Flea Market Finds: Rose Bowl

Sometimes (okay, usually) you see those things at the flea market that leave you feeling inspired.

You’ve already seen my suitcase haul from Sunday, but here are a few of the other things I was loving this weekend:

Vintage Baseball Gloves and Masks
These masks and gloves would be awesome in a boy’s room, in a playroom, or even as a display in a library.
I loved this tiny settee. It would look awesome with a little rehabbing. I would love it spray-painted black and reupholstered in a pretty navy or grey linen.
I loved this tiny settee. It would look awesome with a little rehabbing. I would love it spray-painted black and reupholstered in a pretty navy or grey linen. It would even be great on a patio if you covered it in a sunbrella fabric.
This type of chair isn't normally my style, but the fabric on this collection was so pretty, I considered buying one.   I settled on ordering one of these pretty striped linen pillows, which is much more in line with my style (and the style of my home.)
This type of chair isn’t normally my style, but the fabric on this collection was so pretty, I considered buying one. That being said, consider before buying if something is very different than what you’d normally choose. Yes, we all evolve in what we like. So if you like something, but aren’t really sure, walk away. Give yourself some time to consider if you were caught up in the emotions of the moment or if you truly love it and want to start creating a new look. Here,  I was caught up in the moment of loving the fabric.
That being said, I settled on ordering one of these pretty striped linen pillows, which is much more in line with my style (and the style of my home.) 

 

 

 

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DIY Side Table Made From Flea Market Finds

I recently got a new bed and have been wanting to get new side tables (night stands, whatever you like to call them) and a console for under the window. Looking online, I just wasn’t finding a side tables I liked and decided to create my own out of old suitcases. They make the perfect side table, really. They’re sturdy, have stood up to the test of time, and provide storage.

I checked out some options online and found this for inspiration:

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It isn’t quite right, though. I think it looks cheap for the price. It is too uniform, I don’t like the edges, and I wanted something more authentic looking.

I started looking at vintage stores around town for suitcases to stack and use as a table. The cheapest one I found in a store was $80, talked down from $100. Some suitcases even went up to $250 each.

Well, if you know me, you know that won’t do.

I decided to brave the heat and check out the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market. Armed with a hat, an umbrella and TONS of water, I set out early, fearing the heat wave we’ve been experiencing in LA.

It was SO worth it! There was so much good stuff this month. I got way more than enough for my side table and even walked away with a new toolbox for my Craftsman collection!

Vintage Craftsman Toolbox
The newest addition to my Craftsman collection. It even has the tray inside! I’m in love.

The toolbox was a last minute purchase. We were carrying the suitcases out and stopped at a favorite stand that usually has awesome cameras, typewriters and adding machines. My boyfriend spotted it first, kind of hiding in the corner.

I was standing at the edge guarding my suitcases. He kept calling for me to come over to see the toolbox, and the second I would start walking away, people would pick up the suitcases and begin enquiring about them. It was actually quite funny.

Just to give you an idea of how we looked with all of these suitcases so you can understand my struggle protecting my purchases:

Rose Bowl Finds
Beating the heat and taking a break from carrying our finds with a frozen lemonade. Don’t worry, I helped carry them!
Flea Market Suitcase Haul
Sneak peak into my backseat on the way home!

Here’s the final result:

Vintage Suitcase Side Table
The final result! I got the bottom two suitcases as a package deal for $60. The top suitcase was $25. I ended up not using one of my finds ($20) but I’m sure I will use it for something else around the house.

I am obsessed! A unique, customized side table for only $85. That’s a steal compared to the boring table going for $899 at Pottery Barn.

Small Collections

I’m all about small collections. I think having small collections gives a place character and makes it feel home-y. I have small collections of different dishes, glasses, and serving pieces from all over. I’ve been collecting them for years. Actually, I got into rehabbing furniture because I would want chairs or tables from the stores where I was looking for crystal.

I have silver, pewter, stoneware, crystal glasses and vases. I’ve given them as gifts, lost some, broken some. That takes us to what I’m talking about today…

Depression glass! This is my measly collection.

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I love mixing these pieces in with everything. They’re fancy without being too serious. They seem to make the table sparkle!

The thing about depression glass is that you can find it all over and it comes in all kinds of colors (green, blue, pink!) Over the years,  my collection has taken a hit. I’ve been on the lookout for interesting pieces and recently added the bowl from an antique store in Temecula.

This past weekend, I drove up to Big Sur and stopped in Los Alamos on a whim. It was amazing! I will definitely be going back (more on that later this week.)

Imagine my surprise when I found an exact match to my bowl!

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How cool is that!? The exact same bowl found in different parts of the state!

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Looking down at them.

Now my collection is looking more like a collection!

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I guess my next step is finding some more blue pieces to throw in the mix!