Archive for October 23rd, 2012

It had been a long wait, but we were back selling at Todd Farm this past Sunday and we had a great time.

It was great to see so many of our old friends, regular customers and dealer friends while meeting new people and sharing our unique blend of vintage “smalls.”

The weather was perfect, which was nice especially after the past several Sundays being too rainy for us to make the trip to this landmark flea market in Rowley, MA.

Among the items that sold quite well were vintage buttons (from my mother’s vast collection) for which we have become known, as well as the camera-related items we have picked up at auctions.

Grabbing much attention were the glass bottles filled with old buttons which make a lovely decoration. Of course I like the work that goes into making these items – which most often includes emptying a bottle of bourbon to allow for its reuse.

It is likely that this was the last sale for us at Todd Farm this year. But keep an eye out here for any announcements should we make a surprise appearance if the weather holds out.

In the meantime, as always, do not hesitate to send us a note if you are looking for an item you think we may be able to find for you. (

Here are some images from our day at Todd Farm…

A few of the “smalls” sorted into boxes for easy browsing:



The popular bottles of buttons:


The iconic barn behind which we always try to secure a spot:


santafeI am literally marking my calendar right now for next July, I really want to experience The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.  The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is a once a year event held in Santa Fe, NM and has become the single largest fair of its type in the world.

My love of markets and handcrafted artisans makes the idea of attending The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market a slam dunk, and I am going to do it.

About The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market: “The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is a results-oriented entrepreneurial 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a venue for master traditional artists to display, demonstrate and sell their work. By providing opportunities for folk artists to succeed in the global marketplace, the Market creates economic empowerment and improves the quality of life in communities where folk artists live. It is now the largest international folk art market in the world, and its success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art, the first U.S. city named to UNESCO’s prestigious Creative Cities Network.”

If you are planning ahead like me, The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market’s dates for 2013 – 2015 are:

  • 2013 July 12 – 14
  • 2014 July 11 – 13
  • 2015 July 10 – 12

I am going to make a visit to this Market the centerpiece of my long-await southwestern adventure, and of course I will tell you all about it here.

Now the song “Santa Fe” from the cult movie, now a huge hit show on Broadway, Newsies, is in my head!

Find out more about the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market here.