Flea Market Lighting Transformations!

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Opportunities to shop vintage and flea market events abound during the summer months! Between festivals, yard sales and pop up sales, there are no shortages of events to whet the appetite of savvy second hand shoppers.  I may or may not have already taken advantage of one or two such events in the last couple of weeks.  Okay, so I have . . . and it was three!  After all, I have to scout out the very best flea market decor finds for you all!  It’s all about you!  Yep, I’m a giver.  Well maybe I enjoy the hunt just a little!  With that in mind, today I present to you a few items found on my first two adventures.  Our theme today–flea market lighting projects!


Flea Market Lighting Fan Lamp


 The first two projects are brought to you by none other than the Wildman himself. We embarked on a little junkin’ adventure a couple of weekends ago and he was the first to score with this gorgeous Emerson fan.  While most of these fans were originally black, this beauty is one of the less common almond colored models.

We tested the fan at the shop and it actually worked, but when we got home and the Wildman took it apart to clean it, he found that it had parts missing and had been questionably rigged together.  While he may be wild at heart, he is extremely safety conscious when it comes to his projects.  With that being said, he decided that it would be best for his new acquisition to become a fan lamp instead of keeping it in the condition in which he had found it.  I was a little disappointed that the working fan was not to be, but I do admit that it makes a lovely lamp that would add sparkle to any form of vintage decor!


Flea Market Lighting Fan Lamp


The Wildman was the big winner of our junkin’ day, coming away with not one, but two projects for his workshop.  His second flea market find was a broken down bubble gum machine with an iron stand.  His upcycling solution?  This sleek black floor lamp!  It’s adorable!!!  Can’t you just see it adding the perfect kitschy touch to a kitchen or family room? Both of the Wildman’s newest creations have just been added to his New Edison Vintage website.  Hop on over and check out all of his crazy good creations.


Flea Market Lighting Gumball Machine


Flea Market Lighting Gumball Machine


While the Wildman is definitely the lighting genius in our household, my second junkin’ adventure of the summer sparked my own lighting bug.


Flea Market Lighting light fixture on cake stand


First Friday’s is an event that takes place in Kansas City, Missouri’s West Bottoms district on the first Friday of every month.  While strolling through one particular vintage shop during this month’s sale, I stumbled upon this incredible vintage light fixture globe.  It needed a little TLC to get it cleaned up, but I immediately fell head over heels in love.   When flipped upside down it evokes thoughts of a fancy cake with swirling white icing.  Since I have a major affection for white stoneware cake stands, I knew that I had the perfect platform for it to show off all of its swirly loveliness.


Flea Market Lighting Cake Stand


Keep in mind that I am not the family member that is gifted at electrifying objects.  No worries!  That’s what battery operated light strands are for, right?  The lighted globe makes quite the elegant vintage statement sitting atop it’s stoneware pedestal!  It casts the perfect soft, sparkling luminescence to a shelf in the farmhouse cabinet in the kitchen.  And, of course, I’m just sappy enough that I catch my breath at its glowing gorgeousness every time I walk past it!   Now I hope to find two more complementary globes that would enable me to use them as a trio in holiday tablescapes!

What treasures will you be in search of on your vintage adventures?



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Unique flea market lighting fixtures provide a whimsical touch to any decorating situation from farmhouse and cottage, to industrial chic.

7 thoughts on “Flea Market Lighting Transformations!

  1. All the ideas are so clever…the hubby is clever and so are you to think up showing off that light globe on a cake stand! I love it! I occasionally see those globes, but never one as pretty. Maybe you’ll run across one again. Pinned. Oh, and popping over from Blogging Fifty…

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