Wandered over to the flea market at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh today. North Carolina has few good flea markets. Most of them seem to be places for entry-level entrepreneurs to sell boots, truck parts, car stereos and nearly expired food. Way up North, these exist but a good many flea markets exist to sell antiques, vintage and collectibles I miss Northern flea markets. I don’t miss Northern winters.

I saw a few odd things here today. First is a tamboured expanding table:

A table with a tambour in the middle.

A table with a tambour in the middle.

I have seen drop leaf tables, draw leaf tables, leaf tables and leaf-less tables. This one has a tambour where the leaf ought to be.

A tambour in dappled sunlight.

A tambour in dappled sunlight.

Here is a look at the table runners. You draw the table ends out pulling the tambour out from its storage location in the center of the table.

An interesting idea whose time has come and gone.

An interesting idea whose time has come and gone.

Next thing I saw was this plane variant:

But what is it?

But what is it?

And another view.

This view doesn't really answer any questions.

This view doesn’t really answer any questions.

Let’s face this head on:

Well, it is a Stanley.

Well, it is a Stanley.

After doing some research, I believe it is a Stanley #35 transitional smoothing plane that has had its wooden sole turned into a round.

It followed me home.

The factory standard Stanley 35 transitional plane.

The factory standard Stanley 35 transitional plane.

The third and final item is this box that looks familiar.

Another one of these boxes.

Another one of these boxes.

More views.

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What makes this box special is its similarities to the boxes in Cousins?

Like this box:

Is it?

Is it?

Could be...

Could be…

Sold at auction and shows up in a flea market.

Strange world.

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