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Catching Fleas

Every month my husband and I get out cash for “fun” money. This is money we spend on things like coffees, movies, fabric, etc- the things that are wants rather than needs.

I had a lot of “fun” at the Curious Flea, held at New Westminster’s River Market, over the past weekend. So much “fun” that I’m going to be making my own coffee for the rest of the month.

My first temptation came in the form of sketches done by Won Kang. For the past three years he has been trying to do a sketch a day of sites mostly around East Vancouver. Having spent the first year and a half of my marriage living in that hood I was especially drawn to his work. The colours he has chosen to enhance his images with are stunning. I would love it if he would start going around Queensborough next and capturing our unique neighborhood! Do visit his site, it’s a delight! Here is one of the pics I picked up:

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My second temptation came in the unassuming form of a small family run stand called Time of Origin which specializes in up-cycled jewelery as well as vintage home decor items. I picked up some birthday presents here as well as a few goodies for my own home.

The pictures on these lockets are from old children's books.

The pictures on these lockets are from old children’s books.

I love this little bird I bought.

I love this little bird I bought.

I plan on painting this brass candelabra a bright high gloss colour.

I plan on painting this brass candelabra a bright high gloss colour.

Next came Brick and Mortar. They have a store front in downtown New Westminster (see link for details), but I was lucky enough to catch them at the Curious Flea. They sell all sorts of locally made home goods including divine smelling bee’s wax candles, funky mason jar lights, and coasters made from old maps, magazines, and dictionaries.

Check out the cutting board in the background. It is in the shape of British Columbia (sideways).

Check out the cutting board in the background. It is in the shape of British Columbia (sideways).

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My last great temptation came at The Vintage Sisters stand. Their eye for style was evident in the artful way they set up their display of goods. Had I not already spent all the money I could I would have been hard pressed not to buy some of their beautiful vintage goods and creatively re-purposed items.

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I love this creative way of hanging pictures: a frame, chicken wire, and paper clips.

I love this creative way of hanging pictures: a frame, chicken wire, and clothes pins.

All in all a good (child-free) morning was had. These four vendors were my favorites but there was plenty more to see at the Curious Flea. If you wish you had been there but couldn’t be, don’t fear. The Curious Flea is coming back in November, just in time do do some Christmas shopping.

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DIY Upcycled Headboards

From a thrifty standpoint as well as an eco-friendly one, I am a big fan of re-purposing building materials and pieces of furniture. Not only is it often cheaper and better for the environment, these pieces also tend to add interest and texture to a room. After making my old headboard from a coffee table that we sawed the legs off of, (see Shebajoux Headboards) I became interested in what other things could be turned into one of a kind headboards. Here are some that I found:

Vintage door with upholstered panels. This is a similar look to the coffee headboard I made.

Vintage door with upholstered panels. This is a similar look to the coffee headboard I made.

Headboard made from old curtain and vintage picture frame

Headboard made from an old curtain and vintage picture frame

Headboard made from old shutters

Headboard made from old shutters

Headboard made from vintage fireplace mantel. Paint it if you want a more refined look.

Headboard made from vintage fireplace mantel. Paint it if you want a more refined look.

Headboard made of books! This would be perfect for my brother!

Headboard made of books! This would be perfect for my brother!

Headboard made from old wrought iron and sprayed red

Headboard made from old wrought iron and sprayed red

Headboard made from old oars.

Headboard made from old oars.

Headboard made of old doors.

Headboard made of old doors.

Headboard made form vintage windows

Headboard made from vintage windows

Headboard made from a collection of vintage frames.

Headboard made from a collection of vintage frames and shutters

Headboard made from old skis

Headboard made from old skis

Headboard made from molding and scrap wallpaper.

Headboard made from molding and scrap wallpaper.

Fancy a go? Here are some sources for materials in the Greater Vancouver Area:

Front Street Emporium: 617 Front Street, New Westminster, BC for all sorts of materials like vintage windows and doors.

Surrey New and Used Building Materials Inc. for iron gates, antique doors and windows.

Vancouver Timber services for reclaimed wood.

Demolition sites, Craig’s List, garage sales and even the side of the road are all good options too.

615 Front St., New Westminster, BC, Canada

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