San Rafael is home to The French Market every second Sunday of the month from April until October. This was my first visit to the market after hearing a lot about it while standing in line at Estate Sales. We usually have a lot of time to wait, sometimes up to three hours, so that can bring out a lot of conversation. One dealer had mentioned how successful his sales were at this market. I am really interested in selling at more markets this year so I thought I would check it out.
As markets go, it's a relatively late start which I kind of like. I was able to first hit a local flea market in Sebastopol before getting on the road to drive 40 minutes south to San Rafael. The market hours are 9am-3pm. It's free to park and free to attend which is a fabulous combination.
Mary Meg was one of my favorite sellers at the market. Her theme is Salvaged Beauty. Sadly her website isn't working at the moment so I am unable to link to her. She takes vintage linens and creates bloomers, decorative belts, shorts, tops and even cellphone carriers.
Her booth felt like a little corner of Paris. I could have stayed there for hours.
The small clips carriers displayed on the hanger are for cell phones. I purchased the one on the far right. She uses old sterling & silver plate cloth in some of her items. So clever.
Love those man bags.
And those metal letters? So fabulous.
Marin Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is peeking out of the background.
Another favorite seller of mine was Jennifer Osner's textile wonderland. Her booth was filled with vintage ribbon, findings, lace and more. You can find her on Etsy at Textile Art Lace. She is very knowledgeable on all things textiles and it was lovely just to ask questions to hear her answers. To see so many textiles and notions in one booth was awe inspiring.
Japanese Vintage Flowers. $4 per stem or she would consider a better price on the entire box.
Vintage Crepe Paper by Dennison
Tiara by Kari Jeanne Lobdell
I loved Kari's booth so much that I'm actually going to feature her in her own post in the next few days.
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The market is much smaller than Alameda Point Antiques Faire but it has a similar feel with the quality of items sold. There were not any junk sellers and some sellers had a set genre or theme which was lovely. I actually prefer a good mix but it was a nice change too. I'm really looking forward to selling here this summer.
The French Market, Marin County's Outdoor Antique Market - 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, Calif 94903, 9 am to 3 pm. 2nd Sun. May to Oct.