This weekend is the fourth of the month and if you live anywhere near Nashville you should know what that means:
The Nashville Fairgrounds has the best Flea Market once a month and with Spring like weather outside I am just itching to get back there. If you’re not a flea market-er, I totally understand. There are icky parts to every market including the Nashville one, but I assure you that the great parts far outweigh the icky ones. There are about a bajillion great finds and some of the nicest people around.
I’ve always been on a tight budget but I’ve also always loved things with some extra character, so the flea market is pretty much the perfect place for me to meet both needs. It would be scary of I actually counted what all in our home sweet here came from the flea market.
I’m not counting today, but I did want to show you some of my collection and we’ll start with accessories…
I just picked a few at random that I brought home and used as is. No rehab required. I think they are all pretty unique to flea market finds- like you won’t walk into TJ Maxx or Wal-Mart and find these babies kind of unique. See what you think…
one: Remember what I said about the nicest people ever at the Flea Market? This old wire basket is the perfect example of this. My parents are monthly flea market-ers and have made friends with said nice people. When I was coveting wire baskets, they asked their friend if he could find one and the next month- not only did he have one for me but he said “Happy Birthday!” and gave it to me. Really. Like $0, for free, priceless, thank you sir, gave it to me. I was so grateful. It wasn’t exactly the shape I had in mind and it is a bit more rustic than I usually pick, but when I threw some magazines in it I fell in love! Thank you, nice flea market man
two: How cute are these guys? My parents or my “pickers,” as I like to call them found me this little couple. They seem to find more for me when I don’t go, than I do when I’m with them. Maybe I should rethink this weekend. Anyway, I thought these little bookends were so stinking cute and “whimsical” as Emily Henderson would say. I move them around from shelf to shelf and they just seem so perfect everywhere
three: And here are some more bookends. I got these $5 puppies with every intention of painting them. They are kind of gaudy. But when I got them home, I liked the gaudy. I’m finding that every room needs a a touch of gaudy gold or brass to really balance it out. My good friend/partner in design crime/let’s consult about this while we take a work break, Bonnie Jean, will back me up on that too, right?
four: Another find from my pickers! I kind of love photography. Kind of a lot, so one of my “collections” is full of vintage cameras (flea market and antique store finds mixed with my older ones). I need to show you those someday too, but for today- something a little more unexpected. If you need out-of-the-ordinary, you won’t find this in every Ross in the country type of artwork- give old magazine adds a try. Even if your style is more modern, I think you can find something that will meet your needs. These are vintage Kodak adds. One from 1961 another from 1922 and I’m not sure about the other, but they go with my camera collection and balance each other out perfectly.
five: this just shows you how flea market finds can fit perfectly with your “store bought”stuff. The top is a basket from TJ Maxx probably, the middle one is a Hobby Lobby suitcase and the bottom is another flea market treasure. I have used it on it’s side, alone, or stacked with some friends and it’s kind of great. I have been tempted to bring some others home too, but you have to be very careful when selecting an old suitcase to use as storage. #1 make sure it’s not stinky and #2 if you’re going to stack them, make sure it’s not slanted. Lots are and that has been the biggest reason I’ve walked away from several non-stinky suitcases.
My flea market fever is hotter than ever! I need to go back this weekend. Maybe if I do, I’ll go shopping for you and show you some things that I think would make a great addition to any space. And how about, I continue this little show and tell sometime soon and show you some furniture and maybe some other things we’ve made over. I’m thinking you like the sound of that so it’s almost like you need me to go this weekend and find some fabulous stuff. Like, we may not be friends anymore if I don’t. That is a lot of pressure but I’m going to see what I can do for you. I think you’re worth it.