Saturday, March 23, 2013

Treasures from Renninger's

Our recent trip to Renninger's Antique and Farmer's Market was way too short to explore everything located on the 117 acre grounds!
Renninger's includes a flea market, farmer's market, a street of charming antique stores, a large antique consignment building along with many semi-permanent flea market booths, pavilion areas and wide open fields for vendors to set up their wares.

At the farmer's market, I purchased this beautiful bouquet of orchids for a mere $6!  There were probably 30 stems in the bunch.  Supposedly they will last for a month with regular water changing.
Beyond the farmer's market were the semi-permanent Flea Market Booths.  We only made it through about three of these.  Here I am browsing the offerings of one vendor who uses a semi-trailer as his booth.  The ox did not make the trip home with us.
After scoping out the grounds, we headed down to the antique market as we had limited time.  At the first booth we stopped at, I bought these vintage crocheted carnations.

For some reason, these just made me smile so I had to buy them.  Wouldn't they look great in a McCoy vase?   Boutonnieres at a vintage styled wedding?  The needlepoint violets will be used to embellish a pillow.
 Hunky Handyman found these great vintage fishing flies with original boxes (tops only).   Great pieces of folk art for a man cave.

 Aren't the graphics on this 1950(ish) skill ball game great?  This may make an appearance in one of Neena's nurseries.  (With four grandchildren under 3, we converted another bedroom into sleeping quarters for toddlers).

When I saw this beauty, it was love at first sight!  Still researching, but I think this Jeweler's workbench is from the 1930's or 1940's.  The original work light is still attached and in working order. The drawer that is pulled out is fabric lined to catch any falling parts.  Pottery Barn has a reproduction that is almost identical to this piece, but more expensive.  So many uses for this great desk:  bar, computer desk, jewelry/make up table.  Watch for more pictures on next week's virtual yard sale.

We will definitely be making more trips to the charming town of Mount Dora and Renninger's Flea and Antique Market.  We met many great vendors with a wide variety of antique and vintage items.  They have expanded the hours and are now open on Fridays.  Three times a year they host an Antique and Collector's Extravaganza with 1400 dealers!
Some of these items will be making an appearance on Chapin Group's Etsy Shop opening in April.

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