AROUND THE HOUSE // Flea Market Finds

One of my favorite ways to spend a weekend morning is at an antique flea market. I have shared my thoughts about how to shop at flea markets in a previous post. I try to go to as many as I can because but I think all flea markets are great. You just need to know what to look for!


Sunday morning I woke up and realized it was the second Sunday of the month. And that meant that the Rose Bowl Flea Market was happening a few miles from my home. Even though it was 87 degrees at 7:30 am I decided to make a visit. So I threw my metal shopping cart in the back of my car and with my coffee in hand I headed to the Rose Bowl.

I entered the show by 8:00 am which is a good thing. Every hour the cost of admission decreases and at 9:00 it gets really cheap. And it’s as if the floodgates open and everyone pours in. I never quite understood that, since the admission price only drops from $12 to $7.00. Personally, I like to beat the crowds.


I found a pretty handmade antique quilt right away for $15.00. I had a feeling I would get a good price because it was in a booth that only had wooden furniture (remember tip #7?). It’s a bit worn but that was fine. I can always cut it up for pillows or something Christmas related.

The new item that I am seeing everywhere are these blanket type fabrics. I know they would make great pillows and they seem really popular. Does anybody know the story behind these?


My favorite purchase was an old wooden tool box. It only cost $5.00 and I bought it from a guy that had pure junk in his booth. I almost walked right past him but I had just spent ten minutes looking at some wonderful small succulent plants at a booth nearby. And the minute I saw the tool box I knew what I wanted to do with it!


So I went back to the succulent booth and forty succulents later, my tool box was full!


I think the Long Beach Antique Flea Market is next weekend. Oh darn.

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14 thoughts on “AROUND THE HOUSE // Flea Market Finds

  1. I LOVE the idea of putting succulents in the tool box! I have an old soda bottle crate that I am now going to pull out of the basement and fill with succulents. Thanks for the idea!!!

    1. I stopped going for a few years because I thought I didn’t need anything. But now that I have started going again I really love it. It’s so worth a visit!

  2. Wow that looks beautiful!! I love how you can turn anything into a planter! Those succulents are gorgeous!

  3. I’ve been wanting to make some throw pillows from some old grain sacks I found. Time to bust out the machine…

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