Ooh, my favorite!

Sunday flea market
February 23, 2011, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Home, San Francisco

Candlestick Park Antique Faire

I took my first trip to the Candlestick Park Antiques and Collectibles Faire this past Sunday and had a blast. After a week of constant rain it let up just in time for the monthly gathering of antique dealers from all around the Bay Area. It’s not as big as the Alameda market, but it’s bigger than the Alemany one so it’s just the right size for me. So many great pieces I wish I had room for (the vanity and the gorgeous red American Tourister luggage!), and some that were just plain funny (vintage Playtex brassieres, anyone?).

I’ve always been fascinated by retro pop culture and lifestyle, but I’d never gotten into antique hunting until recently when shopping for home decor pieces. If you want more than a catalog design, antiques are a great way to add some fun and meaningful pieces that can be inexpensive and completely unique.

I ended up nabbing a first aid kit from 1941, some vintage bottles and spice tins, a vintage wood box for storage, and some old Look magazines from 1952, all for about $60. The first aid kit needs a tiny bit of cleaning in order to be repurposed. The cool thing is that the original band-aids and swabs are still in the kit, wrapped! I’m thinking I can find something cool for these outside of the kit.

I also loved these sheet metal cut-out letters and how they were strewn across the ground. I wasn’t searching for wall art, so I decided not to impulsively by a giant N. I have still been dreaming about the third bottle from the left below though. It was an antique absinthe bottle in perfect condition. I had to pass since it was on the pricier side at $70, but I was imagining it in my cluster of bottles with some fresh flower sprigs.

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