Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Alameda Point Antiques Faire

We brought Loot to The Alameda Point Antiques Faire this past Sunday. Here are some pictures of our space at The Alameda. 

We loaded up two pick-up trucks and a trailer with all of the items we wanted to sell from the shop.  Then, we had to wake up at 3:00 in the morning to drive to Alameda and get our space set up before the early birds arrived at 6 am.  As soon as the sun started peeking up on the horizon, the shoppers started making their rounds. 

It rained hard all night Saturday and I was so afraid The flea market would be cancelled on Sunday due to weather. I was picturing driving all the way there after all the work of loading the trucks and trailer, only to have the whole thing cancelled. It turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day with big, white, puffy clouds in the sky. 

 It was a very long day, but we are happy with the amount of merchandise we were able to sell and I think we might actually do it again!

Say goodbye to our little, gold chairs. They found a new home, as did our rustic, wood trunk!

I took lots of photos of the other fabulous spaces at The Alameda to share with you.  The first stop is well known in blogland: Atelier de Campagne.  It was difficult to get in to take pictures of their booth because of all the people swarming around them. 

For those of you that are not familiar with Atelier de Campagne, they import amazing, stylish antiques from Europe.

They do container sales at their estate in Corralitos, CA a couple of times a year and also sell at The Alameda every month.

Let's see what other booths I loved at the flea market. This one had interesting and unique pieces like this large, wooden arrow with lights.

I love the old, gray medical cabinet and industrial signs.

I adore this rustic sidboard on caster wheels.

 This booth had gorgeous, painted pieces with sold tags on nearly everything.  I love these lamps with the burlap shades.

Nancy and I are looking for a new farm table for Loot since hers sold right away.  There were several beautiful farm tables at The Alameda, like this one.  They were just priced too high for us, so our search continues for the perfect one.

Here is another view of the space with all the pretty, painted pieces.

This space was just full of metal industrial letters spread out all over the ground. The shoppers were rummaging through them searching for the right letters.

I also loved this space with all the giant, antique baskets. I really wanted one, but they were a little out of my price range at $400 each!

This was the first time I had been to the Alameda and it was a wonderful experience.  Not only is the setting amazing, but it is so inspiring to see all of the creative displays. They can accomodate 800 vendors and they get up to 10,000 visitors in one day!  It is held the first Sunday of every month in Alameda on the old Navy base runway.  There is a stunning view of the San Francisco skyline on one side and the massive, shipping containers, cranes and cargo ships on the other.  The best part of The Alameda is that it is full of one-of-a-kind pieces like this old, metal card catalog. 

It took us almost two days to recuperate from the heavy lifting, moving, setting up and lack of sleep, but I am looking forward to doing it all over again!

This post is linked to the parties on my sidebar.


Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Hi Amanda! This looked like so much fun! Your booth was great - I would have done some serious shopping! Of course, I'd have to be in CA and have more money, but you know what I mean - a girl can dream, right? I am familiar with Atelier -they have the most beautiful and unusual items! I agree, $400 for a basket? I don't think so. If you are willing to give it a try, Miss Mustard Seed has a tutorial on making a farm table on her blog. http://missmustardseed.com/ is the blog address and http://missmustardseed.com/2011/11/farm-table-tutorial/ is the tutorial. She does tutorial on everything! Anyway, congrats on a good experience and sale at Alameda! Have a great week! Hugs, Leena

Anonymous said...

Aw, we don't have anything like that here on our Island - too bad, I would spend a fortune! I loved that sideboard on casters, that would be fun to recreate!!

Cottage and Broome said...

Looks like it was a great show. I love those metal letters I've never seen those at a show before, wonderful. I always feel bad for the vendors when it rains, glad it was not canceled. Laura Cottage and Broome

john said...

what a lot of amazing goodies....feast for the eyes ..thankyou ! Hope you sold lots and lots !
Gail x

Cassie Bustamante said...

that looks awesome! and i totally bought two of those letters when i was at the rose bowl flea! :)

Kirsten Harr said...

Wow that looks amazing! Your spot looked beautiful!

Deborah said...

Oh Amanda this must have been such fun!
Glad to hear it went well!!
What wonderful things you have shown us!

Deborah xoxoxo

sraikh said...

I started selling at Alameda from April of this month. I love it. Email me next time.

life just saying said...

Looks like an amazing time! I read your profile. What a lovely way to spend your time! New follower.

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