Archive for August, 2010


Another visit to…. where else? Rogers!

A summer morning at Rogers.

The half dozen of you out there that actually read my ramblings, know that I love flea markets. And you also know that I have done several blog posts on one of my favorite flea markets, Rogers! It had been over a month since I had been up to Rogers, and I got the urge to make the drive early last Friday morning. The weather was warm, but the humidity was finally down. This made for a very comfortable day for scrounging around the flea market.

Tons of stuff to look through!

The ideal weather conditions really brought out both the dealers and the lookers/ buyers. There seemed to be an especially wide range of merchandise.

Dollhouse in a great color of blue!

I purchased the doll house shown above. It is the first one I have found in this shade of blue! Little did I realize that this would end up being a “blue day”, as several items I bought were blue.

Olive oil can in.... BLUE!

The line at Paisano's Pizza.... at 10:30 AM!

Paisano's white pizza..... breakfast of champions!

After some nourishment it is time to get back to the hunt. I stumbled upon this old Westinghouse roaster which immediately brought back memories! My mother had one when I was growing up and I remember it was mostly used for holiday meals: Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Just looking at that vintage roaster seemed to bring back all those wonderful aromas from my Mom’s kitchen.

Westinghouse roaster, just like my Mom's..... but I did not buy it!

Uncle Sam

The Uncle Sam figure was cool, and looked very much like it might have spent time in front of a cigar store. Someone re-painted his face and gave him a bit of an Asian look. Weird.

A few more cans.....

And here is another example of why it was a "blue Friday". kThe Coke cooler sold at a reasonable $350. (But not to me.)

I'm not into glass, but I did see what I thought were some interesting pieces.

SSo wraps up another day at Rogers. I drove home with some fresh tin in the form of cans and a doll house, two broken tin toy monkeys, two old photo albums, and a cast iron book press which I will use for collage work. Now it’s time to make some art!


A Trader Jack’s Morning

Trader Jack’s Flea Market is one of my favorites for junk hunting. It is located near Bridgeville, PA, south of Pittsburgh and is about a 45 minute drive from Wheeling. I regularly find metal and assemblage stuff here, as well as an occasional tool for the studio or an antique item for the house. On a dry summer or early fall day, Trader Jack’s has several hundred dealers with a variety of merchandise. I have found, however, that the number of vendors does not have a direct correlation to the amount of stuff I find. You just never know. Here are a few photos from last Sunday morning.

View of Trader Jack's from the parking lot.

View as you walk down into the market.

Stopping to check out a doll house.

In the second row I spotted a Marx doll house which I purchased for $15. The various colors of the tin come in handy in my metal works. Since I didn’t have my cart with me, I had to run the house back to the truck.

It is amazing the variety of stuff one sees, and yet each of us is only interested in just a small portion of that "stuff".

It is a cool, sunny morning and Jack's is nearly filled to the max.

I try to take a quick look at all tool tables, just in case there might be a tool that I can use in the studio.

I ran across this metal canister set for a couple bucks, which will be deconstructed and placed in the appropriate color bin in the studio.

Most artist’s working in “tin” will tell you that what takes up a lot of studio time is the ceconstruction, flattening, and storing of the product containers. Two summers ago I purchased one lot of about 150 cans from a guy in western PA. It took me nearly two and a half days to break them all down and put the metal away.

Some interesting stuff at this table, but nothing I could use.

So on this Trader Jack’s morning I ended up with a metal doll house, a canister set, a large cookie tin, an old health book with great illustrations, two 8″x10″ photos of telephone operators in the 1950’s, a pair of long handled needle nose pliers, and a metal 1960’s snack tray. Not a huge load of stuff, but combine it with a nice walk on a sunny morning, and it’s all good.