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Best of Flea Market Style

Best of Flea Market Style 2019

Mixing and matching to create your own personal decor has never been easier, thanks to Best of Flea Market Style magazine. It’s filled with beautiful homes that show how collectibles and tag-sale finds can turn any home into a warm, personal design statement. Readers also meet fellow collectors, and learn tips and tricks for turning flea market finds into stunning furnishings and accessories.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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editor’s note

It’s hard to match the thrill of a flea market treasure hunt, particularly when it’s the world famous Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts. That’s exactly where I found myself this past fall, sleuthing for Japanese indigo and primitive pieces while trying my best not to get sidetracked by all the other delightfully chippy things in my path. I finally stumbled upon the coveted vintage fabric at May’s Field—one of 23 independently operated fields along a 1-mile stretch of Route 20—and snatched up as many pieces as I could afford. (Authentic Japanese indigo doesn’t come cheap!) Check out the other treasures our team unearthed at Brimfield and beyond in “Hot Collectibles,” page 34, and see how we turned some of our haul into practical decoration in “Found Decor,” page 76. This issue is…

farmhouse twist

As her legions of social media followers know, Erin Kern, creator of the blog Cotton Stem, loves to share a good story. And pretty much every piece within her Tulsa-area home comes with its own special tale. The swoon-worthy Gothic cabinet in Erin’s living room, for example, is one she posted photos of while antiquing one day. Little did she know her husband, Russell, was following her posts, recognized the brick flooring of the store she was in, and called the owner to buy the cabinet as a birthday surprise for her. And the enviable apothecary chest in the entry? She found it at an antiques store and sent Russell back with a truck the next day. He came home with the piece—and a bump the size of a baseball…

treasure hunt

SHOP ONLINE. Erin is as apt to visit Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace as she is to drive to her favorite flea markets and antiques stores. “Often, people selling items on these sites are simply in a hurry to declutter,” she says. “Their rush is your gain.” ALWAYS ASK IF SOMETHING IS FOR SALE. “Some of my favorite finds were marked ‘display only,’ but if the price is right, those pieces could become yours,” she says. It never hurts to inquire whether the dealer can bear to part with a piece. BEFRIEND ANTIQUES SHOP OWNERS AND DEALERS. “These people are in the know,” Erin says. “I’ve had many pieces sourced directly from one of my shop-owner buddies simply because I told them I was hunting for this or that.” Dealers, she says, love the thrill of…

collect it

GALVANIZED METAL OLIVE BUCKETS Originally used in Greece and Turkey to harvest and rinse vegetables and fruits—most notably olives—galvanized metal buckets, with their perforated drainage holes and Mediterranean farmhouse bona fides, are an increasingly popular means of layering instant texture into a room. Vintage examples dating from the 1940s can be found at flea markets, antiques stores, or online and can cost upward of several hundred dollars, depending on size. You can find reproductions for as little as $20 at crafts and retail stores. Imperfections such as rust, scratches, dents, missing handles or fasteners, and discoloration are prized signs of age in vintage buckets; newer examples often exhibit smooth, uniform finishes that lack patina or sometimes sport faux rust.…

colorfully curated

“I’m drawn to pieces that come from different periods, places, and price points,” says interior designer Kim Daunis. “Together, they give a home a feeling that’s layered and curated, not decorated or contrived. To me, eclectic is so overused, but it’s truly the best word to describe my style.” Yet when Kim and her husband, Steve, purchased their historical Victorian right outside of Chicago’s city limits, it was anything but eclectic. Despite having undergone multiple renovations, the late-19th-century structure retained all the opulence of its original era, including richly stained millwork, fussy light fixtures and hardware, and dark painted walls interspersed with rooms wrapped in dated wallpaper. The furniture pieces—all antiques and poor-quality reproductions—were matching and ornate. “The place was more like a museum or movie set than a modern family home,” Kim…

collect it

GREEN GLASS VASES Shelves in Kim Daunis’ living room showcase a treasure trove of vintage green glass. E.O. Brody Co. manufactured the iconic green pieces and marketed them to the florist trade during the 1960s and ’70s; the brand Hoosier made similar pieces during the 1970s and ’80s. You can easily tell if something is a Brody original by the imprinted circle on the bottom containing the brand name and a style number. If the brand name is unknown, take a close look at the color. Authentic pieces are inherently green. Reproductions have green coating, so fading may be visible. Because the pieces were heavily distributed in their heyday, many examples still exist, making the vases an extremely affordable collectible. It’s possible to pick up vessels for a few dollars apiece…