Flea Market Eye Candy

Just what it sounds like... I got all of this stuff (plus a little more) on one very awesome day at the nearby flea market! It's been a while since I've hit a flea market jackpot this big, so it was a little too exciting to handle!

Three tiny little diaries that age in range from the 1900's to the 1940's. I can't wait to read all the juicy gossip they contain... but how come I feel like the lives of people then were less dramatic than our lives today? (Hmm...could be due to my recent "adventures.")

Gorgeous little Victorian handcolored print - yummy!

Cute little yellowed thang from a page in a girl scouting scrapbook from the 1950's.

An...interesting spread from a 1980's wedding photo album. There were a bunch of these to choose from, and I'm guessing this young couple ended up getting divorced. I picked this album out because of the woman's expressions in these photos.

You can't really tell from the photo, but this is a puffy horse face that sticks out from the piece just a little bit, sorta like a sculptural painting. I think it needs some hot pink painted on it somewhere...

One of many pages from this 1920's scrapbook that has fallen apart. There were so many great photos in here, and it's a shame that the construction-like paper in these albums always tends to fall apart. I like them as individual pages, too...they sort of function like artwork.

A page from a little boy's 1950s/60s scrapbook. Scrapbooks, photo albums, and diaries are my absolute favorite things to find in flea markets, especially since my artwork is so largely based in what I find within these little books. I've been collecting these sorts of things for so many years now, but I am still always so shocked to find such personal memories scattered about the flea market tables amidst rusty tools and singing wall mounted fishes. :)


  1. wow, i don't know which one is my favourite...there are so many! I love the wedding pictures and the diaries (so curious to know who they belonged to). I think it's a great idea to use these treasures as an inspiration for your artwork, Tessa. I can only dream of finding such beautiful things here!

  2. wow oh wow girlie. that's quite the bounty you've found!
    I love the old diaries and those wedding pictures are to good to be true.
    i can't wait to see what you do with some of those images!

  3. Anonymous1:19 PM

    im gonna go with wow like everyone else! I *love* all those photographs! I am so jealous. And I want to hear about all of the juicy gossip :)

  4. that horse DOES need hot pink. fabulous finds!

  5. I'm so jealous! The journals and books I find are always empty. Find me some full ones!

  6. Anonymous3:39 AM

    Great treasures! The dairies are amazing, I think I could spend hours riding them...so voyeristic and melancholy...
    Great photos too :-)


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