Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Renninger's Flea Market Finds

Renninger's Flea Market in Adamstown,  PA is huge! The outside market opens every Sunday at 5:00 a.m., weather permitting. And there are over 300 more dealers inside. I wish we were all close enough to meet up here some Sunday for a  real-life junkin' extravaganza...wouldn't that be fun? In the meantime, here is a little taste of Renninger's for you to enjoy vicariously...
It was unseasonably cold this Sunday in Pennsylvania, and really windy. The outdoor dealers were all bundled up. In spite of the cold, there were still fresh flowers for sale at the entrance to the outdoor market
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I loved this booth...lots of "fresh-picked" vintage items at really good prices. I bought all four of these dovetailed wooden drawers for $8.00.  I love the pulls  on them. My idea right now is to clean them up and use each of them as the base for some collage/altered art projects to hang on the wall. Or, I may click over to my favorite DIY blog, Mamie Jane's, and do something like this. I thought of Jane a lot at Renninger's as I looked through not one or two pieces,  but whole boxes of old keys, coat hooks, bits and baubles. There was enough at this market to keep Jane busy for years!


One man was selling boxes of old Easter chocolate molds from the nearby Hershey's chocolate factory. He explained that the company had gone to flexible plastic molds and he had bought  the old ones as a lot. Again, I kept thinking, "So what would Jane do with these?"

There were lots of tables like this..and everyone was ready to dicker.


Not just one or two vintage rolling pins at Renninger's...boxes and boxes of them!

As well as watch parts for collage...

and bins and bins  of vintage hardware.



There was vintage fabric to dig through...

...as well as signs of every kind. I loved the schoolgirl in this old bread advertisement...I think I once had the same dress (didn't we all?).


There were booths full of vintage doll clothes...

and Easter decorations.


And on the way back to the hotel, more beautiful scenery...



I can't wait to share photos of my "finds" with you when we get home...they are stuffed into the back of the car right now and not ready for their big reveal on the blog. In fact, I can't even remember everything I bought so unpacking it will be a bit like Christmas morning. I do know that somewhere in the trunk there is...a bag of old skeleton keys (12 for $10.00), a bag of old wire coat hooks ($.50 each), the four drawers, a great wooden berry-basket carrier (with the baskets) , a wire milk bottle carrier (with the bottles), some vintage aprons, tablecloths and napkins, a selection of early 1900's holiday postcards, and assorted collage hardware.

I have been reading and appreciating all of your comments the past few days...thanks to my laptop. I haven't had time to answer them all as we've been on the road so please bear with me (my DH would probably not appreciate me being on the computer every moment of our vacation :-)
Today we are in Maryland where we will visit Harper's Ferry and the Civil War site at Antietum.
 But...I'm sure we'll pass a few antique shops along the way!

Cheryl

This post is linked to:
Second Time Around Tuesday at A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Favorite Things Saturday at Bargain Hunting With Laurie
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground


11 comments:

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

That place looks great! I still miss living on the east coast even after 30+ years. You've been doing a lot of driving, but seeing and enjoying great stuff.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Oh, I am so envious, Cheryl! Going to a Renninger's Flea Market is on my bucket list!!! Thanks for sharing photos of all the goodies! Can't wait to see what you bought!!!

A Vintage Green said...

You must have been in wonderland - what a huge selection, huge.
- Joy

MeMeSue said...

I'm telling you that if you decide to do this again you must contact me and I will so meet you there...not too far from me! And now I'm going to do some research to find out exactly where this is and drag my poor hubby with for a road trip! Can't wait to see your finds!

Hugs,
Sue

MeMeSue said...

OMGoodness Cheryl I just checked out the website...HOLY MOLY!

I sent my hubby the link...I can't believe that I've never heard about this place...Reading is only about an hour from me.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

WOW...lots of awesome treasures to be found there! Sounds like you bought a few goodies.
Have FUN!
deb

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Cheryl,
After seeing your pics, I really have to go there. I have no excuse as it is only 2 hours away from me!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Maureen said...

Oh.my.goodness! I am trembling at the thought of all that hardware.. and fabric too! Surely Jane would be too!

A Few Pennies said...

I would love to visit there--the eye candy was awesome! Loved all your photos. Have a great week. Patty

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh what fun! Your drawers look like such a great purchase. I can't wait to see what else you bought. Oh, how I would love to go to this market. Glad you are having such a wonderful trip. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

Diann said...

Oh, this looks like it was so much fun! I love going to open flea marets like this. Thanks for joining TTF! Have a wonderful day!