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Flea Market Style

Flea Market Style

January/February 2020

For the reader who loves bargain hunting and those who love one-of-a-kind decoratin looks. Whether you're the frugal decorator, the savvy negotiator, the consummate recycler or a little bit of each, yu're sure to find something just ofr you in this magazine. It is jam-packed with easy, affordable and tuly inspiring ideas for what to do with those castoffs awaiting new life at flea markets, yard sales and auctions across the country.

United States
Athlon Media Group
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flea market style

SVP/Chief Content Officer Lisa Delaney Editorial Director Janet Mowat Editor in Chief Ki Nassauer* Art Director Stacey Willey* Senior Editor Jody Garlock* Graphic Designer Sue Ellibee* Administrative Assistant Taylor Newmark* Editorial Assistant Rebecca Hofmann* Field Editor Melissa Parks* Producer and Project Coordinator Jane Hall* Editorial Consultant Christine Hofmann-Bourque* Digital Coordinator Stephanie Schreck* VP/Production Shashika Baldwin Production Coordinator Tracy Burg Premedia Franco Nguyen Circulation Consultant Scott Hill/ProCirc* SVP/Sales Marie Tassini Advertising Integrated Account Manager Jim Coen, 212-478-1949…

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ki’s letter

WORN AND LOVED. When I’m signing magazines at flea markets and vintage events, folks often come up to me with past issues of Flea Market Style in hand. They’ve brought them from home, and the pages are typically tagged, torn or dog-eared. They’re worn and loved, as I like to say. I take this as the ultimate compliment. I’ve always known that our readers are loyal, and this is proof that they don’t do a quick flip and set the issue aside. They actually read it—and mark and tab and save Flea Market Style as a reference for their hunting or for inspiration for decorating their homes. When I look back through past years of Flea Market Style, I’m amazed at how old ideas still look fresh. Worn and used never…

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readers respond q&a

“Mini pitchers! Or maybe I should say many pitchers!”NANCY FIKE, WASHINGTON“Little boxes—metal, wooden ceramic. I especially love finding ones filled with forgotten treasures.”KAREN JAYNE, DELAWARE“I’m crazy for ‘Salty and Peppy’ kitty chefs. They’re midcentury wooden salt and pepper shakers. I don’t mind chipped, peeling or single ones. I love them all. I’ll never have enough—and so the hunt continues!”VALERIE BERTOLONE, CALIFORNIA“I CAN’T PASS UP ANYTHING METAL FROM THE 1950s.”LINDA HART, VIRGINIA“I’m always on the scout for vintage oil portraits. Guests always ask me who they are. I have no clue, but I love them just the same.”KIM HARKEY, ARKANSAS“I struggle to decide! Oil-on-canvas paintings, chalkware figurines, crates, silverware, books… my list goes on. But I’ll stop there!”TRUDY MURPHY-FERN, ILLINOIS“Lady head vases! I have more than 35 different ladies who can…

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quick & easy under glass

Stylist Stacy Sirk never knows what she’ll find under the small glass cloches in her home. It may be a ticket stub, a small toy from a flea market or an old Girl Scout badge left by visitors and fellow vintage hunters. The leave-a-trinket tradition evolved from a few guests placing notes under the vintage garden cloches that lined Stacy’s shelves. Ready to start a similar tradition? Scavenge small glass vessels that can work as domes—cloches, French jam jars, funnels. Stack old drawers to create a makeshift curio cabinet. Place a few vintage trinkets under the domes, and let guests do the rest. “Nothing needs to have any great value—just fun reminders of people and places,” Stacy says.…

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know-how chair assessments

Look underneath. Coil springs are a sign of quality construction in an upholstered chair. Webbing may cover the bottom, so feel for the coils. (Sometimes you can see the springs’ bases.) Failed coil springs can be re-tied or replaced when the piece is reupholstered. With the wood finish, Michelle looks for warm patinas and those that don’t need extensive refinishing or repair, which could add several hundred dollars (or hours of time) to the project. Give it a sniff. “I avoid pieces that have a strong smell of smoke or mildew,” Michelle says. “If it’s on the outside it’s most likely inside too and things need to be replaced down to the frame. Sometimes even the frame holds the odor.” Seek sturdy. Check for loose joints, cracks or bad repairs, especially near the front legs.…

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junkovers bowled over

A lidded punch bowl, makes a nifty vase for a tall arrangement. Just add water and a loose arrangement of flowers or greenery cut to various heights. Use the matching cups for mini arrangements. Turned upside down, a punch bowl becomes a cloche, above. For a dinner party, display a menu card in it and use overturned cups to contain name tags at each place setting. For an extra flourish, add scavenged minis, such as teacups or sugar bowls. Toast the new year or any special occasion with bottles of bubbly chilling in an extra-large punch bowl used as an ice bucket, top right. The delicate-looking glassware makes an ohso-pretty presentation. Dessert is served! Instead of holding a sugary beverage, this golden-accented midcentury set, above, dishes out a creamy dessert (or use it…