Flea Market and Thrift Store Finds

Fun Flea Market and Thrift Store Finds and Transformations

There is a thrill in flea market and thrift store shopping; the hunt for a great deal on old things and even a bigger thrill in creative ways to repurpose some of them.  Here are a few sharable old finds.

Vintage Carpenter’s Tool Box

This old carpenter’s tool box is a great size. They are easy to find but usually sixty to one hundred dollars for one this size.  This one was found in a lonely corner for twenty bucks at the Long Beach Antique swap meet.  At first, it was used to store extra blankets and fabric collected from all over the world. A few years later, it was stenciled and painted to use as a serving caddy for parties and entertaining. Here is the tutorial for this DIY Stenciled Toolbox.

Vintage Toolbox Serving Caddy Carrier

Upcycled Flea Market & Thrift Store Household Items

Look for items that can be used for home storage and organization. This cork board below is now used as a jewelry display in a closet.

Antique blue Ball jars are highly collectable. Pictured below was a great deal for $5.00 at a Junk in the Trunk flea market.  It is used as a memory jar to hold things like concert tickets and hotel keys. Now full, a second jar was started. Of course, now every ticket we purchase is electronic, this was a great reminder of the good ole non-e-ticket days!

Cork Board Jewelry Display

Candle Holders

Candle holders can be:

  • repurposed into tray pedestals.
  • used to display small items
  • used to create height on a party display table

Mercury glass is timeless and matches any type of décor style.  These two candle pillars for $6.00 at a local Salvation Army.

These have been used over and over for different holidays and special occasions; and not just for candles! Next, below is a before and after of thrift store candlesticks transformed into tray pedestals.



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Thrift Store Furniture Finds

This pedestal table was found at Salvation Army store for only $65.00. Pedestal tables are classic and match several types of décor styles. This was painted a bright coral and is now used in a tween bedroom. Next, you will find before and after thrift store furniture makeovers.

Thrift Store Bench Before and After

Wooden TV Trays


Flea market and thrift store items are just waiting to be found. Happy hunting!


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Updated from March 2012.



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