Flea market success!

22 August 2011

I had some major success at the flea market this weekend! In fact, I had major success before I even got to the flea market this weekend. I was on my way back from the bank and headed to pick up my friend Megan for our Saturday morning trip when I spotted two chairs at the end of a driveway and a “moving sale” sign. I quickly did a U-turn and hopped out to inspect the chairs. They looked great to me, so $60 later (down from $75!), I loaded them into my car! We’ve been searching for living room chairs for awhile, since our current living room seating is only one loveseat (not so good for guests). These guys are perfect (or, they will be after some paint and new upholstery!). Here’s a peek:

I love the caning on the back and the detail on the legs. Better yet, here’s proof that they’re comfortable:

She literally hopped up the minute we set the pair down and didn’t wake up for a solid hour.

Then, once we actually got to the flea market, I cleaned up with silver pieces, which I’ve begun collecting for our reception. More on that later! For $18, here’s what I brought home:

There was also a gorgeous silver champagne bucket which would have been perfect for a larger arrangement, but the seller wouldn’t budget beneath $30 and that was a little more than I was ready to spend.

Also, a tip for those of you who are hesitant about bargaining: don’t be! See those taller goblets in the back? They were marked $5 each, so I asked if I could have them for $15 total if I bought all 4. To my surprise, she said I could have them for $10! It never hurts to ask. The platter was $5, and the compote was $3, down from $5.

Add those to the pieces I already have, and I’d say we’re well on our way!

Here’s a close-up of the larger Revere bowl, which is actually an award from my senior year of college! If you look closely, you can see my name engraved on the bottom. I love that we’ll be incorporating family heirlooms and pieces with personal significance into our reception decor.

Anyone else have a lucky flea market trip this weekend?

6 Responses to “Flea market success!”

  1. Rebecca

    Love your flea market finds! Thanks for your advice on card-making resources, too. :)

  2. Laurien

    Love the chairs Emily! And your cat ; ) Can't wait to see what they look like when you're finished!

  3. flower de lis

    I had silver items at my reception but not all different and unique. We had champagne buckets, julep cups, and candelabras. I am kicking myself for not going out and getting a unique collection! Love the look you are going for! Happy shopping!