Sunday, June 26, 2011

South Brunswick's Americal Legion Auxiliary Flea Market

On a perfect summer weekend when it's not raining, the humidity is low, and the sun is shining, crowds of people head to the Jersey Shore. Not me! I scour Craigslist and the South Brunswick Post (and Patch) for garage sales and flea markets. And what's better than a flea market? A flea market practically in your back yard, with practically professional vendors!

While there isn't a huge amount of outside space at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 401 on Major Road in Monmouth Junction, the vendors were arranged to make the most of what room they could. I lost count of how many tables I visited, but they seemed endless! And the finds!! Vintage galore in all varieties; clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, and my favorite...a bowl full of vintage scouting merit badges. Many of the vendors were collectors with top quality items, and they really knew their stuff.

Aren't these post cards the coolest?

Debbie Katko is the artist who created these beautiful paintings. She can sometimes be found at Englishtown, but if you would like to purchase one of her paintings, contact me by leaving a comment on this blog post.

I just love these merit vintage!

Local organizations like churches, schools, etc. and this week, the American Legion, often hold flea markets, and their space fees for vendors are typically reasonable ($10-$20). They attract collectors with fabulous items, who are vendors at many of the local flea markets...I recognized several from my weekend "picking". The vendors are friendly and knowledgeable, and I usually do as much socializing as buying. All in all, it's a GREAT place to score some terrific finds, and meet some nice people, as well as support the local organization hosting the event (the organizations usually raises funds from the vendor space fee, but I can't speak for all events). If you're like me, and love to rummage through flea market tables, I highly recommend the locally-sponsored "fleas". Having said that, if you regret missing the one at the American Legion, or if you want to visit the vendors again, many of them can be found at the Columbus Flea Market, or the Englishtown Flea Market. Be sure to keep your eye out for future local fleas as well...maybe I'll see you out there!

Mona Kay

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saint Augustine's Columbiettes Garage Sale

Note: While I typically post about events right after they occur, several factors, including illness, delayed this post. However, here it is...enjoy!

With spring and summer, comes garage sales, and with garage sales come sales for a good cause. These are my favorite! While Garage Sale Divas, Thrifters, Junkers, etc. are great people anyway, there's nothing better than getting such like-minded people together to support something worthwhile. The Saint Augustine’s Columbiettes of Kendall Park provided just such an opportunity two weeks ago.

From a member:

"Saint Augustine’s Columbiettes, of Kendall park, held a very successful garage and bake sale on Saturday, May 21 with the support of the South Brunswick community. What is unique is that all the items were donated and 100 percent of the proceeds will be given to a wide range of charities to help those in need. One of those to benefit will be a very special boy from the parish school, Edward Migliari, as his family is facing significant medical expenses resulting from his cancer.

The Columbiettes, is an almost-60-year-old Catholic women’s international organization affiliated with the Knights of Columbus. They are dedicated, caring women, committed to helping those in need as well as those serving our country in the military.

St. Augustine's Columbiettes will be celebrating their tenth anniversary this June 5th with a self-paid dinner at Pierre' Restaurant. During those ten years, they have raised thousands of dollars which were given directly to support many local folk in need for a variety of reasons as well as yearly scholarships to several students.

Their next fund-raiser is the Annual Spaghetti Dinner to be held in October."

They had a wonderful collection of items....I wanted to buy every single one of those painted signs! I also would have taken home all those lampshades if I hadn't remembered that I was tripping over a stack of them in my storage, still waiting for their refurbishing adventures. I did, however, buy a box of veneer for furniture repair, and some gorgeous porcelain blue and white floral (my favorite!) switch plates. Everyone was lovely and friendly...I hope they do another garage sale soon!

Have a great week...see you at next week's garage sales!
Mona Kay