5.26.2017

GREAT Inexpensive Flea Market Items To LOOK FOR NOW!


One of my favorite ways to exercise is walking through a big flea market with running shoes, music on my earphones and cash limit of around $100.   My sister likes to take her cash limit to the slots in Las Vegas.  She  once said to me, while we were at a glorious flea market, "what would anyone want with all this JUNK?"

 "One man's treasure".... but let's face it, adding vintage definitely adds interest and character to your décor.  
At the end of this post, I will list my favorite flea markets from around the world.  Will you, please, add yours in the comment section?  You can do it anonymously.  Then, I can compile a nice, healthy list for all of us to share. 

 I'm looking for ones that are fairly large with good stuff and not a lot of junk.
Here are home items that I seek out right now:
  • artful pages from old books
  • ethnic items, like African beads (I still love them although I first purchased them at a NYC flea market almost 10 years ago), textiles (including ready-made pillows), carvings
  • cool glassware and vases
  • inexpensive oil paintings
  • picture frames
  • geodes or petrified wood objects
  • old enamel clock faces
  • old bottles
  • vintage rugs 
  • and whatever fun thing catches my eye
Recently, I went to the Alameda Antiques Fair (held the first Sunday of the month).
These above would be cute framed in a nursery.  
I bought this one below as I liked the graphics.
The alphabet page was $5 and the frame was $10 (purchased separately).   The framed etching of the lady, from a different trip, was actually just a faded print that I shaded in with a pencil ($20). 

Used to be hard to find African goods, but now at the Alameda market, 
there were around 20 African vendors.


 Here is the African indigo throw again, that I bought for $35.
The painting below may not be top quality, but for $15 I like the colors and 
 
And how I can layer it on my book shelf.
Those old, dug up bottles are also something to hunt for.  Many are less expensive than what you would pay for new at stores like West Elm (without the character of age and location).


I didn't buy any of these great pillows...but I am still thinking about them.
The seller said she is at the Rose Bowl, CA flea market, too.


This beautiful African basket was $25 and I lightly white washed it with Annie Sloan paint and water (took me about five minutes).

I tried to bargain down the price of these petrified wood book ends ($40) but she said they were millions of years old... good sales job and I wanted them!
The carved Chinese brushes are from a New York flea market several years ago.

Great place to look for vintage rugs...

Thirty of those Venetian style glasses for $20!  But I don't have any room to store them.
I did buy that rose colored Venetian vase for $5.
What have you been on the look out for?

Does Chief blend in?  Isn't this mural in North Beach (SF Italian section) fun? 

My Favorite Flea Markets
Southern California
Long Beach Antiques 3rd Sunday
Rose Bowl Flea  2nd Sunday
Melrose Trading Every Sunday
Northern California
New York
Brooklyn Flea Every Sunday
Green Flea Every Sunday
Paris
Puces de Vanves Every Saturday/Sunday morning

The Alameda one is coming up again...
who wants to go?  

Have a great weekend!

39 comments:

  1. Kane County Flea Market
    Located at the Kane County Fairgrounds
    525 South Randall Road
    St. Charles, IL 60174
    First weekend of the month

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  2. I never have anything in particular to search for, but in truth I am spoilt for choice! This is Brocante season here in France, every weekend we are spoilt for choice, there are banners all over the place advertising brocantes here, there and everywhere. The most fun thing is just to wander, soak up the atmosphere and chat to a few people and if something fabulous catches my eye, then so much the better!

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    1. Luckeee... we used to take our mini-van to the brocantes in the country. That is where I got our fireplace screen. Memories :)

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  3. Brimfield in Brimfield, Mass.!! Huge and a bit of everything. Definitely one of my all time favorites. Early May, July and September!!!

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  4. I am loving your finds and I love junk. I make and sell prayer necklaces from the African glass tribal beads...the light pink is my fav. i have had some luck at Kane County Fleamarket (in my hometown of St. Charles) but it's not what it used to be. Mainstreet Market in Rockford, IL (hosted by Urban Farmgirl) is the best market in my area. I have sold vintage at small local fleamarkets, but I'm a better shopper than seller--ha! what I never see in the Midwest? vintage rugs. I loved shopping the vide greniers in Paris, where it was all locals and no tourists (all the tourists were at Puce de Vanves maybe? xox

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    1. When I lived in Paris it was all locals at the Puces de Vanves... where is vide greniers? We are going in July.

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    2. If no one else mentioned it you should definitely add Brimfield to the list, although it really isn't a flea market. This was a great article, wish I were coming up this weekend but we have to get our yard in order!!

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  5. We never missed a Rose Bowl market in the 70's but that's the last time I went! And it's right in my own backyard! After seeing your great finds, I guess I'd better go! We also used to go to the one at the Orange County Fair grounds. Wonder if they still have it? I just don't need more stuff! If I had a garage sale and got rid of a bunch of stuff, then I could go! Love the pic of Chief! He's such a cutie, xoxo Gail

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    1. Just go for the food trucks and exercise then, Gail :)

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  6. It is interesting...each one of us would pick so many different things. I am in a different phase of my life-wanting to rid myself and house of stuff! That said I would love to go-for the exercise and the browsing!

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    1. Yes...something has to go if I bring it in...hence, I couldn't buy those glasses. They also have great food trucks at the Alameda one. I had a delicious taco.

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  7. We have a good Brocante Market the first weekend of each month in St Pete, FL. Also, I love to go to Lucketts in VA with my sisters!
    Wood boxes, mother of pearl objects, vases and brass are current favorites! And brown transferware!

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  8. I do! I want to go with you! If only....you have an incredible eye Mary Ann! I adore that ocean/coastal painting. Makes me think of a John Bucklin painting.

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    1. Aren't you coming out to visit? I have a guest room complete with a cable car going by (and a noise cancelling machine) and hotel robes.

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  9. I love your finds. I'm a total sucker for oil paintings... I especially love your coastal one!
    ~Marcy

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  10. What great finds, Mary Ann! I love getting art from old books and the rugs look amazing! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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  11. I haven't been flee marketing for some time. This makes me want to check things out. I love the treasures you've used in your home...always so pretty. I've never been to the Long Beach flea market and it's only a short distance from my house. I'll have to check it out this summer.
    Thanks!
    Karen

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    1. You have to go, Karen...I think it is my favorite one of all :)

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  12. I second the writer who is another Phase of Life. My house could be a flea market! Love, love, love the "portrait" of Chief. I think your next flea market find should be a frame for the handsome fella's North Beach pose.

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  13. What a great post! Remember I'm always game if you need a buddy for Alameda

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  14. I loved this post for many reasons, Mary Ann, but that last photo of Chief is the best!!
    Claudia

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  15. So my old college roommate have a vacation regularly to go to Fleas. Love Round Top Texas the most of all (Brimfield is supposed to be the best but maybe we were just unlucky, but I didn't find that much that I had to bring home). Rose Bowl is awesome as well. Love Alameda and another one in the Bay area is Treasure Island--not as big, but the views are killer!! http://www.treasureislandflea.com/ I can also recommend the flea at First Mondays in Canton Texas. The flea in Sacramento is also not too bad (and much closer to home for me) http://www.sacantiquefaire.com/

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    1. I just went to the Treasure Island one recently with Howard and Chief...but it was so small. Sort of disappointing. Perhaps it was just the time of year. HOW fun to go with your college room-mate. I still want to go to Round Top and Brimfield....someday!!!

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  16. So many great finds. I cannot believe the beads and African items you can get there! Used to find that stuff in very select places. I'm hoping all these vendors will show up in Round Top next fall! Problem is....I want to buy and keep for myself and I don't need ANY more home accessories! :-)

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  17. It isn't a "flea market" per se, but every year the Music Academy of the West has a fundraiser called May Madness in Montecito, California. Most of the items are donated from Santa Barbara and Montecito. High end items at fabulous prices. I've found the MOST amazing, quality items each year (for next to nothing).

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    1. Holy cow...what a great tip, Michelle!

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  18. Love your treasures Mary Ann! I live in Massachusetts so it's a crime I haven't been yet, but Brimfield is supposed to be tons of fun.

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    1. You should go, Lisa!!! Perhaps Cindy and I can come out and we can go together.

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  19. Wish I could come and go to some flea markets with you!!!! My favorite thing to do and I have been so busy that I have not been to Scott's in months:(

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    1. I would love to go to Scott's with YOU, Sherry! I love your Scott's posts. Actually, all your posts.

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  20. I will be in the back selling!!!! Hope to see you there :)

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    1. No way, Terry!!! That is so great. I will text you.

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  21. I frequently visit flea markets with the "thrill of the hunt" in mind and not a specific item. I love finding paintings, silver, fun objects and furniture. I truly believe they make a room more interesting.

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    1. I think patina-ed silver is also the next big thing with young people... and china like Limoges that people are giving away. You are so right about them making a room more interesting.

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  22. I also love flea markets - its such a fun way to spend time and not a lot of money. Absolutely love that pic of your doggie next to the mural! All the best Sharonx

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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