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Vintage Decorating Ideas Using Flea Market Finds

Updated on May 8, 2012
Antique bath brushes make a nice decorating accessory when paired with a modern floral bouquet and bath toiletries.
Antique bath brushes make a nice decorating accessory when paired with a modern floral bouquet and bath toiletries. | Source

Vintage Decorating

Decorating a home with antiques and other old and worn items has become increasingly popular. These vintage finds can be easily incorporated into almost any décor style with a mix of the old and new being a perfect blend of warmth and chic.

In fact, a major part of my decorating blog, Rustic Crafts & Chic Décor, has now been dedicated to this style that preserves the past in a way that is current for today's designs.

I began my love of vintage decorating early on, at the beginning of my marriage, out of necessity really. We were given several pieces of antique furniture which turned out to be more of a blessing than we ever realized. These pieces were built so well and had so much character that what started out as temporary is still being used today - twenty-seven years later!

Over the years, I have collected vintage items from flea markets, antique malls and best of all - grandparents! Some things have been refurbished and used in totally new and unique ways and others have been polished and put on display.

I will be sharing some of my ideas and photos with you which you can also find to more extent on my blog.

Flea Market Finds

Flea markets are an excellent source for finding vintage items for a good price. I have found all kinds of unusual items that I have been able to incorporate into my décor. You would be surprised at the ways I have used some of these treasures!

If you look carefully, you can also find some pretty good deals at antique malls. Since each booth is rented individually, there can be quite a range in pricing. Not all of the booths are operated by dealers.

Here are the ways I have incorporated my antique mall and flea market finds into my home decorating:

An industrial wire basket makes great coffee table decor!
An industrial wire basket makes great coffee table decor! | Source

Vintage Industrial Wire Basket

That rusted wire basket was once an industrial parts washer basket. You have to think a bit creatively to want to incorporate this into your home décor. However, industrial items like this are hot right now - especially when you have a rusted patina.

When combined with candles, magazines or books, it takes on a slightly more modern look. You can dress it up as chic as you want with glass or floral accents making even more of a design contrast.

A rusted cupcake tin turns chic when used as a tealight candle holder.
A rusted cupcake tin turns chic when used as a tealight candle holder. | Source

Vintage Cupcake Tin

You wouldn't want to use a rusted cupcake tin to bake with but you could use it as a tealight candle holder! Filling the cups with some clear glass rock and tealights makes a perfectly rustic chic table decoration.

A reader of my blog also suggested filling some of the cups with water and flowers while keeping the others for candles to make a romantic table centerpiece.

An old heat register takes on a new life as a fun clip board.
An old heat register takes on a new life as a fun clip board. | Source

Vintage Heat Register

What do you do with an old heat register? You turn it into a clip board, of course! The design of the metal grid makes it perfect for clipping messages or pictures to.

Vintage wooden pants hanger make great photo hangers for the wall!
Vintage wooden pants hanger make great photo hangers for the wall! | Source

Vintage Wooden Hangers

I love to repurpose vintage wooden hangers. I have made wall hooks, jewelry hangers, and these simple photo hangers for the wall.

It would be fun to group several of these together for an interesting photo collage using either scenic pictures or personal portraits.

Find lots of vintage items for sale at The Rustic Attic.
Find lots of vintage items for sale at The Rustic Attic. | Source

Best Flea Markets Across The U.S.

If you are interested in shopping some of the biggest or most unique flea markets, here is the top flea market from each state across the U.S. according to Flea Market Décor Magazine:

Alabama: Collinsville Trade Day - Every Saturday, 1016 South Valley Ave in Collinsville,

Alaska: Anchorage Market & Festival - mid May through mid September, every Saturday and Sunday, 3rd Ave between C and E streets in Anchorage,

Arizona: Mesa Market Place Swap Meet - Every Saturday & Sunday, 10550 E Baseline Road In Mesa,

Arkansas: Antique Alley Arkansas - Annually in January, Expo Center and Fairgrounds in Conway,

California: Alameda Point Antiques Faire - First Sunday of each month, Runway 7/25 in Alameda,

Colorado: The Colorado Springs Flea Market - every Saturday & Sunday, 5225 E. Platte Ave in Colorado Springs,

Connecticut: Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market - Sunday, April through November, 290 Danbury Road in New Milford,

Delaware: New Castle Farmers Market - Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 110 N. Dupont Highway in New Castle,

District Of Columbia: Georgetown Flea Market - Every Sunday, Hardy Middle School in Georgetown,

Florida: Daytona Flea & Farmers Market - Every Friday through Sunday, 2987 Bellevue Ave in Daytona Beach,

Georgia: Scott Antique Markets - Second Friday through Sunday of every month, Atlanta Expo Center,

Hawaii: Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace - Each Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard in Aiea,

Idaho: Magic Valley Flea Market - (Filer)

Illinois: Randolph Street Market/Chicago Antique Market - one weekend per month, Randolph and Washington streets in Chicago,

Indiana: Shipshewana Flea Market - Every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through November, 345 S. Van Buren Street in Shipshewana,

Iowa: Walnut Antique Show - Each Father's Day Weekend, I-80 to Walnut, exit 46,

Kansas: Kansas State Fair Flea Market - One Sunday each month, except September, Kansas state fairgrounds in Hutchinson,

Kentucky: Burlington Antique Show - Third Sunday of the month, April to October, Boone County Fairgrounds in Burlington,

Louisiana: The French Market - Open daily, Ursulines and N. Peters in New Orleans,

Maine: Maine Antiques Festival - August 10 through 12, Fairgrounds in Union,

Maryland: Montgomery Farm Women's Cooperative Market - Every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 7155 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda,

Massachusetts: Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market - May, June, & September, Route 20 in Brimfield,

Michigan: Centreville Antique Market - Second Sunday of the month, St. Joseph County, Grange Fairgrounds in Centreville,

Minnesota: Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days - third weekend each August, City of Oronoco,

Mississippi: First Monday Trade Days, Saturday & Sunday before the first Monday of the month, Mississippi Highway 15 in Ripley,

Missouri: Colony #1 Flea Market, Each Friday through Sunday, Dity of Colony in Northeast Missouri,

Montana: Huff's Antique Shows, February 25 and 26, November 10 and 11, Metropark Trade Center in Billings,

Nebraska: Columbus Antique Market, Second full weekend each March, Agricultural Park in Columbus,

Nevada: Serendipity Antique Show, June 2 through 4, Reno Livestock Event Center,

New Hampshire: Mid-week Antiques Show, August 8 and 9, Douglas N. Everett Arena in Concord,

New Jersey: Collingwod Auction and Flea Market, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Routes 33 and 34 in Farmingdale,

New Mexico: Santa Fe Flea, Saturday & Sunday, Friday during special events, Railyard in El Museo,

New York: Stormville Airport Flea Market, One weekend each month, April through November, Taconic State Parkway to Stormville in the Hudson Valley,

North Carolina: Raleigh Flea Market, Every Saturday and Sunday, except during the fair each October, North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh,

North Dakota: Magic City Flea Market, Saturday and Sunday, North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot,

Ohio: Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, third weekend of each month, except June, July and December, Extravaganza weekends in May and September, Vintage Marketplace coming in May, Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield,

Oklahoma: Funky Junk Flea Market, Monthly markets, Comanche County Fairgrounds Annex Building in Lawton,

Oregon: Plucky Maidens Junk Fest, Three shows per year, Locations in and near Portland vary,

Pennsylvania: Pennsy Flea Market, Each Saturday & Sunday, 1600 S. Warfield Street in Philadelphia, South Philadelphia West Neighborhood,

Rhode Island: General Stanton Inn Flea Market, Saturday & Sunday, April through October, 4115 Old Post Road in Charlestown,

South Carolina: Benson's Flea Market, First Saturday and Sunday of the month, September through May, W. H. Lyon Fairground in Sioux Falls,

Tennessee: Nashville Flea Market, Fourth Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month except December, Fairgrounds Expo Center in Nashville,

Texas: Marburger Farm Antique Show, April 3 through 7, October 2 through 6, Throughout city of Round Top,

Utah: Salt Lake's Indoor Swap Meet, Saturday and Sunday, 3500 South 1500 West in Salt Lake City,

Vermont: Montpelier Antiques Market, Second & fourth Sunday of the month, November through March, Elks Club in Montpelier,

Virginia: The Virginia Bazaar, Every Friday & Saturday, I-95 to Ladysmith, Virginia; Exit 110,

Washington: Island Retreat Antique & Vintage Market, April 28 and November 3, Port Events Center in Anacortes, Washington, Pier 1,

West Virginia: State Fair Event Center Indoor Flea Market, Tuesday & Saturday, West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Fairlea,

Wisconsin: Shawano Flea Market, Each Sunday from April 1 to October 7, Shawano County Fairgrounds,

Wyoming: Teton Village Art & Antique Show, July 13 through 15, Teton Village in Jackson Hole,


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      6 years ago from America

      Great ideas enjoyed your hub. Voted up and shared.


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