Elkhorn Flea Market Pics

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...

18 comments:

so tired said...

Oh, knock it off. You look cute. And I like your glasses.....

Just kidding! Oh, I cracked myself up with that one!

miss bliss said...

Before I even read the part of the post where you start criticizing yourself, I looked at the picture and thought, "Lotta looks really pretty in that pic!"

I'm cracking up at "so tired's" comment, too!

gerette said...

Okay, you've got to stop with the self-deprecating comments! You're adorable and given that your stunning daughter is your Mini Me, you need to think nice thoughts about your own looks. :)

(Of course, I say this as someone who refuses to have photos taken of me because I'm so d*mn fat)

IamSusie said...

That button lady looks exactly like my grandma. She had the same glasses. The same curly white hairstyle, the same warm smile, blue eyes...

You look just as cute as your daughter! Don't worry so much! The stranger got a good angle.

Jamie said...

You look great, but the button lady may need to go into the witness protection program. That or hire security nect time ;0

Little Monkies said...

You are looking GORGEOUS, woman! WOW. Seriously. Hot mama!

There's obviously job security in buttons....

Kathi D said...

I was going to say "Which one is you?" but that dang so tired beat me to the lame joke, so I'll just say you both look pretty!

Lotta said...

Yes I debated giving away my most favorite button source. But she has so many buttons there is enough to share.

And if you think I look gorgeous than you must be as confused as SO Tired is. I'm NOT the one in the glasses. I'm the squinty eyed one next to her.

Suzanne said...

OK, now I'm definitely going to have to make the trip up to Elkhorn. How often is the market? Every month?

Buttons, buttons, love those buttons. I'm amazed that she can part with them. I'm like a button Gollum....my precious, my precious!!

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Anonymous said...

I so cannot believe you skipped the Hooter Energy for the Lost... that's not the Lotta we've come to love.

Angel said...

I thought you kind of resemble the girl who plays Sammy on "Days of our Lives". :)

Lotta said...

Angel - I think "kind of" is the key phrase here.

jen said...

OH my hearts and stars. I'd have a hard time just pickin' a few. She really does have a sweet kind of WTF look on her face. Like, "Honey, they're just buttons!" :-)

Lotta said...

Jen - That's totally what she was like! She thought I was nuts when I told her I framed them.

heather said...

I know that button lady! I met her at Elkhorn last year - I too was shaking with excitement as I flipped through those hundreds (thousands?) of cards of buttons. Can't wait to see your stash!

I was supposed to be there Sunday but something came up...next time.

Lotta said...

Heather - No way!

lildb said...

you're so lovely and that you don't know it just makes me want to punch you in the nose.

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