Way back in April, I wrote a post about how I was dying to go to the Raleigh Flea Market. If you missed it, you can read about it here. Well, after a couple months of drama and other commitments, we finally made it this past Saturday. I happily woke everyone up early, got the crew fed and we were out the door by 9 AM. Miracle. Anywho, once we got there, I tried to come up with a strategic plan for visiting all of the booths without missing any treasures, and the first thing we came across that caught my eye was this chicken coop.
Mr. Man thought it was a lobster pot, which I am sure would have fetched more $$$. I was kind of nervous to ask the price, being that I'm a flea market newbie and all, so I persuaded Mr. Man to ask for me. :) They wanted $60 buckaroos for a crate of wood that chickens have pooped in. Ummmmm, no thank you. As much as I would have liked to use it as a coffee table, I just don't have it in me for that kind of money. If it would have been a bit cheeper (hehehehe!), I would have picked it up and made it into something like this from The Lettered Cottage. They got this one for $28, and, of course, refinished it.
|Source, The Lettered Cottage|
I was also on the lookout for some crates, and I found these from a seller that was using them as part of his display. I thought for sure I could get a good deal from him, but he wanted $25 bucks per crate. I wasn't willing to spend that much, since I would need at least 8 of them for the project I envision. I've also looked on Ebay a bit and I think $25 is a somewhat reasonable price, I just can't quite stomach it. So, if you find some cheaper crates for me, we'll party with the savings!
If the price would have been a bit lower, though, I would have totally scooped them up and started working on my shelving unit like this one.
I also found this super cute pig thingy. :) That's an official name! Anyway, I loved it and thought it would make such an unexpected statement in our guest bathroom downstairs or even in a kitchen. But, I flaked out on the price again. $15 seemed a bit steep for a glorified towel holder.
I also came across this vintage Orange Crush sign (over on the far left) that I thought would be perfect above our doorway leading into the dining room. I really liked the colors and the vibe. Got any guesses how much this bad boy was? I'll give you a minute to think about it, then you can scroll down to the caption for the answer.
|Ready for the answer? If you guessed, $150 you're right.|
I obviously didn't get it because Mr. Man
would not have been very happy with me.
So, those were some of my favorite flea market finds. I have to tell you, though, I was pretty disappointed. A lot of the furniture that I saw had already been hastily refinished, and the sellers were asking way more money than I expected. I totally get that you're supposed to negotiate with them, but I just thought their first price was super high and that I could never get them down to what I would consider a "good deal". I also just want to clarify what I mean by hastily refinished. On some of the pieces, I actually could smell the fresh paint and see drips. Not good.
I guess I came away with a respect for the flea market. If you went every week, you're bound to get lucky and find some real treasures....eventually. BUT, I just don't have that kind of commitment or patience. I think I'll stick to Craigslist or yard sales. I think the odds of finding better pieces for less money are higher in these places. Maybe I'm wrong, but for now, I think I'm over my flea market obsession.
So, tell me what you think. Do you like going to flea markets? Have you found some great finds at amazing prices? I would love to hear your thoughts, even if you disagree with my assessment. I honestly hope I was just there on an off week!
Hope you all have a great Thursday, and I'll be back tomorrow with the dish on my big secret! :)