Brimfield bits

Let's talk about brimfield, okay? Is now good for you? I'm finally ready.

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I found these 30s/40s heels in a puddle on the ground at some weird army navy tent. I squealed. They fit. It was an honest to goodness cinderella moment, nevermind the mold and broken heel caps.

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In a good shoe, I wear a size six, but a seven feels so good, I buy a size eight. (name that movie!?)

Well, more like an 8 1/2 or 9 which makes finding pre-1950s shoes really hard. Pretty ones that fit can get really pricey so the 5 dollars I paid is just a joke.

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The whole trip I'd been eyeing padlocks but was sort of revolted by the $80+ price tags. Lest you think that because of my $5 shoes, brimfield is a bargain hunters paradise- sadly it ain't. Dealers generally seemed to know what they had and charged accordingly. More than your local flea market, anyways. When Amy A. pointed out this heart shaped lock for waaaay less, I pounced.

Now i just need to find something to lock up around the house.

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A leather bound, scalloped, starred, empty address book. This is the sort of thing I hardly need but makes me the most giddy.

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A romantic alternative to my boring and useful gmail contact list. Fit for, you know, scrawling the names of the handsome gentlemen I happen upon during my windy walks alone in the wilds of brooklyn. Oh god. I've been reading too many Austen novels again.

27 comments:

  1. Wonderful treasures. You make me feel excited about them.

    And what about address books? Let's not let them become obsolete!! Generations to come will want actual handwriting samples, not just typed words.

    -T

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  2. is it cheating if i answer? after all, my colors...

    and those finds are so delicious i could eat them all up. the address book looks like an old ledger... to.die.for

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  3. you found some wonderful treasures!!!

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  4. remember that wonderful day we watched it, both of the father of the brides, mermaids and pride and prejudice part 2 ALL IN A ROW?????

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  5. it has been FAR too long since i've last seen steel magnolias. and it's on netflix instant view! hello, evening in; so-long, social life!!

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  6. ...Love the address book and the lock - wonderful stuff! :o)

    ...Um, the shoes? Made my toes curl at the thought of sliding my feet into used shoes. I dunno, buying used shoes is right up there with used underwear... I know, I know, you're gonna say, "no way" and I'm sayin', "way"... *chuckle* ;o)

    ...Blessings... :o)

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  7. definitely drooling ...

    the pictures of those shoes ... so rich ... i want to touch them ...

    and the address book ... and maybe smell it ... cuz it might have that sort of slight musty smell mixed with leather binding ... hold it tight!

    lucky you, miss emerson ~

    prairiegirl xo

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  8. i haven plenty of things i could padlock around here. puppy proofing is a serious business. do you have a cat? maybe there's some cabinet you could lock up to "cat proof"

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  9. The only things i actually need to lock up to "cat proof" are the cats themselves. Wild, destructive beasts.

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  10. Ha ha! Great post! The last paragraph made me laugh. Lovely finds by the way :) xx

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  11. You can't read too many Austen novels, it's not possible!

    Besides you have to set an example for all those handsome Brooklyn men to aspire to. We all need some romance. Until then... treasures like yours are good substitutes, even if they do pinch your toes a bit.

    Love the ruffled rosette.
    The heart lock shall unlock the secrets of your heart so you can find your true love. Imagine the first address to be written in your book... to be your shared address of your dream country home! (Elmwood!)

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  12. Love! Good shoes for cheap are definitely something squeal worthy :-)

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  13. i just stumbled upon your blog... it is so cute!

    that address book is so fantastic.. journals and little books like that are my obsession!


    -yeh


    mynameisyeh.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh, I know the feeling of having read too many Austen novels... but at the same time, it's such a wonderful world to (pretend) to live in! (um, if you aren't stuck being, say, Charlotte Lucas).

    Those shoes are adorable!

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  15. The padlock would make an adorable necklace, key and all. Wear it long in a Prohibition era tunic and wear it short with a sweet post-war victory dress and red lipstick, and I concur, there is never too much Austen reading!
    Tell tale heart all locked up.

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  16. I see everything through the eyes of an Austen novel too! You should lock up a favorite cupboard, even if it just keeps your address book filled with Mr. Knightley's information. I love how it has stars!

    And those shoes look delicious!

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  17. Hi there,

    Hope you're well? I work in the Selfridges press office would it be possible for you to email me your contact details so that we can put you on our mailing list and invite you to future events that might be taking place in-store.

    Warmest regards
    Blanaid

    Blanaid.kenny@selfridges.co.uk

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  18. I love that address book! There's even a "Mc" section! Funny funny.

    Being crazy for crazing, I'm also super intrigued by the crock it's leaning on.

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  19. I love how you buy antiques to USE, not just to dust every few months. Of course, you'd better find a use for that padlock quickly, before my notion is shattered...

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  20. hey there! great post.
    i think you should use your padlock as decoration...maybe holding together a pretty piece of twine or something around a heavy, shapely vase. kind of like jewelry. it is too pretty to hide away.

    keep sharing...i love reading!

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  21. Oooo treasures!

    About shoes - did you know you can stretch leather shoes about half a size in the freezer? Put a ziploc baggie full of water in the shoe and as the ice freezes (and expands) it'll give the shoe a bit of a streeetch!

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  22. Beautiful finds and lovely post!!

    I've always wanted an old antique key but I have no idea what I would use it for. I like the comment that suggested making it into a necklace. I agree that they need to be used and not kept away.

    :)

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  23. Never heard that about stretching shoe sizes in the freezer. This I've got to try. Sounds way more comfortfortable than my father's advice... to get the shoes wet and wear them until they dry out! ICK!

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  24. Are the shoes made in chocolate ?^-~

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