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Flea Market Finds (From Here to Montgomery Bell)

We love to get out and just drive. Sometimes we have a destination in mind, other times we let our kids tell us where we are going. At each stop sign or traffic light, they get to pick “left”, “right”, or “straight”.  You never know where we are going to end up. Our eyes are always peeled for good yard sales and junktique stores. Flea market finds are always out there.

My husband sometimes speeds up a little when he sees one, but he usually gets overruled.

Amazing what you can find on a tank of gas and about $30 of flea market fun money.

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Flea Market Finds from here to Montgomery Bell

On a recent random trip we left our house in Big Sandy, Tennessee and slowly made our way (the long way) through neighboring towns. We have determined the best flea market finds are on back roads and small towns. No interstate!!

This trip’s destination : Montgomery Bell State Park outside of Dickson, Tennessee.

 

Flea Market Finds along our drive from our home to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Vintage kitchen items, decor, and more. (And ideas for you!)

 

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My husband and I are always exploring new places to go camping, and we wanted to scout this one out. So we loaded up all of the girls in the truck and hit the road. (By the way, nice park, clean facilities, and we will be camping there soon.)

Our first stop was in Waverly, Tennessee at the BEST little antique shop right on the court square. Vintage Treasures was awesome, and I could have stayed in there for hours. (Be sure to like their Facebook Page!)

This store is full of quality items. Everything from vintage kitchen items (my favorite!) to antique furniture…one of a kind rare memorabilia to custom quilt materials.  And VERY fairly priced.

So what do we look for when we are browsing through our fave junktique shops?

 

Flea Market Finds along our drive from our home to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Vintage kitchen items, decor, and more. (And ideas for you!)

 

I am always on the look out for vintage bowls. I am addicted!! Bowls and just about anything vintage or antique kitchen, especially if it can still be used today. Functional and farmhouse style items are the best flea market finds for me.

Here is a great use of kitchen items in home decor from Trapani Art & Frame. Love this idea!!!

 

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I love the old metal items, like aluminum juicers. This was in perfect shape, it was only 2 bucks, and it will look awesome on my kitchen wall. 🙂

Check out this super awesome and super cheap potato masher? Yes, I find joy in small things…like very old potato mashers.

 

Flea Market Finds along our drive from our home to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Vintage kitchen items, decor, and more. (And ideas for you!)

 

And this measuring cup!! Am I the only one into this type of thing?

Even if you aren’t into vintage kitchen “stuff”, you have to appreciate the history and charm of these items.

You could turn this into a cute herb planter, but I’m going to use it for the original purpose : measuring!

 

 

Flea Market Finds along our drive from our home to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Vintage kitchen items, decor, and more. (And ideas for you!)

 

This was my FAVORITE absolute favorite item that we found all day long. A vintage, green handled, vintage pastry cutter from Androck. Oh the stories of pies and pastries this tool could tell. It is in such good, workable condition…can’t wait to try it out. (Pie post coming? Maybe…)

 

Flea Market Finds along our drive from our home to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Vintage kitchen items, decor, and more. (And ideas for you!)

 

Or I could totally turn it into a unique upcycled napkin holder? Maybe I will. (Idea from Homemade Crap. No…seriously, that is the name of their website.)

 

Upcycled Napkin Holder

 

Not quite sure what I’m going to do with this yet, but this beautiful quilt square was sewn by a local quilting club. I’m thinking maybe a pillow front? A framed wall hanging? (If you have any suggestions, please leave your comments below this post.)

 

Flea Market Finds along our drive from our home to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Vintage kitchen items, decor, and more. (And ideas for you!)

 

Our next stop was somewhere between McEwen, Tennessee and Dickson…and I am ashamed to say I cannot remember the name. We almost missed it, and then turned around and came back. To see this!

 

Flea Market Finds along our drive from our home to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Vintage kitchen items, decor, and more. (And ideas for you!)

Too cute!! #upcycle #fleamarketfinds #wishlist  (www.instagram.com/buythiscookthat)

 

We didn’t get this bench that was upcycled from an old bed frame…but boy this gives us ideas! Love this color, too.

However, we did take this awesome wire basket home with us! Flea market score!! Have you tried pricing vintage wire and metal baskets? Even new ones? Outrageous! This one was about $10.

 

Flea Market Finds along our drive from our home to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Vintage kitchen items, decor, and more. (And ideas for you!)

 

I think I’m going to fill this with jars, maybe, and some fresh flowers? Or maybe use it for storage in my livingroom. Or it can sit in my house with the rest of my wire basket collection. I am loving this idea from Vibeke Design.

 

Flowers in Vintage Wire Basket

 

We will definitely keep you posted on how we use our new “used” items. Can’t wait for our next trip!

What are some of your recent flea market finds? Would love to see them. Feel free to visit our Facebook Page and share your favorites.

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Scott
    August 8, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Teri,
    wonderful article and thank you tons for the shout out for our shop. We always enjoy helping people find the items they are passionate about. Judging buy your location info i would say the store that you got the basket from was EZ Pickins between Tennessee City and Dickson on Hwy 70.

    Scott
    Vintage Treasures
    Waverly Tn

    P.S We just added a large collection of vintage cake/pie carriers that you would love, i will try to post a few pick in the next day or two.

    • Reply
      Teri
      August 9, 2016 at 6:24 am

      You are going to get me in trouble with the boss man! Can’t wait to come back.

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    June 27, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Love, love, love looking for kitchen stuff at antique shops and tag sales. However, my dear husband gets slightly creeped out when I add vintage silverware to our collection, even though I scrub and scrub them. So silly.

    I’ve started collecting old aprons too. There’s a great thrift shop near my house that sells them for a buck a piece! Crazy steal.

    • Reply
      Teri
      June 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      I’m slowly doing the same thing with our silverware, too funny. I did it with all of our plates.

      The aprons, I love, I keep eyeing them but not sure how I would display them. What are you doing with yours?

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