Every year about this time, a fan of Sierra College, in Rocklin, Arts Programs opens her beautiful yard to the public to host "The Flea Affaire" - a flea market in the California foothills! Here a vintage tricycle welcomes guests with its basket filled with flowers!
As visitors drive through the gate, visitors are asked to donate one dollar to the Arts Programs, but get a raffle ticket for one of the prize baskets in return. The site is gorgeous - a home site which includes a bass pond, barns, vegetable garden, etc. The garden theme is repeated in all the vendor spaces as well!
|Jennie and Doris, two Melange vendors, shared a space - Jennie brought her gorgeous gray upholstered chair along with lots of darling tutu's and other shabby furniture|
|Doris has been a regular at the Flea Affaire for years! Here Doris displays some of her bird house creations on a shabby plant stand.|
|Doris filled this wonderful little cart with seasonal flowers for her display!|
|My friend, Diedre, teamed up with Lisa and Karryann to display her creations in their space. I just love these paper wreaths she made - I bought one to use at a bridal shower I am having for my niece! The addition of the "Je t'aime" tag sold me!|
|The turquoise blue framed mirror in Heather's space caught my eye - it is one of my favorite colors, reminding me of my beach days growing up!|
Saturday is my day to work at Melange, so I had to stop by really early, shop, and then get back on the road to the store. I was one of the first to drive through the gates and found some wonderful treasures!
The six Mica chandelier shades I found will be the perfect addition to my rust chandelier.
An original floral, oil painting; a funny mirror that reminds me of my age; some sheer, pink, ruched gloves for my frilly friend; a sweet vintage doll dress to put in my hope chest and the shabby paper wreath made by my friend, Diedre, were my cherished finds this day.
|As I was leaving I noticed this baker's rack filled with vintage hats - it was so hard to walk by - but if I had stopped, I would have been late to open the store. Vintage hats are so much fun and people come into the store looking for them all the time - mostly for theme or costume parties. "Mad Men" parties seem to be really popular, the Kentucky Derby is always a big hat day, and lastly, the Royal Wedding added to the popularity of hats and fascinators this year! I recommend the "Flea Affaire" to all shopping enthusiasts and I love that it supports the arts - something my heart will always cherish.|