Do you have plans for the holiday weekend? For those of you outside the U.S., this weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. On Monday, Memorial Day, we honor those who have served our country through military service, usually by visiting and decorating grave sites. It also has become the unofficial beginning of the summer season. Lots of picnics, outdoor activities and family gatherings.
In the St Louis area there is a Memorial Day flea market, the Gypsy Caravan. The Gypsy Caravan is a large flea market with over 300 vendors from 20 states and raises money in support of the St. Louis Symphony. The last time I went I found matching chairs for my dining table. This year I'm spending the extra money for early bird entry for the first time. Mainly to beat the crowd and the heat, not because I'm looking for anything in particular.
I picked up this vintage croquet set at a yard sale a few weeks ago. (The day I went out with less than $20 to spend) I am always drawn to these old beauties. I love the colors and how worn they usually are. This set looks well worn and well loved to me. I imagine it's been used on many a summer's day, by a family enjoying time together, laughing and cheering each other on. Or laughing as they send the other team's ball into the neighbor's yard. Or was that just my kids who did that?
Croquet sets just say summer to me. I pick up these whenever I find them reasonably priced. I collect the balls and display them in this wire planter on my porch. For the summer months I put out red and blue, for the fall I'll switch to the black and orange, and in December I put out green and red. I googled images of vintage croquet sets, and oh, my there are some cool sets out there.
I'll try to get more photos this time at the Gypsy, and hopefully have a treasured find or two to share with you.
I hope you have a fun, safe holiday weekend,