Yesterday I was finally able to mark a long-standing item off of my to do list. I visited the Melrose Trading Post and pretty much hit the jackpot, making huge strides in furnishing our new apartment. I’d been wary of going because as a loyal Rose Bowl Flea Marketer, I had heard the trading post was smaller and the prices weren’t as competitive. However, I think I may be a convert. Yes, it is smaller and there are many booths that just have clothes (namely high-waisted denim cut-off shorts) but for me it is closer to home, a more manageable size, and the prices are just as good.
Needless to say I will definitely be returning. However, since we are still a few pieces shy of having a completely furnished home and the Rose Bowl Flea Market is next week, we will be there. While I unfortunately didn’t get the information of all the vendors I purchased from, I’d like to highlight two in particular.
This beautiful desk is from Reclaim and although it was the most expensive purchase of the day it was a great investment piece with an interesting back-story. The top is made from a 1932 wine barrel from a region I can’t recall, but it sounded fancy and we were immediately sold. It was exactly the look and dimensions we were hoping for to use as a shared workspace in our office/guestroom. Plus it is a perfect balance of the vintage/country look I like without being too girly shabby chic.
I’ve seen these on Pinterest for a while and told myself that if I ever stumbled across a pile of abandoned crates, I’d make one. Since that discovery seems unlikely I was pleasantly surprised to find one already made for me, and completely affordable from ReCircle Matter. Again, it’s a shabby chic feel without being too feminine and given the boy’s extensive book collection it provides an interesting and versatile space for storage and displaying knick-knacks.
As a side note, we also got this great dresser (no more living out of a suitcase!) that happened to match perfectly with side tables I got at the Rose Bowl Flea Market a year ago, which means no need for any painting!