Good bye IKEA, hello flea markets! That’s right, next time you want to re-do a room in your house, check out the thrift stores, flea markets, and consignment sales because old is the new new. People everywhere are falling in love with the vintage and antique look. And one of my housemates, Chelsea, is no exception.
Most of the items in her room are from a giant flea market in Canton, TX called First Monday. This event happens before the first Monday of every month and has been around for more than 150 years. You can find “antiques and collectibles, furniture and decor, arts and crafts, jewelry and vintage clothing,” and much more here. For more information visit http://firstmondaycanton.com.
If you’re going to shop flea markets and trade shows you need a strategy. Chelsea advised, “The best strategy is to bargain. The people out there will write up the price tags, and a lot of shoppers don’t know that you can bargain the prices. The sellers won’t just offer it lower, and many will just pay what is on the price tag. I usually try to ask them to come down on their prices so I can get more for my money.” The more money you save on one item, the more you have to spend on other items!
A little DIY vintage project that I would like to focus on is a door in the corner of her room. She purchased the door at First Monday, sanded it down with sandpaper, bought paint that matched the dresser, painted it, sanded over the paint to make it look older. Then, she cut pictures out of an old vintage Barbie calendar, modge-podged them on the door, and screwed a variety of door and dresser knobs from Hobby Lobby into it to hang hats, scarves, necklaces and things on it. She also added a mirror to the bottom so she can sit and get ready in the morning.
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