how to shop at flea markets

How to Shop at Flea Markets

One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday is strolling through a flea market.  It’s refreshing to be outdoors, getting some exercise, all while finding some great deals too! If you’ve never tried shopping a flea market though, it can be a little intimidating.  So here is my guide on how to make the […] Read more…

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Antique Chair Reupholstery Project

It’s been awhile since I’ve messed around with some fabric.  I have enjoyed teaching myself some basic reupholstery skills, but man, upholstery is a beating!  My arms and fingers get so sore from pulling out staples and the pieces always take longer than I plan on them taking. It was time though to take on this antique […] Read more…

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Antique Company Mall Fall Vignette Tour

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! I’m sure it’s partly because the coming of fall means the end of the crazy Texas summer heat . . . But I also love it because it’s such a celebratory season.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas roll right in, one after another, and it just […] Read more…

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1st Friday Etsy Shop Feature & Giveaway

Have you ever shopped on Etsy?  It is a fantastic place!  I love the convenience of hunting online for certain unique and creative items, and Etsy is full of them!  Etsy shops are limited to selling items that fall into one of three categories:  handmade, vintage, or craft supplies. Since it’s “opening” in 2005, Etsy has […] Read more…

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New Inventory

The life of an antique dealer can be summed up as: “the constant rotation of stuff.”  Stuff coming in, stuff getting fixed, stuff getting painted, stuff getting sold . . . then the cycle starts all over again with more stuff coming in! Just when I think I’m about to have a break in hauling, […] Read more…

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Six Things Every Furniture Flipper Needs

My husband jokes with me that I’ve become quite the handy-woman.  There used to be a lot more things I would ask for his help with . . . but after refinishing furniture for over two years now, I can make my way around our garage pretty well. Friends and family often ask me about […] Read more…

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Expanding the Business

It’s been an interesting summer, in many ways for my family, but especially with regards to my business.   New and different opportunities continue to open up. I have been offered quite a bit of custom work.  Friends and others have asked me if I can paint their pieces, and I’ve said “Sure”! My friend, […] Read more…

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Old Paper

I have talked many times before about my love for old books, but I have to be honest with yall–I really love any sort of old paper, not just books.  Postcards, documents, maps, leaflets, you name it. I think I enjoy old paper items partly because at one time, those items had a functional life. […] Read more…

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What I Found – Canton First Monday

Hello! I told you all in my last post about my “heavenly trip” to the Canton First Monday Flea Market recently, so now it’s time to show you a little more of what I found there.  Just about all of the market treasures have made their way up to my booth.  I spent some time […] Read more…

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Flea-in’ with a Friend | First Monday Trade Days

First things first—the giveaway for the $50 online credit to VintageMaya.com ends TONIGHT at midnight!  So be sure to enter if you haven’t!  They have plenty of beautiful, artisan-made items for sale on their site, ranging from housewares to accessories.  I would love the $50 credit to their shop, but unfortunately, I can’t win  But […] Read more…

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Rustic Oak Dresser Makeover

If it seems like I’ve been cranking out more furniture makeovers than normal lately . . . well, I have I wrote last week about the selling binge that has been going on at my mall and my meager efforts to keep up with the demand. This great antique oak dresser was next on my […] Read more…

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One Day Chalk Paint Makeover and a Giveaway

Every once in awhile I stumble upon a really easy furniture piece to makeover.  It’s so nice when a piece comes to me sturdy, with no chipped veneer or missing knobs, no broken drawer bottoms . . . just in need of new paint.  I don’t buy these easy pieces often, because generally the more […] Read more…

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Selling Out, in a Good Way

I’m having a hard time keeping up lately . . . That’s probably normal for the summertime, but it’s been extra crazy lately.  Furniture is flying out of my ACM booth space faster than I can replenish it. Since April, I have sold 10 pieces of furniture.  There have been a couple of chest of drawers, […] Read more…

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Simple Tip for Bare Spots in Your Lawn

Now, this little tip may be old news to you pro-gardeners out there, so I’ll share it for those of you who are like me and have a mostly black thumb. Our lawn and shrubs were in terrible shape when we bought our house 4 years ago.  We have been working on making new beds […] Read more…

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Glassware Decor Galore

It’s been a few months since I have been able to make my favorite, local monthly flea market.  So I was thrilled when things worked out for me to go this past Friday, and even happier when North Texas found itself in the middle of a cold front with morning lows in the 60’s!  I […] Read more…

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