Dora the Explora

Three times a year, the sleepy south Florida town of Mount Dora transforms into a bric-a-brac Mecca. Dealers far and wide descend to the rolling grass covered fields setting up trailers, tents or just plain old lean-tos under the sprawling moss covered oaks. Furniture, glassware, baskets, jewelry, your aunt Emma’s favorite 1950’s prom dress, you name it, you can find it here. The more “elevated” finds reside in the large exhibition hall or along a quaint “street” of the cutest little shops. The real extravaganza, however, happens outside. If the weather is good – and this past month that Florida sunshine was just grand – this is where the action is. Nothing like a piping hot corndog in one hand, a cool sweet tea in the other, perusing someone else’s treasures. And treasure we found. I don’t know if it’s the economy or what, but I have noticed things back on the market that have been practically impossible to find the lasts several years.

We blew our budget in the first 15 minutes. Wow, holy crap, expletive, expletive, we found the mother load. More tomorrow!


Dianne Hadaway said...

Good Morning! I've just discovered your website and blog this morning and despite a pounding headache, your gorgeous wares and wonderful writing has brought a huge smile to my face! I can't wait to see what wonderful things you blew your budget on in Florida. I'm still devouring your website and reading here to learn more about you, and I feel giddy, like I've found a new awesome friend! We have been planning a trip to Savannah and now I'm more anxious than ever to get to come there. I've lived in North Georgia for 17 years and have yet to make it to Savannah! My daughter wants to attend SCAD when she graduates (in 2013) so we are determined to visit soon. Oh and I just saw the post about your adorable baby, welcome to parenthood and more joy that you ever dreamed possible! So happy I found you!

Lila said...

Another reason why I need to move to Florida...I'm so jealous!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

infinitehalves said...

Fabulous! I'm in Miami and have been meaning to make a trip up to Mt. Dora - you mentioned this goes on 3x a year, do you happen to know when the next one takes place? I'd like to compile a list of flea markets in and around the state of FL for weekend trips but sadly haven't found too much info available.