Trade Days Pickin’

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First off, thank you to all of you who asked about my little one.  I shared in my last post that he had come down with the croup, and unfortunately, he isn’t doing much better. He was back at the doctor today, and now the poor little guy has an ear infection and some additional breathing issues. He really doesn’t feel well . . . he keeps asking me to “rock, rock,” which melts my heart, except at 3 am when I struggle with being irritated.  Anyway, I would so appreciate it if you remember our family and our littlest in prayer this week.

Secondly, last week was a CRAZY week for!  My humble little French Chair Makeover was showing up all over the place.  I truly was astonished at the response it received from the Home DIY blog community, and also so thankful for the outpour of visits and encouraging comments.  I am so excited to report that over the weekend this site hit the 10,000 pageview mark!  The whole week really just blew me away.  So a great big thank you to all of you who visited and commented on the chair, and to those of who may be new readers now because of that post.

Now on to the good stuff . . . I made it out to one of my monthly flea markets on Friday, Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney, Texas.  It’s not a huge market, but it has some quality “junk” vendors that I like to see each month.


My husband was able to get our new work truck registered and legal just in time for me to make this Trade Days visit my inaugural drive in it.

DSC07833I was a little concerned about maneuvering such a beast of a vehicle, but we did well together.  And it sure was nice to be able to throw my rusty finds right in the back without having to worry about getting it dirty.

The selection at this month’s market was honestly a little thin, but there were a few things that caught my eye.

DSC07845This French sofa was gorgeous, and I could see it all painted up and reupholstered in my mind.  But unfortunately, it was just too expensive.  I probably need a break from upholstery anyway.

DSC07839I spotted this corner cabinet at last month’s market, and it was back for March.  The dealer told me that she had it in her kitchen for years, but decided it was time to let it move on. I love the turquoise and have been on the hunt for my own corner kitchen cabinet.  But like the French sofa, this great cabinet was out of my budget.

Some of my favorite dealers to visit are the ladies at Steal Magnolias.  Isn’t that a clever name?

DSC07849 The dealers that had the sofa and cabinet I quite honestly rarely buy from; their prices are through the roof.  But Steal Magnolias is always priced right and usually has a great selection of architectural elements.

If you need a salvaged mantle, this is the place to go.  They have tons.

DSC07850Even though I finally had this big huge truck that could haul whatever I could dream up, I mostly purchased smalls at this month’s Trade Days.  The deals just weren’t there.  I scoured the market for a furniture piece to paint, but came up empty.  I did find a few pieces of silver plate, some kitschy ceramic animal planters, and a neat produce scale.  My favorite find though was this:

DSC07843A dealer had it tucked away behind their spring and Easter display table. I don’t know if it was a leftover from Christmas time or if she just forgot about it, but I thought it was awesome.  I got a great price on it, and I have plans to make it a fantastic Easter garden display in my booth space.  As I pulled it out from behind the table, a few other ladies said “Look what she got? How did we miss that?” Hehe.  Sometimes you have to look behind the table to find the good stuff.

While I didn’t find any furniture at Trade Days, I’m happy to say a friend gave me a great tip this morning that has provided me with my next furniture project.  After whining in my last post about there not being any affordable French provincial furniture in the area, today I was proved wrong.  A friend read my post, and noticed a full vintage Basset French provincial bedroom set that was on a local Facebook garage sale group. The set was priced well, and amazingly the ad was 3 or 4 days old and it wasn’t sold yet!  I made the gentleman an offer and ended up with a great deal on a bed, dresser, and 2 nightstands.  Yay!  I haven’t picked it up yet, so sorry, no pictures.  But trust me, it’s great!

Thanks for stopping in tonight to see the finds, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Linking up to:

Silver Pennies Sundays,   Mod Mix Mondays,  Make it Pretty Monday,

Be Inspired@ Elizabeth & Co.,   History & Home Link Party

Diana Petrillo

Tuesday 25th of March 2014

Hi Melanie--congrats on your popular post--I remember the project very well. The sleigh you found is FANTASTIC, and I think I've told you this before, but I think your blog is awesome :)


Tuesday 25th of March 2014

Hi Diana! Thanks so much :) You're pretty awesome yourself. I actually made the sleigh into an Easter display, you can see it here. It's kinda random, but I think it works! Have a super day :)

Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

What a wonderful market that is Melanie, I really love that turquoise corner cabinet. That little sleigh you picked up is wonderful, you'll have fun with that I'm sure! Thanks for sharing at my History & Home link party, take care -Dawn @ We Call It

Deb @ LakeGirlPaints

Monday 17th of March 2014

Hi Melanie! So nice to meet you! I am stopping by from the great comment you left on my blog. I am so glad you shared about what type of chest I was painting! ha. I love learning those things. So now I'm following you! Thanks again. Fun stuff here. Deb


Monday 17th of March 2014

Hi Deb! Yes, I'm kind of a nerd so had to throw out the chest name :) I do love them though! Thanks for coming by and becoming a follower! It is great to meet you too. Have a fantastic week!

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