Thursday, October 23, 2014

What Holds Your Business Cards?!

We love great ideas!
Ki spotted this one last weekend at Petticoats on the Prairie in Levelland, TX!
This ingenious vessel holds the business card of Laura Wills, proprietess of Basement Creations of Artesia, NM!
We've seen lots of clever holders for business cards -- from floral frogs to slide case holders -- but this one really tickled our collective fancy!
What ingenious vintage card holders do you use?!
We'd love to know!
Have a flea market-fabulous day!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Pack Your Junk for Air Travel!

Look at what I bought at the Junk Bonanza!
Now, how to get it all home on the airplane?!
Flea market fans such as us know it is important points to consider when buying on the road:
Size: Know the measurements of your bags before you start buying.
Weight: Remember the airlines have weight restrictions for bags.
Fragility: Breakable items will complicate your packing, and tend to be heavy. Purchase with caution.
TSA regulations: Know the rules!
 To pack for the trip home,  remember nesting is the key.  Use fabric and blankets and clothing to cushion and wrap items that need protection.

 Nest smaller items inside larger ones.
Remember, a box does not take up as much space if it's full of stuff!
 Fill voids with  toiletries and small items as well as with clothing.  Don't be afraid to take items apart if they can come disassembled. I removed the base of the stamp holder, above, to make it easier to pack, and to distribute the weight.
Place wrapped, fragile items, such as glass, inside less-fragile boxes if possible. This will protect them.
Don't forget the outer pockets of your luggage, which are perfect for paper, small items  and ephemera.

Be sure that any restricted items, such as knives, razors, and scissors, liquids (as in vintage perfume etc), are in your checked bags.

You may need to distribute your treasures between two bags because of the weight.  A luggage scale helps to keep you within the limits.  And expect to be slowed down in by the TSA, who will probably want to inspect the unusual items in your bags.
 Be patient and give yourself extra time, and  be helpful with the inspector. It will speed up the process.

Here are my treasures, all unpacked and home safe and sound!
 I actually had to remove 1 pound from my checked bag to keep it underweight. And the TSA woman had a giggle at my bags contents when I went through security.
Looking at this photo I think I have a thing for the color red!

I'm so sad the Junk Bonanza is over, but am looking forward to next year!
Mark your calendars for the Spring show, April 16-18!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Best of Decorating REPRINT!

This is what happens when a publisher needs more copies to meet demand!
Flea Market Style Decorating, our "Best Of" issue, has been reprinted!
The content -- featuring the best homes from previous FMS issues -- is unchanged. )You'll recognize that cool pink chest on the cover!)
If you weren't able to get it before it sold out, here's your chance! Enjoy!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Annie Sloan on Ask the Expert!

Photo by Esteban La Tessa
Painting and interiors maven Annie Sloan has a new book: "Annie Sloan's Room Recipes for Style and Color"!
Who better to answer your questions about achieving style through the use of paint, wax, specialty finishes and technique?
Log in to the Ki Nassauer Community this week, where Annie Sloan and her son, Felix Sloan, will answer your questions on paint and color, today through Oct.  9!

You post questions and see Annie's and Felix's answers, here!

Check out this smattering of yummy images from her book:

Ki's Community is a great place to commune with experts and share your ideas with other avid DIY-ers! If you haven't already, log in (it's free) and join the fun!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fond Goodbye and New Adventures!

A message from Ki:
After five fabulous years, I am moving on from my position as editor-in-chief of Flea Market Style magazine. My final issue (Fall/Winter 2014) is on newsstands now and should display through the end of the year.
I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my passion for all things vintage through FMS for Harris Publications. I will continue to do so in my next adventure!
As a reminder, the Ki Nassauer Style Facebook page will remain home base for all news and updates regarding the current issue of Flea Market Style magazine, and will expand its reach to include updates and information on my other ventures and new projects, too!
Thanks so much for your support of me and the fab FMS team over the years. It's been a blast!