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Yesterday’s Rose Bowl Flea

I braved the Rosebowl flea market yesterday, despite the ominous clouds threatening rain. It was, indeed, a slow day at the market. Only about half the vendors were there and people kept looking up and wrapping or covering more precious pieces as the sky grew more and more grey — but none-the-less I managed to find a few cool things and snap a few shots to share here today.

I loves these oversized baskets that the vendor told me were used 100 years ago to cultivate crops in rural China. I think they would make an incredible centerpiece filled with fruit and melon for a huge dining table. I also thing they would make a lovely statement as a gigantic hanging basket in a kitchen. My kitchen is too tiny for something like this, but otherwise I would have snatched this up, and done something like this with it.

I fell IN LOVE with this print, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the $250 for it. But something about the chunkiness of the lines, those pretty pretty palm trees and the colors really got me. I think I may be regretting *not* having purchased it, but I get really frugal at flea markets.

This hutch stole my heart. I love hutches. This one had such pretty wood, and gosh that faceted copper hardware is really, really pretty. This one was going for $650. Ouch. I have no where to put it so leaving it there stung a little bit less, but still…

This was a cute little dresser. Pretty scuffed up, but I really loved the corner details on each drawer and the base of it. Cute proportions. This was was only $85, and I’m filing that corner detail idea away for future projects.

These pots. So good. So pricey.

This chandelier was $1200 — so certainly not cheap — but gosh, so cool huh?

This Senufo stool came home with me. Don’t ask me how I got it to my car — it’s SO HEAVY. But I’ve been lusting after it for many, moons and I’m going to give it a good new home in my garage once the overhaul is done. This is the first piece of furniture I’ve purchased for that space. I CAN’T WAIT to make that new space all kinds of pretty. I paid $250 for the stool, which ain’t cheap, but it’s significantly less than they typically cost in stores–especially for one of this size. It’s carved out of a single block of wood, and it makes me very, very happy. You can read more about Senufo people here.

Hope you have a lovely week Jungalistas!

Alternative Text Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

13 responses to “Yesterday’s Rose Bowl Flea”

  1. Your recently work was really good, and this is also amazing. I like it and I’ll share it with my friends soon. They are also our art group members so they will also love these things….

  2. Kem says:

    Hi Justina, I live in Atlanta and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your books and website. Your photos cheer me up and remind me to be creative. Thanks for all that you publish on this site.
    Kem McIntosh lee

  3. george says:

    Nice purchase JB! Very cool. Those Chinese baskets are fabulous! spot on with the center piece idea. I’ve wrapped a few in hand made paper in my time. Maybe not as enormous as the ones here, but definitely of a significant size. The great thing about bamboo is it can be scrubbed down and left in the sun to dry and hey presto its new again! Bet they’d scrub up to a super golden bamboo color too.

  4. temple run says:

    The handicraft products you share are very beautiful. I really like the bags.

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  6. Nancy says:

    That gorgeous print is by Carol Summers, most likely an original, signed, limited edition. He is a California printmaker, from Santa Cruz, CA., and Guanajuato, Mexico. I love his gorgeous colorful work! $250 is a bargain, if it was an original, signed print. I never seen giclees of his prints. His original prints sell on, 1stdibs, for thousands of $. Look him up, Carol Summers, and see his art, and big prices, just stunning!

    • Justina Blakeney says:

      Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for stopping by! Someone on IG informed of the same thing and I have been KICKING myself ever since!! I took a deep dive into his work and I’m so in love. His use of color is SO GOOD!! I’ll know next time! xx ~Justina

      • Nancy says:

        Justina, not sure if you know what a woodblock is. That is what Carol Summers, uses for his work. Do not be confused by the word, “print”. A wood block print, is an original piece of art, one of a kind, as each print has slight variations. It is not a machine made print. Again, a handmade, original piece of art. Carol Summers, is well know in the printmaking community its, as an innovator, in this process! Again, a stunning piece of art. His work is gorgeous, as is his, Casa de Espiritus Alegres, a bed and breakfast in Gunajuato, Mexico. Not sure if it is still there, since he is deceased. His style is right up your alley, total Jungalow, with plants, and beautiful color and furnishings!

        • Justina Blakeney says:

          Hi Nancy! Yes I’m familiar with woodblock printing methods, I just didn’t know that’s what it was when I was looking at it at the flea. I was under the impression that it was a print-print (not an original art piece) in that moment.
          I have since done some research on him and you’re right! So up my ally! I’ll have to check out the Casa de Espiritus Alegres!! Thanks so much for sharing more info! xx

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  8. The little dresser and the stool are simply treasures to be had. I’m sure you will renovate and make them shine boosting their own beauty. It’s amazing the things you can find for those prices. I’m sure the rugs are carpets are very beautiful as well.

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