True confession time! I totally screwed up on my recent trip to the flea market!
One would think I would have learned by now! After all, I have loved flea market style since I was in college. Probably because I needed inexpensive home decor at that point in my life, but through the years it has transitioned into a statement of my personality. Something that makes my home uniquely me. I’m a big believer in staying true to yourself and designing your surroundings in a way that makes you comfortable and happy despite whether or not it is the current trend.
One of my hard and fast rules for myself when finding a truly unique item is that, if the budget allows, one should buy an item when you see it! Let’s face it, many flea market events are only for a limited time and involve out of town vendors so you can’t go back in a couple of days to get something you originally passed on.
Last weekend I broke my own rule! You see, I ran onto a vendor that had all sorts of vintage galvanized pieces that she had cut designs or quotes into using a laser cutter. She had so many really sweet pieces, but the one that caught my eye as a potential piece for the cottage on the creek was a galvanized tub that had been adorned with a bird sitting on a flowered branch that encircled the top of the container. I went back and looked at it twice! And, it was a great price! I would have to pay the same price, or likely more, for a plain one in the antique shops back home. But, you guessed it, I didn’t buy it.
I know! I’m not sure what I was thinking! Actually I do know what I was thinking. Something along the lines of . . .
it’s fall and I need to look for fallish type items,
it’s not container planting season,
and, hey, it’s not on my shopping list for this trip!
So I left the flea market that day without the galvanized container with the sweet bird design. When I got home and went out to water the potted plants, guess what I remembered! My large herb garden pot has a giant crack in it and that sweet galvanized container with the bird on a branch would have been a perfect replacement!
That’s when it hit me! I forgot my own flea market shopping advice! I forgot about “The Wild Card”!
I’d like to say it was because of the heat, but it was a very pleasant day compared to the year we stumbled upon the disheveled table at the very same sale that the Wildman would ultimately transform into coffee table perfection!
Or, perhaps, the fact that the tub was only a $34 item didn’t make the “Wild Card” alarm go off in my head!
Hunger does have to shoulder a bit of the blame since, because I was trying to be good, I had abstained from buying a funnel cake to hold me over until dinner.
The truth, however, is that I let myself get so consumed by the immediate list of seasonal needs that I neglected to keep myself open to what I might legitimately need for future seasons.
With fall offering some of the best flea market and vintage sale events, it is the prime time to pick up garden items at great prices! So to remedy the situation as I head to another vintage sale at the end of this week, I am amending my personal flea market shopping list for this month to include garden art and containers. Currently I have several pots that have seen better days and are in need of replacing in the near future.
To help me get focused I used a Pinterest secret board to put together some ideas of the types of flea market items I need to be looking for. That way I have both a list and pictures with me to refer to. I’m sharing my list with you in the slide show below. Most of these pictures can be pinned from their original source by clicking on the picture if you want to add the idea to your own list of garden needs!