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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Flea Markets, The Color Green & Geo. Washington

This afternoon was too pretty to stay indoors. I made a trek to the flea markets on highway 49 just outside of Florence, Mississippi. Directions: Pass Jerry's Fish House (the big white igloo) on your left go a mile or so and watch for Donna's Produce on your right...the markets will be just a little past Donna's on your right.

If you've never been here, you must check it out! No admission and the hours are posted on the picture below.

Next door is a newer Flea Market that is also very enjoyable. You are NOT going to find better prices in the Jackson area. Both markets are full of great finds at good prices.

Now, onto my finds.. on the way to my destination I had a thought...this was too good a chance...nothing really to do...I had some pocket change...time to start thinking about the decor for my backporch for this year...What?! Aren't you rushing it a tad, mam? Maybe, but I dream in color and I love dreaming about my color scheme for the approaching spring and summer months! Once I have that accomplished, buying plants to fill in and plant is a snap. You DO have a different color theme each year, don't you?!

For some, the color is red. I love all shades of it. Then there's blue...just heavenly. I have to be quite careful with yellow...the color of the flame of a candle or a baby chick are my favorites. As I have aged, purple has become palatable. (gulp!) I have recently become enchanted with all things orange. (Martha started that rage several years ago.) But there is just something about Green that puts a spring in my step! (No pun intended here.)

Besides, when you use green as your foundation color...you can use anything else as your pops of color...Look, if it's good enough for Mother Nature, it's sure good enough for me!

My daffodils are just pushing through the earth...I've seen others in bloom all over town. Look at the beautiful foliage. From blue green to a more yellowed green are visible.

Even though clover is supposed to be a sign of compacted soil, I always look forward to the first patches and the inevitable "look" for the four leaf clover!
So began my "look" for some green items to use on my porch...behold my FINDS!

Right off the bat I spied the green tole tray...Nashco...my favorite handpainted trays! Then I added three green shamrock plates...made in Japan and crazed (rather like their new owner.) A set of napkins and a tablecloth for $6.50! and a set of 4 apple green glass candleholders for my porch "candelier"!

Small blue frame with a signed watercolor of a nest with blue eggs! Oh, I'm in heaven! Do you see that large apple green basket!? I thought I was going to have to fight to get it out of the door...everyone wanted it...but I've learned a BIG lesson about FM shopping...grab while you can...it will NOT be there when you go back. Inside the basket is the tablecloth (which is washing as we speak)...my porch pillows from last year will fit right in! (See them in back?)
A few up close pictures are below and I "staged" some of the finds indoors because I was losing light outside.

Another item I saw, but think I can do rather than buy, was a large mirror with green leaves painted on the mirror surface itself...it will reflect light and add a touch of (I hate this word and can't stand to write it, but it fits here) whimsy. (Ugh, there I said it.)

So my afternoon ended. It was the first afternoon I've had to myself in almost a month. I needed it. I needed the quiet, the thrill of the hunt and the victory of finding small items to make my porch an inviting place to visit. Because of the "pollen invasion" that will soon descend on many of the southern states, I can't begin my "transformation" until later in the spring...but I've got a good head start...now onto the project of selecting flower colors!

By the way, Happy Presidents' Day. We should all be grateful to those men who sacrificed their lives for a time to lead our nation! Hats off to all of them~! Nice going, George!

Now, go enjoy some nice temperatures and that beautiful sunshine! This is the day the Lord hath made....let's rejoice in it and in His Creation!

Blessings and a grateful heart to you,


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Wow, you really did find some wonderful treasures. I love them. All of the greens are perfect together. Great finds. Hugs, Marty

Angela McInnis said...

Thank you, Marty! I had a great time...can't wait to paint the furniture and get plants set out!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I like to think of green as neutrals because they are used as such in nature. Nad have you noticed that truly no greens clash? Think of all the different shades of greens in a garden. Your treasures are lovely! Thanks for sharing them with us :D

Ricki Jill

Michelle said...

Awesome finds--great for March:-) I wanted to let you know that I mentioned you again in my blog post...hope that's ok. You just always have such great ideas! See you tomorrow!

Sharon said...

What wonderful treasures! I love the little watercolor and the tray. I feel a trip to Florence coming on next time I go home to MS...

Angela McInnis said...

Sharon, tell me when you are coming, we will meet at Donna's for peach ice cream and then go to the Flea Market!