Deborah Greenfield for Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting & Decorating Guide
Every weekend I love to search for vintage treasures at the Chelsea flea market here in the city. However last weekend I rented a car with 4 of my friends and headed to the popular Elephant's Trunk market in Connecticut! Founded in 1976, the market features hundreds of vendors offering bargain antiques amidst the colorful backdrop of an autumn New England hillside.
Below are two goodies I scored at Elephant's Trunk! The frame at left was a mere $10, in which I placed a scrap of fabric that I love from an old skirt I don't wear! The painting at right is an original watercolor, matted in linen and framed for $40! Not too shabby ;)As you know, I'm a huge fan of gallery walls so I thought I'd share my own with you! Almost everything on this wall is a flea market find, costing anywhere from $2 to the painting I just bought for $40! The look is laid back and eclectic and reminds me of how much fun I had searching for each piece. For those of you interested in vintage fashion, be sure to check out the Shabby Chic store in Soho. Store owner Rachel Ashwell (who popularized the term "shabby chic") has spent the last ten years collecting and restoring vintage prom dresses from the '40s and '50s, which are now on display and available to purchase until December 31st at her Wooster street store. Photo: Edmund Barr, Country Home May 2005