Last weekend The Big Flea was back in NYC! It is only here a couple of times a year so of course I had to go.
Flea markets are the best places to find one of a kind items for your home at prices you can afford. It’s the perfect place to practice your bargaining skills because it's pretty much expected that all things are up for negotiation; yet another reason why flea markets are so great, you can bargain your way from a good deal to a great deal in minutes. It’s all up to you.
Last year when I went to The Big Flea I had one goal in mind, buying art for my home which I successfully accomplished, (I’ll show you my finds a little later). This year I went strictly to look and get inspired. Flea markets are a great place to find inspiration and let your creative juices flow. There is so much to see all under one roof. I decided to take my camera so I could share this fun experience with you all.
If you've ever seen the show Flea Market Flip with host Lara Spencer, you know that a flea market find can always be transformed into something new. It's important to be able to look at an item for sale and envision how it will look once you put some TLC and creativity into it. The possibilities are endless!
Side note flea market tip... The Big Flea was here for only one weekend. The best time to go is the first day (Saturday) because you get to see, pick and choose from fresh inventory so to speak. By day two (Sunday) there is still a lot to see but you can pretty much assume you missed out on some fabulous day one finds. Day two unfortunately can feel like left overs rather than the main course but remember left overs are still better than no meal at all! Unfortunately, I had to go to The Big Flea this year on a Sunday, so I think I may have missed out on some good furniture.
Jewelry and Accessories
Home Décor and Lighting
Some of you may be overwhelmed seeing all of these items bunched together on one table or shelf while perusing the aisles of the flea market but you must use your imagination. Picture how one or two of the items you see in front of you will look in your home, on the wall or on your shelves. Imagination is key.
Another flea market tip... always ask the person selling the items you want for the history and story behind them. It makes your unique flea market find much more interesting to talk about (and in general) when you have lots of background information on it.
Last year I was in the middle of redecorating my apartment when I went to The Big Flea. I was shopping specifically for art to hang on the walls. There was a lot of empty wall space that needed to be filled. I wanted to fill it with one of a kind pieces that had a story behind them and some history. Art is really personal; people connect with and relate to it in many different ways and for different reasons. I wanted to get art that not only looked good in my rooms but were also pieces I could look at and love. I love each one of the three pieces I ended up getting.
Overall my trip to The NYC Big Flea was a success. I got some really good pictures and lots of inspiration... but did I really think I could make it through the entire day without getting anything? Personally I was hopeful but unsure :-/ As I was walking down the final aisle I spotted a pair of beautiful, one of a kind lamps that looked like they belong on the pages of Elle Decor Magazine...(or at least they'll look that way once I give them some TLC and get the perfect black, cylinder shades for them)! The older couple selling them were retiring from the antique business and wanted to get rid of all the items they had. They gave me a price for the lamps that I just couldn't refuse. I didn't even have to bargain with them, they reduced the price in half once they saw I was interested.
So even though I don't personally need lamps for my own apartment, it's hard to pass up a steal of a deal when it's presented to you. Plus, I know there is a potential client out there with the right space and home to perfectly fit the style of these lamps. And when I place these beauties in their entryway, living room or on their bedside tables, they will love them as much as I do right now. I can already imagine how fantastic and dramatic they will look! See how my creative juices are flowing? That's what the flea market does for me and I hope our little adventure through The NYC Big Flea has done the same for you!
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