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 shopped and laughed and giggled and pointed and oohed and ahhhed and gave each other ideas on what to do with a this or that….
….and wished we had a fan attached to a pair of sunglasses.
And met our flea market boyfriend.
Isn’t he handsome?
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.
And here’s my best tips and hints on how to shop at a flea market.
1. Start a collection
If you don’t have one….make one up today.
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.
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?
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.
Enjoy the flea market.
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. 🙂
PS I know Christmas is three months away….but I’m partnering with one of my sponsors, ebay to put together a fun collection of personalized gifts for the holidays.
Like these individual state skillets.
Love a map of the United States you can cook pancakes on. 🙂
disclaimer: I was compensated by ebay for this partnership. But all opinions are completely my own. Please see my disclosure policy for details.