips... check it out here!

Thanks for the insight into some current flea market trends! Now I know what to keep my eyes open for.

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SogniSorrisi said...

Great pics! Enjoy Barcelona.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I would SO have bought those orange nesting tables. Love a good flea market!

noemozica said...

I hope you enjoyed being here!!!!!!!!!!

El taller de Curra - Cartonnage said...

I hope you have enjoy spain..! and be now prepared for italy my second beloved country..!!

Tina said...

Lucky you! Flea markets are so much fun, even if you don't buy anything in the end.

Greet said...

Wish you a nice time in Europe! Do you visit Belgium also! Let me know!
xx
Greet

Sue said...

What a great time in Barcelona! I live in Mallorca, but I was born in Catalonia and Barcelona know very well that I studied there for many years ... If you visit Girona you'll love the old town, and you're a restaurant that surprise visit to La Creperie Bretonne, there is one in Girona and one in Barcelona, you can see photos on my blog, and find this entry Girona Time of Flowers (Girona Temps de Flors (19 May 2010) and Girona Temps de Flors y un secreto (26 April 2010). Kisses from Mallorca.

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

my favorite thing to do! flea market shopping, wish I was there...adore those vintage lanterns!

Vania said...

I think colored glass lights would be great outside, in a eclethic patio don't you think? also the vintage lanterns.

Flea markets are love!!!

Ashley said...

@Sue - oh how I would love to visit Mallorca - it looks GORGEOUS!

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