The day dawned bright, hot and early... and not nearly long enough after I finally crawled into bed @ 2:15 am. My sister's arrival at 9:00 pm the night before with a chilled bottle of Prosecco were just what I needed to get my second wind. With the truck packed to it's gills, we called it a night, desperate for sleep & yet eager for the sun to rise, to get on the road to Boston.
Sunday the 2nd of May just happened to be one of those crazy New England days when the temperature was already 80 degrees by 10:00 am, and would continue to rise to 90 degrees by some reports I heard. My mantra all the way to Boston?
"Please let this VFW hall have air conditioning...Please let this VFW hall have air conditioning..."
We arrive at 11:00 on the dot, and for a moment it looks like a mini~version of the New York Garment District back in it's hey~day.
(photo courtesy of Absolute Astronomy)
Racks of fabulous vintage clothing being wheeled across the parking lot by men in suits with bow ties and ladies dressed to the nines . . . my heart begins to pound. The clock ticks away, and before we knew it, the crowd had pushed through the door well before high noon and the pandemonium began. My heart begins to pound again~~we were nowhere even close to ready for the torrential crowd of vintage~treasure~hunters streaming in.
(Photo courtesy of N'East Style)
The crowd was, I believe, far above and beyond what any of us expected. The fabulous Christine of Carmen & Ginger is a seasoned Flea~Market queen and said she had never experienced anything like it. So you can only imagine what the experience was like for this Flea~Market virgin.
(photo courtesy of Carmen & Ginger)
In actuality, these photos were snapped much later in the day, when we finally had a moment to step out from behind our booths.
I met this adorable vintage~loving gal who gladly obliged my request to snap her photo in these fabulous "SULTRY" sunglasses handmade in England (I'm quite sure she told me her name and I apoligize for forgetting).
(photo courtesy of Red Bird Vintage.)
The lovely Taylor spent quite a bit of time at The Red Velvet Shoe, and she was a pleasure to behold. A vision of vintage fashion and was one of three awarded the
"Top Shelf Flea Market 2010 Best Dressed Award" by Red Bird Vintage. I would have to agree. She bought one of my favorite dresses and I am hoping she will manage to share a photo of her wearing it someday!
It was such a pleasure to meet some "fans", if you will, of The Red Velvet Shoe. "Julie", the winner of my Springtime Vintage Give~Away, was one of the first through the door and was just thrilled that the vintage swimsuit she had her eye on was on the rack~a pleasure meeting you, Julie! I also met the adorable "Sarah" who found "The Shoe" via a friend on Facebook and made her way down to Somerville to come say hello & show her support. I hope those of you who found something make good on your word to send photos & keep in touch!
My friend Brooke checking out the goods.
(Jay & David)
The boys were fine, there was beer.
(Brooke, Kelsi & Brandi~Lynn)
And lots of pretty girls...
Fellow comrades of vintage Amy of Artifaktori & Christine of Carmen & Ginger looking fabulous in their vintage ensembles (Amy was freezing, thus the bizarre color combo & hangtag hanging off her sleeve.) I can't really explain the hat, you'll have to ask her.
Our fearless leader & mastermind behind the day: Joe (aka Giuseppe) of An Affordable Wardrobe
donning a real madras sports coat & his namesake "Giuseppe" bow tie from Ellie LaVeer Stager.
My amazing sister & assistant for the day Brandi~Lynn, with friends & supporters Merrie & Michelle.
You know you have great friends when they drive over an hour on the hottest day of the year to show their support. Not to mention sticking around to help pack up & making it fun despite the sensation you could possibly tip over from exhaustion at any moment. My sister Brandi~Lynn was above and beyond the best assistant I could have ever had and it is quite clear I could not have done it without her. Of course I have to mention my DH & my adorable daughter for all their help & support for making this day possible for The Red Velvet Shoe. Suffice it to say that my domestic duties have seriously fallen by the wayside & they did a great job trying to keep things together while I prepared for this fabulous vintage extravaganza.
I dressed Coco my dressform in one of my favorite ensembles that belonged to my grandmother. Apparently, my grandmother had great taste, I think over 50 shoppers asked to purchase this dress, which I had to disappoint them with those heart~breaking words: "It's not for sale." They found other treasures, though, and shop they did!
I also brought this great photo of my grandparents & displayed it on an easel. As you may know, my grandmother played a major part in nurturing my adoration for vintage clothing & finery, so I had to have her there, if only in a photograph. One of the highlights of my day was when this lovely girl came up to me with it in her hand and said "How much is this? I love it!" (Note to self: mark things that aren't for sale as NOT FOR SALE next time) I took it as the ultimate compliment.
There were so many vendors with fabulous vintage treasures I didn't even have a chance to properly meet or photograph. Here are some links to a few other great reviews about The Top Shelf Flea Market which I will add to as I come accross them.
"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play." Arnold Toynbee
Let's just call it a BLUR OF A DAY!!