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This weekend we spent the day at the Nashville flea market.
And as far as days go it ranked up with other life-changing events in my life.
Like the first time I realized I could wear white pants before and after Labor Day.
And chalk came in colors.
And zucchini could be made into bread.
And that french fries totally count as a vegetable.
We found the BEST stuff at the flea market. There are SO MANY incredible bargains if you just know where to look. You need a little bit of know-how (and just between us you also need a little bit of luck).
Here are my best flea market shopping tips.
Before I get to the tips, I wanted to show you a few of the things that we found.
Here are our pictures and crates and signs and windows and chalkboard.
It was so much fun shopping at the flea market. We laughed and giggled and pointed and oohed and ahhhed and gave each other ideas on what to do with a this or that.
But it was so hot that we needed a fan attached to a pair of sunglasses.
And at the end of the day we came home with a car (s) full of treasures and inspiration.
Those crates on the right?
Wait until you see what I created with them. 🙂
So if you have a flea market nearby that you can get to by car or bus or train or moped…..
….go forth and shop.
Flea Market shopping tips
1. Start a collection
If you don’t have one start by making one up today. Something you can get excited about. Something you can hunt for.
Preferably something inexpensive.
You could try vintage silverware boxes.
(total aside: Don’t you think a stack of these would make such a fun tabletop tree at Christmas).
Or iron horseshoes.
The point is why settle for one—when twenty look so much better. The flea market is all about the hunt, so find something to search for.
2. Think outside the box
Because at a flea market it is a proven fact that the one thing you never ever thought you needed…..
….is the one thing you’ll find.
A guitar made out of license plates?
Music to my ears. 🙂
(So sorry—I couldn’t resist)
3. Make a list
I know this seems like it totally contradicts number 2, but having a list really helps me stick to my budget.
So when I’m tempted to buy the flight of stairs that turned into a table, I just check the list.
Ummm—stairs that transform into a table?
Not on the list.
A hair accessory made from serving spoons?
Nope. Not even close.
See how easy that was?
4. Measure, measure, and measure again
These corbels are amazing. If I had a dollar for every piece of architectural salvage that I have purchased from a flea market that never fit the project I planned for it I could spend the rest of my days on a tropical island in the south Pacific.
If you are looking for a specific piece for a specific space…..
And for projects you are planning, please refer to tip number three.
5. Enjoy the flea market.
And keep your eyes and ears open.
Flea markets are special. It’s a place where creative ideas can happen over a bottled water under the tent behind the bird feeders and the giant bumper from an old Ford….
….wearing white pants and dreaming of french fries. 🙂
I know this wasn’t on my list.
But don’t you think I need a frying pan shaped like my state?
Or maybe I should just follow my own advice?
And start a frying pan collection. 🙂