Since flea market season has started, and I try to hit a flea market or an estate sale each month, I'm going to share a few bargains and deals with you. Some of the items will be purchased and go right in the house as is....and some of them will be getting a makeover!
Like this sweet pair:
I snapped these two babies up at the Third Sunday Market flea market this past weekend in Bloomington-Normal, IL.
This flea market is by far, my very favorite flea market of all time. It's the best one. THE BEST ONE.
If you are within a few hours of Bloomington-Normal, and you like bargains, you need to go. If you need a shopping buddy, let me know. I'm always up for a flea market. Really.
Ok, so guess how much I paid for the pair? Go ahead, guess..............
If you guessed 12 dollars, then you are right. But you probably didn't guess that, let's be honest.
When I walked into the booth and saw these--the dealer told me $15 and my jaw dropped. $15 bucks for the set, not each! She obviously was not fooling around because then she told me I could have them for $12. So....out came my wallet.
They need work. The fabric has a small hole on the back. They are dirty. One of the feet is missing it's caster and the wood is cracked on the leg. I have no idea how to reupholster a chair, let alone a tufted chair. But for $12. How could I say no?
These chairs are going to get some sort of makeover, and they will find a new home in our master bedroom.
The bedroom is still in the works. We already ordered a new bedding set, and am on the hunt for two new nightstands to makeover. Don't forget my mission for the summer: Hang Stuff on Walls. See part 1; plan for a plate wall and the golden gallery wall; part 2 which also applies to the master bedroom.
So, since I'm not sure I could do the reupholster myself without having a DIY breakdown and crying about it, I have a call into a local upholstery to get a quote. I figure if I can get these chairs custom upholstered for less than it would cost to buy brand new I am winning!
P.S. The dresser we used to make a custom vintage bathroom vanity in our powder room came from the same flea market!
Have you ever been to the 3rd Sunday Market?
Would you attempt to reupholster these chairs yourself?