Monday, February 11, 2013

Hunting for Treasures at the Flea Market

When my mother-in-law emailed me last weekend to see if I'd be interested in taking the girls to meet up with her at a flea market event, I was a bit skeptical at first. I knew I wanted to go, but I was worried about taking the proverbial bull(s) into the china shop. My imagination led me to picture small children tipping over displays of 800 year old crystal goblets, but I chose to be brave and sacrifice for the sake of a good treasure hunt. Lucky for me, the morning turned out to be a blast, and even the girls had fun shopping. I thought I'd share some (iphone pics, sorry) of my finds with you today!

And, by the way, I totally headed in thinking "I'm gonna pop some tags; only got $20 in my pocket." Except I did not wear footie pajamas. Thank you, Macklemore.

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

This was (clearly) an indoor flea market, held in a very very large indoor exposition center. I'm sure the tables/stalls were pricey to rent, and many of the prices were accordingly pricey. I imagine there were a number of knock-offs and reproductions, but there were also many beautiful pieces.

The girls brought their American Girl dolls, and it's a good thing they brought Michaela Byrd's stroller because they used it later on to haul their coats and purchases!
Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now


We wasted no time before roaming the aisles in search of treasure. Some pieces were worth the internal debate of "I'd love this, but should I spend some cash?" and some were "Wow, this is awesome, but I could never afford this today."


Flea Market Shopping, at Serenity Now
Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now
Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now


The girls came home with a tiny (doll size) Radio Flyer Sled and a little wooden doll rocking chair that my mother-in-law purchased for them. I spied a stall with some great looking printer's trays. Priced at $20 each, that was a pretty good bargain compared to others I've seen in our area. I chose one and have plans to display it in our family room!
Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

No, the green paper is not permanent!
Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now
Flea Market Shopping (Treasure Hunt!), via Serenity Now

All in all, I prefer the more "rustic" outdoor flea markets because I think they have better prices. But this one was an absolute blast to shop, especially because I knew ahead of time what to expect. I don't go often because (honestly) I don't need a bunch more tchotchkes, but it sure is fun to see all that history in one area!

Do you shop at flea markets? What's your best find?


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10 comments:

Patty said...

I do enjoy flee market shopping, but don't get the opportunity very often. Actually I have had fun at Goodwill lately.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I agree the prices can be high at these types of shows but it looks like you all had fun! The girls are adorable. One thing I really enjoy about visiting shows is seeing the high prices on similar items I found for a reasonable or thrifty price.

Bugs and Sunshine said...

Sweet pictures. I scored burlap for $1.99 yard this weekend to make curtains.

We are having our very own Bed & Breakfast weekend at our house this weekend so we are sprucing up the house with pretty things.

Tys said...

Fun! I have a printers drawer that my mom got for me many years ago... everyone always wants one when they see it. So I've heard they are pricey... you got a deal and a great size!

Doreen said...

Hi Amanda,
What a fun flea market, full of treasures. I love wandering up and down the aisles, just looking for treasures. I love the glass patio set. I could definitely see that in our garden!

Have a great day!
Doreen
http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-red-hot-diy-valentines-centerpiece.html

Hi, Im Kelly! said...

I just said "wow" out loud LOL, I love to thrift and this place looked amazing!

Vel Criste said...

OMg, do I? I love flea-ing!! Love all the items you took pics of Amanda, and the girls looks so pretty, I bet they're as happy as you with their own loot!

London Boutique Hotels said...

It seems, you had super fun. I have never been to flee market shopping. I hope to go next time.

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

OMG...I want several of the items you featured! Especially that bench with the drawer...what a perfect entry piece by the front or back door...love it!

Carrie said...

The prices are reliable. I love to shopping here My Own Erotica

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