This past weekend Derek and I went to Commerce, TX to visit my parents. We chose this weekend in particular because it was Canton Weekend. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event. It’s a GIGANTIC flea market that has been held on the weekend of the first Monday of every month, for the past gazillion years. I’ve been going to it my entire life with my parents. As you can imagine, this event has evolved over time and has become more crafty and feather/zebra/glitter covered crap and cell phone cases. Oh! And the scooters, don’t even get us started on the scooters! I’ve never seen Derek speak so violently of others!
Explanation: Any able-bodied person can rent said scooter, and park it in the middle of the aisles to what? to walk around on their fully functioning legs and look at stuff. Over the past few years these scooter hoarders have gotten a little creative and have designed scooter trains to haul around their other lazy able-bodied buddies. Yes, it is in fact as lazy and ridiculous as it sounds.
Anyways, this whole evolution is so sad and disgusting. We’re more in it for the buckets of rusty nails, antiques, and furniture flipping opportunities. If we ever get around to shooting my apartment, you’ll see some examples of this furniture flipping we speak of. I love old pieces that can I can give a facelift to. I think it gives a space more character. ANYWAYS! We started out on our journey to Commerce Friday morning, but first had to make a quick stop at Crave Cupcakes.
Then we got to Dallas and hit up all my favorite spots.. Eatzi’s for lunch, Vinya Design & Consign which is FULL of Eames chairs and super cool furniture, and then of course Knox Street.. home of Apple, ZGallerie, and Crate&Barrel. Oh! and this marked the official day I fell in love with the iPad, which Derek is very very grateful for :)
After a nice relaxing afternoon of shopping we headed out to my parents’ house. We spent the evening eating comfort food, walking the puppies, and playing board games. Yes, it was as delightful as it sounds :)
We were really nervous about the weather for Saturday, especially when it started storming like crazy in the middle of the night Friday, but we woke up to clear skies! Saturday we had to be out the door by 7:30am so the four of us all crammed into Derek’s truck, we bought sustenance (donuts and coffee), and hit the road. Canton was a pretty big success! My dad found lots of war memorabilia that he’s been collecting (seriously he has enough to send to the Smithsonian), my mom found some plates to hang on the wall, Derek just took pictures of everything, and I hit the jackpot.
To set the par for the day, I started out by finding a crumpled up vintage Louis Vuitton duffle under a pile of junk. It needed some work, but I asked the guy how much. He replied, “oh my wife didn’t mark it? … what do you think? Ten bucks?” HA! I handed over the pocket change for this heavily underpriced item, while trying severely to hold back a huge smile. The rest of the time we were terrified that his wife was going to hunt me down and slaughter me. Whatever, it was her bad for not marking it! I also got a lifetime supply of colored sharpies for $3, some artwork for my dining room, an apothecary jar, my parents bought me a ceramic drum side table for my birthday, and my deal of the day was a.. (drumroll please).. shield back chair!!!
As you can probably imagine, my mind is racing about what color to paint this chair, and which fabric to reupholster it! The options are endless!! It’s going to take a lot of TLC, but I’m up for the challenge! If you’ve never gone to Canton, and you love hunting for treasure, then you should probably make a visit! Oh!….and let me know because I’ll definitely want to go too!
Until next time!