Think of FleaPop as Etsy and Craiglist's lovechild — a cool new way to buy from, sell to, and connect with people. The just-launched shopping site lets you peruse well-curated virtual shops by style or seller, blending the communal vibe of Etsy with the diversity of Craigslist. Products range from high-end (the most expensive item runs $10,000) to quirky, less expensive finds and everything in between. With over 80 shops selling more than 1,000 finds, we dare you to click away from the site without making a purchase.
Designer Timothy Corrigan takes us to the outskirts of Paris to delve into the famed Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt. Filled with vintage delights ranging from pristine sets of Baccarat crystal to Hermès handbags in mint condition, the flea market has treasures for fashion and design enthusiasts alike. The Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt, which spans over 17 acres, is technically open only on weekends, but insiders like Timothy know which stands to go to for Friday morning shopping. The entire market consist of a series of individual stores or markets, each with its distinct flavor and offerings. We had Timothy take us inside of some of his must-see destinations at the Paris flea. See which antiques caught his eye and get his expert tips for styling them in a modern home.
When author and designer Annie Selke isn't pumping out new collections for her three textile brands — Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert Rug Company, and Annie Selke Home — she's finding inspiration for them. A skilled flea market sleuth, Annie travels the world hitting antique fairs for the next big find, or at least the newest addition to her collection of over 10,000 vintage and antique textile documents. Though her obsession with vintage patterns (triggered by an early fascination with the Colefax and Fowler wallpaper in her room at Miss Porter's School) is closest to her heart, Annie is an expert at uncovering a myriad of flea market finds. Keep reading to see which items she always keeps an eye out for and others she was delighted to uncover during her trip to the Marburger Farm Antique Show.
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Going to the flea market is one of my favorite activities for a hot Summer day. It's a perfect opportunity to find one-of-a-kind treasures that bring a sense of originality into your home. However, it can be a long day, and the whole process can seem a tad overwhelming. In order to enjoy all of the beauty and kitsch your flea market has to offer, here are some tips and tricks that will help you plan ahead.
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We interviewed two flea market fanatics — a longtime seller and a devoted buyer — to get the scoop on how to get the best price on the octopus-shaped pendant or shabby chic credenza you've got your eye on.
You like wearing other people's used clothing. You're not afraid of bedbugs. You love shopping at flea markets.
Somewhere along the line, someone decided that the word "vintage" was a synonym for "cool," which is why we have legions of women dressing like grandmothers and decorating with needlepoint pillows.
But regardless of how many old-timey pieces you want to pick up when you're cruising the flea market circuit, your ultimate goal is to get a good deal. Just because something is old doesn't mean it's worth a million dollars, right? So, how can you be sure that you're going to walk away with the best deal upon leaving your favorite flea market?
Consider the following:
Bargain by . . . Knowing Where You Are
Flea markets are like snowflakes: No two are alike. "Think about the market's overall vibe: Is it aiming to be some D-list joint, shilling sunglasses, socks and cheap clock radios, or does it feature things you'd find on Etsy?" says Ashlea Halpern, a New York City-based freelance editor. "I could spend hours wandering the latter, but if I've stumbled across the former, I eat some funnel cake and get out."
Bargain by . . . Shopping Around
Your mama told you right. When it comes to flea markets, you better shop around. Remember that just because something is "vintage" doesn't necessarily mean it's one-of-a-kind. "Always walk once all the way through the market before making any purchases," Halpern advises. "I was so annoyed at one market last year when I dropped $18 on what I thought was a rad copper octopus pendant, only to discover an even radder copper octopus pendant for $15 two booths over." Unless you've fallen completely and totally in love with an item right on the spot (if so, get a grip), it may be better to assess what's on offer at other booths before making a deal.
Sometimes the weather's too frightful for flea marketing, or your weekend's simply too packed with other activities to allow for hours of browsing. If that's the case for you this weekend, Jayson Home and Garden's Petite Flea is the perfect solution.
The expert buyers at Jayson have scoured markets from Belgium to Palm Beach and beyond to bring you the cream of the crop. From antique and chic wire baskets to some divine upholstered chairs, there's plenty of interior decorating eye candy to choose from. Hurry, though — unique finds like a Vintage Chalkboard ($26), Vintage Chinoiserie Chair ($1,900), and Vintage Brass Bucket ($100) won't last long! The sale starts today, and runs through Sunday, but favorites will be snapped up quickly.
Fueled by a brilliant imagination and clear vision, globe-hopping artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga has created stunning bespoke chandeliers out of a most unusual resource: discarded, unwanted bicycle parts. This artist's influences range from class politics to Victorian design elements, both of which can clearly be seen in her chandelier designs. I was lucky enough to catch up with Carolina in between trips to Berlin, Rio, and points in between. See what she has to say about her chandeliers, influences, and plans for the future.
CasaSugar: What medium did you first work in?
Carolina Fontoura Alzaga: My father gave me my first 15mm camera when I was 15.
CS: Where did you grow up? Were your parents artistic?
CFA: I was born in Mexico City. I mostly grew up in Denver, CO, where we moved when I was 3 years old, and throughout my childhood I would spend my Christmases and Summers in between Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. [My parents] were both artistic. My Brazilian father was a photographer and cameraman. My Mexican mother studied painting in Mexico City's San Carlos art academy and also designed clothing.
CS: How did your family shape your identity as an artist?
CFA: My mother's taste influenced me tremendously — she has such care for color, texture, and composition. My father was an obsessive documentator. Their homes were very attentive to artistic sensibilities. My immediate family certainly helped shape my identity as an artist and so did my extended family. My mother's eldest brother of 11 [siblings], Jorge Alzaga, was a fairly recognized painter in Mexico and really legitimized being an artist to my aunts and uncles. The acceptance of art as a viable career really encouraged the younger generation, as did the pervasive appreciation for art. Many of my cousins pursued creative careers in film, music, industrial design, and fine art.
CS: How did you start working with recycled bicycle parts?
CFA:I started using bike tubes in my fashion design around 2003. I made hats, shirts, buttons, and eventually lingerie. It didn't breathe, but, boy, did it look hot! Eventually, I had the idea to make a bike chandelier as I stood in my makeshift kitchen of a warehouse I shared with 12 other punks, activists, and artists. What I ended up making looked more like a mobile and, dissatisfied, I sought to make a proper chandelier.
The New York Times recently sat down with Eddie Ross to chat about flea marketing. Ross is an incessant flea market and antique fair shopper and even gives guided tours of markets around the country, so he's really an expert when it comes to sifting through the goods. He's also made a habit of styling gorgeous tablescapes and vignettes throughout his home using his finds, and he works wonders on vintage décor that may have seen better days. So I couldn't help but pass along his must-have solutions for cleaning up flea market finds, which he shared with The Times. Check them out below!
If you've picked up antique table linens that have yellowed over time, Ross recommends The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to safely whiten, brighten, and disinfect them. The solution is nontoxic, nonabrasive, environmentally friendly, and can be used on all colors and fabrics except for wool and silk. You can also use it to clean your kitchens, bathrooms, and hard, nonwooden surfaces and floors throughout your home. Just mix 1/4 cup with water.
Continue reading to see what Ross recommends for silverware and painted furniture!
I went to the Alameda Flea Market last weekend with hopes of finding an affordable, large-scale piece of art for my living room. Amidst pricey vintage bus signs, European advertisement posters, maps, and scientific drawings, this industrial-looking piece caught my eye.
From a distance I thought it had a metallic sheen, but once up close I realized it was sheer. After chatting with the sellers I found out that it is a massive silk screen used for screenprinting (the pattern is reminiscent of this DIY project, no?), and it was only $45!
Discarded materials from the screenprinting process like test prints can make for unlikely, one-of-a-kind artwork perfect for its imperfections. Complete with heavy-duty hardware, bits of masking tape, and paint drops, it's a much-needed party-crasher in my white and cream living room.
To see how it compares in size to the love seat it will hang above, keep reading.