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What was your best ever bargain purchase at an auciton or flea market?

  1. soozeqsh profile image80
    soozeqshposted 7 years ago

    What was your best ever bargain purchase at an auciton or flea market?

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    Butch Newsposted 7 years ago

    I found a small airplane table lamp with its original shade in a junk store for $6.  At the time it would have been worth about $100.  I expect it's worth a bit more now.

    I once found a re-covered* table in a dumpster.  I'm guessing the owner thought it was unattractive and replaced it with something from IKEA.  "As is" it would retail for about $600-$800 in an antique store.  I kept it and it's in my living room.

    * a re-covered table is a table from the 18th century that was brought to America from Europe.  The original top would have be salvaged for the wood and a pine drop-leaf top put on the original base.  The base can be several hundred years old while the top will be about 100 years old.

  3. point2make profile image80
    point2makeposted 7 years ago

    My best would be a 15th century woodblock print from Dresden, Germany. The second best would be an 19th century Inuit Carved Bowl. I have had neither appraised and I don't think I will. Oh...I paid $1 for the print and $5 for the carved bowl. I love to antique and flea market.

  4. imatellmuva profile image78
    imatellmuvaposted 7 years ago

    My best ever bargain was a bar height bistro table with chairs. The table has a gold filigree design, with a second filigree design carved into the wood. The table top is on wrought iron pedestal legs. The chairs are a mahogony leather. I absolutely love this set!! My cost $200.00...value $2000.00.

    I actually knew the person, and he gave me a serious deal, that he would not have given to any other.