I haven’t been stuck in a hammock or surfing at the beach all summer, just very busy working on various design projects. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work is exploring flea markets, country auctions and antique shows for furnishings, art and collectibles. Summer is prime hunting season and it isn’t unusual to find me scavenging around town and country during these dog days. It takes eagle eyes for spotting fabulous pieces and a clear vision on how and where your finds will be utilized, but practice is the key to success. The more flea markets, antique stores, tag and estate sales you frequent, the better you’ll get at spotting great pieces. Want a ‘good eye’? Start working out!
From the authentic Hudson River painting in original water gilded frame over the faux bamboo console table and Asian planter, to the framed textile over the the 19th century Korean chest, all of these ‘finds’ were made at either flea markets, vintage shops, or country auctions. Better yet, all fall into the ‘very affordable’ category -though several have greater intrinsic value, providing them with ‘fabulous finds’ creds.
I found a pair of black laquered and painted Japanese garden stools many years back at the Pier Antique show in NYC. Great little end tables.
For me, the true value is the thrill which the treasure hunt provides. I truly remember where and how every purchase was made. There is a sense of achievment that comes from finding a treasure amongst a bunch of ‘stuff’, that buying from a retail venue cannot possibly provide. Here are some links to some of the best places in the world to scour for treasures.
Worlds Best Flea Markets: The creme de la creme of flea markets worldwide.
100 Hot Antique Shows: Dates and locales of upcoming shows and fairs.
Flea Market Portal : Type in your state for compete list of markets.
Here’s a favorite story about a fabulous find of mine. Care to share one of yours? Love to hear…