One little Smurg went to Market

We did our daily walk to the temple, The Smurg and I, and lo and behold there was a flea market opposite the temple. Bikehippy calls it FLEE Market!!! Because he knows how much I love to rummage through boxes full of old junk and get all dusty, grimy and end up with some spectacular treasures and an empty purse!


Although in Japan, it doesn’t look different from many other markets at a glance, until you look at the wares. Saw some wonderful and odd things.
We came home with a gogeous set of Geisha hair ornaments, an oddly shaped coin and a scribes inkwell. Too dark now but I will take some pictures tomorrow.

In the meantime these

A bowl full of Kokeshi ( Kokeshi are Japanese wooden dolls. Read more about them HERE)

FLTR: Small china doll, 2 clay jugs, stack of second-hand kimono’s, small wooden statue, stuffed tortoise, vases, Buddha in need of tummy wax.

Basket of sake cups

FLTR: Tools, more tools, food bowls and their wooden boxes, 2 very interesting gadgets with big wooden cogs, box full of coins, samurai helmet ornament, 2 cast iron kettles (loved the one on the left, but $300 a lil too much for an old kettle)

2 china dolls

FLT: More Sake cups, a cast iron and aluminium kettle, old fans, old print block, unpainted Kokeshi, Samurai sword, display cabinet with china ware

Box with opium pipes

Giant cast iron pot

happy with my hair ornaments, inkwell and a few scraps of kimono fabric ( Did I confess yet I’m a fabric-a-holic?)

Tabee for now



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Crook Lady
    May 29, 2012 @ 00:45:52

    The kimono fabric sounds fantastic! Oh, i am so licking my chops. I love secondhand stores and garage sales (also called tag sales or rummage sales). Keep up the blog. I am realliy enjoying it.


  2. Joan
    May 29, 2012 @ 08:48:53

    Ren, I love Flea Markets, too. School uniforms look smart like ours.


  3. Maktub
    May 29, 2012 @ 10:15:26

    So do I Joan, and picked up some awesome silk kimono remnants for a dolls kimono or 2-3-4!


  4. Phyllis B
    May 30, 2012 @ 11:22:25

    Oh how I love flea markets .How I wish we were all there with you.What a blast we would all sounds wonderful I am drooling over the idea of Kimono fabric..


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