The Greatest Flea Market Find EVER.

My name is Karen and I haven’t been to a flea market in … 4 days now.  Unless you count yesterday.

Of course this is totally due to the fact that my favourite one only operates on the weekends.  Regardless, I think it’s a feat to be quite proud of.

This past weekend I went to Aberfoyle Antique market with my sister.  She’s an interior decorator who was looking for some rustic pieces for a client.  I am a non-interior decorator who was looking for anything and everything.

As we were walking around, eating our hot and salty boxes of french fries, I turned to my sister with a little tear in my eye and proclaimed my undieing love for all things old and wonderful.

I think my exact quote might have been “Chew, chew, mumble, mmm,  swallow.  I love all this old crap!!  I just can’t help it!

Even though I spent last year getting rid of almost every old thing I owned,  I still love it all.  There are so many beautiful things you can find at antique shows and flea markets that you can’t find anywhere else.

And this trip didn’t disappoint.  I left with the old pop bottle I used in my Dish Soap Dispenser Post, and more …

Ta Da!  I figured the best way to display my new flea market find for you was to set it atop some of my old dishes.  I find nothing showcases a prosthetic better than Flow Blue china.  Yup. I got the hand at the flea market.

The hand came with a myriad of comments from the seller and from people around the flea market.  A small selection would be:

Go ahead and buy it … it’s not like it’s an arm and a leg.

Give the girl a hand, ladies and gentlemen!

Did you steal that?!  O.K. lady, … hand it over.

Yes.  This is exactly how deranged I am.  I went to a flea market filled with beautiful things, and I walked out with a hard plastic mould originally used to form prosthetic hands.

Lest you get the wrong idea, I do have a use for it.  I’m going to put it in my bowl of candy at Halloween.  You know. To frighten the children.  Mainly the teenagers.  Who shouldn’t be out trick or treating.  My rules for handing out candy are – no one without some sort of effort at a costume gets any, nor do you get any if you’re driving yourself from house to house.

Now for a closer look at this thing …

You’ll notice the dirt and bits of red which appear to be cuts with blood.  I didn’t put that there, that’s just luck!

This has been the most fun post to do yet.  Hands down.


  1. Ginna says:

    What I want to know is did the prosthetic owner get a newer model? How the heck did it end up at a thrift or antique store? Did they say, “Oh let’s just give it to Goodwill…”!

  2. Sharon says:

    Read this again today while looking for some Halloween ideas.
    I laughed till I cried. Don’t even know why ;)
    Just funny. What I like a lot about your blog is that I can go back and re-read some posts and they are still relevant and oh so funny :)
    Thank you for that !!

  3. angie says:

    As I was scrolling through the pictures of that hand, I seriously started to get creeped out by the rotation effect. Um, turn on all the lights in the house and check under the bed creeped out. You should only use your photo skills for good.

  4. Kirsten says:

    …this reminds me of the time that my sister took the top half of a male mannequin that was due for the dumpster home from the mall she worked at to use as a prop for a practical joke.
    She walked downtown carrying it, bussed with it, even sat it in a chair at the cafe she was meeting a friend at.
    Most people just told her that she had the wrong half.

  5. Michelle says:

    You crack me up love reading your posts. That hand is seriously creepy!

  6. Amanda says:

    Somewhere there is a scissor-handed boy who would do anything for this slightly worn hand *tear*

  7. Zina says:

    I need to start collecting tea cups. We never have enough of them around here. I’ve been concentrating on mugs. But we still never have enough of them.

    Lately, though, I’ve been concentrating on the blue and white Chinese stuff. I found an entire set of plates complete with Dr. Seuss trees in the background at the local Emmaus shop. They have these weird little plates that I’m not really sure what they’re supposed to be for. I’ve been using them for places to perch teaspoons and used teabags or single servings of biscuits.

    I am only on here nattering away about blue and white erzatz China print dishes because I’m desperately avoiding going back into the bathroom and sticking down the rest of the wallpaper from where it’s all coming away from the wall. Oh, and painting the ceiling.

  8. Melissa says:

    My mother-in-law (!) gave my kids a bag of dismembered body parts (plastic, I assure you!) which they loved and affirmed their (and my) notion that she may be the coolest grandma alive – but it made for some interesting conversations around clean-up time, “I thought I told you to pick up that hand!”, “If I find that ear laying on my living room floor one more time…” , “who was going to pick up these teeth?”.

    I think my neighbours may report me.

  9. Joni says:

    First the fake leg and now a hand. Keep it up, dearie, and you’ll have all the body parts.

    P.S. I’m in love with all those tea cups! I have quite a collection of my own.

  10. Pam'a says:

    A confession: What Easter is to you, Karen, Halloween is to me. I have never been able to work up any enthusiasm for it, even tho’ it’s within days of my birthday!

    But even *I* can appreciate that the hand is quite a find, so I’m tickled for you. :)

  11. Valentina says:

    I wish you were my neighbor :)

  12. Langela says:

    Keep this up and you’ll soon have an entire dismembered body! This post shows just how handy you are.

    • Karen says:

      Hah! Where’ve ya been Langela! I’ve missed your comments.

      • Langela says:

        I’m still around….lurking in the shadows. We have started school, so I have a bit less time to lurk and comment. That and I wasn’t sure if you could handle my wit everyday. I’ll hand it to you, though, I could not wait to see what you had in store for us today. That is one handsome find. :)

  13. Rose in Ohio says:

    Nice finds! I think you can use the hand for other holidays, too. For example, you could put a white fur cuff on it and let it dangle out of the fireplace for an easy Christmas decoration/cautionary tale.

    And for wedding decor, too. Just give it a girly manicure, and “You asked for my daughter’s hand in marriage? Here ya go!”

    Sorry, I’m stuck in Halloween mode and I can’t get out.

  14. lynzee says:

    nothing can top the leg can it?…. yes, apparently so.

  15. I am so jealous. I want that hand. I have a collection of hands, but they are all china, or wood or something nice. But your hand way cooler.
    And the display!
    I am in awe.

  16. Liz says:

    Oh my gosh! I NEED one of those to display the rings I sell on etsy! As a matter of fact, after Halloween you could use it yourself as a ring holder. I’m sure it would look absolutely charming on top of your dresser!

  17. Shauna says:

    Oh My!!! I read..”Even though I spent last year getting rid of almost every old thing I owned” and I thought to myself (except the leg..that’s just weird!), and you follow it with a hand. lmao Well Karen, I think it’s wonderful, but maybe this would be a great time to talk about the leg.

  18. mary says:

    I look at that little thumb and imagine a cute little boy… it really is a remarkable hand. The opening shots of Blue Willow… nice, safe, inviting touch!

  19. DzynByJules says:

    OK Clarise, I’m starting to see a “Silence of the Lambs” and/or “Saw” theme in your decor. I’ve got to hand it to you, very creative! Can I get a high five on that? For extra fright factor on Halloween, why not coat it with Elmer’s glue tinted with red coloring and peel away bits here and there. Nothing repels post pubescent trick-or-treaters like a little leprosy! Heck, have it hold a ROTARY phone, that will really scare them away!
    Don’t forget to take some hand in the bowl pictures! Can’t wait to see!

  20. Yikes. With that title I was really looking forward to seeing the find of the century. Funny post–quite a lot of photos–I don’t think you missed a single angle

  21. marilyn says:

    oh my god karen, i was with you for the teacups as i have a bit of a passion for those too but the hand is just creepy..gotta go, stella (my cat) is licking my peanut butter toast

  22. Tracy says:

    Kinda goes with the leg you “found” in your basement :-)

  23. Debbie Doodles says:

    An outstanding flea market find! Sure to garner some great responses from surprised trick or treaters. Hee Hee Hee. Wish I could see those faces!

    Have fun.

    Love the dishes – Tim Burton high tea. Good one Shannon!

  24. Jenn says:

    My little monsters visit you every Halloween, am definitely looking forward to the hand!

  25. mimi says:

    Yikes, it’s creepy!
    I’m not calling to your house trick or treating!

  26. jane cudmore says:

    I have a foot that I obtained when I was studying reflexology that I use every Hallowe’en too!

    And, I’m of the ‘no effort – no candy’ school of treat dispensing too!

    Got to shake a leg…

  27. Theresa says:

    this has to be the coolest flea find I’ve heard of this year anyway.
    do love the china collection too
    shop on lady shop on

  28. Fun As We Go - Ashley says:

    HAHAHA! Love it! And you showcased it in such a classy way :) Great post!

  29. Shannon says:

    I imagine that pile of plates china & the hand on top is similar to what Tim Burton might display high tea on.

    Cucumber sandwich anyone?

    Love the mismatched china. Are the black cups Noritake?

    • Karen says:

      The black cups are only marked “Made in Japan, Hand Painted”. They’re beautiful. Inside one is yellow and one is green with vines and blossoms outlined in metallic gold along with a couple of pheasant looking birds, outlined in metallic gold. I used to have a bit of a cup and saucer collection. I’ve sold most of it but kept some of my faves.

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