Wednesday, January 25, 2012

‘Swelled Up’ at the Flea market


If you are

‘of an age’,

and you were raised with the same basic guidelines as I was,

and sometimes…

as a child/middle-aged woman you wanted something

you could not have…

you may have been warned not

to get ‘swelled up’, as my mother would say.

That warning usually began,

as my frown was forming,


“Laura Ellen?”


Now I know the picture I have painted  here

(of swelling up)

isn’t pretty,

but the word is perfect.

Lately, in all of my

‘of an age’ glory,

I have been swelled up at the flea market.

If you are a junker/thrifter, you know what I mean.

My favorite vendor keeps saving boxes of amazing things

for other people,


I see something in someone else’s cart that makes me hyperventilate,


I am a day late.

Last week was no different.


Until I turned the corner and saw this.


Big Daddy (above) was sitting on the ground under a table full of shoes.

My Academy Award self immediately changed my swelled up expression

to one of disinterest.

I nonchalantly moseyed over.

The first thing I checked?

1.  Does it have all of its feet?


2.  What does its hallmark say?

No hallmark.  Hmmm.

3.  Is it heavy?


4.  Is the price right?

Yes, $20, but she said she would take $18.


And most importantly???

5.  Would it sooth my swelled up heart?




Linking to:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Primp Your Stuff Wednesday at Primp

Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style

What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants

Good Life Wednesdays at A Beach Cottage

Thriftin’ on a Thursday at Savvy City Farmer

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Feathered Nest Friday

Home Sweet Home

Inspiration Friday at the Picket Fence


Stuff and Nonsense

French Inspiration at the French Cupboard


Olive said...

You adorable swelled nut. I have that same tray in my bathroom holding all my bits and baubles.

Judy said...

I'm definately of "that age" and seeing your gorgeous silver tray makes me all swelled up!


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I am all swelled up over this whole room!! LOVE IT and love all the pretties that fill it!

Low Tide High Style said...

I would say that it was a fruitful deflating, but that doesn't sound right! Glad your swelled up self just turned in to swell! Ok, I'll stop now! ;-)

Kat :)

savvycityfarmer said...

omgoodness ... I have my coffee pot on a tray that could be its first cousin!!

thankas so much for linking

Karen said...

Woo-hoo! This is a home run in my book. And thank goodness I know what your vehicle looks like and I could see it through your window because you've made some really cool changes in your sitting area and I didn't recognize it. So fun!!
Ladybug Creek

Bliss said...

The visual I had of a pouting child was much better than the one I thought I was going to have of a middle aged ankle.

Nice score!


Jemm said...

What a gorgeous find! I love it with the the other pieces on top of it. Beautiful!

Blessed Serendipity said...

See, we all have our turn to get something wonderful and that tray is WONDERFUL! So happy you found it and it looks great in your home.


Vintage Gal said...

Oh my gosh ~ I betcha you're feeling just dandy right about now. Beautiful find ;-)

Helen and her Daughters said...

Well that is just beautiful and I just love it, I know sometimes it hit or miss at our Flea Market.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I'm in love. It's a beauty.

Brenda Pruitt said...

You're right! I remember hearing that. As well as a slew of other old saying. Guess that makes us old?

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I have not heard that expression in years ! :-D You did good on the tray.
Enjoy your evening.

Pondside said...

That tray's identical twin is sitting under my tea service. It was a wedding gift all those years ago.

Deb said...

soo happy you found it...I couldn't stand to know you were "swelled up"...

NanaDiana said...

That is ONE SWELL piece! I LOVE it! xo Diana

Pam Kessler said...

Great find. And at $18, a steal. I have a hard time passing up any silver, so that would have gone home with me for sure.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Not only am I of that age...but I often heard those words "Laura Ellen"
as that is my name also and that is what my Dad would say in his sternest voice whenever I was on thin ice! :)
That tray is gorgeous! :)

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my gosh, Laura, that is so worth swelling up for! That is just gorgeous and what a deal, ahem, steal!!! A huge victory in my book!



Debra@CommonGround said...

I think I have one too!! seems we all think alike!

CHERI said...

What great's beautiful. Hubby and I took a day trip last weekend to look for some antique malls and/or flea markets but we came up empty handed. All we could find were high end antique stores and they are no fun!

Dixie said...

A lovely find Laura... I think Candy and I may do a little "swelling up" tomorrow... yes.. I know the feeling!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Laura, This is a beautiful tray! Isn't it fun when you find something hiding under a table?

Miss Kitty said...

Whoa! Big Daddy is one hunk of beautiful silver! What a great find...thanks for sharing the story and the pictures with us.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Forget being all 'swelled up'...
I love how you played it cool and 'moseyed over'...
Now that WAS cool.

Love the tray and the room.
It looks swell.


rusty hinge said...

Hello Laura, I just stumbled upon your blog, (it was actually your creative blog name that caught my eye on a comment form and I had to go check it out!!)
So glad I found you! I love your pictures and especially love your garden shed! It would be a dream for me to have a shed like that some day for my garden and you have yours decorated so cute! I am your newest follower... can't wait to see what you post next!

Theresa said...

Beautiful buy like that would get rid of the "swelled up" in all of us:) Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

suzieQ said...

I love old sayings, but that is one I have never heard before. Thanks for expanding my knowledge and as others had commented, you handled the situation with coolness and got your prize. It looks lovely with the pieces you've displayed on it. Big Daddy is a beauty!

Jojo said...

I've never heard that expression, hear in Georgia we used puffed up but either way - whoo hoo!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

I can identify with the "someone just got it 2 seconds ago!" syndrome. So glad you got that gorgeous tray - especially with your disintered look! Linda

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I ALWAYS look for silver when I am out at estate sales or the Flea markets. Love it. One day I will "Swell up" when I find my complete tea service at the right price!!! Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a new "friend" XO Cindy

Cottage and Broome said...

A great find! I hauled a similar one back from a NYC flea market with me one the plane, so glad I did. You will use your over and over I'm sure, Laura

Cottage and Broome said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm following you too, Laura

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Yup, I have had that 'swelled up heart' feeling before. Love your tray and the treasures on top make it all that more wonderful. I must remember, "Be still my swelling heart"! Visiting from the Fence. Now a new follower.

JunqueMagnet said...

Too funny. I call mine the green eyed monster which causes me to STALK shoppers while willing them to put MY item down so I can snatch it up! Enjoy your find.

Rita said...

Your home is so cozy looking. I'd love to visit! And... I wont even get swelled up when I do! Ha! Seriously, your home is so inviting that a visit would be just wonderful!

debbie refresh restyle said...

I love silver and you found a great piece at a wonderful price!


Whoa...welcome Big Daddy...looks like you found a great home, and a few friends also! Score!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I didn't know the name for it, but I'm 'swelled up' a lot! I love big daddy and his gorgeous friends. Thanks so much for linking to WIW. We are now following you and hope you link again next week. Can't wait to see what else you find.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That tray is wonderful and what a fantastic price!

Honey at 2805 said...

Lucky you to find such a beautiful piece at such a great price. You should feel "swelled"!

Thank you for sharing your lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

That tray is gorgeous!!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope to see you again at this weeks party!

The Charm of Home said...

Awesome Laura! I would love to find one of these! Thanks for joining me at HSH!

Revi said...

Swelling vicariously through you! I'm a first time visitor, and I LOVE white spray paint, thrift stores and am also "of a certain age." I'm thinking I should follow...:)

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