Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Flea Market during Art City Days...

We are just 3 days away from our June Flea Market and would like to extend a personal invitation for you to...

Friday, June 10th
Saturday, June 11th

The Porch on Main
138 North Main Street
Springville, UT

Something for EVERYONE!
Early Birds encouraged to come on Friday for BEST and first picks :-)
Cash encouraged, Local checks accepted
We hope to see you there!!

***Note: These pictures represent just a small sampling of what we had at last month's sale. Many of the items sold so we have been busy the last month foraging and gathering some AMAZING pieces that we will be offering for this sale at very affordable prices!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Come Flea With Us Thanks YOU...

Day 2 of the "Come Flea With Us" flea market was great and even the sporadic bursts of rain didn't deter people from buying!!

We are trying to get the word out so if any of you purchased items and are willing share pictures here of how you incorporated them into your spaces, we would like to see them!!

We are also currently in the process of determining what pictures to post and will try to do that sooner rather than later. All the fantastic support and positive feedback we are getting is appreciated!!!

Now it is time for we 5 Flears to get some much needed reset before hitting the ground running on Monday morning to prepare wares for the next event on June 10th and 11th...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 1 Of Our Season Opener a HUGE Success!

Who says that Friday the 13th is full of superstition and cannot be a day of enjoyment? We sure don't!! As the "Come Flea With Us" Proprietors, we would like to thank ALL of our wonderful, amazing shoppers for making today a huge success for season opener!! We appreciate the support and the energy you bring to our events!!

We welcomed returning shoppers from last season and we made new friends as well. The day was picture perfect and sunny and the items we offered our customers were the icing on the cake!!

The pictures represent what we had to start with and we could hardly contain our excitement as our items were snatched up and whisked off to new homes. We are planning on bringing new stock on Saturday and cannot wait to see what day 2 brings!!

Hope to see you there bright and early for the best picks! And, if you were there on day 1, you will definitely want to come back to day 2 to see what is new!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

LESS than 24 Hours Until We are Ready To Flea!!

That's right folks, LESS than 24 hours until it is time to "Come Flea With Us" at our upscale Flea Market!!

The Porch On Main

138 N Main Street


Friday, May 13th & Saturday May 14th

9 AM - 5 PM

  • OODLES of Cool, AFFORDABLE Furniture

  • (Painted, Vintage, Retro, Cottage, Shabby Chic styles—we have it ALL)

  • Antiques

  • Primitives

  • Collectibles

  • Vintage household items

  • Unique, One-Of-A-Kind Pieces

  • Multiple Dealers

Something for EVERYONE!


Early Birds encouraged for BEST and first picks :-)

Cash encouraged, Local checks accepted

***Note: These pictures represent what type of wares we had at last year's sales. This season PROMISES to be BIGGER and BETTER!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Let's Get Ready to Flea...5 Days and Counting...

We would like to extend a personal invitation to you to... 

Friday, May 13th & Saturday, May 14th

The Porch on Main
138 North Main Street
Springville, UT 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

It's Almost Time To "Come Flea With Us"!!

Mark your calendars! It's official....May 13th and 14th are the opening dates for the monthly "Come Flea With Us" Flea Market!

The Porch on Main in Springville will be our venue again this year, something we are very excited about!

We fleaers have been gathering and creating some fantastic one-of-a-kind items for this new season--painted furniture, retro furniture, vintage garden items, linens, collectibles, dishes, re-invented planted items...the list goes on and on. We promise you will not be disappointed in the items or their below retail prices!

 Stay tuned. If you are lucky, we may even offer you more sneak previews of some more items that will be for sale...

Friday, April 15, 2011

...from trash to treasure...

I have been very busy getting items ready to sell for the upcoming flea markets that start this Spring.

One of the things that I enjoy most is coming across something that others see as being worthless and destined for the donation and/or garbage pile. Visualizing in my head and knowing exactly what its potential is I take it, re-purpose or refurbish it and MOST of the time that trash item becomes a treasure....either for me or for someone that purchases it.

Here are a few more items that I have transformed but have long since been placed in new homes of friends or flea market buyers.  I will have TONS of  items for sale again this season and resolve to do a better job at taking the "rescued and pre-transformation" pictures.... 

Make it a GREAT day!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Simple things for a simple man...

As I have been preparing items for the 2011 season opening of our Flea Market that is rapidly approaching,  I look forward with much anticipation to offering great re-purposed/re-furbished goods for your home & garden!

Often during the creative process, I am reminded that I enjoy simple, old things that have had a previous life prior to coming into my possession to be transformed or merely appreciated.  Maybe it is because I am a simple man in a lot of ways or that I was probably born with an old pioneer type soul.

One of the simple things that makes me stop and think on a regular basis is a vintage farm plow. I acquired it a couple of summers ago and although it has long since been retired from its original purpose, it is now part of the landscape in my backyard:

Although it is simple in form and function, the thought came to me that someone–maybe a father like me, used to depend on it to plow his fields in preparation for the planting of a garden for his little family. It probably was a lot of work yet a necessary implement needed to yield a beneficial harvest. I am certain that he was grateful that someone had invented and manufactured this plow to assist him in his efforts to be a good Provider...

PONDER What invention are you glad you have in your life?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Beauty is only TIN deep...

The fall for some is the end of the seasonal rotation just prior to the completion of natures death. However for some of us, it is the time of year in which we begin to envision the flowers of spring. As we plant our bulbs, the only thing we can do is wait.

The wait at times seems dark and uneventful. But when you least expect it, it arrives! Growing up in Southern California, we anticipated the flower fields in Carlsbad every year. The patchwork of bold colors blanketed the hillside. It was beauty at it's absolute best!!! Ranunculus are the only flower that blooms there, and as far as we are concerned, there is no other flower in comparison! Anywhere!!!!

No longer living in California, we've chosen to plant our ranunculus in different ways. Look around for the perfect container. In our case it is this vintage tin. Plant the ranunculus inside. Adding other flowers around it may create some depth, but the ranunculus can easily stand alone. Oh the excitement it will bring you defying the phrase that "Beauty is only TIN deep!"

-French Menagerie

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tis the Season to be Jolly...

Tis the Season to be Jolly!
That old familiar Christmas carol quite frankly should have been written for us "junkers"! It's such a catchy little tune! Reminds us of "It's a Small World" or" 99 bottles of root beer on the wall ;)" or maybe even "Yo ho ho ho a pirates life for me." Okay, okay, now that we cemented them in your head! Enough singing! Priorities, priorities, priorities right? It's time for "the crew" to set sail, treasure hunting... for you! We are searching high and low for great finds. Will they bring us, (or we mean you) enough to keep you singing, fa la la la la la la la la?
We hope so!!!!! Much work to be done, no root beer drinking for us! Stay tuned for progress! We can't wait to share creative ideas, and of course our fabulous pieces with you. We're right around the corner, and the final count down is on. Have a great Saturday, and happy hunting in our not so small world!
-French Menagerie

Friday, March 11, 2011

Oh the Possibilities!!!

On a good day of treasure hunting you might find a dresser to refurbish or a chair that's in need of your love and attention, but rarely do you find something that speaks to you! Well today, I heard it! It came from under piles of superfluous fabrics that in their former life supplied costumes to the local musical theatre. "Take me home it whispered!" Huh? I thought! I continued to wrestle through yards and yards of time warped fabrics until I ran my fingers across what was beckoning me. It was this! This most amazing 1973 Vogue Pattern book! Coincidently, I wasn't even alive at it's publishing, but oh how it made me feel alive today! I'm not quite sure what it will become, but Oh the Possibilities!!!!!!
-French Menagerie

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

chicken coop for the soul

As a modern day treasure hunter of sorts, I can honestly say that I literally get a rush when I come upon certain items that someone, for some reason has chosen to discard or sell. 

One such item was this very old, very battered set of chicken roosting boxes. Oh how my heart went pitter-pat when I spied them on that cool, fall evening leaning up against the fence!! I HAD to have them. They would be mine!

To my good fortune, they were still for sale. Oh happy day! “SOLD, to this city gal" I said! 

You may be wondering, “what in the world does one do with a reclaimed chicken roost one buys?” I knew EXACTLY what my plan was---re-purpose it into shoe cubbyholes in my entryway of course!

And, even though I have yet to clear a spot for them and they remain perched outside further enduring the elements, they are near the top of my ever-growing 'things I have every intention of doing soon' list.

Ahh, truly a literal Chicken Coop for the Soul of sorts every time I look at them...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Guilty Pleasures...

What is your guilty pleasure?

Is it the taste of fine chocolate? Is it the feeling of sliding your foot into a new pair of fire engine red heels? Is it the burn of your favorite soda going down? Is it the aroma of freshly baked bread? Is it the addition of "another" vintage blue canning jar, or is it when you happen to find the most incredible garage sale ever?

Whatever it is, indulge yourself every now and again! You are worth it! (-can you guess ours? when you find a great piece such as this green goblet, find a way to sneak that guilty pleasure in and present it with love!)

Friday, March 4, 2011


Addiction is used to describe a recurring compulsion by an individual engaging in some specific activity.

Our specific activity is the hunt! So we have a confession to make!!! Yes, we are addicted. Addicted to that PERFECT FIND! The find that starts your heart pumping with excitement. Addicted to that perfect chair sitting alongside a busy street. (You know the one that makes you stop dead in the center of traffic causing all cars to swerve!) We are addicted to used furniture, linens, and tattered frames. We are addicted to thrown out aged wooden toys. We are addicted to dressers, tables, mirrors, windowpanes, and old worn shoes. We are addicted to the new paint colors, sanding machines, and antiquing finishes. We are addicted in the death of a season, and rebirth of another. We are addicted to planting flowers and succulents in unexpected and quirky containers. We are addicted to bringing you the funkiest and most unique items that will cause you to BECOME ADDICTED! Our addiction is compulsive! But it is with all good intentions! One day someone will ask you, "Where did you find that?" and you can smile and say, "it was made just for me!"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Industrial Salvage Look

Incorporating industrial salvage adds to the look of modern-day, clean-line furnishings and creates a sense of history which, in my opinion, every home needs to have to feel comfortable. It adds character as conversation pieces and they are utilitarian as well. Bonus.
It’s also part of the collective effort in the recycling of objects and it is good to find new uses for materials instead of pitching them into the landfills.
As a refurbisher, I am always on the lookout for unique ways to reuse and re-purpose items. I ran across this cool picture of an industrial cart-turned-coffee table. I promptly broke a commandment. You know the one--about not coveting.

This has been added to what I like to call my “seek and acquire” list. I remain hopeful that I will come across this or something like it in the very near future. And, as part of my quest, I hope to offer more industrial items for sale at this season’s Flea Markets...

Make it a great day…

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hibernating URN

So waking up to a blanket of white snow was most magnificent. Oh the joys of winter! One of our favorite finds this last season was this retro URN. With a fresh spray of apple green paint, it became a vision at Christmas, filled with pine cones and wrapped in lights. Today adorned in snow, it patiently awaits its springtime fate. So as we delight in the anticipation of spring, so does our urn. Stay tuned for its re-newed-purpose. Have a fabulous winter day and stay warm with a favorite of ours "Starbucks salted caramel cocoa".

-french menagerie

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Shout Out From a Customer...

Last fall, we had a really great customer that posted on her blog http://elleapparel.blogspot.com/2010/10/flea-market.html about our Flea Market. She has a great eye for detail and provided some pictures of some of the items that we featured at the sale she attended. (Since we are still in the process of developing this blog, we plan to post some photos of past sales as well.)
Thanks for the post and support Leanne. We hope to see you at our upcoming sales!

Who We Are and What We Do...

Our Upscale Flea Markets are always chock full of vintage finds, antiques, painted furniture, home decor, handmade items, homemade treats and lots of other fun stuff for sale at fantastic, bargain seeker prices!! And, as an added bonus, we are doing our part by promoting re-cycling, up-cycling and re-purposing of items that might otherwise end up in the landfills.

With 6 sales under our belt so far, each one more successful than the last, we are looking with great anticipation to the 2011 Flea season commencing in late April/early May. Warning: We are committed to bring you things that will cause you to get a bit giddy and exclaim (as has been done at past sales), “THAT IS TO DIE FOR!!” Disclaimer: of course we take that as the utmost compliment and don’t take the declaration in the literal sense.

Best of all, we had so much fun hosting the sales, renewing old friendships and forging new ones.

This blog is evolving and will be a way to keep our loyal customers and those that are not-yet-customers-but-will-soon-be customers up to date on the comings and goings of our Upscale Flea Market and share ideas with each other. We invite you to come back often to see what we have been up to and what we have planned.

In the meantime, make it a great day!