Flea Market Finds

Ahhh…the flea market. I find that there are a series of steps one makes upon entering one of these bastions of pure Americana past and present. Before you can fall down the rabbit hole into 1957, you have to adjust to the fact that this is in fact 2012, and the assault of banners advertising “one-dollar socks!” are all you see upon your disappointing first scan. But wait, my friends…dig. You must dig. It’s all part of the experience. Roam. By the end of your trip to the flea market, you will have found those lost treasures, listened to the banter of the sellers (my favorite part) and on your way out…hey, dollar socks? Not a bad deal!

I hope you enjoy looking at a few of the things I found this weekend, and get inspired to go on a hunt of your own!

Wellfleet Drive-In Theater (and Flea Market) Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Since 1957

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Lighthouses (and weekend links!)

(image copyright Serenity Bolt Photography)

“Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.” — Charles Simic

(image copyright Serenity Bolt Photography)

I’ve been spending a lot of time near the ocean lately. Yesterday, I took a trip to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and saw, among other things, a rare blue lobster. The odds are 2 million to one against its very existence. How fitting then that today, I came across the first poem to be published in a scientific journal. The poem, by Smith College life sciences professor and clock researcher Mary E. Harrington, is about the bioluminescent algae Gonyaulax polyedra.

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If the lazy dinoflagellate
should lay abed
refuse to photosynthesize,
realize:
the clock will not slow

but it will grow fait
weaker
weaker

barely whispering at the end
”rise”
”rise”

to little effect.
The recalcitrant Gonyaulax
arms crossed
snorts
“No longer will
they call my life
(my life!)
‘just hands’.
I am sticking to the sea bed!”

Have a good weekend. Here are some links for your perusal:
  • Pretty camping tents by Fieldcandy. I love the one that looks like a book!
  • How to style the perfect top-knot. I’ve been wearing my hair like this all week. So easy and elegant!
  • Buy a bracelet (my favorite is the double-wrapped wood) from the do-gooders over at Threads and “wear change” by helping at-risk kids break the cycle of poverty. You can also read a blog entry about each kid involved here.
  • Got some time on your hands this weekend and a hankering to add more cement items to your life? Nine things you can make with cement.
  • DIY typewriter pop-up cards. Just like your favorite books from when you were a kid!
  • Artist Lisa Kellner makes sculptures out of silk organza, thread and pigments that look like giant cell structures dripping out of the ceiling. They are quite fascinating.
  • And finally…Chinese artist Pinpin Co uses washable ink to draw intricate patterns on her subjects’ faces. What do you think? Creepy or beautiful?