When I hit my blogiversary numero uno, one of the topics you voracious readers were clamoring for was more flea market makeovers. More, you screamed, more. I’m nothing if not dedicated, so for the love of you fine people… I dragged myself over to the flea to brainstorm some projects.
In no particular order, join me as I traipse through the fog and ‘window shop’ the curiosities of the flea! (And if anyone happens to have a warehouse and some extra cash kicking around… let me know as I have a few ideas.)
Old silverware. As always, go ahead and plug these into Pinterest. You’ll see ideas from chandeliers, to sunburst mirrors to pendants. I’ve been wanting to try hammering out the ends of spoons, and bending them to make old hooks.
There’s just something about these old wooden weights… they just seem so homey and nice displayed on a bookshelf. A little bit rustic, but sculptural as well.
There’s not much I would do with this, per say, but I was tempted to walk away with this child’s teepee. We don’t really have the room, but young Charlotte would have LOVED this cozy little nook in her room. Think pillows on the ground, maybe a flashlight and some stuffed animals… that’s amore.
You can’t tell from the pictures, but these dart boards are small. Like maybe 10″ in diameter. The colors were so sweet… can you imagine using them in lieu of a cork board in a child’s room? Maybe part of their homework station. Wishing I’d bought them… as usual; then again, I still have kids inclined to explore things with their mouths, so maybe thumbtacks are something to avoid for a little while.
This is legit rope. Not sissy craft store stuff. I’m not sure if an adhesive exists that would keep this in place, but how cool it would look to wrap table legs with this . Or two basic cylindrical side tables. Or a coffee table. You could create the simple structure with plywood and then-bam- bring on the rope and chic-McChic!
This photo doesn’t convey the elegance of this piece. Note the trim on the top and the shape of the legs. It was saaaaaaad. (Which also translates to CHEAP!) A few new shelves and a coat of paint and this classy old dame will be ready for showtime.
One word. Headboard.
When you find a nice set of legs, grab them. These can dress up a basic set of shelves. An old trunk becomes a coffee table with these gams. These would have been a great option for this old set of library drawers that I fixed up last fall. Again… ya never know when you might need some rustic feet.
This might be my one regret. But bear with me. And then tell me that I made the right decision. When I saw this minutes after I arrived at the flea market, I near about climbed over the pile of stuff in front of it to get my clammy exuberant paws on it. I love an old convex mirror…and $10?! Yeah. Here’s the problem… the frame was plastic. Or something definitively not wood. In the heat of the moment, I was dubious… it just felt too fake. But now that I see pics, I’m afraid I should have just brought it home, reached for some chalk paint and pretended it was the real deal.
I actually don’t have any genius ideas for these, but anything en masse piques my interest. I mean, that’s a whole stack of little buckets! Maybe planted with some hanging greenery and strung along a porch? Maybe drilled with fun patterns and displayed along a walkway as rustic luminaries…. what would you do?!
So this fabric was To. Dye. For. So sweet. Great colors, great pattern. And great quality. Sadly it was folded right down the middle (and apparently had been since 1975) so not really enough width to work with since there was no way to get the crease mark out. Bummer.
I don’t know why, but I love a mini chair. Maybe it brings me back to my ‘yoot’ to quote Cousin Vinnie, maybe it’s easy to tuck away into any corner of the room. Maybe it’s just cute… but this little slipper chair was giving me a serious once over from across the field. (Pay no mind to the slipcover!)
Bamboo detail? Yep. Ignore the cream and envision a nice shiny metallic. Elegant much?
Industrial lighting is my secret obsession. I’d be tempted to hang this old gym light over a kitchen island interrogation style. It was a little too big for any space in our house, but I love the idea of using this as an unexpected front foyer light, maybe over a kitchen sink… or perhaps hanging down in a outside portico.
As you may or may not have noticed, I enjoy myself a caster. They add a little industrial flare to lots of things in lieu of feet and of course there’s the added benefit of being able to move something. Good for a kids room toy box or trunk! And random comment of the morning was when the seller informed me that all the pregnant women were interested in the casters… huh?!
This puppy is big. If I didn’t have a stomach the size of a raccoon I would have climbed in to show you the relative size. The baseball bat will have to do. Wave your wand and visualize this planted with the most phenomenal plants you’ve ever laid eyes one. Potato vines hanging over the edges. Beautiful purple kale alone the edges, lush flowering something-or-other in the middle…
Home office. Pop of color. Vintage vibe. Why can’t I have that warehouse?!?!?
Granted he looks like he’s getting a colonoscopy, but I’ve always wanted to have a merry-go-round horse in my house! Talk about a piece of fun and funky decor!!
You can’t see, but I promise- pinky swear promise- that the sign says “$20 dresser.” How gorgeous is that piece?! I didn’t open the drawers so maybe they’ve all lost their bottoms (teehee… lost their bottoms) or stink of dead mice… but from the outside, this is pretty perfect.
These were $1 a piece. Instant gallery wall. I would paint them all in bright colors and frame beautiful craft paper or fabric. How vibrant would that look hanging all together. Crap. Wish I’d bought those now too.
Maybe it’s because Eleanor’s obsessed with Annie, and maybe it’s that urban contemporary vibe… but I want this. It’s probably the same size as our new laundry room so wouldn’t be all that practical, but in my dreams something like this would be casually rolled to the side in my bright sunny folding area to help organize my Egyptian cotton towels.
Again… it just seemed too big and unwieldly to manage… but I look back at the picture and have a moment of self-reprimand that I didn’t figure something out… What my level headed flea market brain was telling me at the moment was that the only way it would work for me would be to add shelving all up and down the inside so it could work as realistic storage (in, say, our bathroom for towels…) And adding wooden storage to a vintage metal locker might be slightly out of my range these days.
I have no need for a cane, but when I see a pair of LUCITE canes… I mean, they’ve got to be good for something! Lucite anything is good for something. What happened to lucite, by the way?! It should be everywhere. Seriously.
These engravings were beautiful. I didn’t even bother to flip through all the options, because I already have a pile of artwork to be framed. But picture (ha, pun) four of these botanical prints hanging in a grid in your powder room or kitchen…
Here’s where I share some of the more amusing sites of the flea market… like the items in this tent. There’s one at every market I’ve been to and I just don’t get it: old boxes of food. (It’s comparable to the old box of toiletries tent that I would see at every NYC street fair.) Is it really worth the 40¢ discount?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call “Klassy” with a “K”.
Halloween for Martha? Pink poodle.
These cracked me up. There’s a distinct possibility that this entire display had been in storage since 1960. Do people still cruise around with rabbits feet? And why on earth would the beloved Bugs Bunny be a good way to advertise rabbits FEET?!
How bad do you want to open this box and see what in the world this is all about?! I didn’t for which I apologize, but there’s a lot going on with this game, clearly.
This isn’t funny, persay, but it’s for my little sister who used to read Archie Comics religiously and then try and negotiate them as legit summer reading. Seems to me that 100 pages of Archie and Jughead should amount to something, right?!
So there ya have it… living vicariously through my blogging dedication to walk a flea market. When will I learn just to buy half of the things I photograph since I always look back on these flea market posts and regret leaving things behind.
And finally, a little announcement in anticipation of the BIG announcement. For the next few months, as we get used to the chaos of having a new member of our clan, I’ll be posting less frequently. Maybe 2 or 3 posts a week until the spit-up and dirty-diaper dust settles. It feels weird not to be popping up every day, but I know you all get it. This way I figure the odds of at least one of my weekly posts being informative, potentially articulate, and maybe amusing rather than “gggrrruuuuummmmmmfffff” are considerably higher.
Keep commenting and sharing and reaching out! I’ll miss you all, but promise not to be too absentee!
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