Friday, February 13, 2015

Miniature Flea Market

A few weeks ago I went to a Miniature Flea Market. It was so much fun...tables of great merchandise, all in the right size for Annabelle and her friends. This is a little bag of goodies that I picked up. I was on the hunt for Valentine minis for Annabelle's friends. She send Valentine cards and gifts too!

The flea market was a new event put on by the miniature group that exhibits in Portland once a year. The show was a great success and I think it will become an annual event. I sure hope so! One of the bargains I got was this great book on Queen Mary's Dolls' House! The lady only charged me $2 for this beautiful book. It was written by Mary Stewart-Wilson. It is filled with lots of pictures and is just beautiful.
A few years ago, I found this set of vintage postcards by Raphael Tuck and Sons of the dollhouse. This is set six and it contains eight different wonderful postcards. I have always loved them, but now that I have the book, these have a lot more meaning.

Queen Mary was quite a collector of miniatures goodies. She loved "tiny craft"~I love that term! Queen Mary was married to King George V. The King's cousin, Princess Marie Louise, decided to ask her architect friend Sir Edwin Lutyens if he would build the queen a dollhouse. After they received the Queen's ok, they asked their friend Sir Hebert Margan (president of the Society of Industrial Arts )to help. He organized a dinner party at the Savoy and the three friends invited mutual friends, authors and artists to attend. These people were invitied to make the minis for the dollhouse.1500 artists and craftsmen agreed to make the amazing miniatures. It was started in 1921 and was finished in 1924. The Queen's doll's house lives n Windsor Castle.

The house is about 5 feet tall  and is made up of 40 rooms divided into three stories. It has two elevators, working plumbing and a complete electrical system.

Of course Annabelle did a wee bit of shopping for her self. She found a great little quilt, a blanket box and a wonderful red tea set! The tea set is wood and it was made in Germany. .

The lady who sold me the book, had these wonderful tiny plates. I just love them. a lucky find.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and a doll show first thing in the morning, I cannot wait. I hope to post again tomorrow.  


mamasmercantile said...

How wonderful to go to a miniatures event. All those beautiful finds you did so well. Wishing you a wonderful Valentines weekend.

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Looks like an exciting day. Please post about the doll show too. Happy Valentine's Day.

Diane said...

Hi, I live about two hours from Portland. I am new to collecting miniatures and dolls. I would love to attend an event like this. How could I get on a mailing list?


Susan said...

Oh my GOSH, Linda. A Miniature Flea Market? You KNOW I would have gone zooy at an event like that. Oh my GOSH. What utter delightful fun.

Hope your Valentine's Day was terrific. Susan

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: great purchases. I love the thumbnails. I like your purchases much. Keep in touch