Monday, January 9, 2012

Introducing Flea Market Finds...with Matthew Mead!

 ( a tiny preview of Flea Market Finds)

 Vintage is part of our lives. Like it or not, all of the things we use in our everyday lives are on a continuum with something that pre-dated it.  As I write this, my wife Jenny is working away on an Ipad: which in my opinion, is an updated version of the bed rock tablet used by our ancestors to keep track of daily life. (I joke, of course!

My point is that everything comes from vintage and while it is truly the center of my lifestyle, it has been such a treat to create an entire magazine devoted to the subject.  I like to shop, so I look for vintage pieces everywhere from consignment and thrift shops to indoor flea markets, the Good Will and church and yard sales.  I love every period of design and no matter where I go to shop, I challenge myself with the game of finding at least one treasure.

(me, exploring a summer flea market)

I've found scores of wonderfully special and unique handcrafted items over the years and when I am on to a certain style or design, I thoroughly enjoy adding to those items and creating collections. In a way it is reminiscent of how I like to listen to pop music and challenge myself to learn all the words to the songs: I do the same thing with my FLEA MARKET FINDS...discovering something new and then collecting and learning about it and using it in my daily life.  I've collected glass cakestands since high school (now that doesn't sound weird?!) and one of my latest interests (and there are many!) is Mid-century modern -- you'll get a nice glimpse of that in my studio re-do in this issue. 

(some of my flea market finds used in the issue)

But I also hope this issue will help you learn to really open your eyes at the flea market... to look to the wealth of materials that are gathered each week, from very early dishes to contemporary furniture, to hand-dug trees and shrubs sold alongside annual and perennial flowers at the warm weather markets.  The flea market is a place where I find trails of everything from the past and future converging into one continuum that will undoubtedly inspire something new again and again and again. 

Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead will be on newsstands in April throughout North America and as an expanded 160-page bookazine via

Watch for it!


  1. Lovely stuff! I wish I could get hubby to appreciate using vintage pieces for decorating. I love all periods of design as well, and would love to fill our home with them. This year I hope to sneak a few small things in here and there, and work up to bigger pieces.

    I can't help but wonder, with our current throw-away society, what things being made right now will make our grandchildren and great grandchilren squeel in delight?

    Looking forward to the new issue!

  2. Can't wait to see the new issue!

  3. I cannot wait for this issue!!! I love vintage stuff, and I enjoy seeing how folks live with vintage pieces.

    I love mid-century modern, too. The older I get the more sentimental I am about my childhood, and I would love to live in a mid-century split level or ranch one day. I bet I could make it fun and cute!

    Ricki Jill

  4. Can't wait to see it. You have such an eye for collecting - Im sure we can all benefit from your ideas on finding the best stuff.

  5. I could literally spend days browsing through flea markets and thrift shops....such treasures to be discovered!!

    Janet xox

    PS...I have even renamed my local thrift shop my "Salvation Macy's"
    it is my department store of choice ;->

  6. You have found some beautiful items! I love flea markets and thrift stores. I only recently discovered all the treasures these places hold! I am very excited for this issue!

  7. I'm very much looking forward to this issue. Love the blog update! So fresh and ready for spring.

  8. can't wait for this issue- it is what our family does as often as possible.

  9. There's a bazillion flea markets in the Springfield, MO area. I don't know where all this stuff comes from! Hoping you'll come for a visit!



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