Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Find: Flea Market Season

People ask me all to tell them about the beautiful image photographed by Jim Franco on the cover of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. And I can understand why, since it is the magical work of Maison Rêve's Yasmine McGrane.

Yasmine is known as one of the best flea market shoppers in the country. And among her favorite pastimes is hitting the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire in Alameda, California, looking for antiques, whimsical accessories and taking in the thrill of the gorgeous outdoor market. The owner of Maison Rêve, a suburban country outpost that encourages creativity, is always on the hunt for antiques (not reproductions!), old doors, French metal garden chairs, and any other whimsical items, be-it a wagon load of Christmas balls or a dainty feathered tree.

In fact, she’s been known to re-arrange important affairs just to make it to her favorite destination, and even considered missing a friend’s wedding when the dates collided. Let’s just say that she decided to skip the flea market – but just that one time!

McGrane is an expert at getting the best deals at flea markets. She suggest arriving early for the best selection, or later for the best deals. Always carry cash, and make sure that whatever your buy will fit into your car or your home, for that matter. She takes a trolley with her so that she can easily zip through vendors’ stalls, and always wears her favorite Wellie boots to keep her feet all toasty and dry on those early morning treasure hunts.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Unfortunately there isn't anything like this in Illinois. If anyone knows of one or more please let me know!


  2. I loved reading this dedicated hunter's story and tips. Her photos are incredible!



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