Sunday, September 25, 2016

Consignment Shopping in Walnut Creek

I revisited Walnut Creek on Friday with my best friend, Kat, and found 2 good designer consignment stores that I wanted to share with you.  The first one is Consignit Couture at 1414 N. Main Street and Threads Consignment at 1341 N. Main Street, Ste. H.  Both stores have great designer gently used clothes, shoes and purses and at very good prices.  The stores' sales reps are also welcoming and very friendly.  Both Kat and I enjoyed shopping at these stores and got some great purchases.  Check them out the next time you're in Walnut Creek.  Cheers! Toni
 Consignit Couture
 Beautiful Chanel purse for serious shoppers

 Only some of the designer purses in the store

 Sales items

 Kat in the shoe department

 boots, boots, boots

 Lovely Louis Vuitton suitcase
 Threads Consignment
 A friendly, small designer shop with great selection & prices

 I love this fountain and found it so cool at the end of a hot day of designer shopping in Walnut Creek

Monday, August 29, 2016

Niles Antique Faire 2016

 The Niles Antique Faire was this last Sunday (8/28/16) and I was really looking forward to it.  Niles is an historic California movie town featuring silent movie stars Bronco Billy and Charlie Chaplin.  Niles is home to the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum where you can watch silent films, get a little history about them and sometimes see one of the stars at the screening.  I've been to it many times in the past and always enjoyed it.

The flea market is unlike any other that I've been to before.  The whole town participates.  The cub scouts handle the parking and as you walk towards the tiny downtown, you pass several garage sales hosted by the people who live there.  My friend Kathy and I got very tempted to spend all our $$ at these garage sales.  We marched on saying - catch it on the way out.  The downtown is entirely closed off to cars as well as the side streets.  There were over 200 vendors there with furniture, jewelry, clothes, toys and on and on.  Most vendors at the Antique Faire only accept cash or checks with very few exceptions.  It's best to bring cash.  Prices were good and more reasonable than at the Alameda flea market.  I found a vintage black leather Chanel wallet for only $22 and a very rare 1950's Barbie for only $5.

On the side streets of Niles, there were other garage sales and acts, including a puppet show and a college student singing to raise money for her education.  We ate lunch at Bronco Billy's Pizza Palace.  The place had a lot of old western memorabilia and red leather diner booths and stools.  And the food was excellent!

 Charlie in front of the biker bar - The Florence
 I bought one of these beauties for only $15

 Marilyn's stall

 Loved this jacket

 Vintage 1930's Shirley Temple doll

 Bob Marley by the exit
 Bronco Billy's Pizza Palace
 Puppet show

 Bronco Billy's & Charlie's shrine inside the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
 The Little Tramp in Niles

Happy shopping!