This last weekend we had the store covered so a few of us hit the road. We were in a small car with a limited amount of cash and we wanted to make our trip a stretch. We stopped at a few yard sales, then a few estate sales, a gift shop at the San Miguel Mission (hot tip we got)--it was tiny yet charming! By this time we were already skipping with excitement (that is the rule), and we thought that we better hit the road and get some miles in so we didnt wake up an hour from home.
As we got to the San Jose area we hit up some of our personal faves: Ralph, Betsey, Pinkberry, and Free People! With a dose of inspiration, we then headed to Ikea for a few accessories.
To save money, we were able to crash at our friend Stacy's mom's house. We were only 8 minutes away from Alameda Flea!! What a hoot! We loved everything we bought and it was all smalls.
A homemade vinatage redwood memory, super cute concrete mushrooms, porcelin dogs, a lil' espresso set, travel goods, and a flowy summer dress...perfection.
We have been coveting the rugs above for a while. They are pre-war gypsy rugs from the Balkan Islands. The colors are so vibrant and the workmanship is amazing! These rugs cost a bit more than we usually spend, but if anything warrented a leap of faith, these rugs certainly did! We have one in red with large flowers that is finished out with fringe, it is priced at $575. The second one is a beautiful off white and taupe and is highlighted with a chartreuse garland and deep ruby flowers, it is priced at $495. Compared to what is on the market in a lot of reproduction stores, these originals are a no-brainer.
Last but not least is this multi-colored handmade blanket/bed cover. After scoping out the new Free People store, we are not afraid of color! Very 70's and very rare! I bet alot of you either had one or had a grandma that tried to hand one off to you.
This road trip was very inspiring and one for the record books--great company, great finds, and we met a lot of great people too!