Tuesday, May 17, 2011

An American Picker with a Dog Day Afternoon

This past weekend my friend Lynsey and I decided to check out a local antique fair in the Burgh. I was so excited to hear about this fair because as a kid my dad, who is a collector, would drag me along to auctions, yard sales, antique fairs, and flea markets. Many say, one's man junk is another man's treasure, and I am always on the look for treasures with a good deal attached. I am also a fan of the TV show American Pickers, and my dad and I always enjoy watching this together when I am home in the States. I am really looking forward to my visit back to the USA which is less than a month away! Something my dad always use to say is, "the early bird get's the worm," and I think Lynsey's dad also has this same philosophy because we were in the queue bright and early to be try and get the best bargains of the day. 

I really had to laugh at some of the items for sale. 

I think this must have been made before it was discovered that smoking was a carcinogenic. 

Lysney and I had a good laugh with the vintage clothing. I was wondering who in their right mind would ever wear the polka dotted pants in the picture below. 

I was having a good time playing with some of the vintage hats and hater blockers. All classy girls need a hot pink feathered hat, don't they?!

Then I stumbled upon the music man's stall, I was pretty excited as you can imagine. 

My dad has a few train collections, and I kept thinking how much he would have loved the old train car's. This picture is for you dad! 

This union jack chair is awesome, simply said. If I had a bigger flat, I would have bought it. One day....

Apparently the UK has their own version of Antiques Road Show called Bargain Hunt. They were actually filming and episode when we were there, so Lynsey and I nonchalantly walked in front of the camera a few times. If anyone watches this show, and see's us on TV please let me know! 

I only bought one item that day, but I think it was a great find. I am a HUGE Beatles fan, and as soon as I saw this I couldn't even keep a poker face to negotiate. The lady who was selling it could see how excited I was when I picked it up, and she gave me a great deal! Her junk was definitely my treasure that day. 

Both Lynsey and I were super excited because we had noticed a sign on the way to the antique fair that read "Dog Show," so since we're both dog lovers we had to check it out. Some of the dogs were so cute, while others needed some help. This little guy was naked! 

Dogs are so funny with their expressions! I love the black one's smile, he was so friendly. 

This guy needed a little nip/tuck action. 

This was my favourite dog from the day,  Baxter a 7 month old Clumber Spaniel. How cute is this little guy?!

Some of the faces on the dogs were priceless. It made me miss my dogs at home, but luckily we will be reunited in a few weeks! 

Overall it was so great to have a fun Sunday searching for treasures and then playing with dogs. I never know what awaits me in the Burgh, but I sure loving living here! 

Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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