SHOPPING: Playing Hooky - Rose Bowl Swap Meet

I recognized the signs.  At this time of year I am an absentee wife.  So many projects, working well into the night, details of projects and client needs filling my head so that I am often 'not there' even when I am actually in the same room.  My husband puts up with so much from me and my creative mind - and he knows what to expect for the holiday season - and still - I could tell he was feeling a little neglected. 

So before it got too crazy we decided to play hooky and have a day all to ourselves with no interference from family, friends or business - just my sweetie and me on a little vacation.  We hopped in the car and headed for Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Swap Meet.

He's awfully cute, isn't he?

Unhappily- the antique swap meet was a disappointment.  I was expecting a treasure trove of antiques, vintage and fabulous finds.  What I found was a lot of junk.  I wanted to see something wonderful I 'just had to have' - but found nothing I couldn't live without.  Keith was equally unimpressed.  There were only a few booths that were worth exploring.  We wondered if the economy had something to do with it, because we both remembered being blown away by this same swap meet when we had visited it several years ago.  

Still, we had fun, going up and down the isles, hand in hand, stopping to buy a hot dog and soda for $3 at a stand that had run out of mustard.  Even that couldn't dampen our spirits.  

I was looking for a vintage dress form and we found two in the style I wanted.  They both wanted way too much for them, so we moved on.   At the end of the day Keith said he wanted me to get one of the dress forms, so we went back to barter.  People were already packing up their stuff (best bartering time, as they don't want to pack it all back home). We got one dealer down $75 and ran to the other, which I liked better as it was more time worn, and she came down $100.   We paid her and carted off our treasure - which Keith promptly  named Matilda (I have no clue as to why) and carried her to the car.  Other than the hot dog, she was our only purchase.

I'm excited to put Matilda in my office.  But that's another project for another day!

Bailey was happy to see us on our return home.



With just 8 weeks to the wedding in Dallas, I headed to LA to the garment/fabric district to hunt for ice pink fabric - not easy to find in the middle of winter!   Shawna needed draperies and we hoped to find the perfect fabric for them.
We navigated the fabric district in a frenzy.  There was shopping to do and then kids to pick up - we had a small window of opportunity - we geared up for some serious power shopping and headed into every shop that had a glimmer of pink.   We found the perfect ice pink damask in the very back of a little shop for only $3.99 a yard. 
Nearby we found the perfect taupe velvet fabric for Shawna's drapes and a wonderful price to make them as well.
I still needed a companion fabric for the wedding, but we were hungry, so we stopped for lunch at a street vendor and had the most perfect hot dog.  Bacon wrapped and covered in grilled peppers and onions and topped with fresh tomato, cilantro and avocado salsa.  Never would have topped a hot dog with any of it, and yet it was soooo good. 
On the way back to the car, with time running out, I saw pink out of the corner of my eye and ran into the little hole-in-the-wall shop to investigate.  It was the perfect ice pink with white polka dot fabric - and only $1.00 per yard.  I grabbed 20 yards and we ran to the car - getting back in plenty of time to pick up kids.
So, now to sew sew sew - I'll be busy busy busy! 

We are excited to go back and investigate the shops we didn't have time to get to, but honestly,  I'd go back just for the hot dog!  Fancy a trip?


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