Monday, July 2, 2018


One of the fun things I've begun doing again is going to our monthly Flea Market in Eureka. It's a bit of a trek for this "once a month in town" gal...but I really enjoy it. So I'm going again, and whether or not I find anything to buy is beside the point.

Yesterday, though, did not disappoint. I recently got a copy of Nick Bantock's Urgent 2nd Class, read it through, and then found, among other goodies, the two boxes of vintage mail below at the flea market.

At first glance, I thought the first box was all First Day Covers of newly issued stamps.  In fact, nearly everything in the box commemorates the first airmail flight ever, from one place to another in the U.S., and there are few, if any, duplicates.

I'm not really sure yet what I'll do with all this goodness, other than sort and organize at this point. But finding these does make me want to go through all the various vintage things I've got here and there and group everything together somehow.  I've got pamphlets of various sorts, postcards (picture and otherwise), a few of those small vertical religious cards from funerals, etc. (which, despite being Jewish, I adore), some foreign currency, magazines, advertisements, various vintage office supplies, a calendar or two, old books of course. And most of it previously collected a piece at a time from used bookshops, garage, estate and rummage sales, library book sales, and the like.

I bought myself a chaise longue recently, and have spent time nearly every day out on it. I went to the beach yesterday when I was in Eureka, and will again tomorrow, to a different beach, when I go back for my monthly trip. I'll also make a stop at SCRAP Humboldt (creative re-use shop) in Arcata to find whatever goodies I can.

It's finally July, the real start of summer here on the North Coast. I'm planning to enjoy the heck out of it.

California is already burning, though, and it's not "fire season" for a few months.  It's a year-round thing these days.  There's thankfully nothing burning right in this area, but north, east and south, there are massive wildfires that continue growing before they're contained. And the federal government has cut back on wildfire prevention...

Hope you're having a glorious summer.  If I don't post often here again, know this time that all is well and will continue to be. I'll write when I have something to share.

Blessings xx


jenclair said...

What wonderful finds! Flea markets are wonderful, but this one must have been a treasure trove of goodness. :P Yay, for enjoying the heck out of July, Connie. Hope the fires avoid your area and that rain dampens the fires all over. Take care and have a great summer. :)

jacki long said...

Great finds Connie!
Happy for you in many ways.♥

Roberta Warshaw said...

Oh look at all those goodies! Enjoy your summer, it goes all too quickly!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is a good post. You have trecked around to favorite places and found treasures. You have spent some time out in the fresh are and got some of the all important vitamin D the sun provides. Life is good.
xx, Carol

Marybeth said...

Just got to computer and found this happy note from you. Could you pick me up on your way to the Flea Mkt and to Arcata??? I am jealous!!