Sunday, June 28, 2015

Toni's June Visit to Treasure Island Flea Market (SF, CA)

Treasure Island Flea Market is truly a new Bay Area treasure.  It is on a beautiful island just off the Bay Bridge going towards San Francisco.  Since it used to be owned by the U.S. military, it has been largely untouched by development.  Driving in from the Bay Bridge offers a spectacular view of the city and the Bay.  Parking at the flea market has stretched out almost to the water, but their are people to guide you there.  You can also get to the flea market using public transportation from the East Bay and the city.  Treasure Island Flea Market happens the last weekend of every month.  Shopping there is fun and there are other activities going on to entertain kids.  If you get hungry, there are many food trucks that offer a wide variety of food and drinks.  And cocktails are also available.

You may ask what I bought at the flea market this time.  Do you recall my visit there a few years ago when it was held inside due to rain?  I bought a memory foam pillow from Don Slats of Slats blinds.  Well, this pillow has been so amazing and it actually puts you to sleep it so comfortable.  This visit, I found a partner for my pillow.  Pleasant dreams! Toni

 Shopping at Treasure Island Flea Market
 I loved these cute muffs
 Book stall
 Nice boots!

 Check the detail out on this vintage iron
 Local singer songwriter performing

 Vintage stroller - $50
 Vintage purse - $35
 Shopping at the Window Lady's stall
 All clothes $5 - Mens' Department
 All clothes $5
 Stylish boots made for walking

 Mid-century modern boom box
 Musician striking a pose
 Multi-colored snake skin ankle boots
 Faux fur vest
 Well worn shoes from the 1880's
 Pearl choker
 Carnival glass pitcher
 Vintage knitting basket
 Beaded bags
 Costume jewelry

 Intermission from shopping
 A view of the city from Treasure Island Flea Market
 A view of the Golden Gate Bridge
Happy shopping!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Toni's Spring Visit to All Things Vintage (Oakland, CA)

I always have a great deal of fun when I visit All Things Vintage in Oakland.  First of all, it is a challenge to find, but once I'm there, it is a shopper's dream experience.  Its owners, Claudia and Lucy, are not only fun to be around, but are also very knowledgable about vintage clothing and fashion.  They are planning a trip this summer across the country going to local thrift stores, auctions, estate sales and flea markets.  They will be posting a blog about their trip.  I am really looking forward to reading it, as it's something I would like to do too.

If you haven't yet visited their store, you must do it.  They are open every other weekend and will be closed the month of July due to their trip.  Check their website at  Their store is full of beautiful clothes, jewelry, shoes, purses as well as interesting miscellaneous stuff.  When I visit All Things Vintage, I usually stay for at least 2 hours and always find something to buy.  Yesterday was no exception and I left with a vintage necklace, coin purse and a handcrafted crocheted hat made by Claudia.

I will definitely be returning to All Things Vintage in August after they get back from their trip.  Can't wait to see what they bring back.  Cheers! Toni

 Claudia, owner of All Things Vintage
3506 Woodruff Street
Oakland, CA 94602
 Vintage bathing suit

 Lingerie room

 Shop puppy, Blossom

 A view of the store

 Vintage luggage
 Sale items in front of All Things Vintage
 Sale designer shoes

 Very sexy black dress/nightgown

 Beautiful vintage jewelry

 Electric drop-waist 1960's dress

 1920's dresses

 Gorgeous skirts

 Mid-Century bathing caps

 Vintage furs

 Fellow shopper modeling the suit & she bought it

 Cinderella slippers
Happy Shopping!