Archive for September 20th, 2012

FRED2The other day I wrote about my finds from the Wellfleet Drive-In Flea Market during my vacation last week. Today I am sharing my finds from one of Cape Cod’s other large markets, Dick and Ellie’s Flea Market in South Dennis, MA.

Lynda and I had never been to Dick and Ellie’s Flea Market before, but we made sure to check it out on our way down to Wellfleet. Although the Market was not nearly what it is like on a high season weekend, we were pleased to find a few good dealers set up with some pretty cool things.

We stopped into to visit a dealer Lynda had met at other markets in the past. I had heard the stories of the well-curated smalls that this lady had and was excited to check them out. Indeed there were some very cool things in her display cases, but I only had eyes for a clementine box with four vintage Fred Flintstone toys in it.

Seriously! A box of Freds! I love Fred and I love this find. The Freds are probably from the 1960’s and judging from their poor quality, were likely made as low-end carnival prizes. In any case, I just could not pass up the opportunity to purchase these guys. The dealer was so charmed by my excitement she threw in the clementine box for free and promised to have more Flintstone collectibles when I visit next.

My box of Freds:


cerhead2In addition to the vintage dealers, Dick and Ellie’s Flea Market plays host to crafters and artisans as well as vendors with new merchandise – something for everyone.

I spotted these terracotta heads and just fell in love with them. I am not sure exactly what they, what they can be used for and what I am going to do with them quite yet.

But I love them and they look great on the front porch with the fall flowers.

Learn more about Dick and Ellie’s Flea Market in South Dennis, MA here.

My new terracotta head collection:


Final.Harvest.9.12.2Well, there was a frost warning last night here in Carroll County, New Hampshire – the first of the season.  Indeed, it was 33 degrees when I woke up around 6:30 a.m. so it was likely a bit chillier earlier.  I am so not ready for this.

Anyway, in anticipation of the frost, I did a quick harvest of some vegetables still out in my container garden.  I had a few of my new favorite lemon cucumbers, one really nice looking green pepper, and a bunch of tomatoes — including a few not quite ripe but I picked them to save them.

Overall I had a successful season with my garden – which may yield a few more things yet.  I also have a ton of basil which I plan to save for use over the winter.

Meanwhile, I am already planning what to do next year.

My final container garden harvest of 2012?:


BBDI have said before that I have mixed feelings about the use of the Union Jack in design.  I hate seeing the American flag used for things that are disrespectful, but then again red, white, blue and stars can be reworked in all manner of ways.  But the Union Jack is what it is, and as an Anglophile, I kind of like it.  So when I see it used as a design element on everything from coasters to pillows, I reserve the right to pick and choose if I like it.

That said, I absolutely adore the treatment the Union Jack receives on the Big Ben Dresser from Room Service – which is “a black dresser is adorned with a silver leaf Union Jack for a graphic, bold twist.”

About Room Service“Owners John & Teem Bernard design most of the furniture pieces themselves, drawing inspiration from vintage stores, swap meets, clean lined European design, urban loft styles, mid-century modern furnishings & architecture and the fabulous glamour of the old Hollywood Regency era. With a history in the apparel industry, they use this experience to keep the product in their stores moving forward with the trends just as you would expect to see in the fashion industry. Regularly trendy, fun furniture and accessories to the stores. Fashion forward furniture for the home… For all these reasons the Room Services stores offers an eclectic mix catering to most every taste, but adding a fresh modern twist!”

The Big Ben Dresser is just one of the many cool pieces curated by Room Service, they have many other inspired pieces that fit their “fashion forward furniture for the home” mantra.

See all the “home furnishings for your soul” of Room Service here.