Flea Market Finds at the Rose Bowl

Last Sunday was probably one of the best times I’ve ever had at the Rose Bowl (well, other than the time we filmed Flea Market Flip!)

It was like all of the vendors brought their A-game to make up for the rain the month before. I’m absolutely in LOVE with everything I got!

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I loved all of these midcentury candle holders. The tins are so pretty and are brightening up my kitchen counter right now!
This Craftsman toolbox really represents Roadside Rehab to me. I can see it on display in my office one day. It looks a little roached out, but it still has some mileage because its got good bones and is so beautiful!
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I bought this chair for my house. It was picked at a farm in CA, and they said they think its from around the 1930s. The leather cushion is stuffed with horsehair.
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This was my FAVORITE cup when I was a little kid, so I couldn’t pass it up.
I was in love with this Royal Crown soda cooler. It was so pretty. My parents grew up near the RC Cola factory in Columbus, GA so this piece made me nostalgic.
I was in love with this Royal Crown soda cooler. It was so pretty. My parents grew up near the RC Cola factory in Columbus, GA so this piece made me nostalgic.
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I just had to snap a photo of this vintage projector. I love the green (Kelly green is a personal favorite) and the fact that the plaque says “Hollywood.”
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So happy after a long day of hoarding junkin’.

Rose Bowl on a Rainy Day

Yesterday I decided to check out the Rose Bowl Flea. Because it was raining, I went ready to find a good deal (I figured people would be bargaining because of the weather.)

I found some good stuff, but it wasn’t as great as usual. I’m sure people didn’t want to have their really good stuff out in the rain. I ended up buying one side table for a friend, but that vendor wasn’t really budging on the price. I guess fewer sales meant less negotiating.

Anyway, here are my flea market finds from yesterday:

This desk was very cool. Loved the green details.
This is the little side table I ended up buying. I think it will look great stained a little darker. The patina is really pretty, and the claw feet are fun.



These desks were super cool. I’m not sure what the top part is for, though. Any ideas?

Trend Report: Two Tone Treasures

I’ve come across two different two tone pieces in the past month or so… and think they’re totally going to be the new thing. It’s really a lovely look for a guest room, for a guy’s room, or if you just want to make a statement.

Best of all? It’s a totally easy update for rehabbers at any level!

Love the legs and the shape.
Love the legs and the shape of this dresser at the Fairfax Flea Market. At $125, it’s kind of a lot. I mean, a good rehabber could get something like this at a yard sale or Goodwill and paint it for less than half the price. Plus, the top of this one was a scratched up mess. 

Forget about rehabbing an entire piece, just paint the trim, change the knobs, and you’re good to go! For a piece that’s more plain or doesn’t have trim, you can create the look with painter’s tape.

Two Tone Dresser at Rosebowl
This dresser (from the Rosebowl Flea Market) was black and white. The lighting and my bad photography skills make it look pink, which wouldn’t be all that bad, if you ask me. I think it would be AWESOME if you painted the black parts navy and gave it a nautical flare.

Wait and see, this look will be EVERYWHERE by next year. It’s a simple (and inexpensive!) way to update a classic, make a statement, and give your room some pizzaz.

A Lesson in Colors and Textiles

So it’s pretty basic that color and fabric can completely transform a piece of furniture. The right combo can take something you want to hide in the corner to a showpiece that everyone loves. The wrong picks can make a piece that was already pretty good look pretty terrible. I saw a lot both today at the Long Beach flea market.

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Not as big (therefore not as intimidating) as the Rose Bowl flea market, Long Beach still had a wide variety of stuff. It had great vintage clothes, dishes and colored glass as far as the eye can see, lots of pieces of furniture sitting there just waiting to be rehabbed, and some really creative finished items. It didn’t seem as crowded as Rose Bowl or even Fairfax, but I went at the end of the day, so it may have died down by then. Anyway, I left feeling super inspired.

So, walking down the aisles, searching for that perfect piece for my next project, I nearly choked when I stumbled upon chairs just like my roadside find I recently finished. Remember this post? These chairs?!

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Well, they were just like them but different. Different fabric, different paint, different feel.

I loved mine so much I couldn’t bear to sell them. These just weren’t my style… but it was cool to see someone else’s take on the exact same piece. It really goes to show how much difference the paint and fabric can make!

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Another view of the chairs in Long Beach. I wonder if they found them on the side of the road, too?