What’s so appealing about flea markets is that ya never know what you’re gonna find – that, and the “what’s-the-best-you-can-do” deals. What I especially noticed on my last trip was the plethora of booths featuring hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items, often repurposed from found, recycled and trashed materials.
It was quite a circus…but without the fleas!
So, if you’d like, strap on your virtual walking shoes, and don’t forget your hat (it’s hot outside!). Let’s stroll through the aisles of the Long Beach Antique Market and check out the new not-so-flea-markety stuff!
One of my favorite finds were these metal welded, wooden fruit shelves, side table and stool by The Crate People. The owner and maker, Anthony mentioned sourcing these vintage crates is quite time consuming and hard to find.
These steampunk trinkets were eye catching and fun. The maker (unknown) seemed to enjoy creating them from their favorite spirits, tools and other interesting things.
This fun light fixture was custom designed from vintage wire fruit baskets. The shop, Cottage White, came all the way from San Diego to sell their wares.
I met some very nice people, Chris and Linda Bradford, from Junk Style Design who told me all about this repurposed gravel pit conveyor belt-collectors vertical planter (fyeeew!). They found a pile of these collectors rusting away, so they had the creative insight to recreate them into something fabulously green.
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I just LOVED these whimsical, repurposed fountains! Talk about fun! Simply hook them up to a hose and you’ve got an instant outdoor water feature full of charm. The maker was super busy selling, so I just snapped these off to show y’all.
Who wouldn’t notice this very unique and functional piece of art? There was even a Jeep that was mashed up into a desk.
The following caught my eye as well…
So, the next time you visit your local flea market, keep your eyes open for some hand-made goodies. They’re crafted by makers who aren’t clowning around!
All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly