Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Flea

I had an hour to kill between a meeting and picking up my son at noon, so what's a girl to do when the Flea Market is free on Fridays? Plus, the weather was beautiful, whereas tomorrow tornadoes are threatening. So, off I went. At a breakneck pace, I might add.

Here's what I spied in my hour at the Flea Market at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds:
I loved the Chinese Chippendale details on this and the X base. Would be great as a sofa table and painted with a lacquer finish. At $165, it was a little pricey for the flea market, but overall a great piece for the money. 

These had no price on them, and I couldn't find the owner, but I was drawn to their unique shape, and the fact that there were two of them. Very fun.

I have no idea where I would put this peacock (or fan back or throne) chair, but it was only $10. I would obviously paint it some fabulous color. Oh, wait it could go in the corner of my bedroom. Hmm. May have to go back.

It's hard to tell from the photo, but this huge, metal "P" had great chipped paint and a very industrial vibe. It would look cool in Pierce's room, and for $25 the price was right. The only problem, there was no huge "M" for Meg. And believe me, she would notice that her brother got a gigantic letter and she didn't (whether or not she really wanted one is beside the point). To get an idea of how big it was, my big toe is in the lower right corner.

I just liked the lines on these bedside tables and the gray color was nice. Anytime you can have a drawer and a shelf on a bedside table it's a bonus. He was asking $150 for the pair, but I'm sure he would have come down a little.

Just thought this was a cool little side table, especially for a screened-in porch. No price, but I would imagine it was cheap.

Six bentwood chairs (one of which had a broken seat) - $5 each!! I didn't really need these, but I thought they would look great painted black (or your favorite color).

The upholstery on this chair was not great, but it was sturdy and a pretty feminine shape. At only $15, I was tempted, but reminded myself it would cost a lot to reupholster (especially with the curved back).

This could have been the deal of the day. I swear the guy was selling these four rattan chairs and table base (with no glass) for $15! Unless I misunderstood him, which is possible. I think he was just trying to get rid of them. The chair backs reminded me of tennis rackets, otherwise I may have just bought them on principle although I doubt they would have fit in my car. 

Once again, these club chairs would need to be reupholstered (unless mauve is your color), but they had nice clean lines and were pretty comfortable. At $30 each, I thought the price was right until I considered the price of reupholstering two chairs. I really need to learn to upholster!

And lastly, this is the piece that went home with me. A Syroco-style sunburst clock for $10. I plan on changing the clock to a mirror. I got the idea from A Perfect Gray and Caitlin Creer's blogs who did the same thing with a sunburst clock. Check out their finished products. Hopefully, I can achieve the same results.

So, do you think there are any treasures in the bunch?


Unknown said...

I would kill for a market like this!!! What fabulous finds - the P was amazing and your new mirror will be gorgeous! xx

Matt said...

I like the first table and the p. Mirrors also rock my world but where would they go. How bout going back to find a big m to go in the man cave...

Kristin Russell said...

wow, you just made me want to go to the flea market! Great post, Kathy!

A Perfect Gray said...

hey! thanks for the link! I like that clock and you will LOVE it as a mirror. Please post some 'after' pics!

I did kinda swoon over those gray tables AND that giant "P" (my last name begins with "P".

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

um. amazing. the bentwood chairs would be at my dining table, and the peacock back would be painted high gloss hot pink and be my new office chair. le sigh.

Haven and Home said...

Ah I wish I could have gone because these finds are AMAZING!

Karena said...

Good job girl, great finds, and you took home the best!

Art by Karena

Marija said...

Totally - all that wicker and those cafe chairs?! Absolute treasures. And maybe I'm in the minority but I kind of like the sunburst as a clock! I wish I lived near THAT flea market?! Marija

My Interior Life said...

Thanks, everyone. I actually went back this morning to see if the "P" was still there but that guy's booth was totally gone. Apparently, the horrible weather scared off a bunch of people who just packed up and left. A lot of my "treasures" were gone - specifically, the wicker, rattan and bentwood chairs (I figured as much).

I'm definitely going back next month. The warmer months seem to be the most popular with the vendors.

And, Marija, I don't mind the clock but it doesn't work, and I've had my mind set on a sunburst mirror for so long, I just have to give it a shot.

pink cupcake vintage said...

thanks so much for stopping by! by the look of your and I could do some damage at a flea! so fun to find you are in Nashville!

kayce hughes said...

HELP!!!! I want the pink chairs. I wonder if they were sold. I am looking for chairs because my dog ate mine. will you let me know if you find more?

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I have been to this show - probably about 2 years ago. Founds some great stuff - glad to see the trend continues! P.S. I am now following your blog - thanks for the fun posts!

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of cool treasures! The channel back chair would not be that hard to upholster if you skip the channels. When they have that wood trim it's actually a lot easier--said the upholstery class drop out :)

Love the starburst and I really like it as a clock. you see starburst mirrors a lot, but you don't see starburst clocks everyday.

I love the virtual shopping experience.


Susan said...

It is an amazing looking clock and will look great as a mirror. I love everything you found. Now if I had two or three homes to decorate we would be set!

Jennifer Larson said...

Where is this flea market?? I have to go check it out, based on all the great stuff that you found.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Love the bentwood chairs... and those grey side tables. I have the mauve chair/ottoman. Bought it recently for $25 (for both) at my local good will. Used some inexpensive linen and took it to my 'cheap' upholsterer--- and I have a new rocker/ottoman for my nursery! All for $250- which I didn't think was too bad!