May 12, 2011

Lovely Laces, an Iron Foot and Some Other Great Finds

The flea market season has started and I was lucky to find some great treasures on the last couple of Sundays. I already had one of those bon bon jars but couldn’t resist to buy a second one of the same kind.  They just look lovely filled with buttons, laces or doilies. When I saw the Eiffel Tower bottle, I knew it would have to come home with me. The sugar bowl was a nice find as well. Since I will turn it into a pincushion, I  don’t mind the missing lid.

cup, eiffel tower, sugar bowl

A sweet cup and saucer. I love the fish-scale pattern.

cup and saucer

Pretty handkerchiefs and a silver plated tea spoon.


Three beautiful rhinestone brooches. Two of them were found by dear hubby for me. The spool of thread is huge and I bought it for decoration purposes.

rhinestone brooches

These letters in lovely handwriting date from 1890 and 1894.


My favorite lace and linen dealer had a bunch of vintage laces for me


and several doilies.


I also bought an old sack, a large piece of vintage muslin and two table cloths. I’m not sure about the intended purpose of the piece in the middle. The crocheted part is a bit less narrow than the woven cotton it is sewn to. I could imagine that it was a coverlet for a day bed and the crocheted border would hang in front of the bed but I can be totally wrong.

sack and tablecloths

These are my metal treasures. Isn’t the cast iron foot cool? It’s a shoemaker’s tool and it’s very heavy. Therefore it makes a great door stopper. I also found a potato scoop, the face of a pressure measuring device, a pretty door handle, some tiny keys, copper rings and copper wire.

metal finds3

metal finds1

I  was excited when I got this pair of cast iron garden stakes for a song. Now I just need a garden, LOL. In the meanwhile they look very pretty in the living room.

garden stakes

For only 70 Cents a piece I couldn’t pass up these two framed pictures. The more often I look at them, the more I like them. Now I just have to find the right spot for them.


Have a lovely Friday and a wonderful weekend, dear friends! If you will go treasure hunting, I wish you lots of fun and great finds!




Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Dear Julia,
thanks for sharing your wonderful finds!!The lace is just beautiful and I can't wait to see what you will do with it. I'm sure it will be gorgeous:) Wishing you a wonderful weekend my friend.
Sending hugs,

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Hallo liebe Julia,
tolle Schätze hast Du da eingesammelt. Die alten Briefe sind ja wohl der Oberhammer.Die vielen Decken und Spitzenborten kann frau ja immer gebrauchen und die schönen alten Broschen. Die tollen Metallsachen hätte ich auch alle genommen, vor allem den klasse Guß-Fuß. Der ist wirklich so richtig klasse. Na ja, und für die hübschen Bilder wirst Du sicher ein geeignetes Plätzchen finden. So gehts mir auch immer. Erstmal mitnehmen und dann gucken, wohin damit. So sind wir eben. Wobei mein Mann immer schon auf dem Flohmarkt nervig fragt, wohin das denn soll ;-).
Ein schönes Wochenende wünsche ich Dir schon jetzt.
Viele liebe Grüße

Denise said...

OOOOHHHH All I can think of is-WHAT GREAT FUN!

Tina said...

LOVE your finds sweet Julia.
Everything is so great. Love all the lace ofcourse and the old paper and the rhinestone pices are just awesome.
I´m in a need for some flea markets too.
Wishing you a wonderful day/evening sweet friend.
xoxo Tina

Cindy said...

You found some really great stuff! Every time I see what people get at flea markets, I just want to go and see what I can find.

Angela Richardson said...

Isn't it great to explore and find so many interesting things. I'm trying hard just to work with what I have this year but still the call of the flea markets and charity shops is very loud!
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.
have a fab weekend.
Hugs, Angela.

Angie said...

Hi Julia. What wonderful treasures you found! I am fascinated by old letters and yours caught my eye. How wonderful to find some from the 1800's. They wrote so beautifully then. Every photo is full of pretty items.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Such lovely finds!! I really love the lace and the rhinestones!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Fantastic finds Julia. I love the spool of thread! And those hangers are precious too! I don't find anything like that by our curbs!!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Nice little haul there and I so love the letters...

Vintage Market Place said...

you have a great eye for finding the best at the fleas.
I wish we had them closer to us.
I love how you turned the spool into a pin cushion.

bikim said...

so pretty and romantic!
love the colours!
take care,

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

You have come home with some beautiful treasures and I love the lace and the wonderful old hand written letters. How very lucky and will be great playing around and decorating your home with all the lovely things.

Happy weekend

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

WOW, what a jackpot!!! Love the rusted keys and vintage lace!! So lovely!!!

I have my garage sales and estate sales all mapped out for this weekend! LOVE this time of the year!!!


Robin said...

Great finds Julia! Love those rhinestones!! Have a wonderful upcoming weekend.


Lululiz said...

My goodness, Julia, you have done well! Amazing finds, I don't think there is one piece amongst all of them which I don't like or wouldn't have bought myself. You lucky lucky girl, you have a lace dealer, sigh, I am sorry, but I am envious. Thats bad of me, i know, but honestly, to have a regular lace dealer is just so fantastic! I am drooling over the lace and doilies right now.
Now get creating with those beautiful things! xx

Dorthe said...

Hallo liebste Julia,
You really found some many beautiful things, how wonderful treasures, dear friend.
All is lovely old-I love the laces, and how sweet your hubby found the rhinstone brooches for you,--all the iron pieces are great ,too-and the porcelain pieces are beautiful-as is the old letters.
You must have been very exited finding all this -sysse--Ich hoffe dass du einer schøener abend hast-viele liebe grysse-und mange kys og knus

Sandi said...

Lucky you Julia!! What amazing finds. I have quite a stash of old lace too and I treasure it!! Love those beautiful old letters too!

Unknown said...

some great finds julia! what fun! it's finally flea market season here as well although i haven't ventured there yet. can't wait! TFS! :)

Emilie said...

Wow, those a great finds!
I really love those old letters and all the wonderful laces.

I enjoy visiting flea markets too. You never know what you will find!

Greetings from FarfallaDK

alveen said...

How happy you must be to have found all those lovely treasures. A girl can never have too much bling or lace. And those handwritten letters, what a wonderful find!

Sue said...

Wonderful, wonderful treasures! So much fun going out and not knowing what you will come home with isn't it!


Carole said...

Well this was a fruitful shopping spree. Love everything and especially the iron foot. It must be pretty rare..I've never seen one.
I really miss the hunt myself. I'm missing Brimfield Antique show this week. boohoo for

Hope Spring has finally come to Germany! it has here

ps...hope you get your garden someday

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

I love all the treasures you came home with, the lace and the old handwritten letters are gorgeous.
Enjoy your new finds and the weekend


My Creative House said...

Dear Julia so many wonderful things you have found, the rhinestone brooches are so beautiful and so are all the lace, love the iron things and Eiffel Tower bottle, have a nice weekend.
Kys og Knus fra Anni

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Dear Julia
Finally I can visit and leave a comment. I so love when you share the treasures you discover and always photographed so beautifully. You have impeccable taste.
Wishes and have a lovely weekend.
Oops! Nearly forgot - I have a little Giveaway on my Blog if you would like to enter.

Rhonda said...

Your flea market looks to be wonderful beyond words!

Fabulous finds and dreamy images.

It's me said...

Hi Julia....thanks for your nice comment on my blog ...your blog is wonderful!! i see beautiful things here...happy

Debbie Demmers said...

Julia, we would have had to play tug 0f war for many of these items if we had shopped together. You have great taste!!! deb

Fågel Blå said...

Ohhh so lovely photos and all this lace i love it!!!!!
Have a nice Sunday!

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Julia
I am so happy for you that you had such a successful time with your purchases at the market. All those gorgeous tablecloths, sack, lovely old rusty bits, those embellished garden stakes look very fancy. The cup and saucer looks so delicate with its gold rim. All in all they look so great together the way you have arranged them.
Do hope sweet friend that you have a really fulfilling week.
Hugs to you,

LiLi M. said...

Hi Julia, I couldn't leave comment earlier but luckily now I can! You did some amazing finds! I love that shoemakers tool. I have a wooden sock model that plays the part of door stopper over here, but I guess cast iron will be even better! And those garden stakes just tdf ....I never pass a doily nor a piece of lace. And those letters sigh...well everything you picked up is so beautiful! I am so happy that the flea market season started again! Wishing you much more amazing finds (so that you can make more of those beautiful posts for us!), have a lovely week!

Bleudelavande said...

Oooohhh lucky girl you have found wonderful treasures!!!! I'm in love with the three rhinestone brooches, they are so beautiful!
I'm glad for you and your lovely finds!
Tank you for passing and leaving your lovely comment to my post!
Have a nice day

nancy lee said...

Julia, you're killing me! I so want those treasures. I especially love the old letters and the garden stakes. As for the lace.....well, I have some but now that I see what you have and what you do with it, I know what my flea market radar will be narrowing in on. It's been 32 years since I was gallivanting around Europe (including Germany) and if only I had the same passions then as I do now. I would have left all my belonging behind and stuffed my backpack with flea market finds. Keep posting and I'll keep drooling! Hugs from your newest follower and fan, Nancy ~

Debrina said...

Julia, you just have the most exquisite taste! I just love popping on by and catching up with you here!! :-) Your header alone is worth coming over for.

Anonymous said...

Julia, everything's so pretty and unique! Each one has a story to tell!
Hugs, Diane

Linecas have said...

Hi Julia.
Thank you for your lovely comment in my blog. :)
OMG! That is a lot of very nice treasures.You have done some major finds there.I love them all. You have the same style as me. I drool everytime I come in here.

Anonymous said...

Your finds, the linens, the crocheted laces are amazing....I think I might have liked to have gone with you! Everything is beyond gorgeous! I simply swoon over vintage handmade items like these!

And yes, your photos are also brilliant!!!

I AM SO INSPIRED! To go thrifting...or to crochet this instant......and I've been in a drawing mood all day.

Ciao Bella!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Julia,

Lovely to come back and visit you again and see all your wonderful lace and treasures again.
Just want to say thanks so much for visiting me and the birthday message.

Happy week

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

There are so many beauties here! The ivory teacup and lovely lacy handkerchiefs just to name two!

Rummet för välbefinnande said...

Thank you for stopping by :)
I do agree with you - laces are so wonderful and I see that you found many treasures at the flea-market.

Have you made all these beautiful cards? They are fantastic.

Take care and I wish you a nice week.

Barbara Jean said...

WOW! What wonderful finds. Love the potato scoop. First time I have seen one.
The garden stakes? LOVE THEM!!
And of course love anything rusty!

Blessings and have a great weekend

barbara jean

June said...

I LOVE the way you shop Julia! Every single thing you brought home would have come home with me too! You have found so many beautiful things. Of course the pictures of the laces and all the white things have me wanting more. Those rhinestone pieces are really stunning!!! That is wonderful that your husband knows just what you love too. The iron pieces, especially that shoemakers foot is such a great find.
It all is!!!
I am always so happy to hear from you Julia. You always make my day!!!
hugs from here...

Gaby Bee said...

WOW, dieser Flohmarktbesuch hat sich ja richtig gelohnt, Julia. Tolle Ausbeute! Die alten Schriftstücke, die Broschen, die Spitzen, die Deckchen...einfach nur genial. Besonders gut finde ich natürlich die rostigen Sachen die du gefunden hast. Ich bin schon gespannt, was du damit machen wirst:)

Ich wünsche dir ein tolles Wochenende!

LG Gaby


I am always looking out for unique blog headers and yours fits the bill perfectly! So glad to have found Vintage with Laces. Thanks for sharing.
Regards from India.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

your treasures are always so breathtaking! I always love to see them! I especially love the rhinestone scatter pins...I started collecting them myself about 2 years ago. so fun!

Oxana said...

Hi Julia!
GORGEOUS treasures! Love these!
Have a nice weekend!

Jane said...

What awesome finds!! Live the lace and doilies and I'm a sucker for old rusty metal!!
I also enjoyed your previous post about the hanger makeover. They turned out great!!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Holly Moore said...

Julia, it was such an honor to have you stop by my blog. Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my fabric book. Also, it's such a pleasure to come here and look at your beautiful blog.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Absolutely beautiful finds AND blog. Your header is so unique too! Thanks for the sweet comment on my White Wednesday post. Hope to get to know you better.
Blessings & Hugs,


Hello Julia,

WOW, what super great finds you found at the flea Market. I especially love that Eiffel Tower Bottle and of course all the lovely laces.

Julie you brought great memories of going to the flea markes in Germany. I loved them so and admires my finds to this day.

Do you garden?? There is a one time Magazine out at the moment called " Flea Market Gardens"!!using Flea Market Treausres to decorate your garden is the big trend at the moment. I ordered mine via the internet. I used one of my red and blue bottle I found in Italy as my first garden art. I will get a pic and put it on my blog, I am sure you would love it to. Hugs Judy

Angela said...

I love every thing you found! to have a lace dealer... mmm
You hare lucky to have such rich hunting grounds for vintage things.
Dubai is like IKEA land, yuk!

Lynn Stevens said...

What great treasures, don't you Love this time of year!

Trishia said...

Bonjour, Julia! I wanted to thank you for dropping by my blog during Marie's tutorials. I love all your flea market finds -- especially that gorgeous script on the antique letters. Your blog is so beautiful!