A few weekends ago the Hubs and I went back to Nashville. It was a quick get away to just relax and be together. We left on a Wednesday and while we were there, we found out Nashville was having its monthly flea market at the Tennessee State Fair. The more we read the more we found out that people travel from all over the country for this bad boy. That was it… I was in.
We walked into the State Fair of Tennessee and we immediately realized we were out of our league. It was massive, it was awesome, but we were just Average Joes compared to the Professional Flea Market shoppers. You could tell we were rookies. It was written all over our foreheads. Hence why countless number of people who asked “Is this your first time here?”.
We arrived and saw rows and rows of vendor tents intertwined among tons of fair ground buildings filled with vendors. We quickly realized that we were not there to saunter. This would be a day of physical activity. We were not prepared.
Pros versus Joes
1.) A Pro has a small, over the shoulder bag for a purse. They are hands free and ready to dig. A Joe (aka…me) brings a cute purse that constantly got in the way.
2.) A Pro had a big hat and sunscreen because its going to be a long day. A Joe…gets sunburned. Yep, I got sunburned. ( I spared you the picture of me)
3.) A Pro brings a push cart for her purchases (and even brings her dog). A Joe has nothing… so when she wants to buy something, her hands are full or she has to go back to the car. (note the small over the shoulder bag as stated above )
The Hubs and I laughed a lot. I don”t know if I ever want to be a Pro, but I knew my rank right when I walked in. The good thing was…everyone was friendly and excited. We strolled around for 4 hours! We were not looking for anything in particular but we found so many great things we had to filter to find what we really wanted. Here are some of the things that we found, but didn”t necessarily get. Hopefully it can give you some great ideas if you find something like it near you.
Even though we passed on it, I loved this little chair for $10. Recovered it could be a great chair to put in a bedroom or sitting area.
I wish I had a place for this Danish Modern side table. Do they know what they have? They were asking $15.
I loved these huge five foot tall steel letters. They were $60 so we passed. We returned after we texted a pic of one to a friend who we knew would love this. Her hubbie wanted to surprise her with one so we brought one home.
If I had a few kids and had playroom to furnish, this little table would be mine. This little pint-sized table could fit about 4-6 children around it. It would be perfect for a coloring/play table. It could be a really cool industrial coffee table for a LARGE sectional. The price was $25 and it was worth that to me! Except the fact that I don”t need a coffee table or have kids. We passed on it, but as I was walking away I was wishing some mom would show up and http://panniekazino.com/ scoop it up.
I saw this cool window with burlap numberss. At $35 bucks It was defintely priced too high, but I snapped a shot because this could be a $10 DIY. A stenciled burlap window could be fun decor for your home or maybe your wedding. Initials, typography, your wedding date…the possibilities are endless.
I thought this couch was really fun and retro. I have recently been reading Mandi”s posts from the blog vintage revivals. I think she would like this couch. I just bought Lucy for $100 so I don”t need it. It was fun especially for the price of $50.
If you are looking for any type of file cabinet…new or vintage. They have got it. Here are a few table top ones I thought about grabbing. In honor of my attempt to lead a hoard free lifestyle…I said no.
I actually tried to purchase one of these quirky hands. I thought they could be fun for a bookshelf or maybe even fun jewelry storage in my bedroom. Do you see the sign? You had to ask Mary for prices and Mary wanted too much. Come on Mary…give me a hand! Okay, that was corny.
The hubs was on a mission to find vintage railroad lanterns. My husband”s design style is industrial modern using salvage materials. He likes to rehab salvaged items. He found some old beat up ones for $20 and he wanted them. Hey, he deserves them for taking his wife to a flea market for 4 Hours! He was geeked up about them and got home and started tinkering with one of them. I figured out why when I came home to this:
Sorry that this is not a great picture. I will have more on this soon…..
Well, we are not Pros, but we made it out alive, we learned some things, and we had fun doing it. I have a few things I would like to share after this experience. Consider it tips from an Average Joe.
- The Hubs and I determined beforehand what we wanted to spend. The Hubs knows taking a rehabber to a massive fleamarket is dangerous business to the budget. We brought a set amount of cash and no other way to pay. It made us filter what we really wanted.
- We gamble. No, we don”t really gamble. What I mean by this is that the Pros will tell you, If you see it and want it…buy it. These items are mostly one and only items and it might not be there in an hour. We decided to spend time roaming to see it all. The last 45 minutes we went back to make purchases. It helped us filter what we really wanted. If it was gone, it wasn”t meant to be. Of course, my strategy would be different if I was looking for something specific and I found that something specific. This time around, I was just looking for something cool. I couldn”t know if I had the coolest thing, the thing I wanted most, until I saw it all.
- The Hubs and I used our phone cameras. We snapped a shot and it helped us remember where things were.
At the end of the day we were happy. We walked away with a few old rail road lanterns, a vintage fan, a few strands of beads (not pictured), and huge letter E for our friend. We only spent $75 (not including the E we were reimbursed for) and I am telling you, we could have spent more. At the end of the day I was satisfied with what I chose. I can always go back…and I plan to!
I hope you are having a great Wednesday. See ya on Friday!
Thanks for reading,