Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Queen Bee Market

Just a short report today on the Queen Bee Market that took place in San Diego this past weekend.  We drove down, with the nieces in tow, a few days before for a short vacation and stayed through Sat to attend the market. 
 So after we watched a baseball game at Petco park,
 rode a few roller coasters at Sea World,
 and hand fed a few very tall friends,
we made it to the show.
It was held at the beautiful Hilton, right on the water front.  I have never attended this show and found it to be a bit smaller than expected (I think this is show number 3 for them) and super laid back (no pressure to buy whatsoever).  I say that because many of the vendors did not even stand by their booths which is so different from antique shows that I have attended.  All items were paid for a central "check stand" (which was very convenient) so many of the vendors could wander around.  Being indoors is also very different too!  
Here are some of my favorite vendors:
Absolutely beautifully sewn pillows, bags, coverlets and banners.  Her stitching is impeccable.
 And she is funny too!
Love these banners made from vintage sheets.  I love how Gioia stitches the band at the top with striped sheets instead of the usual twill tape (which is what I would do).  
I also love this one.

Crystal makes jewelry using beads, resin flowers.  I loved this display of earrings on shipping tags.
 I got these.  They look so cute I hate to take them off the tag.

 Funky Vintage Lovely
More resin jewelry, fabulous bright painted frames that everyone was buying up.  I don't see them in her Esty shop but boy, they were hot at the show.
 cake plates made from re-purposed dishes.

I bought this magnetic chalkboard for the bedroom that I am STILL redecorating.  Okay, I have pretty much just been gathering things and then one day I am going to get it done.  But it's not going to happen in August...WAY too many deadlines this month!  I guess it's a good thing this frame stands up on it's own so it doesn't have to be put into the gathering pile with the coverlets, sheets and pillows.

Go to store for great packaging items like tags, string, and ribbon.

There were also other vendors with handmade clothes,
and fabric necklaces, like these from Allhora Handmade
We had a fun time at the Market and on vacation, but now it's back home and back to work!  The husband only has a few more days till school starts again so he's going to get in at least two more rounds of golf before it does.  Let's see if I can get just one more project out of him before Monday.


  1. Wow..that looked such a fun way to spend the day...loads of gorgeous crafty inspiration for sale under one roof!!! X

  2. Looks like you had a blast. I adore the cake plates! Love the earrings you purchased too.

  3. I love the cake plates and the magnetic chalkboard you purchased is Adorable!!! I am so in love with yellow right now!!

  4. Oh! Those earrings!!! I've got to get me some of those!

  5. What fun! I'd want one of each. It looks like you and family had a great time. Enjoy!

  6. Dear Paula, you know of any place like this in Miami, in the period 12-22 September that is the time it'll be in Florida. I would like to see some place that sells old stuff but do not know how to look. Thank you.

  7. Hi Paula, it was so nice meeting you at Queen Bee, thank you for your kind words!