Third of 2015 40/8 Flea Markets

July 408It appears that each 40/8 Flea Market at the Santa Rosa Veterans building has more and more vendors each time. There were very few empty spaces and the ones that I saw I imagine were no-shows. Good for the organizers which benefit the Santa Rosa Junior College nursing scholarship program. Pity that they can’t have more.

I got there 30 minutes after the opening and got one of the last spots in the lot. Even though some vendors weren’t set up the lots were full and the people were hunting in earnest.

Great variety of items for sale, but the repurposed succulent planters were still the most popular selling item.

I’m bringing back the “guess what this is game” with an item I bought today. Such an interesting piece, I couldn’t resist it even though I’m not sure how I will use it. It’s english silver-plate and stands about 4-1/2 inches high and is about 6 inches long. Can you guess what it is? …and while you’re at it, share your ideas as to what I can use it for.

Wonder if the August heat will deter vendors.
From what I’ve seen, I doubt it.
Really looking forward to it.

Second of 2015 40/8 Flea Markets

The second of the 5 40/8 Flea Markets at the Santa Rosa Veterans building was as large as the first one. There were far more people at the venue than the first time. Parking was problematic as even with all the parking at the Park & Ride lot as well as the Veterans building there wasn’t enough. 

Great variety of items for sale, but the repurposed succulent planters were still the most popular selling item. 

thumbs down

To the organizers for making constant negative announcements about cars parked illegally. Added such a negative tone to the event. It would have been better to just make the announcement about the cars. 


BIGthumbs down thumbs down:
for selling a vendor space IN the electric charging station, thereby blocking access to EVs when there were plenty of other places open for the vendor to use.



Looking forward to the next one on July 12th. 

Healdsburg Antique Faire

Another new scout opportunity for me.
Healdsburg is such a pretty little place with a traditional plaza.
This antique faire is to benefit the museum and has been held for about a decade.
From what I read the city moved the venue away from the plaza last year and the vendors and attendees were up in arms.

It returned to the plaza this year and was well attended.
Healdsburg Antique Faire

Not really any vendors of note, but fun to wander.

Pick of the Day:  Costeaux Bakery! This place makes mouthwatering pastries and breads.
Made the outing worthwhile.

ummm Costeaux Bakery!

ummm Costeaux Bakery!

Would I go again? Probably not.

Chateau Sonoma French Flea Market

This store, located on the Square in Sonoma hosts this flea market two times a year.

I have to say that today I felt like I was back in France in a village Brocante.
The french music played in the background, and the vendors all had wonderful displays of their wares.

Did I find anything I couldn’t do without? Nah.
Was I disappointed?
As I find as much joy in wandering and taking in all that there is happening as much as purchasing something.

My “Pick of the Day” was the card fed hand cranked organ grinder complete with him singing french tunes in his raspy, oh so typical, smokers voice!
Tip: click on the play triangle to play within my post.
But, better yet, click on the double arrow on the right edge of the bar below the photo to open in full screen and play.

Would I go again next time?
You bet!

Worried for ETSY…

Well, just when I had thought I had an alternative to the usurious fees of eBay, this comes out…
From SF Gate

It all makes perfect sense and if I was a struggling seller on ETSY I’d be very angry and frustrated.

So, for the moment I think I’ll stick with ‘ole faithful eBay even at the prices I pay.

Sebastopol Antique Society Parking Lot Sale

Being new to the area, I don’t want to miss the opportunity to scout any possible treasure venue.

I had heard of the Antique Society and figured this would be a good opportunity to check it out.
There were about 10 +/- vendors out in the parking lot and then the building with all the consignment sections was open.

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Not really that great except for one vendor inside that’s my Pick of the Day:

Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day






The Chef Collects

The Chef Collects

Would I go back? …probably not, unless it was to buy from my “Pick of the Day”.

First of 2015 40/8 Flea Markets

Ever since we relocated to the area, I’ve heard about the 40/8 Flea markets that occur one Sunday each month from May through September each year. I had heard the flea market benefited the Santa Rosa Junior College Nursing program but wasn’t quite sure how. 

40 and 8 (or by the original name: La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux) turns out to have an interesting history dating back to 1922. The American Legion became involved with 40 and 8‘s goal to support programs that promote child welfare and nurse’s training and started the nurses scholarship program that this event benefits. 

Now that I’ve explained the odd title for the Flea Market I attended today, let’s get on with my report. 

The weekly sunday flea market venue normally starts at 9:00am.

This one started at 7:30am and when I arrived at 8:00 it was packed.

vendors stands were where there is normally parking

vendors stands were where there is normally parking

Vendors stands went the full length of the parking lot and extended behind the Veterans Building. 
There’s plenty of parking on the west side of the veterans building but it was showing signs of being pretty full. The venue was sold out to vendors and I would estimate about 3-4 times more vendors than at the weekly event. 

Loads of "stuff" to rummage through

Loads of “stuff” to rummage through

In no time, my trusty backpack was contentedly feeling the weight of my treasures I found. 

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Looking forward to the next one on June 14th!



Petaluma Antique Faire


Yikes! Where does time go?!

After two very successful months selling on eBay I decided to take a break.
Though it was super fun to reconnect with previous clients and make new ones, my sales became too consuming of my time. There were so many other activities that were calling us in our new location… Lecture series, hiking, trying new restaurants and breweries and of course, treasure hunting.

There is a flea market every Sunday in our area, but it’s real hit-and-miss.
Of course, when my Sherpa comes, it’s a “must do” event! 🙂

What I’ve discovered as the “treasure-hunting thing” in our area is Estate Sales.
Some are a stretch of the term and should really be called garage or yard sales, but that only makes me think of France with the use of their words Brocante vs Vide Grenier.
Technically, the word Brocante signifies antique or vintage sales and a Vide Grenier literally means empty the attic which is more akin to the garage or yard sales here in the U.S. But, like in France, you have to view a lot of vendors (professional or individuals) stands before you find one little treasure. I’ve actually had some pretty good luck recently including La Rochère glasses and a set of Villeroy Boch restaurant plates!

But I’ve gotten off the topic of this post…

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The Petaluma Antique Faire is held twice a year  Once in April and once in September. It has grown quite large and takes up a good portion of the downtown area making me have the feeling of going to a village brocante in France. There was a large amount of clever “repurposed” items for sale. These were mostly to display succulents and plants but there were a few vendors whose creations really caught my appreciative eye. 

Vendors commented that the Spring Faire is better attended and has more selection than the one in September. Regardless, I thought it was really well attended and well worth the trip.

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Plant stands and succulent storage…

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But the award for the cleverest “repurpose-r” of the faire went to this fellow… 


Selling has started

Well more excuses for anyone following me, but they’re all true.

Between July 29th and September 4th, we decided to relocate to northern California. We found a house to rent. Went home and put our house on the market. We were in escrow in 7 days. The 10 day escrow closed on the 2nd of September as we drove the moving truck out our driveway in southern California.

All my brocante treasures were carefully packed and it is only now that I have finally had time to unpack and sort them for sale.

ETSY is THE place for selling anything that I have that is 20 years or older. Much less in expensive fees in addition to being able to list the items until they sell for 4 month periods.

So I’ve sorted out my items that are not “vintage” and have started selling on eBay. You can view my listings here lgerardn | eBay So if any of you are waiting for my items, you might want to check the above link from time to time.

I’ll add a posting here on the blog when I start adding items to my ETSY shop.

Etsy It Is!

After the vide-grenier chez-nous, I turned to planning the sale of my French treasures.
I am so pleased to have the diversity and quantity that I have.

In an attempt to keep my pricing down, I have decided to give Etsy a go. I’ll be selling some of our personal items on eBay as they’re not “vintage” (20 years or older) that we no longer use, but pretty much everything else is going to be put up in my Etsy store. We’ll see how it goes. Etsy allows me to put my items up for 4 months or whenever it sells so this is much more attractive for me at the moment. In the past there’s been such pressure selling on eBay as it was usually in one week increments and then everything ended at once and you had to deal with masses of shipping plus re-listing items that didn’t sell, or new ones to keep my “other items” list full enough to draw sufficient buyers.

It will be a new learning curve for me, but I think it will work out best for everyone.

So, for the moment, I’m photographing and compiling my listings so when I do open (read: stock) my Etsy store, I’ll have a great selection for everyone.

In the meantime, those of you that are interested in getting a sneak preview of what my 2013 brocante circuit has in store for you, scroll through my posts from April 2013 and preview some of my items that will be for sale. On the right hand side of the post is a section called Archives. Click on the month and year and scroll away. I went treasuring hunting pretty much every weekend in 2013 so there’s lots and lots of goodies for all.

If you fall upon something that you simply must, must have send me an email or enter a comment in the post where the photo is and I’ll give you more information on the item.