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This Time Mother Nature Wins! Threat of Heavy Rain & Strong Winds Keep Us from the Long Beach Flea Market Tomorrow, March 18th.

Laguna Niguel is blanketed in fog and drenched with rain on Saturday, March 17th. The forecast calls for more of the same on Flea Market Sunday.

As many of our loyal customers and fans know, we look forward to working the monthly Long Beach Flea Market. It has always been our favorite event as in the past five years we have not only met wonderful clients and assisted them in building their pottery collections, but we have also developed many cherished friendships.

In the last six months Mother Nature seems to have decided that the third Sunday of every month is a wonderful time for the skies to open up and drench the pavement at Veteran’s Stadium in Long Beach. Sometimes her threats have turned out to be just that (like last month – a finer February Sunday does not exist) and other times we have found ourselves standing in three inch puddles of water with wind driven rain finding new and creative angles to fall from the sky. (Anyone  remember this past November 20th? Well at least all of our vases, plates and candle holders were washed clean; pass the Dawn Detergent!)

"...the skies to open up and drench the pavement at Veteran's Stadium in Long Beach."

Most of the time we take Ma Nature’s threats and the TV Weather Persons promises of ….BREAKING NEWS…..The Storm of 2012 to Hit the Southland on Flea Market Sunday…in stride and usually give it the ole’ College try and set up shop under the drizzle and threatening skies.  But somehow this threat seems real and as much as we hate to give in to the hocus-pocus of weather prediction we have decided that we will not be at tomorrow’s Long Beach Flea Market.

One of our Aleppo Pine trees during a short break in today's storm.

Now for some good news.  Since the weather will keep us from setting up shop in Long Beach tomorrow, we are going to launch our first Virtual Flea Market at this website tomorrow morning beginning at 7:00 AM. We will offer to you all of the new acquisitions we have purchased for tomorrow’s event here at BillyBlueEye.com. Additionally all merchandise offered tomorrow will be available for purchase at 25% off the ticketed price and we’ll professionally box and ship the items free of charge!

So set you clocks, Pottery fans. No need to pull out the yellow slicker or grab the galoshes, come shop Billy Blue Eye’s Virtual Flea Market from the comfort and warmth of your dry home tomorrow morning. More information will be posted later today as well as advance postings of some of the terrific treasures we will be offering. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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Great Holiday Gifts at the Long Beach Antique Market Sunday, December 18th

We invite you to join us in a year-end celebration and sale at the Long Beach Antique Market this Sunday, December 18th.  All of us at Billy Blue Eye are most thankful to our faithful clients, collectors and friends that have helped to make this a terrific year.

Rum Rill (Red Wing) Pottery, c.1930’s 7″ Dutch Blue Stippled Vase, Mold #630, $115.00 SOLD

We began 2011 by setting up a  booth for the first time at the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held on the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds. The three day event introduced us to our neighbors to the south in San Diego County and we are hopeful to include another visit  in our 2012 show schedule.

We also enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the spring and fall Whittier Street Fairs where we found that the love of antiques runs strong in that historic city. We set up shop at the Rose Bowl in July for the first time and were amazed at the sheer size of it all; so much to see, so many people to meet and yes so little time to shop.

“Hawaiian Hut” An Original Watercolor by James Coleman, c. 1980’s, $2,899.00

We became a “regular” vendor at the “best little Flea Market in Orange County” held in Tustin on the fourth Sunday of the month where we reconnected with some of our OC clients and of course we faithfully pitched the familiar green and white tent at the Long Beach Antique Market the third Sunday of every month.

“Hawaiian Hut” Original Watercolor by James Colemen – Close-Up View

The Long Beach show held at Veteran’s Stadium just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.)  Each month we look forward to this event as it is our “favorite” show not only for the quality and quantity of great antiques and collectibles but more importantly because of the terrific people we have met and we look forward to see each time that we are there.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1934-40 by Mr. Symcox in 1934 6.25″ Drip Glaze Bud Vase, # 193, $80.00 SOLD

So please join us at this last Long Beach show of 2011 as we celebrate the Holiday Season by bringing out our very best original artwork, ceramic and stoneware items many from our personal collections and available for a limited time only. You will find beautiful, unique gifts for that special someone at all price points. Maybe you’ll even be tempted to treat yourself to that Van Briggle vase you’ve been dreaming about. We offer a liberal exchange policy so just in case Aunt Lisa doesn’t share the same enthusiasm you have for mid-century design she’ll be able to select another ceramic turtle to add to her brood.

Red Wing Pottery, c.1950’s 10.5″ Hand painted “Accordion Man” by Belle Kogan, # B1417, $150.00 SOLD

We wish to take this opportunity to offer a sincere, heartfelt thank you to you our readers, collectors and friends for trusting us and for shopping with us when one has so many options be it virtual or brick and mortar storefronts. We wish each of you a Happy Chanukah, the Merriest of Christmases and a New Year filled with the happiness of a life filled with love, kindness and peace.

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Special Holiday Flea Market in Tustin – Sunday, December 4th

A special Holiday Flea Market will be held on Sunday, December 4th in Olde Towne Tustin, California, a.k.a. The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market. 50 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM, free admission. Be sure to stop by and see why the Orange Coast magazine named it in their “101 Favorite Things – the Best of 2011” issue.

Orange Coast Magazine, July 2011, "Best of 2011" Issue, page 89

Billy Blue Eye will be offering selections from all of your favorite pottery companies including Rookwood, Roseville, McCoy, Weller, Van Briggle, Red Wing, Beswick and many more.  We offer a wonderful selection of gift items and even have a liberal exchange for credit  plan just in case that gift purchase is not quite right. We hope to see you there!

Brush McCoy Pottery, c. late 1940's - 1950, 8.25" Blended Glaze Footed Vase, Mold # 595, $ 68.00 SOLD

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Holiday Event Schedule Announced – Four Great Shopping Days

Billy Blue Eye Pottery & Paintings has announced its’ Flea Market Event Schedule for the remainder of 2011 beginning with this Sunday, November 20th at the Long Beach Antique Market. The Long Beach show held at Veteran’s Stadium just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  (Update 11-19, 9:00 PM – Regardless of the weather, rain or shine, we will be there Sunday, November 20th.)

Holiday Event Mailer with Recent Acquisitions from Roseville, Hull and Haeger Potteries.

Billy Blue Eye will offer over 300 ceramic and stoneware items from all of your favorite Pottery Companies including  twenty-five newly acquired Roseville vases, bowls, planters, and candle holders from many of your favorite patterns including “Apple Blossom”, “Zephyr Lily”, “Cosmos”, “Jonquil”, “Dahlrose” and “Snowberry” to name a few. Billy Blue Eye will be located in space #A853 under our green and white tent. Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.

Roseville Pottery, "Dahlrose" c. 1928, 5" Rose Bowl, Mold #209-4, $300.00 SOLD

The next two events will be held in Olde Towne Tustin  at the Jamestown Vintage Flea Market. This terrific and increasingly popular monthly event will be held on consecutive Sundays, November 27th and December 4th from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Billy Blue Eye is pleased to offer holiday shoppers over fourteen hours of shopping for that perfect holiday gift. You can find us in space #45 featuring terrific stocking stuffers, grab bag gifts and that unique “Art Pottery” vase guaranteed to wow that special person.

Royal Haeger Pottery, c. 1950's 8" x 5" x 2.75" Pillow Vase w/ Original Label, mold # R - 651, $52.00 SOLD

We will end the holiday shopping season back at the Long Beach Antique Show on Sunday, December 17th from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. There we will be ready to assist all last-minute shoppers with a full array of ceramic items.

Roseville Pottery, "Apple Blossom" c. 1948, 6" Low Bowl with Twig Handles, mold #326-6, $220.00 SOLD

We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these shows  and as always we are available to assist with phone orders.  We offer full gift wrap services, a liberal return policy and will guarantee Christmas delivery for all orders received by December 20th.  For your convenience we accept Visa and Master Card and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free.  Call today 949-496-1889 between 9:00  AM and 9:00 PM PST.

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Pottery Devil to Make Rare Appearance at Long Beach Antique Market

A special fifth Sunday Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market is being held tomorrow, October 30th and the Pottery Devil is rumored to be making a special appearance.  For the past year his hypnotic ways of luring innocent buyers into his world where the one with the most vases wins has attracted the curious to this monthly Flea Market in the hope of catching a glimpse of this mysterious yet charming creature. He frequents the tent of Billy Blue Eye Pottery his favorite pottery dealer.

Shawnee Pottery, c.1940's 9" Arcature Vase with Yellow Fawn, Mold #850, $70.00 SOLD

The  Long  Beach Antique Market is held in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking Lot located just off North Lakewood Boulevard and East Conant Street from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Billy Blue Eye Pottery is located in space # A 843 under the green and white tent.  Click here for a 10% off Admission Coupon.

Roseville Pottery, c.1947, "Snowberry", 8.25" Basket, Mold # 1BK-8, $325.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique Market is the place to shop for all of your Holiday gifts and this special fifth Sunday event is timed perfectly to get an early start to finding those unique items for yourself or for those you love. Billy Blue Eye Pottery offers fine ceramic works from over 35 pottery companies.

Van Briggle Pottery, c.1940-60, 3.5" Hand Thrown "Original" Pitcher in Turquoise by Fred Wills, $70.00 SOLD

For those of you whose curiosity may have been piqued, the Pottery Devil is extremely active around his favorite holiday, Halloween.  Let the buyer beware, he will work his magic and entice you until you can not resist his wares. We hope to see you there, if you dare!

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The Best Little Flea Market in Orange County!

“Orange Coast  Magazine” calls it the best little Flea Market in Orange County and Billy Blue Eye will be offering  some beautiful pottery, stoneware and ceramic items this Sunday, September 25th at the Tustin Flea Market in Tustin, California, a.k.a. The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market. 50 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM, free admission.  Billy Blue Eye is in space #45.

Roseville Pottery, c.1938, 4.5" Double Handled Low Vase/ Bowl, Mold # 346-4, $270.00 SOLD

We will be offering many newly acquired items from all of your favorite pottery companies including Roseville, Van Briggle, Red Wing, McCoy, Weller, Rookwood, Gladding McBean Catalina, Marc Bellaire and many more. Be sure to stop by and see why this event truly is a “best of Orange County!”

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Vases in Search of their Flowers

It would seem logical to me that every vase yearns for the flowers that it was meant to contain. That is after all the reason that it was created. This lump of clay was formed into a vessel, adorned and decorated, fired and finished all in preparation for the day when it would hold the blooms that it was designed to hold.

"Passionite Kisses" Roses in Blue Vase (Personal Collection)

This lovely blue vase seems satisfied that it holds a small bouquet of roses. In fact if you watch carefully it seems to be glowing, glowing with the pride of completing its purpose.

Unfortunately not all vases have the same fulfillment as our lucky vase pictured above. In fact a number of such items waiting to be fulfilled will be on display and available for purchase today at the Long Beach Antique Market.

Rookwood Pottery, c.1926 5.5" Bud Vase mold #2123, $290.00 SOLD

Rookwood Pottery, c.1929 6.5" Pinecone Bud Vase mold #1889, $300.00

The  Long  Beach Antique Market is held in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking Lot located just off North Lakewood Boulevard and East Conant Street from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Billy Blue Eye Pottery is located in space # A 853 under the green and white tent.  Click here for a 10% off Admission Coupon.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1940-72 by Mr. Watkins in 1940 12" x 10" Basket with "Rouge Royal" Interior, Mold #819, $160.00

These three vases along with over 250 more beautiful vessels from Roseville, Van Briggle, Weller, McCoy, Catalina Potteries and 20 more of your favorite companies are waiting for their own bouquet. Would you like to make a vase happy today?

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Escape Carmageddan & Come Enjoy the Long Beach Flea Market

They used to say that all roads led to Rome. Well in Los Angeles County with its maze of freeways all roads can lead to just about anywhere you want to go.  With the 405 “Carmageddan” closure upon us there is a route that will get you to Long Beach from just about anywhere in LA County. It might take you on a “scenic route” this weekend but forget about the forecast for traffic nightmares and make your way to the Long Beach Flea Market on Sunday, July 17th and experience the pleasure that treasure hunting can bring.

Van Briggle Pottery of Colorado Springs, Colorado, c.1952-65 7.5" Vase with Raised Single Floral Stem in Ming Turquoise Glaze, $165.00

The  Long Beach Collectible & Antique Market is held in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking Lot located just off North Lakewood Boulevard and East Conant Street from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. We are located in space # A 853 under the green and white tent.  Click here for 10% off Admission Discount Coupon.

Van Briggle Pottery, c.1940-60's 5" Thin and Sleek Fan Vase in Ming Turquoise Glaze, $85.00

We hope to see you there!

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Sunday, July 10th at The Rose Bowl!

Billy Blue Eye is proud to announce our participation in this Sunday’s, July 10th Rose Bowl Flea Market. Over the last several months many of our Los Angeles, Pasadena and LA County clients have asked us to set up shop closer to their home and the Rose Bowl is the perfect venue.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1940-72 by Mr. Symcox in 1940 9″ Fan Vase with Scalloped Lip, $139.00

We will be located in the Orange Area (Antiques & Collectibles) in space H -07. The entrances to this section are found on Arroyo Boulevard past the stadium’s main entrance and leading toward Seco Street.   Look for our familiar green & white tent. For information, directions and admission costs visit the Rose Bowl Flea Market website.

Royal Haeger Pottery, c. 1976 10″ Marigold Agate Earth Graphic Wrap Bud Vase #4132, $50.00 (left) and c.1976 11″ Marigold Agate Earth Graphic Wrap Vase #4233x, $68.00 (right) SOLD

This Sunday we will have over 300 ceramic vases, wall pockets, bowls, serving pieces, and art objects available from all of your favorite pottery companies including Roseville, Weller, McCoy, Beswick, Haeger, Blue Mountain, Van Briggle, Rookwood, Cowan, Marc Bellaire, Sascha Brastoff, Catalina, Zanesville and many, many more. We hope to see you there!

Roseville Pottery, c. 1915 “Donatello” Gate Vase/ Candle Holder, mold #9, $155.00 SOLD

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Celebrate Dad & Shop for Treasures at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market

Our family celebrated Father’s Day in a wide variety of ways and oftentimes to an outsider some of our celebrations were non-traditional and well, sort of kookie. Unlike Mother’s Day where the celebration usually centered around Mom not having to cook on a Sunday for a change, Dad’s special June Sunday was usually spent with one of his favorite pastimes at the center of the day’s activity.

Steinborn & Gruen of Venice, CA c. 1970-80's 11.5" Handmade Studio Vase "Bella", $90.00 SOLD

Now it would have been great for this little article had my Dad collected art pottery, but he didn’t. So no I did not go hunting for Roseville and McCoy vases with Dad. But we did hunt for a special fishing lure once that was supposed to help one snag the biggest Northern Pike you could imagine.

Brush McCoy c.1930-40's 7.25" Art Deco Footed Yellow Vase, $70.00

There was also the Father’s Day that Dad packed us all in the Chevy wagon, including Mom who was seven months pregnant with my youngest Brother Matthew, and took us to a day of Thoroughbred Horse Racing at Arlington Park Race Track. Now to most that would not sound so unusual except for the fact that there had been tornado warnings all day and after the first race the sky turned a threatening greenish black. Within minutes the sirens began blaring and over the load speaker came the command to take cover inside the grandstand.

Brush McCoy c.1930-40's 7.25" Art Deco Geometric Yellow Vase Mold #704 USA, $70.00

We all followed the order and took shelter on the ground level of the building. There with a few hundred other gamblers we huddled in the center far away from any windows or doorways. The lights flickered and then the rain came pouring down as loud as I had ever heard it rain. The lights went out and the air conditioning stop blowing while the winds outside roared an ominous and mournful song. And it rained and rained and rained.

The storm lasted a good twenty minutes and eventually the lights came back on and the clamor of the storm abated. The management announced that the racing day was cancelled and informed all that the rain had flooded the parking lot. It took some time for us to reach the doorway and when we did we were greeted by a gentle lapping of water around our ankles as if we gone wading into a lake.

Red WIng Pottery, c.1935-45 10.75" Art Deco Machine Age Yellow with Grey Interior Vase (original label) Mold #405, #125.00 SOLD

The ground floor of the Grandstand was built at an elevation of about 10 feet higher than the parking lot. Once we got outside we saw ahead of us people walking in water waist deep and in the case of the young neck high. My Father placed my brother Mark of his shoulders and my Mom, two sisters and myself slowly followed him as we got wetter and wetter and the water rose higher and higher until all of us were treading in three to four feet of newly fallen rain.

Red Wing Pottery, c.1950's 8" Long Neck Yellow with Grey Interior Vase by Belle Kogan, Mold #B 1426, $75.00

We eventually made our way to the Chevy and luckily for us we had parked in an area where the water had been able to drain away, although it was still bumper high. It was then that we noticed that my Mother who had been wearing a lovely crepe dress was now wearing a lovely crepe top with her slip covering her lower body.  The dress had shrunk at least a eighteen inches  and it’s hem now adorned her baby bump as if it were a bonnet. We all roared in laughter and secretly thanked God as we all realized that we had gotten through a very bad storm with only a damaged dress.

Now you might ask why I tell this story today. It comes to mind for two reasons, one the obvious, it was a Father’s Day memory that has stayed with me all these forty-five years later. And it serves to help me make my point that the important thing about Father’s Day is that whatever you do, you should try to create a day that will remain a memory. And for those of you lucky ones  whose Dad collects Weller or Hull or Catalina Pottery a way to make Dad’s day memorable is to shop for a new treasure for him at The Long Beach Flea Market.

Cowan Pottery, c.1926-28 7.25" Art Deco Seahorse Fan Vase in Daffodil Glaze #715-A, $125.00 SOLD

The second reason I tell this tale will help to bring some cohesion to the vases I have presented throughout my writing. You see the winner of the first race that stormy day was a horse named “Mellow Yellow” and as I look at the newly acquired vases that are available for sale I feel a sense of calm, the calm that the color yellow has always brought to me.

Cowan Pottery, c.1926-28 3.5" Art Deco Seahorse Toothpick Holder in Daffodil Glaze #726, $55.00 SOLD

To see these terrific vases and many more beautiful items from all of your Dad’s favorite Pottery companies join us tomorrow, June 19th at the the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market in Long Beach, California. The  Long Beach Collectible & Antique Market is located in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking Lot from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM. We are located in space # A 853. Click here for 10% off Admission Discount Coupon.

Happy Father’s Day to all Dad’s and here’s to making your Father’s Day a day to remember just as “Mellow Yellow” made one that I spent with my Dad.

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