prepare for serendipity: the flea market kit.
Prepare yourself for serendipity, in partnership with SmartWater.
way back on november 18, 2010 i attended a dinner at the elle decor showcase house in san francisco. and on that night, i saw my dream chair. a vintage wire patio chair that rocked and swiveled, which had been re-purposed into a luxuriously unique lounge chair for indoor living with velvet cushions. that was almost two years ago, and i’ve been on a mad hunt for one ever since carrying around this picture in my head. on my flea market trip last week, quite serendipitously, i found not one — oh no. i found two!
i wasn’t even going to go to this particular flea market, but jordan rang me up and i rushed out the door to join her. had i not gone, my chairs would have in all likelihood found another home. i do this all the time with things i dream about having, go on these mad hunts, never quite finding the ideal i’ve set myself up for. and then, serendipitously, they appear out of nowhere. but, there’s also a bit of preparation involved in my treasure hunting.
no matter where i go, i always bring along my little design kit – tools that help me make the sometimes hard decision to buy. tricks of the trade, if you will. i carry a cute little pouch and inside i keep all the things i need — paint and fabric swatches and measurements from home; floorplans; my eyeglasses so i can read them; a notebook, pen and pencils for sketching out ideas and for notes i’ve taken about what i’m looking for. i carry my camera, or my iphone and this handy charger i found that charges up the life of my iphone by 50% should it run out of juice mid-picture snapping. that’s happened once too often for me, so this keeps me prepared for that inevitability. for some reason i carry my trusty vintage pocket knife, too. it just makes me feel like a real scout! the kit is easy and affordable to create and trust me, it comes in really handy!