I have been shopping at flea markets for many years. I love the hunt, the fun people, and the amazing treasures I have found. Today I am sharing my favorite all-time flea market finds.
Most of you know how much I love shopping at flea markets. It’s been a long time since I have shared flea market shopping for obvious reasons. So I thought I would share with you my favorite flea market vintage finds.
In the past, I have filmed my flea market trips on Instagram stories. It makes me feel like you are with me while I am shopping! As soon as it is safe to shop at a flea market I promise I will take you with me again.
In the meantime, let’s look at my favorite flea market vintage finds.
Since I have been shopping at flea markets for over 30 years it was. really hard to pick my all-time five favorite flea market finds. It took me two hours of walking around my home and looking at photos of our Waco home to finalize my list! I am pretty sure you are going to recognize most of these items. But don’t be shocked when you discover there are one or two you might never have seen!
First, I would like to start off with my black and white Royal Stafford Fine Earthenware plates. The actual pattern is called Asiatic Pheasant. I bought twelve of these plates about twenty years ago at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. (Just so you know, Johnson & Bros. also makes an identical set which has the same pattern name.) Of all of the china patterns I own (and there are a lot), this is by far my favorite.
Earlier this year I found this china at TJMAXX. I shrieked when I saw it because I was so happy. I bought dinner plates in pink, blue and red. They were $6-$7 each.
You can find Asiatic Pheasant in a lot of different colors here if you would like to start a collection.
Another one of my favorite finds is the vintage scales that my father gifted me a few years ago. My dad collected scales for years and his collection consisted of hundreds of scales. When my parents downsized I became the lucky recipient of these scales.
It’s hard to say which is my favorite but if I was pressed I would say it’s probably the Dayton scale. I was born in Dayton, Ohio at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. I just love it! When my parents gave it to me on my birthday a few years ago, I cried!
My father purchased most of his scales at flea markets and antique stores. He was so knowledgeable about everything having to do with scales. I treasure the times we shared when he use to talk about his collection of scales.
Cheese Molds and Vintage Trays
I am laughing that I selected these cheese molds as one of my all-time favorite vintage finds. I bought these at the Rose Bowl Flea Market from @thewarpedtable and I just love them.
At the same time, I also bought the metal trays from The Warped Table. I use them as chargers. They were very well priced (aka inexpensive) which probably makes me like them even more. I used these on my “rustic” table at the dinner party I hosted in our backyard last week.
Over the years I have found some great pieces of furniture at flea markets. This general store cabinet is the kitchen island in our Waco home. I bought it at the Round Top Flea Market in Texas. I love it for so many reasons!
First was the price. I am pretty sure I paid only $350 – $400. It was in great condition and the paint color is amazing. (I convinced the counter changes colors. On different days it looks gray, sage green or, aqua!) The only thing I did to the island was take off the dark wood top and replace it with a butcher block piece.
The island fits perfectly in our kitchen and I could not be happier with this amazing piece of furniture. It’s old and yet it’s very simple, which I like. And it holds a ton of stuff! Plus, it’s the perfect height.
General Store Counter
I am sure my final selection is no surprise because I have been “gushing” over it ever since I found it this amazing piece a few years ago. We were out of the country when a friend sent me a photo and I was obsessed with it. The price was way out of my range but somehow I was able to negotiate an unbelievable price.
I think the seller knew I would break into tears if I couldn’t buy it and he probably just wanted to get rid of me!
So what’s your favorite vintage find?