Flea Day: Bainsii Mission, Long Beach
Paul and I headed off to the Long Beach Flea Market before 6 a.m. this morning with a mission: to pick up an aloe bainsii from one of my fave plant vendors, Mike Delgado. I’d called him earlier in the week to see if he had a large aloe tree I could buy and he said he’d bring a more-than-five-footer to the flea … I just had to be there early to get dibs on it. Away we went, getting there so early he was still setting up … so, after agreeing to take the bainsii and a large aloe plicatilis, and not wanting to be a pest as he finished setting up, I did a quick run-through to take pictures of outdoor decor. Here’re my faves, beginning with the brutish antler loveseat above. Except for the sitter-deterrent cut-glass plates on each seat, they’re very ‘Quest for Fire’ don’t you think? …
I really loved these large ceramic pots, especially in the company of a very unusual violet version. $100 each at 7:15 a.m., the vendor advised that the price would be much lower if they were still there late in the day.
A pile of bleached skulls and antlers in the early morning sun both repels and attracts me. As much as I’d like one of each, I can’t get myself to touch them …
Industrial goodness could be found in every aisle, but I really like these dot-perforated drawers. These would work great either indoors or out and have a nice graphic presence.
A great set of Mexican vinyl-strung chairs and a table were pretty expensive at over $400. Used only gently, they were in terrific shape, if an odd color combination.
More than $400 by $50, these twisty rusted steel sculptures were like metal tornadoes. The sculptor’s mother/publicist was in attendance and she said they’re selling briskly.
I really loved this metal-draped outdoor settee, in spite of its obvious condition issues. It’d look great with a vine of some sort growing up through its seat … again, $400 is the favored price.
These whimsical mash-ups of disparate chairs-become-benches are colorful fun. A mere $250 each, they’re a great deal if you ask me.
A patio dressed with these exuberantly-hued Mexican pots would be fiesta-perfect. Add punched metal star lanterns and you can make it an all-nighter.
Certain that Mike’s set-up is now complete, I circle back before temptation gets the best of me (I’d vowed that I’d buy ONLY plants this flea trip). He’s already loaded my bainsii on his dolly but busy with other customers … so I tiptoe down the row to another plant vendor to check his wares, where I find more plants for the Rancho.
I pick up two Mexican lillies (Beschorneria yuccoides) here, along with a couple of other plants, then it’s back to Mike to pay up and roll the goods to the car …
Back at the Rancho everybody looks right at home! At almost six feet, my aloe bainsii tree is perfect, and the other new plant additions will fill some of the empty spaces left when I sold/gave away all the other pots at my last sale. Courtesy of craigslist, some new rockin’ planters have appeared in the garden and will be featured in an upcoming post … Things are really looking great again now that the rains have gone elsewhere and I’m enjoying being able to work outside hours-at-a-time, creating new vignettes and looking at things with a fresh eye … more soon!