Best part about Palm Springs–other than the fantastic weather–is the multitude of street fairs. And not just in Palm Springs but up and down the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs has a Street Fair every Saturday and a Vintage Market on Sunday’s. Wrote about the Street Fair already, so here is the review of the Vintage Market.
This is not a ‘true’ vintage market as many of the vendors and their items are more garage sale. Apparently, the Vintage Market is a new endeavor;there is an entrance fee and mailing list is taken. Hopefully, the market will expand and be exclusive Vintage. This is what I liked.
The Cardinal Travel Trailer belonged to a vendor who found it hidden behind a home up at Joshua Tree and bought it several years ago for $2200.00. Everything is original, except for the Travel Trailer fabric in the new curtains. He uses it for lodging when attending Street Fairs and as a guest bedroom in his backyard. How Cool! Have no idea what the vendor had in his booth as I, and everyone else were so fascinated by his pull along lodging.
This vendor had a mismatch of metal toys and art pottery. The Van Briggle caught my eye as had never seen this particular piece–Siren by he Sea–which he had in the mulberry coloration. Note the fish swimming on the inside of the rim. The vendor was not particularly forthcoming–didn’t have a business card and when asked how I could reach him, he grudgingly provided a phone number. Was intrigued enough to do some research on Van Briggle’s Siren of the Sea: It is from the late 1920’s, well after Artus Van Briggle’s death but apparently popular.. Found it in four basic colorations, the most popular is the Turquoise/Navy, then the Mulberry/Navy. Also found ‘Moonglow’, ‘Tan/Green’ and a lighter Turquois–see photos. Those in excellent condition, I.e., no crazing (hard to find without crazing), chips, and with the flower frog, fetch in the thousand+ dollars.
The following photos are color examples found on Google.