Tela, Mom, my 2 Aunts and I had a really nice time at the Elkhorn Flea Market. The Aunts are from Racine, WI so they met us there. While Mom and Tela were forced to road trip it in my slippery when wet minivan. One of the things I love about having Tela along is that she has this contagious woody woodpecker laugh. So when she teases because you've said "Arewethereyet. Doyouthinkitwillbemuchlonger? Doya? Eh?" for the fifth time you can't help but crack up with her.
We made a pit stop to ask for directions and I found this funny sign on a gas station fridge case. Lost energy for only 99 cents? Sold!
Here's a picture of Tela totally not amused by the freezing weather, or how excited her sister was about it. I was all, "The dealers will totally give us a cheap price now because they just want to pack it up!" and she was all "What? Did you say something? I couldn't hear you over my CHATTERING TEETH!".
I was so nervous as we approached the button lady's stall, but it was still there!
Behold the glory that is a card table groaning with awesome buttons...
And she is so organized. The bins are sorted by type; glass, vegetable ivory, etc. And then the button are attached to these cards by hand. You can buy individual ones off the big cards, but the little ones are sold as one piece. And they truly go for a song compared to Ebay or Etsy. I swear I was shaking by the time I got halfway through the bins.
I talked with her for awhile and found out that she opens up a card table, slides it against her dining room set and sorts buttons for hours at home. No TV, just her and her buttons. When I asked if I could take a picture with her she was a little WTF strange lady? But in a sweet, elderly WTF kind of way. So I grabbed a nearby customer and asked her to push the button on my camera. I look awful in the picture, but I have to post it because it has the button lady in it. My chin could give Duddly Do right a run for his money. And I think I gave myself the sugah-betes by eating too much cotton candy so I'm squinting through a headache.
Isn't she adorable though? Pictures of the stash coming soon...