Flea Market Flips

Flea Market Flips

Whew… This summer flew by!  I honestly have no idea how it is September already, but I’m certainly not complaining.  Bring on the fall weather!  Send the kids back to school!  Football and beer, please!  I keep thinking that I am going to be so much more productive when the weather cools down, but then I remember that I have a baby now.  So, yeah…

We took the nugget to the flea market last weekend.  It was dreadfully hot.  Baby + heat = no fun at all.  Despite the fact that we spent most of the time power walking from one spot of shade to the next, we saw some interesting items for sale.  More accurately, I saw a lot of project potential.  A lot of worn, old furniture pieces caught my eye.  Love me a fixer upper!  As I was searching for the perfect project piece, I found myself checking price tags on items that other DIYers had obviously put some work into.  All I have to say is… woah!  Flea market flipping must be a very lucrative business.  I spent some time that night reading about bloggers and their flea market successes.  There’s even a show on HGTV called “Flea Market Flip”.  Who knew?

Needless to say, my brain started churning with the idea of a new side business.  It took me a little while to come back down to earth and remember that I’m a new mother with a full time job and barely enough time to work on the occasional DIY project for myself, let alone ones to sell.  The flea market flipping business will have to wait, but a girl can dream…

Since I have zero project time, I decided to compile a list of some projects done by other bloggers that have inspired me in the past.  I focused on “flips” or “makeovers” to keep with the flea market flip theme.  In other words, if I had all the time in the world to start a side business, these are some ideas I’d seriously consider.  Big thank you to all the bloggers out there who gave me permission to flaunt their successes.

15 Flips


Gossip Bench - ArtisBeauty.Net

I’ll start with this little gem from ArtisBeauty.net.  The Gossip Bench pictured caught my eye when I was looking for ideas to fill the empty space in my living room.  I didn’t even know what a gossip bench was, but now I’m on the lookout for one.

Flower Caddy - Little Glass Jar

This Flower Caddy was a $2 thrift store find.  I love what Ashley from Little Glass Jar did with this piece.  I always pass right over the dated wooden stuff at the thrift store, but now I will never look at those shelves the same way again.

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover - At Home with the Barkers

Check out the adorable lamp in this photo, courtesy of At Home with the Barkers.  Why spend a fortune finding lamps that match your home decor when you can just paint an ugly old one and add some wrapping paper to get the exact look you want?  Brilliant!

Thrift Store Farmhouse Swag - Twelve on Main

I must admit, the Thrift Store Farmhouse Swag from Twelve on Main pictured above kind of blew my mind.  All that old kitchen stuff you see flea market vendors and thrift stores selling… it might just have a higher purpose.  Like cute storage for my exposed kitchen shelves.

Clock Table - Scavenger Chic

Little $5 side table turned awesome bedside clock table?  That’s what I found from Scavenger Chic.  What a clever project.  One of those things that makes you say “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Tufted Bench - Crafty Sisters

I wish I had a sister that I could do projects with.  Especially one as talented as the Crafty Sisters.  Their Tufted Bench makeover is awesome.  Small tables get neglected all the time.  Especially dirty or damaged ones.  But they’ve come up with a way to give them a new purpose.  So clever.  (I just noticed the baby in the mirror… so cute!)

Reupholstered Caned Back Chair - Pneumatic Addict

Pneumatic Addict is one of my new favorite blogs.  Elisha’s attention to detail is great!  This old Caned Back Chair Makeover is spot on.  I saw so many damaged chairs at the flea market with caned backs, and I just ignored them.  After all, I have no idea how to repair them.  Now I realize that I don’t have to repair them at all, I can just update them!

Pumpkin Mason Jars - The 36th Avenue

Hellooo Fall!  These Mason Jar Pumpkins from The 36th Avenue are super cute and oh so easy.  I am a pumpkin fanatic.  Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin beers, pumpkin signs.  If it’s got pumpkin in the description, there’s a 99% chance I will like it.  So this project is definitely going on my to-do list.

Tiered Trays - What Treasures Await

Old picture frames are some of the most versatile thrift finds out there.  In this case, What Treasures Await turned a few frames into an awesome tiered tray.  Perfect for party hosting.  I see a cupcake stand in my future…

Triangle Love - Shabby Love Blog

Speaking of trays, this Triangle Tray from the Shabby Love Blog is so simple and so fantastic.  Trays are another abundant thrift store item.  In fact, after reading the “Triangle Love” blog post, I immediately when out and picked up a tray from my local Goodwill.  I’m currently trying to brainstorm ideas, but I might end up making an exact replica of the triangle tray.  It’s just too perfect.

Chippendale Chair - Remodelando la Casa

Christina from Remodelando la Casa blogged about her first experience with Chalk Paint, and I gotta say… it was a total success.  Her Chippendale chairs look amazing!  I recently started a chair makeover of my own, but I wish I’d read this post first.  Mine pales in comparison.

My Couch Baby - Bean in Love

I came across the “My Couch Baby” post from Bean In Love as I was researching couch makeovers on Pinterest.  Can you believe this couch was FREE!?!?  You need to see what it looked like before.  I probably would have passed right by it.  Now it’s a stunner!

Reely Retro Chalk Frame - My Thrift Store Addiction

I added the “Reel-y Retro Chalkboard Frame” to the mix because I was just so blown away by the creativity of it.  Bravo, My Thrift Store Addiction, bravo.  Once again, I will never look at flea market items the same way again.

West Elm Inspired Owl Makeover - Just a Little Creativity

One thing that I do look for at flea markets and thrift stores is ceramic animals.  A little bit of paint goes a long way.  Like these West Elm Inspired Owls from Just a Little Creativity.  I LOVE the teal and raspberry colors.  And who doesn’t love owls?  They’re a hoot…

Dresser Vanity - An Oregon Cottage

The last project on my inspiration list is from An Oregon Cottage.  It’s a dresser that Jami turned into a bathroom vanity.  I am currently in the process of planning a bathroom remodel and the first thing on my list is finding a dresser that I can use for our sink.  So I will definitely be using this tutorial in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by and reading about some of the projects that have inspired me.  I hope you have time to check out the other blogs.  They are totally worth it!

I hope to have some fall projects to show you in the near future.  Pumpkins galore!

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