I headed to the Long Beach Antique Market last Sunday to see what gifts I could find for the person that has everything! Do you know someone that is so hard to shop for? I got you covered with these fun finds! You still have time - You can catch the next antique market on Sunday, December 15th! Don't live in Southern California? Shop your local antique / flea market! Support small business! Read my antique / flea market tips here.
For the fashionistas ---
Fur - it's definitely in for the Winter. I can't hate on vintage fur. What's done is done and well, isn't it better to buy pieces from a generation that didn't know better? I hate to see these just get burned or thrown away. Some pieces I drooled over were from the 50s and 60s but looked immaculate.
Louis Vuitton - So you want to buy your girl a bag but you don't have all that money to throw down. Save yourself some cheddar and buy an authentic vintage bag. I took a good look at these and I'm willing to bet money that they are real. I'm no pro, do your own research!
Dresses, cardigans and coats - I did a quick walk-through in two vendor tents and noticed the average going rate for a vintage dress is only $10. What a steal. I've been to vintage boutiques that charge double and triple that.
Piles of stuff - it might look like blankets in this picture but there were all kinds of good things in the little hills. It might be worth digging through!
Real fox stole - My husband pointed this out and I was just about to pick it up when he scolded me not to. I have no idea what I was thinking but yeah, ew.
For kids or the kid at heart ---
I personally love vintage toys because they weren't mass produced like they are now. I'm always looking for characters that stand out or remind me of my childhood. We picked up a very cool monochrome Astro Boy figure from Japan for $30!
For the home ---Mid Century Furniture - There were so many pieces in fantastic condition. I'm just not ready to plunk down the cold hard cash, maybe in a few years. Seriously drool worthy pieces that I can't believe have lasted over 50 years.
Tupperware and Pyrex - So many good memories of my Nana's house.
Original prints - I should've really bought something from this vendor but he didn't have quite what I was looking for. These are original prints printed from actual negatives and signed by the photographer - the 8 x 10 I was eyeballing was $10. I tried to get him to go lower but he wasn't going for it and now I regret not buying one!
Frames and art - There are hundreds of pieces. Don't tease yourself and glance at what someone has in their arms or cart. I was really bummed I missed out on an original wolf drawing that was $7.
What is the one vintage thing you are always looking for?
I can't remember what these are called, my aunt used to have them in her backyard by the pool in the 80s!
Everyone stopped to look at take pictures of Bob and Brett.
I really wanted this hot pink Santa with the Tammy Faye eyes but it was out of my price league.
I really wanted this gas mask. It was in excellent condition and only about $125, totally worth it but sigh - out of my price range.
I know lots of people into Saved by the Bell. Could it be you?
Random sighting of a Guam penant!
Letterpress and stamp fun!
Who doesn't love jars!
I wish to find a full scrapbook in a thrift store hunt one of these days... until then, I just admire the ones out of my budget!
Illustrated Souvenir Book yall. Before Django Unchained.
Duke pointed this out to me and had questions. I just don't know.
There were definitely some goodies here
And finally... a mechanical dinosaur. He's seen better days.