Sunday morning, we set our alarm clocks for 5 AM. Voluntarily! The Elkhorn Flea Market kicked off their season, and after our luck at last year’s market, we couldn’t wait to go back. Although, I’ll fully admit to be extra grumpy until we arrived at 7:30 – bright eyed and bushy tailed! (Thanks, coffee!)
The huge market is crazy, crazy packed with vendors, deal finders, and anything (and everything!) your antique-loving-heart could imagine. The drive will set you back 1 1/2 hours from Chicago to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, but it’s absolutely worth it. (As Scott and I like to call them, this is not a tube-sock-selling fair; it’s the real deal for all price points. Go, go!)
We spent a good four hours weaving up and down the aisles, sipping hot chocolate and peeling off layers as the cool weather warmed up. I picked up a nice little sunburn on my face, but we came home with a packed car, too! Here’s what we got:
ONE. Pendants like these are pretty easy to come by, but this guy was in perfect condition and was ready to be hard-wired – and that cage! The cage sold us. Right now, the extra nook room off of our kitchen is still serving as a major power tool dumping ground, but we’d love to turn it into a little indoor work room (before next winter at the very least!), and this fixture feels right for that space.
TWO. Scott has been on the lookout for a vintage outdoor lantern for what feels like forever (yes, really), and at the top of his list? A blue one. (Again, I can’t make this up!) It’s tiny, adorable and blue, and I’ll admit that I’m looking forward to putting it to use this summer.
THREE. And finally, our favorite find of the day – a pair of cantilever patio chairs! There was a surplus of patio furniture at Elkhorn, and “patio furniture” was quite literally on our list of would-love-to-finds. We’re so, so looking forward to overhauling the exterior of our home this summer, and we imagine a couple of cozy lounge chairs, a colorful patio swing and a small table – in addition to a lot of paint to brighten up that freshly washed deck. We were immediately drawn to these (as were a handful of others that were ready to swoop in – yikes!) based on looks (how handsome are they?) and comfort (very), and after waffling for far too long (and even walking away for all of 5 minutes), we knew they had to come home with us.
We knew they were mid-century, and a quick Google search pulled up these Salterini clam shell chairs for much more than we paid. (Like, a laughable amount more.) Are they Salterini? Does anyone know how to tell? They’re extremely heavy, very well made and look identical, but my internet sleuthing can’t find a way to tell for sure. (We found several more listings as well, all of astronomical numbers!) As the summer plays out, we’ll see if they’ll stay black; wouldn’t they be great in a powder coated white?
For anyone within a few hour drive of Elkhorn, we can’t recommend this flea enough! There are three more dates this summer, and it’s worth the pain of a 5 AM wake-up call. Coming from me, that’s a big deal. (Says the girl who loves sleeping more than anything in the world.)
PS… Domino has named their Top 26 Design Blogs, and these two made the list! Whoa. We’re in incredible company, and we hope you’ll take a peek. Big hugs to all of you for keeping us motivated and inspired! xx.