Part IX, the last of our series on “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money” – Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America
The final part of our interview series with Maureen Stanton, Maureen shares photos of her favorite finds!
I tend to collect and buy odd and kitschy objects. My first purchase at the first show I worked with Curt Avery was a Sarregeumines face jug. I had no idea what it was, but I loved it. It’s kind of beat up, but if it were in great condition, it might be $100. I paid $20, which is cheap for the little laugh I get every time I look at it.
Over and over again I’m drawn to textiles like hooked rugs, which I have all over my home (they are so durable you can use them), vintage jewelry (this 1940s Lucite pin), and for some reason unknown to me, I keep buying funky lamps. I love old advertising, and old books, and that odd campy objects, like a ceramic diorama of Betsy Ross sewing a flag, which is so detailed that I just loved it for $8. Or a pair of chalkware string holders that are now hanging on my wall. I find great stuff at the dump, like a vintage orange-yellow glass salad set and this wonderful 1950s lawn chair in great condition.
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