Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A video tour of Baby Nielson's nursery and our spring AnthropoloNIE giveaway!!

 

Welcome to our NieNie-approved video sneak peek of Flea Market Finds.

Happily, this video features a bird's eye view of the enchanting nursery of Stephanie Nielson's soon-to-arrive baby girl! We hope you love it as much as we do, and be sure to enter our AnthropoloNIE contest below after watching:

 As we get ready for flea market and yard sale/tag sale season, I want to hear about YOUR most valuable flea market/auction/yard sale find...one that turned out to be surprisingly valuable from a dollar value perspective or one that is simply irreplaceable in your heart! And to encourage you to share your story with us, we are giving away TWO  $250 Anthropologie gift cards.
That's right! The TWO lucky winners will be chosen by Matthew Mead and will receive their $250.00 gift card to Stephanie's favorite store, Anthropologie.

To enter, simply leave us a comment telling us about your valuable find and add (or update!) our new Flea Market Finds blog button
(located in the top right sidebar of this page) on your blog.

If you don’t have a blog, you can follow us here on our blog (see the left sidebar of this blog) and on our Facebook page. Be sure to leave us a comment letting
us know you did!

You may enter once a day and the two winners will be chosen on on Sunday, March 25th.

(FOR COMPLETE CONTEST INFORMATION PLEASE  CLICK HERE TO SEE A PDF OF THE
GIVEAWAY RULES  UNDER FLEA MARKET FINDS CONTEST RULES.)

**Contest is open to U.S. residents only.**
No purchase is necessary to participate in this contest.

(This contest is now closed)
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Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead is available for order via Amazon.com and Amazon.ca .
 

479 comments:

  1. I once at the kane county flea market found a darling milkglass basket that looked just like the Easter basket I used when I was young... i didn't care how much it was i needed it! And when I asked... it was $8.00!
    I follow your darling blog, twitter and facebook page.

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  2. I was standing in line at a flea market and saw a lady holding a lovely pink and white quilt. I commented on wishing I had seen it first (G) and she told me that she was wanting to sell it. She asked me what I thought she should ask for it....and after telling her I had NO IDEA, she offered it to me for $30. I was thrilled and so was she. She said she had had it in her garage covering her motorcycle!!! Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
    I am a follower...and so excited to see the sneak peak of Nie Nie's nursery.

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  3. A few years back I was working a rummage sale (in support of a dog rescue I volunteer with) and I picked up two end tables made of Walnut and accented with the most amazing industrial metal work. Not sure of a monetary value, but I just love them to bits. I'm a follower and so excited to see the nursey sneak peak!

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  4. I love to go 'hunting' at flea markets for photography props...one of my favorite finds is a very old little blue trunk which used to hold doll clothes. It's been used to capture beautiful babies resting on top of it's closed lid and even as a seat for youngsters! I'm a follower of your blog & a FB fanatic! :) I 'heart' NieNie and am so very happy for this wonderful blessing that will soon join their lovely family!

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  5. I've been an avid garage sale-r for many years and there have been a lot of great items I've found in my hunt. One of the most memorable ones was a Weller wall pocket (book value at the time was $300) that I paid a mere $2 for. I found it laying unwrapped in a box of other mixed items, all with little or no value. The owner, an elderly lady in her 80's, came over and struck up a conversation with me. She was a cute little thing and she told me it had been in her family for years and that it had hung in their cabin. She thought it hung there since the 40's and they had recently cleared out the cabin. I loved knowing the history behind it. It made it even more special.

    Of course I follow you on facebook, your blog, and twitter. Can't wait for Flea Market Finds to come out. I know it'll be gorgeous and inspiring, like all your books and magazines!

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  6. My niece has loved The Wizard of Oz ever since she was a little girl. For her 7th birthday (she is now in her 30's), I purchased a book from an antique store that I had never seen before called The Marvelous Land of Oz. It was old but in good shape and had all the same characters as The Wizard of Oz. I thought it was a quirky little book but with the same characters, I thought she may love it. (The only thing I knew about the Wizard of Oz was Judy Garland and flying monkeys.) I spent what I thought was a lot for it ($24) but she was worth it. Fast forward to a couple of months ago when I was watching a program on L.Frank Baum and - THE BOOK was right there on that program. I called my niece and asked her if she still had the book. She did, said how much she treasured it. *Do you know where it is?* *yes, right on my book shelf.* *Could you get it down and look at the author, publishing date, etc.?* Low and behold it's one of the original books that L. Frank Baum wrote so many years ago - first print. What a treasure!

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  7. Several years ago I went to an auction because the ad listed a 1875 rosemaled trunk from Norway. I was thrilled to come away with the trunk, but the biggest thrill was finding a piece of my Grandmother's art. She was a woodworker and made beautiful pieces of sculpture. She sold only a few of her pieces, so I wish I knew how the sellers got one. I knew it was coming back home with me, at whatever cost. It now sits in a place of honor in our front parlor. And my extended family is excited to have an additional piece back in the family.

    I do follow your blog.

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  8. My mom and I used to head out into the country and hit every yard sale we could find. It was late in the morning when I happened upon a box of old "balls" under a table and asked how much they were. The person said, $3. I asked if that was three dollars each? She said no, three dollars for the whole box. To my great delight I had just bought a set of Victorian porcelain carpet balls! Thirteen fabulous sponged and striped china carpet balls! To this day they remain my best yard sale find. They sit in a place of honour in a very old wooden butter bowl (found at a yard sale in the pouring rain for one dollar!)
    Thanks for asking. It is always fun to hear about other people's finds.

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  9. I love vintage lamps. Big heavy brass ones or the turquoise Eames era lamp that sits in my red bedroom(love the color combo of red & turquoise). I've found I love a vintage treasures more than anything I can just pick out at a store that's readily available. I have a gorgeous hanging red glass light that was $15 at a garage sale! I follow you you on Facebook and love seeing the updates.

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  10. there are so many :) but one of the most memorable is the .99 cent tablecloth from a thrift store that I sold for $525!!!! now that was fun- and why i keep hunting- cause you just never know!!! i "liked" you on facebook
    beth
    goodvariety@yahoo.com

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  11. I found vintage camping supplies to decorate for my son's camping themed birthday party!
    melissa.chatterton@gmail.com

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  12. I found a box of Old pink sprigged dishes at a church rummage sale for $15. I fell in love immediately and when I got them home I found out they were a set of Johnson Bros. Rose chintz worth over $700. We have used them for years for special family occasions, even for Christmas! I would love to find more so I can give each of my girls a set when they have their own homes. I'm adding your button to my blog and I am a long time follower.

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  13. I follow your blog through blogger, bloglovin, and facebook!I am such a huge fan. Anthropologie is my favorite store as well!

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  14. Oh and this is a continuation of the post before but my most valuable antique find was at an old shop in Lexington, Mo. I dug through the basement and found a beautiful vintage typewriter for only $25! I plan to use it as decoration at my upcoming wedding :)
    I follow your blog through blogger, bloglovin, and facebook!I am such a huge fan. Anthropologie is my favorite store as well!

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  15. When I was in graduate school I found two puppets for $0.10 each at a garage sale and added them to my collection of speech-language therapy tools. These two puppets have been my most useful therapy materials. They will get the most reticent child to open up.

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  16. I've found lots of great items at flea markets...especially accessories for my home!

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  17. BTW, I liked you on Facebook and added a button to my blog. :)

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  18. My favorite flea market find was a pair of old pewter wall sconces for $8. I found them near Keene, NH and they were actually from Woodbury Pewter- a pewter company right where I grew up!

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  19. I also "like" you on facebook.

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  20. The hubs and I were searching for things for my craft room when we stumbled upon this vintage (1950s) rocking chair. Hubs fell in love with it immediately. It looked just like a rocker that used to be in his grandmother's home that they have now parted with. I loved the shape and size of it. I could easily curl up and read for hours sitting in that chair. So we bought it, took it home, and put some love into it. Now it is our very own and we both absolutely love it!

    http://beautifulfamilyaffairs.blogspot.com/

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  21. I follow your blog on my google reader since my blog is out of date. :) I love my Westmoreland Milk Glass Grape Covered Square Box that I found at a wonderful flea market here in Atlanta. While it is not worth a lot, I LOVE the way it looks (as a container in my bathroom). :)

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  22. an old wooden high chair that i bought and stored for years before i had an kids to sit in it, definitely worth it!

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  23. I purchased old frames and repainted them to hang in my girls rooms! They look great!!

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  24. Mine is a frame that I turned into an earring holder in college, and still have! It's cute and functional.

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  25. I found an odd lot of about 20 pieces of silver plated forks, pickle forks, butter knives and spoons - polished up they still look great and I love the mismatched look. I follow your blog and am going to like you on FB!

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  26. Here in Oklahoma at a flea market I found a campaign style dresser and the front of one of the drawers had come off, so they lady selling it practically gave it to me for $10! We went home and fixed the door, painted it, and it is good as new and it is our favorite piece of furniture!

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  27. My most fun find was old milk crates... Kind offering but I think they are so fun!

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  28. i found a chest- it looks like a worn treasure chest, and it smells of cedar and still has the stamp inside of its vintage number. it was so cheap! and this weekend it will hold the half-pint pie favors at my wedding as i marry the best dude in the world. after that, it will hold all things sweet baby when our first little bundle comes to join our family. and the one after that. and the one after that.

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  29. I bought an amazing depression era buffet via craigslist for $20! Right now it serves as my TV stand but I hope to have it in my dining room someday.

    I added your button on my blog: http://kcblacker.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  30. I once found a white cupboard for $20. The white paint was starting to chip off, but it was in perfect condition otherwise. It is now in my old bedroom at my parent's house.

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  31. As a little girl I would spend a lot of time at my granmothers. She would serve me grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch. She would serve my soup in this vintage mug and over time it had gotten broken. My grandmother has since passed away and one day at a flea market, I found the MUG. It brought back so many emotions and wonderful memories of visits to my grandmothers. Every now and then, I take it out and make myself a cup of soup. :) P.S. I liked you on FB

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  32. I found a bunch of frames. I painted them all matte grey and added a little texture. I made one into a mirror and the others just empty. They look very cool of my little but bright blue kitchen wall. Also I liked you on FB as well.

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  33. Great job with the room! Unfortunately there haven't been too many flea market finds yet for me, but I did find a lovely wooden oval frame with floral carvings once. It's currently painted gold with my most favorite picture inside.
    (un.sacco.di.bene@gmail.com)

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  34. I absolutely love the room, it's wonderful.

    I've added your button to my blog!

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  35. I've found so many little things over the years at vintage markets, yard sales and even the dump. It's hard to pick my favorite, but probably my 1930s Macy's Norwich wing back chair that I found in the parking lot of an old print shop with a free sign on it. I begged my grumpy husband to pull over and help me load it into our truck. It still has the dated delivery tag attached. A treasure! Now following you on Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

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  36. When I graduated college & was setting up my first apartment, I found a great tv table at the Canton flea market. It was probably originally a display table of some sort, but for $100, it was mine. We had to fold the seats of my mom's explorer down, & I had to ride in the cargo area beside it for the 2hr drive home, but it was totally worth it. We stripped, sanded, painted & distressed it and it looked, and still looks, fantastic.

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  37. I am a huge flea marketer and have found lots of treasures over the years. My favorite find is an antique buffet bought in Canton, TX. In order to get it home, my sister and I had to push our front seats as far up as they would go ... which was a bit tricky and absolutely hysterical since we had an hour drive. It made it upstairs to our gameroom with less than an inch to spare. It is perfect under out mounted TV as a "tv stand". Love it every time I look at it!

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  38. I wouldn't call this a flea market find (I found it on Craigslist) but it was a major steal. I found a campaign dresser, desk and hutch for $150!! And it was in amazing condition. It now sits in my living room as a TV stand bookshelf and storage!

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  39. I love flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and auctions. My mom and I were on vacation in San Diego, CA and wandered into a thrift shop. They had the most beautiful pair of vintage cat-eye glasses, heavy golden metal with leaf etching in their display case. My mom asked the lady to see them, wanting to try them on for herself. But they just didn't work for her face. Both suggested I try them on and they both just *gasped* when I did. I HAD to have them. And that was the start of my vintage eyewear collection. I now have 7 pairs, each with my prescription in them, that I can accessorize with. I am KNOWN for my glasses, they are ME. Anybody can accessorize with shoes and jewelry, but I am special because of my glasses, each pair purchased from an auction or estate sale, genuine vintage. Thanks! ~Tracy~

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  40. LOVE what you've done! My two favorite flea market finds have been 1) a brass wrought iron bed frame, which I cleaned up and painted a lovely rubbed silver, and 2) a white 3-drawer dresser, which I'm planning on painting the same turquoise you used in Nie's nursery and distressing it a bit. I'm excited to see the final results.

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  41. I mostly go after bizarre, unique little flea market finds and they're all precious to me. One of my favorites is a small pitcher that looks like a very stern little old man. He seems like a character in the Red Queen's court in Alice in Wonderland. Of course I use him to hold toothpicks; a job befitting his prickly personality.

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  42. Looking forward to your new book! I've added your banner over at my blog
    http://www.simplyjune.com/blog/

    I love junking at flea markets, antique shops, auctions and thrift stores. I've had a lot of favorite finds over the years, but my favorite thing is when I have been looking to add something to my collection forever and then find it for a steal!

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  43. Oooh, I can't wait to see the whole room! It looks like there are some built-ins that are pretty fantastic.

    My most valuable yard sale find thus far has been a twin size quilt made of fabulous vintage fabrics. The lady sold it to me for $25 and I'd seen similar quilts sold in antique stores for upwards of $100. Needless to say, I bought it as quick as I could :)

    (I've added your button to my blog)

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  44. My favorite find was a vintage purse. I get more compliments on it than anything else and I love when people ask where I got it. They're always disappointed when they can't get their own :o)

    Added you on Facebook!

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  45. I have so many found treasures, but my favortie is my amazing teak Eames chair that I found piled up on junk about 15 feet tall at a resale shop in my hometown of Grand Prairie, TX. I told the man that I needed help with a certain chair. When we got back there and I pointed all the way to the top, he gave me a look like you've got to be kidding! He climbed all the way up like a real life Spiderman hero. He told me I could have it for $5.00. I gave him $10 for his superhuman climbing skills. It never occured to me it could be worth more than that until I got home and did some research. Although, I love the look and style so much I wouldn't care if it really were only worth $10.00!

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  46. most valuable find is a little oil painting of ocean scene I hung
    in my guest bathroom.

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  47. Oops! I got so excited talking about my chair that I forgot to mention I am following you on Facebook and Pinterest!

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  48. Not necessarily valuable, but an old table that I painted (hello, Annie Sloan chalk paint)...every time I look at it I love it even more. Someone's junky table became my treasure!! =0)

    (I'm a follower!)

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  49. In a dusty old antique store I found a book called “The Strange Woman”. My mother and I both read this book when I was a teenager and loved it – I don’t know what happened to my mother’s copy and I was so happy to find this one. The book has a tattered burgundy slipcover with a cameo of a young woman in old-fashioned clothing. I love Halloween and decorate extensively for it, and I always use “The Strange Woman” as part of my coffee table display. The title and decrepit cover and pages make it seem especially eerie and mysterious.

    I am a follower!

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  50. probably the jenny lind chairs I found last fall! they are amazing :) Oh, and I followed you on pinterest!

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  51. When I was in college, I found a very plain, old, beat up end table for $15 at the flea market. I liked the shape, and was so delighted I could afford to buy a piece of real furniture! I took it home and covered the top with one inch squares from magazine photos (it looks tiled), and painted the legs black. We still have it now, and we still love it!

    (I am following your page on Facebook.)

    - Heather W.

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  52. My favorite flea market find is a coffee cup just like my grandma always drank out of when I was little. My mom told me they were either a grocery store or a gas station giveaway that grandma received when mom was young. Makes me smell her instant(!) coffee everytime I see it on my dresser!

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  53. Great Job on the nursery, such a sweet happy place!

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  54. Oh, and I follow you on Facebook & Pinterest too! :)

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  55. I LOVE to peruse Thrift stores, Flea Markets, and Antique Shops. Almost all of our furniture in our home has come from one of these places. One of my recent awesome purchases has been a vintage iron standing mirror found at the Sturbridge Flea Market in Massachusetts! I Love it and got it for a steal! I follow you on Pinterest and I grabbed your button for my blog.

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  56. I love what you've done with NieNie's nursery! Inexpensive finds are my favorite finishing touch to my little girl's room too, priceless! Oh, and I'm following your blog.

    ripleyadoption.blogspot.com

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  57. What a blessed baby to come home to that pretty room. A couple years ago at an auction I purchased a carved wooden lamp with a painted screen lampshade for $50.00. I've had trouble finding out much about the lampshade except it's from the Arts & Crafts era & quite rare. I love it & it fits right in with my Arts & Crafts style.

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  58. I am following you on facebook. My best find is a pair of buckskin boots. They are still beautiful!

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  59. My favorite flea market/thrift store finds are urn planters. I have found them in all shapes and sizes and they add so much character to our little garden. I don't have a blog so I'll follow you on facebook! Love Nie's nursery. It's just lovely.

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  60. I found an ugly brown owl with googly eyes glued on. I popped the eyes off, painted it, and now I love it!

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  61. I found a old rocking horse. Not sure how the age or the value of it. It is special to me and one of my first finds at a sale. I've had two people offer to buy it from me because they wanted it for their house.

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  62. I bought my little girl an antique hand held mirror for her birthday. I got it at a garge sale and it was the ladie's mother's mirror. I could not believe she would part with it and only for a dollar. My little girl loves playing with it and hopefully she will pass is down one day to her little girl.

    Sarah Moore

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  63. I think my favorite find has been an old wood three-panel window frame. It's great as a rustic chic picture frame or a display for parties. You can write menus on it, too, using dry erase marker. It's not valuable money-wise, but it's so versatile!

    christa d terry at gmail

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  64. I got an old buffet for FREE and spray painted it, added new legs, and I LOVE it. It sits in my entry way holding all sorts of decor goodies.
    becki j from texas

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  65. We were passing a yard sale and saw an iron headboard I loved. My husband didn't want to stop but with $28 we have the headboard we still use today -17 years later.

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  66. We bought a house that was left in an estate, awesome awesome furniture was left in that we were allowed to help ourselves to!

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  67. My hubby and I found a boring square 5 foot tall clock, with pendulum. But we really spiffed it up and it looks great. We get lots of comments on it.

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  68. One of my very favorite finds was given to me by a good friend's Mom. I was at their house one day and was inquiring about this amazing star that was hung up on the wall. I was told that her Mom made it out of tin cans and a door knob, probably in the 1960's. The only reason they still had it was because they didn't want to take it off the wall and get cut up from it. They asked if I wanted it and I was so excited, I did get cut up from it getting it home, but it was sooo worth it. Whenever someone sees it in my home they ask about it. It's even more special now as both my friend and her mother have both since passed away.

    I added the button on my blog!

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  69. My favorite find is probably several pieces of milk glass and the mason jars with a handle. I love digging through thrift stores and garage sales.

    I follow the blog and on FB.

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  70. I found an old, beat-up Hoosier Cabinet at a flea market....my father restored it and it is beautiful!
    The next year I completed the look of it with an original metal meat grinder that attaches to the side of it at a different flea market!

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  71. Years ago I scored an early edition of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. When I was decorating my first home with my husband I included it on a shelf to display some of my loveliest books. Shortly thereafter my love for Alcott was renewed in graduate school, so I now find the book to be beautiful, useful, and sentimental. I'm following the blog.

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  72. Right before my son was born, I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market for some inspiration for Oliver's nursery. I found some vintage wooden alphabet blocks. I used them to track his monthly birthdays and his growth. I would spell out his name and how many months he was, prop him up and take a picture. It made for a great album for his first year of life!

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  73. A giant piece of iron that serves as the focal point of my living room wall. It has been with me for years, been 3 different colors (so far) and weighs more than me, I nearly broke my back trying to carry it up the stairs to my condo. It makes the whole room though and it was insanely cheap and it is insanely loved:)

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  74. I love finding vintage milk bottles, pepsi crates and kitchen tools to decorate the shelves that we build in our kitchen.

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  75. My now fiance and I were at a flea market and didn't really see anything that caught our eyes until we came to a booth that had really old jewelry. I saw a gorgeous ring that I LOVED but I only had $50 left after buying so much food, which wasn't nearly enough... I started walking away, looking at other stuff when apparently my then-boyfriend sneakily bought the ring and proposed a few weeks later! We had to have the diamond reset and the band was kind of beat up, but after those fixes, it was PERFECT. Apparently the ring is from the 1800's and the stone is no longer cut in this design. LOVE it.

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  76. My best find was at a garage sale I happened upon when out for a walk with my baby boy. It was an old timey step stool. This has been so great since I am only 4'10" and can't reach anything in our kitchen (and it saves my poor knees which are often bruised from climbing up on the counter)!

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  77. I've found really pretty Irish linen handkerchiefs. They may not be worth much, but they remind me of the Irish relatives I never met. :)

    I am following the blog and on FB.

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  78. I have a little etsy shop that I sell vintage finds in to supplement our income. One of my favorite finds that I've sold was an antique wooden camera tri-pod. I paid 30 cents for it at goodwill and sold it for $50! Not a bad deal! :)

    I'm following you on FB!

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  79. A garden gate for my backyard, absolutely love!

    rrickey315@comcast.net

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  80. I adore this vintage bust of a sea captain I found at a thrift store. My daughter rolled her eyes at the Captain but he looks great in my bookcase and makes me smile. I follow your blog and also on Pinterest.

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  81. I love finding old lace and buttons at the local antique store....I use them on my quilts and various baby gifts to give them more of an "heirloom" quality.

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  82. A beautiful vase, just like my grandmothers.

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  83. When my oldest was not even crawling, we found a sweet little wooden Radio Flyer bike. Once our baby was old enough to crawl around, he found the bike, learned how to push himself around on it, and was soon flying around our house on that little thing! We've had two other children since who have also enjoyed it. I absolutely love it's charm, it's ease to use for little one's, and have been thrilled that the little purchase we made years ago has been so enjoyed by our kids.

    I added the button to my blog:)

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  84. Before we were even pregnant my husband and I came across an amazing metal baby bed at an flea market/ antique vendor. We decided to purchase it even though we were a few years away from having children. We knew we'd never find another one like it. That was last fall and we're 18 weeks pregnant with our surprise baby. It's soon to become quite the focal point in our nursery.

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  85. One of my favorite finds was an old metal, painted stepstool. It came with a note from the vendor saying it was used by many grandkids in the kitchen watching and helping their grandma bake and cook in the kitchen. It must have been used quite a lot because the paint is almost completely worn off the top of the stool.

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  86. My biggest find was an,old hutch that was HIDIOUS but I restored it and now use the bottom cabinets for my kids toys. No ugly toy box here!

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  87. My favorite finds are my records and vintage record stand (painted and fixed up). It gives the house a fun inviting feeling.

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  88. Oh, and I'm following the blog!

    bleedingks.blogspot.com

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  89. my favorite find is a Gone With the Wind plate that has Scarlett O'hara surrounded by her beaus... my great grandmother had this plate and she was a bit of a Scarlett herself

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  90. My best find was a vintage Fisher Price "Tumble Tower" and it was my very first purchase ever at an antique store. I had one as a child and it was my favorite toy of all time. Thanks to other flea markets, ebay, and vintage shops I now have SIX Tumble Towers. They remind me of my happy childhood and still make me smile every single day.

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  91. I am still looking for my favorite flea market find. Most of my wardrobe is thrifted, but I have yet to find a one true love from flea markets.

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  92. One of my favorite finds is a set of vintage skeleton keys that still had the original labels on them ... things like Fanny's dresser, etc ... I love actual glimpses of the past like that. I'm following the blog!

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  93. I love these vintage apple boxes I found. I used them as shelves and I love them :)

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  94. I have a lot of "flea market" finds! My favorite is my dresser turned buffet! It had great bones. I think I was on cloud nine the whole way home after I had purchased it. It is amazing what paint and sand paper can do.

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  95. I love fine furnishings (but like many people) I sometimes find the prices hard to swallow. I wanted four chairs for our living room and started to hunt. I found several that I loved but most of them were in stores that were back "across the pond" and cost about $1,500 to $2,500 dollars (with shipping) per chair. And so the hunt began for a local option. I knew that I wanted the chairs to be crafted out of solid wood (and an expensive wood --walnut or mahogany) and something with a good shape, and something that I felt was worth the cost of reupholstering. During my search I came across a furniture store in Utah that had lovely things and that I would like to purchase something at. But again the prices were prohibitive. And so I continued searching. Then I found them—or at least I was pretty sure that I had found them. The picture posted on the online classified ad wasn’t the greatest but it certainly looked promising—and worth checking out right away. So I went down to the new car sales lot where the chairs were being kept in storage and chatted with the lady. She said the chairs were from her father’s legal office back in the day. The leather seats were battered but the wood was wonderful and the shape was perfect. The cost was all four for just $100! A steal. I happily handed over the cash. While I was loading them into my car I mentioned to my husband that these chairs were high-end, specially crafted pieces—and that while I didn't know that for sure yet—my instincts were telling me that I was on to something great. So for the next couple months I wanted to prove my cut instinct. But I couldn't find out where the chairs were made and it seemed that they didn’t have labels. Then one day I was laying on my back on the floor and happened to look up at the bottom of one of the chairs. That one (the only one) had a label on it—The Hickory Chair Furniture Company (founded in 1911 and still in operation). I went to their site and they still craft my chairs! The company makes up-scale furnishings and their pieces were carried in that Utah store that I had wanted to buy furniture from but couldn’t afford. Now I know for sure that the pieces are worth reupholstering and I’m thrilled. Greatest $100 that I ever spent!

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  96. My husband has been in college for 9 years so I buy most of our furniture and clothes from yard sales. My favorite purchases have been our white solid wood changing table and dresser for the baby's room for $15 each, our kitchen table and chairs for $30 that I sanded and repainted into beauty, and our lovely kitchen light fixture for $5.

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  97. I have been wanting a mirror i saw in a magazine. I found it at a thrift store and it goes perfect. Love it and all the posibiliites. And it only cost $45!
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  98. My favorite "flea market" find (which was actually sitting on a curb and being thrown out) was my sons vintage changing table that I totally redid and am very proud of! I do love thrift store shopping, but also always have my eyes out for things people are putting on their curb for trash! I love salvaging finds! I liked Holiday with Matthew Mead on Facebook too :)

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  99. I liked you on facebook!
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  100. My favorite finds are from the alley behind our house. Everyone puts their discards out there for the neighbors to pick and choose. My beautiful ceiling light in our bedroom is one of those finds.....no one would ever guess it was an old dirty light from the alley.

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  101. I posted my comment here (5 above)I liked you on facebook and signed up to follow your blog! Anthropologie!

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  102. I had been hoping to find some kind of little hutch or curio to display the little trinkets dear to my heart----my mom knew this and happened upon the most adorable kitchen queen, painted red and white. Not only has this piece become the center piece of my dining room, it stores my tea sets perfectly, and with all of the drawers and cabintet space, it now multipurposes as a school cabinet for my kids ! It is invaluable to me not only in what it adds to the aesthetics of my house, but in its practical use. The most special part is that my Mama knew I had been looking for something, and found absolutely the most perfect yard sale find ever :)

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  103. I found a vintage french botanical poster on ebay awhile back for $70 and now see others in the series at thrift stores for over $300 or room and board for $1000!

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  104. i bought a denim jacket at a flea maret in new york in 1985 and loved wearing it.my 22 yo has appropriated it and wears it all the time.

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  105. I added your button to my blog page and follow you on facebook :)

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  106. I added your button to my blog page and followed you on facebook! :)

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  107. I found the most awesome vintage jewelry box that I absolutely love!

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  108. I had a FAVORITE pair of shoes - classic patent black shoes, slight wood-esque wedge - that fit so perfectly and went with everything so well that I wore them almost every day for two years. When I went on study abroad to London, of course those shoes went everywhere with me around London and all of the British Isles - Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool - until they were worn out and un-salvageable. I threw them away sorrowfully.

    Three years later, I was at a neighborhood yard sale when I discovered the EXACT same shoes in perfect condition and in my size! Best part - they cost $2. They got me through my next UK adventure, as I returned to Cambridge as a graduate student that year. Best. find. ever.

    {p.s. I love the color themes of the flea market finds and have added the button to my blog.}

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  109. While it isn't really expensive in the sense of Road show antique find. I once found a robins egg bauer bowl at a flea market in L.A. and I love it! Every celebration for the last 15 years has included this bowl from Bridal shower, my husband getting his Ph.D., a baby shower, and girls night out. While I cetainly don't lay my treasures upon the earth I love this bowl. Just looking at it makes me happy!

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  110. My favorite thrift store find was a wire laundry basket with wheels, circa 1955, for $2.99. Yay for me!

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  111. While it may not be the most expensive item, I love a robins egg bauer bowl I once found at a t flea market in L.A. Just about every celebration has taken place with that bowl adorning the table from bridal shower, husband getting ph.d., baby shower, another, baby shower, easter, and girls night out. Just looking at the bowl makes me happy.

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  112. I found a small wooden children's table with two matching chairs on the side of the road in my neighborhood with a sign that said "free"... my daughter has enjoyed countless hours at that little table. Our tea parties are some of my favorite memories!!

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  113. I found four beautiful, crystal dessert dishes.

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  114. I follow you on Face book.

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  115. last year I refinished an old workbench that was going to be taken to the dump. It was in an airport hanger that my parents had been working in and I was able to bring it home, strip it of all the oil, grease and gunk that was on it and it is now our kitchen table. I painted it black and it has a great look to it. The best part, it was FREE!! Now my family can sit around the table for meals, games, homework and whatever else needs to happen at the kitchen table. Those memories to me are priceless :) I am following you on facebook too!!

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  116. I'm a newbie, now following you through blogger and pinterest. When I was in college, I bought a shoebox of costume jewelry for $5 at a yardsale. Once home, I discovered a beautiful ring mixed in with all the other random pieces. I took it to the local jeweler, and it turned out to be a Victorian Platinum and diamond right-hand-ring! I've worn that ring almost every day for the past 15 years. My engagement ring was actually chosen to match it, I wore it on my wedding day and the day my daughter was born. So glad I bought that box of junk jewelry all those years ago! (mandy5382@yahoo)

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  117. We found an awesome dresser that we added new knobs to. love it!

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  118. I found an old ball canning jar last summer (1930's I believe the woman said), and I have no idea what happened to it but something made the glass have an iridescent look to it. It is so pretty. I have started putting buttons in it that I find and the extra ones that come with new clothes... because it reminds me of the big jar of buttons my Grandma (still one of my very favorite people in the world) had that I loved to dump out and look through as a little girl. A silly memory, but it's those little things that mean the most, right?

    Following you on Facebook now.

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  119. As a Firefighter, I'm always on the lookout for vintage Fire Department memorabilia and one day back in 2000, I was attending a flea-market in upstate NY and found an old, turn of the century, bronze water can for almost pennies, (because it was missing the tube that the water comes out of), anyway, I scooped it up and brought it home, after cleaning it, I realized it had a beautiful copper top and all the engraving was in mint condition. I love it to this day and it sits by my front door. That was my best find. :)

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  120. A few months ago my 10 year old daughter, who happens to have very eclectic taste and I decided to venture out to our local D.I. As we were walking around we both noticed a very retro looking lamp. It was a plum colored glass lamp with the original shade. It had a crystal like column in the center that lit up on its own. There were even 3 of the 4 original crystals that dangled from the top of the lamp. We were both very drawn to it. We loved it and so we bought it for $10.00 to put in our family room. A few weeks later my aunt came to visit. When she saw the lamp she said, "Why does that lamp look so familiar? It seems like I have seen it before." A few days later I get an email from her with a picture that is attached. It is a picture of her when she was about 14 years old sitting in her home, in my Grandma's living room with a lamp exactly like mine next to her. My Grandma passed away a little over 12 years ago. I loved her so much (still do). I looked up to her, she was beautiful in every way. She was a definite light in my life. This lamp has become so much more than just a great find at the D.I. It's a shining daily reminder of my beautiful Grandma.

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  121. I scored two lattice back rattan chairs for cheap on craigslist. I love them!

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  122. I found an unbelievable mid-century nightstand at a flea market for ten bucks. West elm is selling similar ones for so much more!

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  123. I'm following you on facebook and following your blog.

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  124. My most valuable find, is probably only valuable to me, but I found a top to an old hutch, that was painted a fabulous turquoise. It was the perfect addition to my back patio, and now adds a pop of color, and is great for organizing all of the children's chalk, bubbles, etc.

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  125. My best find has been a simple book shelf for the rumpus room!I am following your blog.

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  126. I found a signed print at DI and it turned out to be a local landmark. The print now hangs over the fire place and I love it.

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  127. My best find has been a shirt that I get complimented on every single time I wear it!!!

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  128. I found a wooden bench in an alley waiting to be dumped. I took it home, re-paired it, painted it and it now sits on my front porch. I love re-designed things, especially when they are free! ;-)

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  129. And I added the button to my website!

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  130. One of my coolest finds was a bag of vintage lace trims. I bought it well before I was engaged because I loved to think of the history and stories behind those pretty trims. Then when I was making my vail for my wedding I was having trouble finding a trim I liked when I remembered that bag of vintage trims I had stashed away. I dug it out and found the perfect one. It was so special to me to have a little piece connecting me to some history {even if that history is just an imagination of what it actually is - it's so fun to dream}.

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  131. Records of course-all kinds. We have a record player at my house and playing records is so much fun. There's a distinct sound quality to them and they just change the mood up. I'm constantly on the look out to add to my collection.

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  132. And I followed you on facebook!

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  133. The dearest item I've found at a yard sale was a tiny, newborn baby boy sleeper with funky cars on it. I was expecting my second child, and I knew it would be his coming-home outfit. It was only a dollar, but it is something I will never get rid of. In fact, just the other day I was cleaning closets in prep for my own yard sale and saw his little outfit. It made my heart fill! Children grow too fast!

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  134. I follow your blog via blogger!

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  135. I paid a few cents for a tiny watercolor of a cottage on a slip of yellowed paper found at an estate sale. It was my first purchase of a piece of original artwork and it now hangs in my sewing studio where I can enjoy its cheerful colors every day.

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  136. The best thrift treasure I have found was a complete milk glass 8-piece set for $25! I was elated!

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  138. a mirror tray. it's oval with gold roses on the ends. my husband bought it for me for our 3rd anniversary from a vintage store and i absolutely love it. i bought a matching{ish} gold frame for him and they're sitting in our room.
    i added your button on my blog.
    i love anthropologie.

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  139. One of the best finds that comes to mind is when my little boy found a little teddy bear- it still had tags on it and the woman saw the love in his eyes and gave it to us for free. That teddy bear has now had many trips to the teddy bear hospital and is still drug around to every possible place by my boy.

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  140. i went to a yard sale with my husband and 4 week old and the lady was so sweet that she gave us a glider and footstool for free because she said that our baby was so cute! the glider was in perfect shape just needed a little washing on the cushions but we love it!

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  141. I'm a non blogger, but I follow you here and on facebook. One of my best vintage finds was a perfect Pyrex baking dish, just like the one that was always on my grandmother's dining table. I still think of her every time I see it and use it!

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  142. I have so many favorite finds but I have to say my absolute favorite was a old high chair and folded into a stroller. It was such a cool find!

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  143. I think the most personally valuable flea market find, for me to date, is a set of vintage floral glasses. The reason these simple glasses are so valuable to me is that they are the same set my grandmother had and that I spent my childhood drinking from. It was a great find, at a flea market I was visiting about six hours from home. I love serving my family beverages in these glasses because they really bring back amazing memories. :)

    I also follow you on facebook. :)

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  144. sign me up for the contest! Pleez! I love to go antique hunting, one of my favorite pastimes! My favorite find was a beautiful wicker basket laden with gesso flowers/garland....love!

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  145. just added you to my facebook page! yay!

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  146. Most 'valuable' find for me was a beautiful antique school desk, with chair and surface connected that I've repurposed into my night stand. It's makes me so happy each morning to wake up and see that little desk holding my things.

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  147. My best find to date is a vintage royal blue steamer trunk. It is huge and on wheels so I can move it around to my hearts content. It holds all my families blankets. Best part, it only cost me 30$!

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  148. One of my best finds was my living room couch. The fabric was awful, but the bones of the couch were terrific. I paid $150 for it and later recovered it with a gorgeous toile. You can see it here if you are interested. http://laneygardner.blogspot.com/2010/07/transformation-thursday_22.html

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  149. can't open the video right now, but will tonight!!!! THanks for the chance to win an
    Anthro gift cert....it is my all time favourite store!!!!! What a great find it was while strolling in NYC!!!!!

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  150. My husband's dear grandmother had a yard sale last summer. Though we could no attend because we lived in another state, my parents went for us and picked out timeless treasures to fill our first apartment with. One of the most invaluable gifts was a small green desk that I originally eyed in her home months before the yard sale. Now I use it everyday, and I love thinking about where it came from and how my husband and I will always be able to have a piece of his grandparents with us, no matter how far away we live from them.

    I will be adding your button and follow you on facebook! (Great job with Stephanie's nursery, by the way! I love it.)

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  151. I bought a string of pearls for 6 dollars and found out they were real salt water pearls!

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  152. My best finds happened on the same day. I found my childhood cookie jar, a ceramic wooden tree stump, with a squirrel on top of the lid. I remember sneaking into the cookie jar as a child and dropping the lid and breaking the squirrel's tail off. I tried to superglue it back on without my mother knowing, but got caught in the act. At the same market I also found a beautiful Candlewick pedestal cake plate, that I have been searching years for. Neither were bargains, but they were definately "must haves!" I don't have a blog, but I'm now following your's & liking your FB. :)

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  153. Best find--a hand-pieced quilt for $5.00 The fabrics are truly vintage. It was in great shape and just needed to be tied again.

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  154. MVP of flea market finds: grey wool coat. super cute. found in minneapolis. $15.

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  155. My best find was a gift for my father. He collected tavern games before his passing. He delighted in the challenge of untangling their devious knots. I think he enjoyed seeing his children struggle with the knots, then come in like the hero he was and guide us through the puzzles.
    While visiting a flea market in NYC I came across some very unique puzzles. That Christmas, we had a wonderful time racing to solve the puzzle. My hero always won. Dad passed away the following summer and the puzzles were divide amongst his five children.
    The best flea market finds all always full of memories...memories of someone else or the new memories to be created.

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  156. A fun little microscope that we use as a Halloween decoration.

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  157. I liked you on facebook!

    I found an awesome little vase that I put in my guest bathroom!

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  158. I have many favorites...A rocking chair, glass serving bowls, China, Old books(my absolute fav). I love the stories, so sweet and innocent. I liked you on Facebook and am a new follower!

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  159. Once at our local farmers market there was an artist selling these really amazing Mexican folk art pieces. I immediately fell in love with one of a mother and child on horseback under a starry sky. This was years ago, but now my husband and I are expecting and I can't wait to hang the painting in the nursery. Thank you for hosting and for all the inspiration. We can't wait for the book release!

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  160. Not quite a flea market find but anyhow:
    One of my friends gave my toddler her kids' thoroughly loved train table. It was falling apart but with some glue, some paint, and a few gallons of sweat, we transformed into something our daughter will be able to enjoy for years to come.

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  161. My best flea market find was a beautiful Indian hand sketched drawing of a Taj Mahal like building.
    it was filled in with marker and had a signature on the back. I paid just 1.00 for the drawing which was poster size. I took it home and researched it and finally got a hold of someone from the art gallery in India where it was originally sold. Value? 950.00!!

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  162. I fleamarket and tag sale every week when the weather is nice so I find lots of old wonderful stuff.But gotta say I was tickled pink when I found a poochee from my childhood last week.~Amy

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  163. I have many flea and estate finds that I just love...from the shabby $10 chair that I can't bring myself to recover b/c it was a lovely little old lady's first reupholstery project to the random trinkets all over my house...but, probably my most memorable piece is the beautiful wardrobe that made it's way into our home a few years back when I discovered it on craigslist. I found this beauty in a tiny texas town a couple of hours from where we were living onsite for a project in Dallas. My engineer husband explained that the wardrobe would not fit into my car...I argued that it would...he showed me first with a measuring tape, then proceeded to cut a piece of cardboard in the same dimensions proving that the beautiful piece would not fit in my car. LOL...I assured him that by the same time the next day, I WOULD have that wardrobe in our house, he would see! he laughed, shook his head and walked inside. By that time the next day, I was wheeling that beauty into my apartment...hehe...
    I called enterprise! I knew that I needed a car that could fit two car seats in it...and a really really large truck bed...I remembered the enterprise ad on TV, "call enterprise, we'll pick you up," and I immediately reserved a four door truck to pick up my new find!! I was really unfamiliar with Texas, I typed the address of this tiny little (and amazing) shop into my GPS and drove for a few hours through downtown Dallas (which wasn't easy with a wardrobe hanging out the back on my way home during rush hour) and onto a dirt road to this abandoned little brick shop in the middle of nowhere! LUCKILY I grabbed a bag with straps in them and LUCKILY two men just happened to be passing by to help me get it into the truck bed (and strapped...bc I had no idea how to use straps) AND while I was there, since I HAD driven all that way, the woman convinced me to buy a beautiful gold mirror that fit perfectly inside my wardrobe for the drive home(my husband argues that it didn't take a lot of convincing)...I got both pieces (and they were huge and beautiful) for a whopping $200!! These pieces have travelled with me to and from the last 6 of our past 14 houses...I just love them.
    I've added your button to my blog.

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  164. My favorite Flea Market find ever is a beautiful turquoise Bed frame I got about 2 yrs ago. It is the most beautiful vintage type looking bed. It was $15 dollars for the entire thing- headboard, footboard and frame!!! It was also the bed that Wendy borrowed for a photo shoot with Stephanie's family about a year and a half ago. I love my bed and will never be able to get rid of it!!!

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  165. The desk had Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" stickers pasted on the chipped white drawers and a phone number, ostensibly belonging to "Andy <3 <3 <3" scrawled in sharpie on the inside of the top one. I bought it for $5 from a house whose belongings looked like they spilled from the front door out on to the lawn every day, not just on this day of yard-selling. As a freshly-minted college grad, it was the first piece of furniture I owned. Boy howdy was I proud as I hefted it into the back of my little rickety Nissan and hauled it back home. Three cans of black spray paint four brushed nickel hardware, and $35 later, my yard-sale disaster desk was a chic, sleek addition to my little, girl-making-her-way-in-the-world bedroom. And even though I peeled off the Pink Floyd sticker, I left Andy's phone number. It reminded me of all the possibility waiting to be found, just inside another drawer.

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  166. Currently my favorites are the retro trivets hanging in my kitchen. One says Love, and I do.

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  167. My aunt had crazy mismatched dining room chairs that I loved. They were all different styles, and all painted 10 different colors like pastel rainbows. She found them at a thrift shop. When I moved to my first apartment, she let me have her rainbow chairs! They were perfect for my mismatched style - I have antiques, hand me downs, and some new stuff all working together. The chairs are a little wobbly after a few moves now, but literally everyone who comes in the door says how cool those chairs are.

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  168. Green glass glasses like the ones my grandmother use to have. Just looking at one transports me to summer afternoons spent at her house. I even think I can smell fresh cut grass when I see them

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  169. oh i have the best lamp in my daughters room! such a good fin!

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  170. I love finding old dolls...my favorite is a sweet little vintage fairy about 4 inches tall. I only have boys, though, so they don't quite appreciate them! ;)

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  171. I followed you on facebook! and my best find is definitely the forest animal prints i have in my bathroom!

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  172. I followed you on Facebook! - Love your magazines, I have them all. My favorite flea market find is the dresser I have in my twin girls' room - painted all white. I am very proud of that find!!

    kling6@optonline.net

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  173. I love old linens. At one estate sale they had practically "new" vintage tablecloths for a quarter a piece! I was in heaven. I follow you on Facebook now.

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  174. My best find was a 70s-ish embroidered lion with googly eyes. I love that little guy!

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  175. My fav find is my stool with back and steps in original gold fabric found and grabbed from the local thrift store.

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  177. When I was first married, my Grandmother gave me a small set of china out of her collection. It is beautiful, but only 4 place-settings so as our children arrived, we soon outgrew it and it sat in the cupboard, rarely used.
    I love to browse online flea markets & one day I clicked on a link selling china. My jaw almost hit the floor when up popped a picture of a set identical to our little set from my Grandmother. The price was a rock-bottom $50 for 12 place-settings, so of course I quickly scooped it up & brought it home. I treasure this lovely china and am so thrilled to have a larger set to use for special family gatherings.

    I follow you on this blog & on Facebook :)

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  178. When I was in high school, I saw an old Skippy peanut butter lidded tin pail in the window of my local antique store. I had to have it. I thought it was so cool. I stuffed it with cassette tapes. Twenty years later, I still have it. Now my toddler carries it around and stuffs it with matchbox cars and backyard treasures that he finds.

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  179. I have 2 antique wood school chairs that I found on the side of the road. They are my most versatile chairs for seating extras at the dinner table and so comfortable. They were hot pink with flower embellishments and I painted them a glossy black. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  180. I love collecting old cameras. There is something magical about them. I also am now following you on your blog and facebook. Woot Woot!

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  181. I found an old wash board (always wanted one to hang in laundry room!) and a metal pair of skates, (the kind you wear your shoes and slip on the metal skate and used a belt looking band to tie them on your feet).
    Marissa Huntley (mdhuntley@att.net)

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  182. I love mirrors! And I love finding unique mirrors at yard sales and thrift stores! I added your button to my blog and follow you on facebook! :)

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  183. My best flea market find was a vintage (1970s) doll with the sweetest face and perfect chocolate skin. She was a gift to my son when he was two, but now my daughter has claimed her for her own.

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  184. My best flea market find was an old antique trunk that I keep at the foot of my bed with extra blankets in it.

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  185. I love old printer's letters..... I've found several through the years that I love decorating with. erro

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  186. My best flea market find is this long, flowing paisley skirt I found for $15. The fabric is absolutely gorgeous, and I've never seen anything like it before! I also have a few rad vases that I've found at different flea markets - truly one of a kind.

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  187. i found a great vintage metal iron patio table with 4 chairs aon craigs listand even though my car was tiny and I had a 1 month old baby, I hauled it back to my home for the sweet tune of 50$. It just needed a good sanding and a new coat of paint. I also found a wonderful mid-century antique looking sewing table on the side of the street. Both are used daily and I'm so happy about these great finds. (ps i follow your blog)

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  188. I scored an awesome faux leather chair on Saturday at a tag sale - it has wheels, arms, cute buckles on the side, the back folds over and buttons - I've never seen anything like it. And it fit perfectly in front of my new little secretary desk. It was the first thing I saw when I arrived at the tag sale and I'm so happy I found it!

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  189. My best yard sale find is my daughters changing table. It looked pretty thrashed, so we got it for $5. I got it home and painted it a pretty soft pink. I love it and it adds some color to her room!

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  190. Once I saw a picture of this amazing nursery with a gorgeous light blue velvet wingback chair. I looked for two years for this dream chair, but never found quite what I was looking for, until I went into my favorite thrift store. There it was in perfect condition for really cheap! I walked out with my dream chair happy as could be! That chair is now in my nursery now and I enjoy it everyday!

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  191. I follow you on FB and pinterest.

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  192. The best fine I've found is some vintage glass. I love dishes and love shopping for depression era glass as well as the milkglass.

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