Topanga Vintage Market

Lately my posts are more about what I am seeing and doing about town. I haven’t stopped making things, not by a long shot. Some of the items have to wait to be shown – because they are gifts.

I haven’t been sitting around moping, I’ve been out and about, exploring the city and my own little corner, The Valley.P1100001Although the Topanga Vintage Market has been around for a few years, I just discovered it this weekend. It takes place on the  4th Sunday of the month in a large parking lot at Pierce college.  So parking is free, entrance fee is only $3 and yes, one has to deal with the heat in the summer. Most of the vendor sell ‘antiques’, one persons’ junk is another person treasure.

This quilt may for for sale, it has very good workmanship, it also has the ubiquitous small floral fabric that was ‘quilting cotton’ in the 70s and 80s. What is unusual is the solids, heck that almost makes it modern!P1100008More quilts and unfinished tops. Once again, that floral.  The color combination here is giving me a headache. The yellow is fine, I can see why it was combined with the floral, problem with those florals is that from a foot away all you see is muddy dots, nothing reads clearly. Anyway, I am very impressed with the design, each six cited star is cut from the solid fabric, and the triangles are inserted with a y-seam, something many quilters avoid. The resulting Hexagons are fun.  The quilter gave up though and never finished the project. I wonder if I every met her years ago when I still went to the San Fernando Valley Quilt Guild?P1100017This doll is made from Cheater cloth, she was among many toys being sold.P1100003A very scary rocking horse. Must have been in someone’s garage for years. P1090997These fellows are garden ornaments, there was a whole menagerie of upcylced animals, I had to capture the goat.P1100005Not all items are old, instead of just taking a picture, I could have use one of these parasols. Did I mention it was hot?P1100013So much to see! So many pictures to take, I found myself drawn to glass.P1100012This orange is for my friend Becky.P1100002Once upon a time, people smoked in their homes and had things called ashtrays for their cigarettes, they also used something called matches that came either in a small box or a fold-over case.  Watch some old film noir, you’ll see what I’m talking about.P1100016Blown glass lamps and  a very strange chandelier, I checked it out, I think someone took the time to paint it pink, I’d love to see it lit at night.
P1100006Also for my friend Becky, a teardrop trailer. Clearly people want to buy the trailer since that is the one item that isn’t for sale.P1100024Once upon a time these faucet handles were everywhere. though the purple has to be rare. There were two tables full, not sure what someone would use them for. Oh wait, Simon Rodia, the man who built the Watts towers used them for two purposes, as a stamp in the concrete and then as part of the mosaic itself.P1100025This sign stole my heart, Gilmore Gasoline is what built the Farmers Market, where I meet with my knitting friends every Thursday night.IMG_0702The dress and earrings are new, the bracelet is old fimo beads, I’m taking it apart and combining with other beads to make a necklace that will go perfectly with this outfit.