Buying a new house can mean adopting a whole new style for your home interiors. Here’s the kicker: decorating a new home costs a ton! Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid spending a fortune when giving your new home a stylish look: the flea market. Yes, you read that right. Flea markets are a goldmine for new homeowners. It’s a place where you can dig for second-hand treasures. A lot of the stuff sold in flea markets are in tiptop shape, with the owners having to part with them due to various reasons. Because of the sheer number of things sold in flea markets, it can be overwhelming to navigate--especially if you have no clue what you want.
What you need is a list!
And we’re here to help you out.
Whether it’s for a DIY project or as a ready to go home decor piece, here are three items you need to keep an eye out for when in a flea market. You’ll never regret getting them.
Solid Wood Furniture
Solid wood furniture in flea markets is hard to come by. So when you spot one, you go ahead and buy it. Before you do though, make sure that it’s real wood. A lot of flea market deals are for veneers (cheap wood masked with even cheaper wood) or reclaimed wood. No-no. Solid wood furniture has that clean elegant look that would fit most homes, regardless of the style you’re going for.
Make sure you really like the item--as in, you’re in love with it--before buying. Solid wood furniture is much cheaper in flea markets, but still pricier than your usual flea market find.
Develop a good eye for DIY by spotting a good frame on an old sofa or ottoman. Remember, when shopping for upholstered goods, fabric, color, and finish are never permanent--only the shape is. Everything can be changed. If the shape is amazing, grab that piece and pay for it ASAP. You can easily repurpose the piece-- saving you tons of money in the process.
Anything Cast Iron
Rusty? No problem. If you spy a cast iron pan or a cast iron plate under piles of rubble in the flea market, swipe it. Cast iron anything could be real gems--they last decades if they’re cared for and restored. It’s not surprising to find a good quality cast iron pan in flea markets, as they’re heavy and most moving families choose to donate or dispose of them. Keep an eye out for brands like Wagner or Lodge.
You can easily restore cast iron items, so don’t worry about normal wear and rusty parts. Now that you know what items you should be keeping a hawkeye for, you just need to know the golden rule of flea market shopping.
Be the earliest bird.
Of course, you can still find great pieces in the afternoon, when the crowds have died down. But you don’t really want to waste a good weekend risking that, do you? If you want something amazing to go with your new home--go early.