Visiting America’s Antique Mall Melbourne in April.
Before I get into all these great finds, I wanted to say that after some thought, I will be doing a “Thrift Store Thursday” series in which I will share my finds, a little about the piece and pricing the piece, and will link to others if I can find them in case you are interested in purchasing. Yay! I am so excited to share this with you!
America’s Antique Mall in Melbourne, Florida (there is also one in Indiana) is an AWESOME indoor market home to over 200 vendors. The staff is so nice, and there is just so many things to look at, and some things you’ve never seen before!
Aside from a monthly vintage market, they also host a Car Show on the third Saturday of every month complete with food trucks and music. One of the other things I really love is that this mall is just 20 minutes away from the beach. There is a nice restaurant called Sand on the Beach right on the beach. I have yet to get there for breakfast but for lunch I like the Mahi Sandwich, and the Sand’s BLT.
Every month on the second Saturday, America’s Antique Mall in Melbourne, Florida hosts a vintage market. This mall is really one of my favorite places to visit, and I had been contemplating getting a booth here for myself in the Fall, so I wanted to visit on a vintage market day to see how traffic was.
Though there weren’t many vendors set up outside for the event, and not too busy, I was really happy with the amount of people I did see, and had a blast shopping from the vendors throughout the mall.
As I walked around, I noticed many of the vacant booths I saw during my last visit had filled up, so I didn’t waste any time, and got my booth at the end of my visit – that is for another post, but I wanted to share all my finds with you from this April visit because there are so many gems (and great inspiration)! They are in the order of my visit. I wish I had the vendor names to share with you, but if you happen to visit, you could try to show the picture of the item you’re interested in, and they might be able to direct you.
I love tea sets! And this one caught my eye right off the bat. So pretty, and set up wonderfully.
This is hand painted on an old window.
This booth is so cozy! I am looking forward to the Americana decor that’s coming as that is what the theme of my home is [trying to be].
I just love miniatures! I would like to try my hand at creating scenes like this.
Just look at this miniature trunk and television!
This is another booth that I think is really set up well! So inviting. On the other side of this table that has all the gold accented cups is a couch. Makes you feel like you want to come in, have a seat and hang out. This is where I made my first purchase of the day – a flea market book that had some neat upcycles in it.
I thought this was a funny sign on the piece to the left.
This booth is another favorite of mine! So much talent and creativity in all these handmade/upcycled pieces. This vendor also owns the doll store I’ll show next, but just look at this dresser decoupaged with a map!
Very neat take on a globe! The moss is very on trend.
And check out this awesome dresses! It’s an actual dresser and those are all the regular drawers, but they’ve been embellished with pieces from old luggage.
This spot is every little girl’s (and little girl at heart) dream spot! This is just one angle, but this spot is really large, and filled with everything your 18″ doll could ever need. Sonya is the vendor, and she is incredibly nice and talented! She builds some of the items in the scene, but puts items together so well to create a real room feeling.
This style dining set is awesome! It’s taking me back in time.
Imagine having a sleep over in this room!
And yes, there is even a bathroom set up!
Lots and lots of books line one of the walls. A book and doll item would make a great birthday or holiday gift.
One more thing from this awesome shop! This is the start of a farmer’s market. Sonya (the vendor) built this stand! Oh boy! I can’t wait to see!
Every time I visit this booth, this dress form is decorated differently to match the time of year, and I just love it. Reminds me of growing up. We kept our tree up all year in the living room, and my mom would decorate it to match the time of year. I wish my home was big enough to leave my tree out all year, but now that I have a booth of my own, maybe I will implement this there.
I thought these were some cool cups!
Not sure if you know this, but I am the crochet lover and designer behind EyeLoveKnots.com, so when I see items like this, it gets my undivided attention. I stopped to admire it, and think about how it was made. I think the flowers are created on a loom. Just beautiful!
Doilies are also very inspirational! My mom especially likes doilies so I always look to see if there is anything special to get for her.
This particular one is called the pineapple stitch. It’s a crochet classic, and the stitch pattern I used to create my Everlasting Wedding Dress.
I thought this side table was neat. The luggage is actually attached to the top of the table, and it opens for storage.
Guys! This is a rocking horse bird!! It’s sturdy and rocks smoothly. I was so impressed by this beauty!
There is handmade and antique jewelry throughout the shop, but this necklace really caught my attention. Really lovely statement necklace, and matching earrings too.
I was looking inside this ice chest, and found some automotive books inside.
It’s a really neat book! On the top of each page is the car brand, and the book goes into detail with how to perform different services. On the side of some of the pages, you even see greasy finger prints from where a mechanic was actually flipping through the pages – adds so much character. I wish I had a place to put this book. Would be great in a mancave.
There are a couple booths that have salt and pepper collections, and no two that are the same. I stopped to look at these I Love Lucy ones, but then the ones on the shelf under caught my eye.
On the left, it comes out of the top of Betty Boop’s hat and the back top side of the moon. Next, it comes out of the top of Betty Boop’s Hat and the grill of the car. And other great mentions – Elvis’s guitar and bongo, and the Wizard of Oz crew!
I am always impressed with pieces like this! This is a hand stitched table runner. It’s amazing!
I saw a couple booths that sell handmade soap – one of my favorite things! With sensitive skin, I find handmade soaps to be so good for my skin. I didn’t pick up any during this visit, but I plan to get some on another visit.
As I mentioned before, I have a fondness of miniatures so these dollhouses caught my attention even being on the top shelf. The one on the right even has electrical!
The crocheter in me fell for this trivet. The design is intriguing covering what seems like an aluminum piece of some sort…
This is what the back looks like. A real steal at just $1.25! I took the photos so I could refer back to them at a later date and try my hand at something like this, but I did not end up buying the trivet.
Behind the miniature houses was this Christmas themed booth. I love Christmas so much (everything except the actual day – it really stresses me out). My thought was “oh my goodness!” Followed by “why didn’t I think of this?! Such a great idea!”
This Mrs. Claus nutcracker is so sweet! I thought about getting her to add to my nutcracker collection, but I didn’t. Really, I could have bought just about everything in the store! But I was trying to be good – haha!
I haven’t seen any Christmas village pieces quite like this and the next.
Gorgeous festive lighthouse!
One of my friends collects colored glass shoes. I sent him a picture of this shelf to see if there were any he wanted that didn’t already have. I ended up getting the baby slipper on the middle part of the top shelf, and the milk glass [white] shoe. I had never seen a baby slipper one before so I really thought that one was so precious, and he had not seen a milk glass shoe before so that was really neat to be able to get him something so special and unique. Funny, the milk glass one was MUCH heavier than the other glass ones.
I thought this bell was special – a light blue Fenton hobnail bell. You see these less as the more popular blue is more of a cobalt. I can see clear as day this is seller MJ31 if you happen to be visiting and looking to see if this piece is still available. The staff can direct you.
This Fenton hobnail candy dish came home with me from the same seller as the bell above. I was given a large Fenton hobnail basket with the ruffled edge, and I’ve been wanting to find some other matching pieces to add to my collection. This is now the second piece. So happy with it!
My mom is into macrame so when I saw this book from the 1970’s I had to get it for her. There are so many creative projects in here. It’s so refreshing to see more than just plant holders and hammocks, but I was really impressed with some of the wearables – I had no idea!
I thought this little rocking chair was really sweet!
I found crochet inspiration in this booth as well. This purse looks amazing. I would love to try crocheting with beads to create something similar.
Also this throw pillow. I haven’t seen an envelope style circular pillow before so that was really inspiring. The front of this pillow reminds me of a doily, which you saw earlier are plenty here so I am thinking about getting some to attempt making an envelope style pillow with! I love envelope style because it’s easy to change out or wash when needed.
These elephant baskets are really cute too! Perfect for a safari themed baby nursery or kid’s room!
In another booth, I thought these dreamcatchers were fun. Also you can see another spot for handmade soaps. I smelled some of them, but some other things pulled me away.
Before I get there, I did look at these tie dyed tops. They’re all a little different, which is awesome – that is what makes handmade special. It’s Gildan brand so I know they fit comfortably, but I wasn’t sure on the fringe at the bottom as far as how it affected the length. I tried to hold it up to myself, but I was having trouble seeing. I didn’t take one home, but that doesn’t mean I won’t on another visit because the color and pattern is really great.
I bought this zipper hoodie. It was $8, comfy and so cute with the cats. Hard to beat that.
I also bought this t-shirt! It’s great.
Check out the back! HAHAHA!
I would have bought this one too, but they didn’t have my size.
Also from the same booth, I bought both of these bracelets (and a brown one for my mom too). They’re really gorgeous! And adjustable cuffs too. My only complaint is that the back is open and doesn’t feel very secure, so I plan to add a chain and lobster clasp and then it will be perfect (I did it for my mom’s already – she was so happy with this!).
Some more crochet inspiration. This afghan is made with a stitch that I believe is called the cat stitch. Do you see cats?
This dresser is truly a work of art!
And I thought the owl on this pottery set was really cute.
One more hand stitched beauty! Look at that detail!
This secretary desk is really beautiful! I have been wanting one, though this one was just a little out of my budget. They’re such great desks for small spaces.
Aren’t these beautiful?!
I spotted this basket underneath a desk. How cute would this be in a kid’s room to hold toys, or maybe as a hamper? So sweet!
I purchased this table set. I thought about it for a while. Looked and looked…
Even cleaned it up, and changed my angle. This is such a great piece! About the size of a TV tray, but has a half circle leaf that comes up on the back (that you can see out in the photo), has two working drawers AND it has a spot within itself to store the two little stools. Such a perfect piece. The only reason I thought so hard on it was because I had to think where I would put it, and how I would use it. My home is very small, and real estate is limited, but in the end, I thought it’d be a great piece to have in my craft room for my embroidery machine (though it later came back to the store with me to be used in my booth).
Here’s a beautiful vanity set I spotted. Reimagined beautifully!
Thought this woven swan coaster set was really unique. The coasters tuck away inside the wing.
One booth is packed with denim jackets and shorts. This spot was really neat. I can definitely see myself coming back to this one.
This table and chair set I really liked. Really great condition and this lighter wood is my favorite, AND ALL FOR JUST $90!! Of course, there was no way I was going to transport this in my car so I just admired it, but then when I signed on as a vendor, I came back to buy this set for my booth so I still ended up with it.
I am trying to go for an Americana Farmhouse theme for my home. It’s not easy because I have so many favorites for decorating with but it’s getting easier. I can say I am much more in the farmhouse way than I was before. I saw this dresser, and thought it would be perfect for our bedroom – speaking to the future of course because my current bedroom space is maxed out, haha! Really neat dresser though.
And last but not least, I am sharing this basket from the same booth as the dresser. It’s inspiring. I am picturing a big apple woven basket from Hobby Lobby, and painting it. Sounds tedious, but would be so neat, and custom made especially for our home. It would be great to store throw blankets or books (or yarn and in progress projects, hehe!).
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