second-hand.

peter and i went to the alameda antiques fair yesterday. it was our first time going there. it was neat, lots of cool stuff to look at, for sure. but i guess i have a thrifters sensibility; most of the stuff there seemed so overpriced. which isn’t to say that i won’t go back again… :)  i probably will.  but i’ll keep my eyes peeled for the deals.

alameda
the sky was so blue over the bay. i’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again: the sky seems bluer here than in other places i have lived. it’s like a clear flawless pale blue jewel.

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we found a few choice things, nothing grandiose. this orange tray from the 60s/70s and the two enameled metal plates were but some of the things we found for the house.

vintage tray and vintage enamel plates

the bottom of the rectangular plate is the most lovely color, a rich emerald green. i love how it looks against the orange of the plastic tray. mmm, vibrating colors.

bottom of rectangular enamel plate

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a few pieces of jewelry i picked up at the fair: both plastic. the color combination on those clip ons entranced me: aqua against avocado. i want to use it in things that i make.

vintage plastic necklace and earrings

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finished red feather and fan
yet another feather and fan scarf, finished.

i’m working on some hand-knitted berets atm, i shall post them soon. it’s hat weather now.

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so yes, i’ve been working more. days slip by so fast…it seems like i never blog, though i want to. sometimes i am at a loss for things to say. and i suppose i have slightly less time. it’s ok. while it’s quiet i think about what i want to do and where i want things to go, with this blog, and with life in general. still trying to figure it all out.

in the meantime, my fingers and mind are always busy with something, lots of things. i wish i could talk about things but the words haven’t come to me yet, and there are also things going on i can’t quite talk about yet. soon, soon.

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i’m writing blog entries for work, you can read them here (along with the entries by sabrina, the gal i work with/my boss!):
http://blog.stylehive.com/index.php
we write about products that have been popular around stylehive of late, which is neat. i get to learn more about stuff i never knew existed. i see so much cool stuff every week on the ‘net, new products and makers and designers…much more than i used to on my own. it’s sometimes overwhelming to take it all in but fun. it’s neat to see what people like and are into, and it is fun because i have always liked to ponder the process of how trends happen and why.

8 comments

  1. Victoria E

    The scarf is quite rockin! I’m not sure what it is about that stitch, but tis quite attractive. I’m still working on my first sweater and I’m caught at the part of adding the sleeves :/

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about StyleHive, though I’ve not yet joined the site. Looking at it now, I’m quite tempted – it would be another great place to blog about eco-style 🙂 Glad to hear that you are keeping busy and adjusting to SF.

  2. jessica

    ack! this is my 3rd attempt posting! anyway, i’ve always wanted to go to that alameda flea market. did you find there were a lot of space age-y homeware stuff? also, how was the furniture??

  3. tricia

    victoria: you’re trying to sew on the sleeves? that part can be a little tricky. “vogue knitting: the complete knitting book” has great instrux on how to do that.

    fyi: stylehive is a social style bookmarking site, not a blogging site. i am an editorial assistant for the site, helping to write the blog posts, which we do in house. sorry if it’s confusing!

  4. tricia

    jessica: it was mostly older stuff, a lot of 30s/40s traditional stuff. a couple vendors had mid-century stuff, which was awesome….but not too many. sad, since my favorite eras are 60s/70s, as a general rule. it’s fun just to look around, though. if you wanna go, we could maybe go together! let me know.

  5. Riley

    I just a nice long comment about how yes, the sky is definitely bluer here and I don’t know why. And then I didn’t know what it meant by ‘answer the question!’ Now I get it. But my previous thought is lost. Oh well, I gave you the gist of it.

  6. ambika

    The scarf turned out beautifully. And I’ll definitely be hitting up that flea market (despite the prices) when I’m in S.F. in two weeks time.

  7. mia

    ahh, i love that flea market! it’s so fabulous. i agree that most things are over priced, but i’ve found quite a few odds and ends that were perfect after a little haggling.

    the bay area DOES have the most beautiful blue skies! when i first got here i complained so much because i wanted clouds in my photos (i’m an amateur photographer). but now, after traveling to london quite a bit for work, there are no complaints from me. thank goodness for palo alto blue skies 🙂

    glad to hear you’re settling in. looking forward to hearing about all the great things you’re up to!

  8. Meredith

    Glad you made it over to check that place out! I’ve been once, and I found it kind of overwhelming and expensive. I guess it was more stuff that someone else had already found, not things to paw through for my own finds. You will love the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale! Mark your calendar…
    http://www.museumca.org/events/elephant.html

    I’m so tempted this year to just pay for the preview sale price and see if I can find any treasures.