Monday, February 12, 2018

The Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market 2018

Hello, and Happy 2018!!

It's that time of the year we begin to start thinking about what's on our calendars for the New Year. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's with family and friends full of celebration and love!!

We are truly ready for Spring and to get back in the saddle and start thrifting and junking! We've spent the last couple months reconnecting with family members that we haven't see in a while, and we were asked to style a wedding for my second cousin's son and his beautiful fiancee. It was absolutely beautiful and a blessing in so many ways for me and my daughter, Celia. It felt like a gift to decorate the chapel that my husband and I were married in 44 years ago. So many memories to cherish.

The Mad Hatter event is coming this fall and we feel blessed to be at the Five Mile Prairie Grange in Spokane, WA. We love the Five Mile Praire and we have received positive feedback from the community about our event. It blesses us to hear that attendees are looking forward to coming to the event and it's become a tradition! The dates are set for September 21 & 22, 2018. We are so very thankful and appreciate all of our vendors for the fabulous market we had last September! We appreciate the many unique talents and gifts each vendor has and we see their beauty and enthusiasm and how deeply they care about making The Mad Hatter Market an Amazing Market, we are so very thankful!!

It's a thrill to be included once again in Flea Market Style Magazine as one of "Readers' Favorite Flea Markets & Vintage Shows. Thank you so very much for your votes!!

We look forward to seeing you in September!!

Monday, March 6, 2017



Hello Friends and Happy 2017!

It's that time of the year we begin to start thinking about what's on our calendar for the new year. We
hope you had a wonderful winter and are ready for spring! We always look forward to this time of
the year, whether it is creating a new project, trying a new recipe or making plans for new
adventures, there's a freshness about this time of year that we love, even in the dark days of winter,
we see new beginnings, new loves, and greatness. We're ready, are you?

The Mad Hatter event is back again at the 5 Mile Prairie Grange, and the dates have been set for
September 22 & September 23, 2017. Much thanks and appreciation to all the vendors and loyal
customers for the fabulous market we had last September, it truly exceeded our expectations! We
love transforming The Grange into a deliciously magical setting for our customers to shop. Celia and
I appreciate the love and support from the 5-Mile community, friends, and families that come visit
and shop each year. We have heard so many wonderful comments from customers from last year's
show, expressing the love of what we all bring to The Grange, and they LOVE the theater of our
show with Mad Hatter and friends costumes. The Mad Hatter event is truly a one-of-a-kind market
offering live music, great food, "how to" classes, creatively designed and vintage-inspired goods,
two beautiful Indian Summer days and nights (most of the time) and of course, VINTAGE AND
HANDCRAFTED GOODS, make our event spectacular! Our vendors who specialize in
repurposed furniture, painted furniture, vintage inspired clothing, jewelry, salvage goods, industrial
pieces, primitives, antiques, and a few surprises have made The Mad Hatter what it is today!

We are thrilled, honored and blessed to be included in the Spring/Summer Flea Market Style
Magazine - Readers' Favorite Outdoor Small Fleas & Vintage Shows. Thank you friend and vendor, Keri Redd Yirak from Rare and Retro Vintage for recommending our event! We appreciate the LOVE!!

“It's just the most charming show! Friday evening when the outdoor vendors have their
                                                      lights on is magical!”

Again, wishing you much success throughout the year in all your endeavors, and a year of joyful

Sincerely, Gladys Hanning & Celia Hanning/Therens

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


It's that time again when we announce our fall show,
The Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market
September 30,  & October 1, 2016

The Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market is completely magical!
There's just no other word for it!
As always, The Five Mile Prairie Grange will be decorated beyond your wildest dreams, every nook and crany will be filled with antiques and vintage goods. The curator's booths are filled with the stuff vintage dreams are made of. 
No matter the distance, you really owe it to yourself to visit one of the BEST little vintage flea markets in the U. S. A.
Please put our event on your calendar & we hope to see you in the fall!

*Tickets are $5 available through Pay Pal on our blog, bring your receipt to the show and give receipt to cashier.


Glad & Celia

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market ~ 2015

It's the middle of summer, and we are already feeling the excitment and madness of this years' fall event!

Yes, it's the middle of summer and we are head over heels planning our seventh  "Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market." This year's event features 30 + vendors selling vintage home and garden goods, wonderful antiques, handcrafted goods and unique finds and jewelry. Shoppers will step into a storybook fantasy setting that will delight all their senses, and most importantly they will find an array of one-of-a-kind items, reclaimed and repurposed vintage finds, fabulous food, live music, and lots of decorating inspiration in one of the Northwest 's most beautiful seasons, which is of course our Indian Summer.

Celia and I hosted our first Mad Hatter event in 2009. It was a dream of ours to create a "wonderland shopping experience" for our customers. We are so exicted for this upcoming event and look forward to seeing trucks and trailers loaded up with vintage goodness, some traveling hunderds of miles to take part in this "madness" we love so much! Together we create a community of like-minded friends and artists, all who share the love of junking. It is then the transformation begins. Tents are set up and festooned beyond your wildest imaginatin into a deliciously magical setting. As we get ready for two days of inspiration, shoppping, fun, food, and music and a few surprises!! But, it doesn't stop there, the transformation continues as our curators don their wildest Mad Hatter and friends costumes and get into character....The crazier the better!! And, the customers love the theater of our show as much as we love pitting it on!!

The Mad Hatter is a beautiful collaborative effort, a celebration of things that have endured the test of time!!

Fun begins, Friday evening, September 25, 4pm-9pm & Saturday September 26, 10am-4pm
Admission $5
Five Mile Prairie Grange
West 3024 Strong Road, Spokane, WA.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Get into the Swing of Spring!

Seriously, is Spring ever coming?? Our mornings are cold, cold, cold....but my thoughts are about Spring!

Last year, we found a great old glider swing at the thrift store in town, everything was in working order...except no cushions, or pillows. As you have probably guessed, we love yellow and speaks Spring! We found some great vintage fabric with birds, just enough to make a couple pillows and think they completed the look we were wanting for this vintage Swing......picture perfect!!

Hope you love how it turned out as much as we did!!

oxo Glad & Celia

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Love Letter


                                                            Richard and Arline Feynman

Dear Friends,

I've been anxious to write to you all week. I would love to share with you a love letter from the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman to his wife Arline.

It's said that he carried this letter for two years after her death. It was worn down, folded & refolded. So, this means the letter was written but never mailed, and he had it with him for two years. A letter of love! Gives me goosebumps!!!

This is a gorgeous letter written by a person who is hard-wired for logic, yet knows that his connection to something ephemeral (her memory, her being) is real to him.
A scientist taking a logical approach to grief, and allowing himself to feel the entire ebb & flow of love, in the presence of death.

The letter leaves me wondering who this amazing woman was...

Also, it was also interesting to me, that every letter he ever wrote was addressed with name and date, even to his wife. This letter touches my heart, as I'm sure it will yours too. It may even prompt you to write a love letter to your sweetheart.

To Arline Feynman, October 17, 1946
I adore you, sweetheart … It is such a terribly long time since I last wrote to you — almost two years but I know you’ll excuse me because you understand how I am, stubborn and realistic; and I thought there was no sense to writing. But now I know my darling wife that it is right to do what I have delayed in doing, and what I have done so much in the past. I want to tell you I love you.
I find it hard to understand in my mind what it means to love you after you are dead — but I still want to comfort and take care of you — and I want you to love me and care for me. I want to have problems to discuss with you — I want to do little projects with you. I never thought until just now that we can do that. What should we do. We started to learn to make clothes together — or learn Chinese — or getting a movie projector.
Can’t I do something now? No. I am alone without you and you were the “idea-woman” and general instigator of all our wild adventures. When you were sick you worried because you could not give me something that you wanted to and thought I needed. You needn’t have worried.
Just as I told you then there was no real need because I loved you in so many ways so much. And now it is clearly even more true — you can give me nothing now yet I love you so that you stand in my way of loving anyone else — but I want to stand there.
I’ll bet that you are surprised that I don’t even have a girlfriend after two years. But you can’t help it, darling, nor can I — I don’t understand it, for I have met many girls … and I don’t want to remain alone — but in two or three meetings they all seem ashes. You only are left to me. You are real.
My darling wife, I do adore you. I love my wife. My wife is dead,
PS Please excuse my not mailing this — but I don’t know your new address.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hello 2015....You have to make your own happy!!

Lately I've been thinking about what makes me happy....and it was a revelation that I have everything I need in life to make me happy but sometimes its the lack of awareness to appreciate it.

This New Year I want to enjoy every minute of living.

The most wonderful gifts from God, are my six children and without their awareness they have given me the greatest gift.....Their Love....Their Contentment....Their smiles....Their laughter.

They have taught me to recognize moments of happiness that are only mine.

Ava, our youngest grandchild has taught me about appreciating all the little magical things in life, she has taught me about being truly happy!

She has taught me that when her needs are met she is content. She brings a smile to my face and contentment in my heart.

I'm sure you've have heard the song, "Standing knee-deep in a River" (Dying of Thirst) well, I don't want to be that person, I want to "quench" my thirst for "the good life," and acknowledge the good that is already exciting in my own life. Taking the time to appreciate friends and family in my life. I want to have a grateful heart delight in laughter, reading stories to my grandchildren, making a new cookie recipe, or a new healthy soup and salad for dinner for my family, to drink the best coffee with a friend or try out a new tea sitting in my kitchen as the sun come through windows....I want to embrace all these little things that make me truly happy.

My wish for you this New Year is to find what makes you truly happy. Discover what delights you, and makes you smile....recognize it, embrace the moments of happiness that are yours and yours alone.

 I can promise you there will abundance in your life.

 Abundance in 2015

Glad, oxo

All photos taken for me by my sweet friend, Cary Burnett

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