Monday, August 22, 2011

Flea Market Finds

My local scrapbook store has a flea market for scrappy stuff each year. I've gone and spent far too much for the last 3 years (maybe more) and been extremely happy with the deals I get each year. If you have surplus, you can sell your stuff for consignment (you get a certain percentage cash back, more if you accept store credit back). Anything that doesn't sell you get back. The store organizes it so well. Volunteers do all the hard work (and get to shop first).

This yearI spent just under $200 dollar and got 4 large bags and boxes of stuff.
The volunteers even went next door to CVS and got me a shopping cart to carry all my purchases to my car.

Here is my haul. There is soooo much, it is pretty hard to show in detail, but I did the best I could.
First paper. I love paper!!! Most packs/kits included some embellies too and ranged in cost from $1 to $3.

I also splurged and paid $8 each for these new Pink Paislee kits. Aren't they pretty??

I prefer Ring albums now, but since I'm prolific, I always need more albums.
So $5 each for some very new albums, even post bound is okay with me.

I totally get the idea of buying something to alter and then not doing anything with it.
These items were cheap because they are big and take up space. People want to get rid of them.
Although, not usually an altered items kind of scrapper, I have ideas for each of these for Christmas gifts.
The mugs were $0.50 each. The box .25. Three chipboard shapes that can be turned into door hangers .25.
The Family letters that can stand up- $2. The frame $2. The hanging album $2.
Months away and plenty of time and supplies. Now just to make them beautiful!

And second only to my love of papers is the embellishments that decorate them!

I may never have as many alphas as MindAy, but I'm stocking up.


Ghost shapes, chipboard, journal stacks and stamps.
To note, lots of people were selling LOTS of stamps and chipboard. There was a huge supply but I too didn't need/want much of that.

Paint- Stickles, Mist, ink and some weird paper paint I thought I'd try out.
Note, there were 2 more Stickles in gold/brown that aren't pictured. I have already misplaced them. grrr

Some random stuff. Don't even know what those white plastic circles are but they were in a grab bag.

I love ribbon. I know Felt Fusion is out of vogue, but I loved it so stocked up. I don't have to be fashionable.

Rub-ons and iron ons


I'm a sticker junkie. And I'm okay with it.

One scrapper's junk, is now my treasure.
Maybe next year I'll purge and actually sell some of my stash. Maybe not! ;)
Off to put it all away now!

WTTS Crop 2011

Years ago, I met some scrapbookers online at We were all in a thread called the Very Laid Back Challenge with Cathy has our laid back leader. We started talking about wanting to crop together. Plans progressed and 4 years ago, the first "Will Travel To Scrap" crop was held. Although I was part of the WTTS, I couldn't get the funds together to make it. The next year, I saved up and attended in Michigan. I met women who I already adored online in person and found I adored them even more! And their scrapping talent- wow! No wonder so many are on Design Teams and featured artists. Last year I didn't make it, again due to money. So this year, hell or high water, I was going!

We met for a weekend in August in Somerset, Ohio (central to many of them).
Rebecca and her mom picked Jen (flying in from New York) and I up at the airport and drove us the hour to the B&B.

Although only 3 bedrooms, there was plenty of room for the 14 of us.
Two rooms slept 3 each, Genie slept downstairs on the futon in the "relaxation room" and I slept in a room with 6 single beds plus Jen on a blow up air mattress in the center. Honestly, I found it quite comfortable.
Here are some pics of the inside

And next door (as in sharing the same wall and able to go to in my socks and jammies!) was a scrapbook store with a very nice owner. The prices were quite good and the selection adequate. Better then I expected for such a small little shop.

But really it wasn't about the location, it was about the friends!

Missing: Melissa. She was probably downstairs working out!

And at the heart of the weekend- cropping!
It was so nice to just spend hours upon hours of scrap time!
And the generous girls brought so much! Cricut cartridges galore!

And the climax was definitely a very red cherry.

I was a bit amazed at Mindy's stash of Thickers. She seriously brought a store's worth and more.

Oh course, there were snacks and drinks.
Don't let the pics fool you, there was plenty of candy too.

Right next door to the scrapbook store was a German restaurant that we hit on Saturday night.
It was a blast! We had a great waiter too.

Then the short 3 days came to a close and we had to sweep up our scraps from the floor, pack our bags (did a few bring a wee too much?) and head home.

Until next year, we'll have these photos to scrap!