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

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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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