This past weekend we did our first outdoor antique market of this season. Though it was rather chilly in the early morning, it warmed up in the spring sunshine to almost 60 degrees, with a little breeze, later in the day. Because good weather was predicted, we expected a good turnout, but it was rather less busy than we thought it would be. Perhaps because it was Palm Sunday, perhaps for economic reasons, or perhaps because the day before had been cold and VERY windy. (This morning we had snow flurries!)
Nevertheless, it’s the time of the year to get out there and start selling, so we did! Of course, there’s buying to do at the same time – or rather, first, because you have to find the bargains before they’re gone, while you have all morning to sell. And we were lucky, finding a trove of lovely linens first thing. We bought a mid-19th century applique quilt – large with great Turkey red prints – and a crazy quilt with a number of hand painted pieces with birds, butterflies, etc.
I had hoped to get these quilts photographed and present them here this week, but, as luck should have it, we sold both later in the day. So although business was less than stellar, we still did decently well.
What we did bring home from the same lot was a pretty group of society silk embroidered doilies and some other pieces of linen and lace, perfect for spring.
I’ve always loved the way roses are depicted in silk floss on linen:
We found wild roses too, on this unusual fringed doily, as well as violets, another popular subject for society embroidery.
Less common, but still pretty in this medium are these pieces with flower baskets and forget-me-nots.