Ah, yes…the flea market-this decor nerd’s equivalent to a candy store. So while I was strolling the Long Beach Antique Market‘s confectionery-filled aisles, I gathered some fabulous collectable tips and ideas for you. Though my mission was designated as lookie-loo only, and with several Ben Franklins in my purse, I almost cracked. You would, too if you came across the decor version of a golden ticket!
Okay, gang…let’s get walking!
Tip #1: Discover what’s available and at what price. This is a fantastic tip to starting a collection, especially with dish or glassware. Many vendors have done their research and can be very helpful and informative. I actually collect this Candlewick glassware (above) and learned of some new pieces I’d love to eventually buy and what I should expect to pay for them.
Tip #2: Get inspired by styled and grouped items. Sometimes we don’t know where to begin when starting a collection for our home. Many sellers at flea markets now stage their tables in ways that give us that “a-ha moment” idea or inspiration. If a grouping of items like these rulers resonates with your inner designer, grab a handful to fill a vase or to use in an interesting DIY project and go for it!
Sometimes the unexpected item looks amazing when there are many of the same (look above and below images for examples).
Tip #3: Look for useful decor. A good example are these fully functioning vintage rolling pins (above), are perfect for the practical-minded decorator. Can you think of other items that might be useful as well? Comment below!
Tip #4: Many collectables can be transformed into something totally new. Here, as seen above and below, old wooden Jacob’s Ladder rungs and retro skateboards can be repurposed as very interesting shelving. The pulleys below can be upcycled as unique hanging hardware for your swag lighting.
Tip #5: Collect items just because! There are no rules as to why you should or shouldn’t like something. If you connect with an item simply because it makes you feel good, that’s the best reason of all for purchasing one or several.
See how my DIY gal-pal, Shannon Quimby shows off her vintage bowling pins.
If the kid in you still jumps for joy at the site of these cast iron beauties, give in and treat yourself! They always add a sense of humor to your space and, if you’re lucky and the seller knows his/her stuff, provide a good story about its history.
Visit realorrepro.com to learn how to tell if an older piece you are wanting to purchase is authentic or a reproduction.
All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly
What do you collect for your home?