Sunday, February 14, 2010

¡Oh, qué encontrar

I could barely wait for Sunday to roll around so that I could share with you my Flea Market Finds.
I was rifling through the box marked tea-towels in the hope of finding my friend Melissa something cute and vintage for a project Cam had shared. Alas alack there was nothing special - mostly pretty scungy really. Still, I was sitting on the floor so I thought I should make the most of it as the getting up is always soooo much more difficult than the descent. There was another box right next door marked pillowcases so I thought "why not?".  The first layer was not at all promising but then I caught a glimpse, a flash of bright yellow, red and blue. My heart began to beat faster as I spotted what surely must have been a grey on white squiggly 1950's pattern. All thoughts of benevolent gifting flew out of my head.  I hauled that baby out of the box and was on my feet with alarming, head-spinning speed. Oh the joy as I spread my arms to reveal this gorgeous, unused tablecloth decorated with flamboyant amigos and one  donkey riding Senorita! Truly, I nearly fainted. I certainly startled the ladies with the sounds I made - I was trying to subdue my "wheeee goody goody gumdrops" and it came out rather like the sound a poor injured animal might make. One lady toddled over to make sure I was ok and all I could do was flap the cloth at her wordlessly. "Oh yes" she said casually, "There's a whole set of matching placemats and coasters for that!" I tried hard to maintain some composure and refrained from taking her by the shoulders and shaking really hard whlist demanding their whereabouts. Instead, I am pleased to report I matched her casual tone with a barely interested whisper - "oh really, where would they be?" Sure enough, she reached into the magic box and spilled forth 7 matching placemats and 6 little square coaster things. All new. All unused. And now ALL MINE!
So here it is in all its heart palpitating glory ...
(probably should have ironed it first!)

 
Just look at these spunky chaps!
  
Hair flying, basket laden Mexican Miss aboard her steed.

 
Here they are in coaster form.
Hope you can share a little of my excitement - I did get rather carried away but they are just so lovely!
There were a few other finds that day but for me they pale into insignificance by comparison.Thanks for putting up with my rave. Oh - and sorry Melissa - no luck on the tea-towel front!

ps. you can translate the title of this post here.
pps.Nip on over to Sophie's to see lots of others special goodies.

11 comments:

Mogs Designs said...

OMG
That is brilliant!!!!!!
Melissa
xxx

Jackie / Kate said...

Wow, I was laughing the whole time reading your post..well done, sooo happy for you...

Selina said...

hehe! Totally sharing the excitement here, they are fabulous!

Carla said...

Haha, you had me laughing along too. What a find especially as it ended up being a whole set!

moose and bird said...

Don't you love it when you come across a gem like this. Great find. Melinda xo

Janice said...

I'm so jealous. They are just gorgeous. There is nothing better than 50's linens and I love Mexican stuff. A while ago I found a set of Mexican placemats and napkins just waiting to be embroidered. They are stashed, but I'll probably never do them.

Lauren said...

OH lovely...you're really good at telling stories! I got more and more excited as i read about your find! :)

gemmipop said...

Fantastic! I love finding hidden treasure - I just love the heart in mouth feeling that comes when you think you've found the exact thing and then it really is what you'd hoped for! My little sewing books from this weeks flea market finds will be put on display somewhere to enjoy every time I pass, but I think the pillow cases may be made into plushies! Thanks for stopping by xxx

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh I just love a fabulous op shopping story! Makes my day! What a wonderful find! Thanks so much for playing along.
Sophie x

Susan L (lily40au) said...

so cool ... I love the unexpected brilliant find and matching napkins and coasters to boot. lucky day for you.

Eureka! Beads said...

I love your description of your finds, it's so exciting when you find something just perfect :)