We've had so many slow weeks of thrifting lately, I decided to switch it up and try something new, so I ventured down to Ventura on Wednesday morning to check out the weekly Swap Meet at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. We had heard mixed reviews from a number of people so we hadn't made an effort to go (plus the Wednesday timing makes it just about impossible for Chris to attend), so this was my first time checking it out, and I was pleasantly surprised! It only costs $1 to get in, and there is free parking, and I found that there were a lot more vendors than I expected; it was basically a small flea market with plenty of fun stuff to look at and smaller crowds to contend with. Perfect!
As I mentioned in our 2013 Sales Roundup post, rotary phones have always been a great seller for us, so I was pleased to see lots of interesting telephones at reasonable prices at the swap meet. This one was made by Western Electric and is so floral 70's fab! I propped it up against the wall for the photo, but it actually sits flat (with a slight incline built in, but my point is that it's not a wall phone), and I just can't get enough of it. It's in good working order, and it's a super unique piece, so I think it will be perfect in our Etsy shop.
My second phone purchase at the swap meet was this sweet cream colored French style princess phone. We actually sold an identical one back in 2012, so it was an easy decision to pick this one up. I tested the phones as soon as I got home (they are usually in working order, but every now and then one is a dud), and luckily this one is working perfectly, too!
The first item I picked up at the swap meet was this mod mushroom tray made by Michel. It was an excellent price, and I love the sunny yellow color, divided tray design, and sweet little mushroom tile. We try not to pick up too much mushroom stuff, as it can feel a little dated in a not-so-good way, but I felt like this one is fun and fresh enough to sell well. It helps that there's nothing else quite like it on Etsy or Ebay! In general, we have found that unique items are so the way to go.
My final purchase at the swap meet was this pair of brass duck bookends. We sold a similar set last year, and although I knew there are tons of these listed on Etsy, I couldn't resist them at the low price the seller was offering. We love anything brass, and interesting bookends have been a decent seller for us in the past.
Also in this photo is an awesome little dish I picked up for myself at one of our favorite little thrift stores in Ventura earlier in the week. The mark on the base indicates that it was made by Holt Howard in 1963, and I love the footed base and mod blue and green pattern. It was only $1, so even though it doesn't meet our normal profit standards for selling on Etsy, I figured I could keep it to use as a little jewelry dish, or maybe to hold paperclips on our desk (someday when we actually use the desk as a desk...).
What do you think of my swap meet finds this week? Have any of you locals checked out the Ventura swap meet? What did you think? Did you all thrift anything interesting this week?
These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too: Me and my Shadow, Sir Thrift-A-Lot, a mid century one at Remnant, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!
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