Our local Kane County Flea Market is touted by USA Today as one of the 10 top places to shop for antiques, and I have to agree. It’s a pretty big flea market and it’s always a highlight for me each month. As with any shopping spree, some outings are more productive than others. In March, there weren’t a lot of vendors and I didn’t find much of anything, but April was better and I found some good flea market finds this past weekend for decent prices!
I had no intention of buying any furniture at the market, but I saw this cute little dresser at the back of one of the outdoor booths and had to get a closer look. I don’t know about you, but when I see something at the flea market, or any store for that matter, I have an idea of what I’m willing to pay for it before I even look at the price tag.
I figured this piece would be marked for more than what I’d want to spend. I was thinking it’d probably be $100 or slightly more, at which point I’d walk away. But the tag said $60! I then tried telling myself I had no place to put it. But just to be on the safe side, I’d offer the guy $50 thinking he’d say no (secretly hoping he’d say yes). He quickly agreed and at that point I knew exactly where it was going! Do you ever do that?
The next thing I found was the crock on the right. The number 2 and the leaves captured my eye so I went in for a closer look, thinking that of course it would be way more than I wanted to spend. Crocks like this typically go for $50 and up in our area … even if they’re chipped like this one. The tag said $30 and I hemmed and hawed. It was early into our trip and I didn’t want to spend all my money right away (I always have a set budget so I don’t get in trouble).
I picked it up to inspect it a little closer, at which point the vendor wandered over. I asked if she’d go any lower and she offered to sell it for $25. Sold! I’ve been wanting some of these crocks but I’m a bargain hunter so the price has to be right. And wouldn’t you know, right around the corner at another vendor’s booth I spied another crock with the number 3 on it.
This crock had no price tag … usually a bad sign. I always feel like the vendor eyes you when you’re looking at an unmarked piece strategizing how much they can get out of you. This particular vendor was outgoing so I asked “how much” and he said “5 bucks.” I blurted, “Really???” Which I probably shouldn’t have done in case he changed his mind and decided to charge more. He confided, “Well, it’s dirty and it’s got that wire around it so I’m only asking 5 for it.” Bless his heart. I love the wire around it! And I don’t mind cleaning it either.
I grabbed a few hyacinths and grape hyacinths.
Finally, my last hurrah was this Wedgewood white ironstone pitcher. It was the end of the spree and I was tired. I almost passed this one up because at that point I just wanted to go home (shopping is exhausting!). But the tag said $25 and it’s a decent size pitcher. I must’ve looked forlorn when I turned around and offered the lady $20 because she didn’t have to think twice about it.
I know that ironstone pitcher would’ve been one of those aching regrets you later wish you would’ve brought home. It has a slight crack in it but I don’t care. I like the shape and I love that it’s Wedgewood. I’ve always adored everything they make.
Here are my vintage flea market finds all on display. I know I sometimes pay too much for some items, but I really do try to shop with a budget in mind. I’m not typically one to pay top dollar for anything. I have guilt issues. For me, a few flea market finds are my reward for working hard throughout the week. Plus, it’s a form of therapy. My total haul was $135, which I think is reasonable and probably less than most people spend. I always love the thrill of the hunt!
Here’s a Few Other Flea Market Finds …
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