Today was a crisp and very cold day at the Oedo market at the International Forum, but as usual there was lots to see and plenty to buy. I have been wanting to find a way to start sharing what I am seeing at the markets every week, but when there isn’t a theme or cohesive feeling about the merchandise I find it fairly boring to post about. I have been thinking that real-time photos of what I am buying, both for myself and for sale, might be more fun and more interesting for both me and for my readers. So as of today, my plans are to start instagramming (is that a verb yet?) while I am out and about at shrine sales and antique shows. So if you would like to keep up with me, you can follow me on Instagram on your mobile device here.
One of the fun parts of Instagram if you haven’t tried it is playing with the filters and the framing to add special effects to your photos. Typical me, I like all the filters that give an aged feel…
…and I am a sucker for those old-fashioned photo borders…
…or burned edges.
I already made a faux pas in editing this photo down so that it didn’t fit the Instagram format. Won’t make that mistake again.
The photos have the perfect format for a blog post – a nice big square. There is also a very effective exposure button, used to fun effect here.
This art deco mirror glows like a jewel using one of the filters.
Kasuri kimonos seem lit from within.
As usual Oedo was full of European goods, these lace patterns being some of my favorites.
No lack of British goods either. This collection rivals any I’ve seen in English antique shops.
Couldn’t resist these door knockers – just for Steve at An Urban Cottage.
And you know you want it…If you see items you want to buy, just let me know via email.
I made a couple of wonderful scores for myself, including this handmade folksy heart chair. It has a beautiful grey-blue wash paint and is soooo much prettier than it looks in this photo – the only find of the day that the Instagram filters failed to enhance.
I know just where this sweet little baby is going to go…
I have also been finding the most irresistible and inexpensive art lately which deserves a post of its own. But this little oval print (nothing better than a few art pieces with circles or ovals to break up a lot of rectangles) is headed to my youngest daughter’s room at the beach…
…along with this chiyogami you may remember from here. She begged me to hold it back for her from the sale so I did.
Won’t they look so sweet in here?
I am going to try to add the Instagram button to my sidebar, probably right below the Pinterest one. But I am including the link here again, in case I am not successful.