March Fairgrounds Flea Market

by mary March 8, 2015

This weekend was the monthly flea market at the Iowa State Fairgrounds again.  It was a beautiful day for getting out -- spring is finally starting to tease us here in Des Moines!

Although I did't find a lot of treasures, I did find a few fun vintage things, like these little black & white little photographs of Chicago & color slides of world landmarks.  (pardon the blue cast to all the photos -- I must have had my white balance off)

I'm not sure what I will do with them, but I thought they were so cool & surely there will be some way to incorporate them into jewelry!

I also picked up some old snaps.

Here's a picture of some earrings I made with snaps last year that sold the first time I had them out at a show!

Steve found these cool stir sticks.

Again, I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but they were too fun to pass by!

And, finally, as far as jewelry treasures, I found this piece of chain -- I really like the links & hope to use them in a chain mail project.

Probably the best find, though, won't end up incorporated into a piece of jewelry, but will be displayed with my vintage hats & other vintage hat boxes -- a Christian Dior hat box!  Now I just need to find a Christian Dior hat!  As you can see, Belle likes the hat box too!

For those not familiar with Christian Dior, he was one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century.  He's probably most famous for coming out with the "New Look" in 1947, which featured long, full skirts & nipped-in waists.

Here's another picture of Belle checking out my new hat box!

Well, that's it for this month's Fairground's Flea Market!  The April market will actually be at the end of March instead of the first weekend of April, since Easter is the 1st Sunday in April.

And, don't forget to check out my website ( to see some of the jewelry I've added lately!


Filed Under: Treasure Hunting/Favorite Finds

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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