Sunday, however, was different. It just seemed like every new booth yielded something special (until 3/4 of the way through, when I started seeing double). The best part was the friendly dealers, many of whom starting bringing the price down the second I looked twice at an object.
The first thing I picked up was this beautiful Czech hand towel. The dealer told me that it had been purchased in an estate sale, and had been found in a trunk filled with beautiful old linens - none of which had ever been used. It's as crisp and vibrant as the day it was purchased.
Purchased from separate dealers were this adorable, tiny teapot (approx. 6" x 4") and test tube. I think I'm going to find a pretty bloom to put in the test tube, and as for the teapot ... well, don't you agree it's just too cute for words?
From the same dealer as the test tube, we purchased a tiny little clear glass woodgrain jar, with which my mother absconded. That's OK, though, because I found the best thing of all:
This little tin globe, with the loveliest saturated colors. It's ever so slightly distressed, which only adds to its charm. It's about 10" tall - perfect - all of the other globes I had found were much too big.
It's old, too! Judging from the curious array of extinct or otherwise altered countries (The Belgian Congo still exists, Korea has not yet been divided by the 38th parallel, Alaska is still a territory, a significant part of China is in the hands of the Japanese, and Guiana is not yet independent, to name a few anomalies), it was made somewhere between 1931 and 1945. I wish I had a geography expert around to be more specific. Germany, for one, looks suspiciously large - as though it has encompassed countries like Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, and part of Poland - which were occupied during WWII. Yet the globe is made of tin, and such things would not have been produced during wartime. I do love a good mystery to solve...
My favorite thing about it, though, was the base:
Red woodgrain! The months! The seasons! The horoscope! I mean, really. It doesn't get any better than this.
I can't wait for next month's market (October 28th).
Note: the colors are more saturated if you click on the image.