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.
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!
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.
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.
Flea market and thrift store items are just waiting to be found. Happy hunting!
More Flea Market & Thrift Store Finds
- REPURPOSED CHALKBOARD SILVER PLATTER
- THRIFT STORE AND GARAGE SALE TRANSFORMATIONS
- UPCYCLED THRIFT STORE BENCH FOR KIDS
Updated from March 2012.