Until recently, I wasn't a huge flea market or yard sale person. I was either living with my parents, in a dorm room, or in a tiny apartment. Really, what was I going to buy? That said, flea markets and yard sales SHOULD be right up my alley. You can find great stuff and hidden gems for super cheap, and use them to add character to your home, or transform them into these amazing, unique pieces. Almost one year ago, my husband and I bought our first house, and there is just so much decorating to do! So let the flea market shopping begin!
Since we moved back to Pennsylvania, I have gone to the flea market a handful of times, and I've had great luck! A few weeks ago I went to the Hazen Flea Market with my mom, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law. I instantly transformed into a haggling machine. I was designated the negotiator, and no one bought any piece before I could give the seller a good working over. And I found FIVE great things for my home -- two of which are featured in today's post.
I'll show you the other three some other day, but in my FIRST "Flea Market Finds" post, I introduce you to my antique copper tub and antique watering can!
So we were strolling up and down the aisles, and I saw a TON of old metal watering cans. I had it in my head that I didn't want to pay more than $10. Lots of them were marked $20 and up. I saw a few for $12 and $15. I looked at all of them, but bought none. We kept walking.
Then I spotted a BEAUTIFUL copper tub. It was the only one, sitting there all by itself, and it was pretty beat up. Dings covered the sides and one of the seams was splitting apart. Like I said, beautiful. The seller was asking $20, I offered him $15, and then I took that baby home. While walking around, 2 different people tried to buy it from me and couldn't believe I only paid $15!!
While we were walking our last row, I saw an awesome green watering can. The guy was asking $12 for it, but I told him I had already spent a lot of money that day and my husband was not going to be happy with me. I offered him $5 and that was a no-go. He countered with $10, I countered with $7, and he finally gave in. Don't they look great together?!
My master plan was to turn both of these babies into planters. I did run out of potting soil, so I haven't planted anything in the watering can yet -- but I filled up the copper pot with flowers from a local greenhouse. All of their flowers were on sale for $1 a pack -- and you can't beat that!
I started by using a screwdriver and a hammer to punch some drain holes into the bottom of the tub.
Then I filled it with dirt, plopped in some flowers, and gave them all a nice long drink. And there they sit, making my front door a bit more cheery.
Stay tuned for more flea market finds and tales of haggling :)
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