Bargain Hunting

A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist.
    ~ Franklin P. Jones



Saturday my daughter, Caitlin, and I went on a Road Trip for, well, junk, the "another man's treasure" part of the old saw.

We went to Canton, Texas, for First Monday Trade Days. Oh honey, this is not your Mama's flea market. But then maybe it is – it's been operating since the 1850s. One weekend a month Canton goes from a teeny town of 5,100 to a metropolis of over 300,000, making it the largest and oldest flea market in the world. Rumor has it the residents of Canton didn't pay property tax until just recently (2006) because of the income the city received from operating the facility.  Ah man! I could live in a town who makes its living off of a big flea market! (We don't even have a good Farmer's Market in Waco.)



First Monday Trade Days operates on over 100 acres with places for 6,000 vendors. Yeah, we didn't get to all of them. Instead, we made a run for the back, "unreserved" areas where we thought we could find some of the unexpected, buried treasures.

We found lots of great vintage luggage, more old canning jars and crates than we could lug home, tchotchkes, kitsch, and these . . .


It was such a fun day, I thought I would commemorate it with a card.


It's a crazy hectic card, but I like it that way because "clean and simple" just would not capture the look and feel of First Monday Trade Days. It's a sensory overload of colors, sounds, great people watching, and junque!


I wanted the layers of paper on the bottom half of the card to look like fabric being perused through on the vendor tables. I painted them with ModgePodge, sewed the edges and then rolled them up in toothpicks so they'd dry curled. Cute, right?

Going along with the "Rip and Roll" theme at the My Favorite Things Challenge this weekend, I used one of my favorite embellishments – ripped gingham. I also ripped some papers and rolled them around some Roll-Ohs. Get it? Rolos? Yeah, I kind of perverted the theme.  😉



And, finally (are you still with me?) I wanted to use some of those great canning jars we found with, yep, more Rolos.


Gracious. I've almost got a one-man flea market. Well, certainly not as big as Canton's.


Catered Crop Recipe

We're headed on yet another road trip tomorrow to catch a Round Rock Express baseball game, so I'm posting this a tad early . . .

Have you checked out the Ribbon Carousel Challenges yet? Well, if not, now's the perfect time. The theme starting Tuesday is Anything Goes! Perfect for a flea market card like mine, because just about everything came and went at that flea market.


Just remember that you need to make sure you include ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace, thread or basically anything that comes on a spool. Oh, and darling Bargain Hunters, The Ribbon Carousel has started offering Ribbon Club Kits. The inaugural kit, September's, is $9.95 and includes ten different ribbons and twine for a total of 20 yards. I adore that orange and black web ribbon, perfect for adding another layer, like here.


Here's the rest of the recipe.

  • Pattern Paper – Crate Paper Farmhouse 6 x 6 pad and stickers*
  • Cardstock– Stampin' Up! and Neenah
  • Stamps – My Favorite Things Cart Full of Friends and Notched Tag
  • Color Mediums – Copics, Stampin' Up! Stampin' Pastels, Memento
  • Fibers – May Arts ribbon, Ripped gingham, RicRac, Stampin' Up! linen thread (as a bow and for the rope of the wagon), Benzie felt
  • Embellishments – Red bead (at the end of the wagon rope), Foof-a-la and Maya Road buttons, KaiserCraft Rhinestones, vintage jingle bells
  • Tools – My Favorite Things You Move Me, Mini Rolled Roses, and Notched Tag Die-namics,
  • ChallengesCardabilities #38 sketch, My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge Rip and Roll

*I usually don't like using stickers, but there were these adorable bunting stickers that called my name. I sewed them across the top and dusted the back with powder so the could be puffed up with dimensional tape.

Cart Full of Friends Markers


Shew . . . I hope this big blog post didn't bust your computer. But, hey, if it did, I know where you can find a bargain. :)
A Cart Full of Friends
Thanks for hanging out with me!

Sweet Comments

  1. Oh, Linda. I loved everything from the story to the card, to your witty explanation, and everything in between. LOL Great project. Very creative. :)

  2. Oh Linda, so what is NOT to love about this ENTIRE post? First off..if I lived near you there would be no way you could stop me from coming with you to this flea market! :) Your card is the bomb like always and I am crazy about mod podge so

  3. …I LOVED your rip and roll!! Sorry bout the break in comment! Awesome post and glad you had a fun day with your dd! hugs, Jane

  4. Wow Linda!!! Such an amazing project! Love the card, the story, the flea market, all of it! You have such talent for obviously, card making, but storytelling and blogging, props, photography….you’ve got it all!!!!

  5. Holly AKA KopyKat says:

    You took the rock and roll theme to a whole new level and I love it….especially the rollo’s, lol. I hope you get another month as guest designer….and win all the other challenges.

  6. Oh my goodness, if this isn’t the cutest!! I love the rolled paper at the bottom and the FABBY paper piecing….ohhhh and the ripped fabric….well, actually, I love ALL OF IT! 😀

  7. Great projects! Love the candy jars!

  8. So glad you got to go to Canton. I usually try to go once a year. Lots of fun stuff to check out. Love your card and candy cuties! Hope you had fun at the ballgame! Doris

  9. LOOOOOOOVE this card—I just got this stamp set the other day! SOOOOOOO excited to use it! LOVE:) LOVE your rolled paper and the ribbon/fabric–FAB! You nailed this card–LOOOOOOOOVE love love it all:)

  10. wowiee! you got great stuff from the market! Amazing creations too! LOVE that brown/rust paper and your colouring is gorgeous.

  11. Oh Linda, so what is NOT to love about this ENTIRE post? First off..if I lived near you there would be no way you could stop me from coming with you to this flea market! Your card is the bomb like always and I am crazy about mod podge so

  12. I love your card !!!! so great colors and image – A lot of work in details – wow hugs Joanna

  13. SUPER cute! Love it!

  14. This is soooo cute! I just love the curled edges and the little banner! Big congrats on joining us again! :)


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