Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Flea Market Dress.

A few weekends ago we took a quick weekend jaunt to NYC, staying with a dear friend in Brooklyn, to see a show and traipse around spending far too much money. At first I hadn't planned on stopping anywhere in particular--Anthropologie was expected, since there aren't any near here, and it would be only feet away from the show's venue--before I realized that the Brooklyn Flea was a very real possibility. Months ago mom and I popped down to the city, but were too busy at the Met to head to any of the fleas.

We went early-ish, so vendors were still setting up when we arrived there, and though it was a bit smaller than it looks in pictures I had to keep myself from pawing through the nearest piles and rubbing my hot little hands together with glee.

Thankfully, I restrained myself and did not fork over my dollars for the first dress I had a crush on. We wandered and poked about, and I kept in mind a few dresses and blouses that seemed suitable, until we were gearing up to go and I chanced upon this beaut:



I told myself that I would know when the dress I wanted would pop up, I knew I was only going to buy one since prices were heftier than around home, and I wanted it to be a special dress. I wouldn't say this is the most spectacular little number ever--but it's pretty darn good. It's cotton, 40s-styled, floral, mismatched buttons, with little pleats in unexpected places. It's the kind of dress I know I'll probably throw on all summer when the days are hot and unbearable.



So many times I read blog posts from people who have lots of huge flea markets, and I get a little bit bummed. There are a few in my area--one quite close--but I haven't found them to be terribly lucrative for my funny sartorial whims, and some of the larger ones are quite a drive away (worth it, but ugh, getting up early to hop in the car for two hours). It was nice to hit a flea and leave with a hole in my pocket and a dress in my bag.

I finally wore the dress yesterday for an afternoon checking out a local vintage store open only in the evenings. It was heavenly, one of the best I've been to in my area, even though I had to leave the most delicious dress on the rack and save my pennies for car payments. Crossing my fingers and toes and praying that it's still there next week!

(And a sneak-peak at my new haircut!)

Pictures taken by John M.

42 comments:

  1. Oh I love it, it's so perfect for you!

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  2. Beautiful dress!!!! I love love love the colors! And major props on not buying the first dress you had a crush on. I almost always end up doing that and then regretting it!

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  3. Usually I avoid dresses and skirts that hit between knees and ankles because they make me look like a hobbit. That dress looks fantastic on you.

    A from aplusbinthesea.blogspot.com

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  4. ooo it is quite lovely, great purchase!

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  5. I love your hair! And that dress is adorable. I wish there were better flea markets around me as well, but how nice that NYC is just a quick jaunt for you!

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  6. Good thing you waited for the perfect dress -- this one is so YOU! And exploring NY fleas is totally on my things-I-want-to-do-before-I-die list. Haha.

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  7. This is a beautiful dress! I love the print. Perfect for any occasion!

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  8. darling dress! i have one sorta of similar to that, i found it at a second hand store, it was such a happy find
    xo

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  9. Like I said, that length of hair really suits you! It must be your wonderful face shape. (Is that creepy?) :)

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  10. I really really love your hair, I do! Your curls are just about the most perfect thing I've ever seen:)

    xx

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  11. you have an excellent taste: I love all the dresses you wear.
    You have an unique style!Great
    sara c.
    http://styleyoustylemestylish.blogspot.com/

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  12. your hair is always gorgeous! the colours of the dress are just divine and despite the awkward length it really looks gorgeous on you!

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  13. this suits you so much, i can never pull off long dresses because i'm too short.

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  14. I always have trouble at markets, I want to buy everything and end up leaving with nothing. I think you chose well it's a beautiful dress and it really suits you.

    ~ the dandelion girl ~

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  15. That dress is amazing! Isn't it the best to find dresses that you know you'll live in during those hot summer days?! I love summer :o)

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  16. Looks perfect on you. It must have been waiting for you to find it ;-)

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  17. ohh, you are back! I missed your outfits!

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  18. hey! lovely dress, it fits you a lot!
    xoxo

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  19. LOVE that floral print on the dress!!!


    http://diyainherstilettos.blogspot.com/

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  20. I had to keep myself from pawing through the nearest piles and rubbing my hot little hands together with glee.

    I would have felt the exact same way. I would be feigning nonchalance on the outside but squealing with excitement on the inside.

    Thanks for dropping by the blog and leaving a comment. It really made my day! I was really glad I discovered your blog and it has grown to be one of my favorites :)

    Bea
    A plus B

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  21. How much do dresses tend to cost at that flee market?

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  22. That's gorgeous. I never find good vintage finds. =(
    xx

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  23. I don’t know…. I think it is the most spectacular! Cotton, floral and perfect fit.

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  24. Très jolie robe et j'adore tes cheveux, bravo pour ton blog.

    Séréna

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  25. you should come down south and visit the nashville flea market sometime! it's so tacky and weird and wonderful! i found a spoon ring that i wear all the time there!

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  26. What a great find. It inspires me to check out flea marckets for dresses
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    Dress Rehearsal

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  27. Love the dress! Looks beautiful and comfortable.

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  28. ohh you look so lovely. your blog is such a delight!

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  29. Your dress is beautiful! it looks so great on you. I also love your pictures! They're so crisp and clear. What kind of camera do you use? :)

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  30. Wow, I love your look! So timeless. I live in a small-ish town so there aren't many (or um, ANY) flea markets here. I think I'd be rather intimidated.

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  31. I posted a little about you on my blog. Hope that's OK!

    Love,
    Blair

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  32. Thank you for creating such a lovely space : )

    I’d like to invite you to win a piece of my fine art through a giveaway on my blog.

    http://walterhelenaphotography.blogspot.com/2010/05/whp-giveaway-two-of-twelve-clouds.html

    I wish you all my best.

    WHP

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  33. I love that dress, you look so lovely and classy! You have excellent taste and I really enjoy your blog. I will be sure to follow you.
    Love Poppy
    http://poppysperspective.blogspot.com/

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  34. j'adore ton style ! cette robe est superbe !

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