Flea market style has been popular for many years now and it’s easy to see why. First off, you’re likely to pay less for home decor when you shop the flea market. Secondly, items are a little worn yet well-loved, which means they have character. Most definitely, your favorite flea market find has a story. It may have traveled across the country. It may have belonged to someone semi-famous. Whatever its story, flea market finds possess an intrigue all their own. If you’re looking to add character to your home, here’s a sampling of flea market finds you might want to consider.
Vintage signs like the Pepsi bottle cap painting are hugely popular with the flea market crowd. They instantly add color and character to a room. Signs are statement pieces and you can often find good bargains.
Chippy furniture is abundant at the flea market and you’ll find pieces in a variety of colors and style. Pieces wearing original paint are especially coveted by furniture collectors.
Our local flea market has a quilt vendor who you’ll always find in the same booth. His prices are decent and his stall is always packed. A mix of colorful textiles create great flea market style in any bedroom.
Wrought iron furniture is a classic flea market find and works well with so many decorating styles.
A fun flea market find that can be a challenge to locate, is a vintage dinette set from the forties or fifties.
You’ll find plenty of flea market finds in this eclectic living room. Chippy furniture, architectural pieces, vintage oil paintings, an old wicker chair, colorful pottery, and a beautiful graphic rug all add character and color.
There’s no shortage of vintage ladders when searching for a flea market find. This one’s painted white and serves as a shelving unit.
Vintage crates from the flea market can be used to house an endless list of supplies, but why not turn them on their side and create a gallery wall? These are filled with additional treasures like vintage bottles and vases, and even an old-time camera.
Once in a great while, you come across a truly great flea market find like this beautiful set of wicker chairs … or the wooden trunk in the corner, or even the beautiful bowl sitting on top.
Feel free to mix flea market finds in a single room. Here, a unique coffee table, flea market chairs, an elegant chandelier, and hand mannequins come together to create an eclectic vibe against the backdrop of an amazing Victorian-style mantel.
One of my all-time favorite flea market finds is vintage mirrors. Quite honestly, I have too many of them.
Stoneware crocks are another great find. The number you see on these vessels is a reference to the number of gallons they hold. I found the 3-gallon crock on the left at our local flea market a couple summers ago. The vendor sold it to me for a mere $5 because it has barbed wire around the rim, which I thought made it more endearing. It’s one of my favorites.
I also enjoy finding little vintage bottles. This coming weekend is our August flea market and I hope to find some lavender bottles that are becoming more popular. I’ll let you know if I’m successful.
Just a reminder – there’s still time to enter to win a copy of the new book, Home Decor Cheat Sheets. I’m announcing the winner this Friday.