Flea Market Décor - - Contents - By Sue Whit­ney

The Queen of Junk dishes on the hot trend of rus­tora­tion, with three fab­u­lous DIY projects from her lat­est book.

circa 1930s Beis­tle die cut of a skele­ton walk­ing through a grave­yard. “There are only maybe 10 in ex­is­tence,” says Mark. “They go for as­tro­nom­i­cal sums. One sold for $3,600.” This is for a piece of card­board! The ear­li­est piece in Mark’s col­lec­tion is from 1891. It’s a devil smoke set—an ash­tray, hu­mi­dor and match striker—that ad­ver­tised liquor and sat on a plate. It wasn’t made for Hal­loween but is sought af­ter by Hal­loween col­lec­tors be­cause of its theme and ex­cel­lent porce­lain. Mark sees peo­ple of all ages get­ting into Hal­loween col­lect­ing. Many peo­ple get in­trigued af­ter throw­ing or at­tend­ing a party. Per­haps the hol­i­day it­self is be­ing re­claimed as the spooky adult pas­time it once was. “I have seen more move­ment in this hobby in terms of new en­trants in the past five years than I did in all of the past 30,” says Mark. “It’s just nuts … in a let’s-keep-it-go­ing re­ally fun way.”

A BLACK CAT wears a striped hat in a Ger­man 1920’s de­sign val­ued at $185 in Mark’s book.

THIS DE­SIGN IS A PLACE card made by the U.S.A.’S Den­ni­son and dates to the 1920s.

THESE SWEET sprites are on a hat­band.

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