Hey everyone! I hope that 2014 is treating you well! Thanksgiving and Christmas were lovely. We saw lots of family, got together with many friends, and had a wonderful time. I have big hopes for 2014 and what it might bring. … Continue reading
I was very fortunate to receive MANY design books for my birthday this year.
For those of you who know me, and my addiction to HGTV, you know that I squeal with delight every time I am able to catch Flea Market Flip. I dream of being on that show, scouring the flea market to find different items to flip and resell for a profit. What a dream.
Well, Flea Market Flip is hosted by the lovely Lara Spencer, a veteran flea marketer and home designer/TV personality. Her perky, funky style is apparent throughout the show. So when I found out that she had written a book chock full of tips and ideas, I decided that I must have it. And so, it brings me to her book, I Brake for Yard Sales (And Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster).
She begins her book discussing how she got the thrifting, picking, and flea marketing bug. This, for sure, is a familial trait. Her mother was very into thrifting and now, Lara has made it her own family activity (sometimes bringing her kids for the fun). What a sweet anecdote to get the ball rolling.
Lara then begins to discuss the ways to define your style. She thinks that most styles fall into several categories and most importantly, find the things that make you happy in your styling. Embrace the whimsy, glamorous, or whatever else makes you happy! Don’t walk away from things that you will regret later (a BIG flea market lesson learned on many occasions).
Throughout her book, Lara provides GREAT tips and encouragement. She gives ideas for where to go, how to remake pieces and give them new life, and how much some projects have cost. I find that some of the insets are the most helpful, with lists about raw materials to explain patterns or descriptors to help you identify REAL quality pieces that may need some help (check for antique stamping!). She shares these tips and ideas while showing how she has decorated her homes with her own finds. Lara even shows some before and after shots, highlighting just how easy it is to breathe new life into a tired piece. Though, she also gives you great warnings for things to avoid (peeling veneer, etc). There was just so much in this book that I loved. In fact, while reading, I couldn’t stop myself from Instagramming one of the most important pages!
I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a great read. Overall, I highly recommend this book. It’s a wonderful resource to just pull inspiration from the colorful pages or remember a great resource for flea marketing. She even includes a list of places she frequents across the country (I smell a road trip in my future). For my fellow DIY-ers, HGTV enthusiasts, and bargain hunters: this book is for you!
I don’t know if you all saw it on my Instagram, or noticed it in the pictures from yesterday’s post about my office, but I’ve got a new little storage box to share! This guy was bound for the trash. I heard him about to be thrown away and stopped his impending demise. When asked what I was going to do with it, of course my response was, “Well I do have a lot of shells to use…”
And so I did.
It’s currently acting as my “change box” where I throw all those extra coins I just don’t want to carry around. From afar, you could barely tell that it was on my desk.
This project cost me….drum roll please…. $0. I had every supply already so I didn’t need to purchase a thing. Gotta love those little crafts that keep your wallet intact.
A few weeks ago, I was so jazzed to attend the yearly flea market at Old Lucketts Store. The flea is huge, multi-day, and well worth the wait. There were over 200 vendors with many goodies to take home. I’m still regretting passing on a few things, but I snapped a lot of pictures of some great things that I hope made someones home really happy. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into what took up an entire weekend (but was totally worth it).
Needless to say, it was a great day. I ended up with several white frames for the office (only a $1 a piece), a beautifully painted mail filer, and some glorious vintage fabric which will soon become some pillows. It was really a fun day. I loved window shopping, drooling over pieces, and seeing everything that the other flea marketers walked away with (which was a ton of stuff). The crew at Old Lucketts Store outdid themselves this time. It was a huge, successful, and well managed adventure. All their advice (shoes, parking, money) were spot on and very helpful. We got our money ahead of time to avoid ATM lines or shortages. We wore lots of layers to stay comfortably warm in the overcast, foreboding weather and shoes that held up in dusty AND muddy patches, all at once! We even brought snacks! We were totally prepared. Way to go us.
If you have a chance, you should definitely check our this flea. People from all over the country were there, the state license plates were amazing. It was the perfect people watching experience…which may have been the best part of the day. Anyways, it was a ton of fun. Can’t stop thinking about it!