Our Love Affair With Wood Printing Block Letters

Sherry, Burger and I day-tripped to Washington DC recently and just had to stop by the District’s famous Eastern Market.  Built in 1873, it’s located near Capitol Hill and is DC’s longest, continuously-operating marketplace. It comes alive on the weekends with a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a Flea Market on Sundays. And the Sunday that we visited was no exception – even if it was a little chilly and overcast.

The vendors at the market ranged from peddling jewelry and paintings to antique furniture and vintage collectibles. Basically, lots of eye candy and a nice break from the usual fare of Target and Ikea.  For instance, we were tempted by more than one booth selling these rustic, iron-framed mirrors.

Or this stand that mixed in some cool, old windows turned into framed mirrors.

There were also tons of furniture vendors, like this one that specialized in Asian-inspired pieces.  We haven’t incorporated an Asian item into our home decor yet, but now we know where to go when we want to…

We did find this mid-century display case that was totally our style.  Could’ve been a cool substitute for your typical bookcase or china cabinet.  Too bad it couldn’t fit in our trunk…

The booth that really got our hearts pounding was one that sold hoards of vintage items – maps, photos, and these old school keys.  We were tempted to grab a couple as a subtle accent to a side table, or a bunch of them to display as a collection in a jar…

… but we were too distracted by these classic woodblock, printing press letters.  This guy was selling boxes full of ‘em, so here’s at least a little taste of the selection:

Sherry and I already have a special place in our heart for these babies.  During the early days of our relationship, we picked up a set of ‘em at the Hells Kitchen Flea Market in New York City. We purchased our initials and a “7” to mark our July 7th anniversary of dating – which would later become our wedding anniversary too.  These sweet reminders of our dating days currently live in our guest bedroom.

So naturally, we had to snag a few more at Eastern Market (for only $3 a pop) to sit atop a stack of sentiment cards from our wedding guests that we display on our living room console table. A little sappy? Yes. But every lady deserves some love letters from her man.






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