Sunday mornings have become my time to sneak off and hit the flea market, but I’m beginning to hyperventilate a little bit when I see all the stuff I have waiting for a makeover and/ or a home downstairs in our basement. Translation: here’s a look at things I would have bought if I had a never-ending storage facility. (And if you work for Public Storage, call me.)
All flea markets are different but the one I go to (Elephant’s Trunk in New Milford, CT) doesn’t charge the vendors too much which means lots of fun picking and not just big ticket items for sale. So yeah… you can find Beanie Babies AND Garbage Pail Kid cards. Or these awesome slippers. Sadly not my size, but aren’t they lovely?
Bar carts are everywhere in the blogosphere, and I love the colors on this one. Wouldn’t need to change a thing! And… you could plug it in and have your margarita blender right there.
I didn’t ask, but my guess is this is an old art desk… the green images can be referred to by the artist as they create their drawings on the desk below. How adorable would this be mounted to a wall in a child’s room for them to use as a little work area? (If you know what this is, leave a comment- I’d love to know!)
I like me an old bank. Eleanor is just beginning to understand money and this would be such a sweet way for her to collect the quarters that she earns doing special jobs around the house. Things like feeding me dark chocolate and giving me hand rubs…
I may or may not remember owning one of these rackets. I always think these are fun in a game room or ‘man cave’… retro and quirky. For that matter, they could also work in a downstairs powder room or office space!
Okay, so these are EVERYwhere at a flea market. I love them as planters, junk wranglers, or general organizational containers.
I know Ikea sells lockers these days, but this is the original, folks. And you know what Ikea DOESN’T have?….
… graffiti. For the win.
I’m crazy about old stools. We don’t have a kitchen island for sitting, but if we did, I’d love to get an eclectic mix of stools on which everyone could perch.
These old printer’s letters are amazing. I have a few that I just tuck onto a bookshelf, but these can be made into easy artwork with a premade shadow box or placed under glass to adorn a fun table.
Who said they never met a brass figure they didn’t like?
It doesn’t convey in this photograph, but this is child’s sized. The detail is amazing. And with an actual cushion (versus this random throw pillow), this could be an adorable little chair.
I love blocks. I’ve used them as artwork, but I’ve always wanted to take some and use them for something like a bookshelf. They’re wooden so with a dowel inserted for stability, they could be an adorable little hanging shelf if put together correctly.
I’ll start by saying that this child sized dress makers model was $250. But before I saw the price, I was thinking that Eleanor would loose her ever-loving-mind if I brought this home. It would allow for at least 4 more costume changes a day!
Got a musician in your life? Tip this over and have a piece of glass cut (shouldn’t cost more than $50) for a fun side table. If you want the table to be a little higher, no problem! Cut a piece of plywood to sit inside the bottom lip and screw some simple legs or casters onto the plywood.
For all you jumpsuit lovers…. you’re welcome. I’m too old, but 20 year-old Charlotte really really likes this.
I’d like to mount these outside with a simple shelf and display all of my flourishing plants. Given the 1.5 flourishing plants I have… I left these lovely corbels behind. Next time!
Admittedly this is hideous. But I couldn’t help but think there might be some magic there. Just not sure what magic… Maybe remove the glass and use the brass frame for some climbing vines like clematis? Maybe remove all the hanging hardware and just rest it on the ground as a candle holder? And ONLY if the “OBO” came into effect…. $85’s way more than I would ever pay!
There were SO many of these old license plates that you could do any number of things with them. Line the back of some bookshelves, frame a mirror, heck… cover an accent wall! Maybe not in your dining room, but certainly in a more playful space.
I loved this graphic. This is just on an old vintage purse, but I’d blow this up on a wall and maybe swap out the word “mother” for something like “family.” It could also be sweet to scan and turn into fabric with some place like Spoonflower and turn into throw pillows.
So I got this one after I took the picture and started thinking about it more. It was $15 or $20 and I have it in the new office. I’m hoping it can help me wrangle some of Eleanor’s artwork. I have an okay system for it all, but I’d love a place to collect everything before I box it up. (When I gather enough of the really good stuff, I plan to make it into a photo book… )
We used to have boxes of Smurfs. They were involved in many a good parade on our Brio train tracks along with HeMan and GI Joe.
I was also excited to find the doppelgänger to my 8th grade prom dress. It was my first time wearing a strapless dress and I think it had stains along the top from my grimy fingers pulling it up all night. I didn’t kiss a boy until high school… weird; can’t imagine why not.
These things drive me crazy, but… imagine the killer lamp or basket you could make stacking these up into certain shapes. I’m sensing a modular theme with this flea market visit, by the way. You could also dismantle the cube (remember how you used to when you couldn’t figure out how to get the colors back together?) and do something fun with all the individual squares. Mosaic table… picture frame…wind chime?
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I dig old rulers. I’d love to use them like wood siding and cover a wall. And if I get sick of collecting 4,000 vintage rulers, then just covering a side table with them could be amazing.
My friend Melody recently covered one of these baskets with an upholstered seat for her outdoor patio and it’s SO pretty… These baskets weren’t quiiiite big enough but I will copy her idea one day and make my own. (These ones could have worked as smaller ottomans that might slide under a coffee table when not in use.)
These lucite candlesticks were too expensive for me, but amazing. Just wanted to share a little bit of my ogling misery with you. I think I saw them there two weeks ago, so if I see them again… maybe I’ll go in for a hard bargain.
Another one of my fabulous friends, Dena, recently posted about her guest room and she used her stamp collection to rock an old train case. I loved how it looked!
This little vignette is almost perfect just the way it is, but I noticed the spool first and foremost. I loved that it still had the rope and thought it could be a fun side table in the right funky space.
Last but not least was this bright little perch. I LOVED the legs, but was less in love with the Barney purple vinyl on the seat. They wanted $40 for it and given the amount of work I would have to put into it either by painting the purple (a risk) or reupholstering the whole thing (more piping and tufting than I wanted to deal with for this small little seat). I left it with a touch of ‘the one that got away’ so if I see it again next weekend… perhaps I’ll change my tune and the purple people SEATer (thanks for that one, Jill) will be mine.
And… that’s my morning at the flea! I fully enjoyed the quote below, and the copper pot is a little hint of a project I’m noodling through so stay tuned for more details on that little brain dump. Any great finds for you over Memorial Day weekend? Dontcha LOVE a good flea market?!
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