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.
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,
- Challenges –Cardabilities #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.