Weekend Getaway Flea Market Finds

6.01.2015

Do you like a spur of the moment weekend trip or do you prefer it to be planned in advance? If it means I get to check out some new to me flea markets then I don't mind a spur of the moment getaway. That's exactly what we did this weekend. It was good to getaway even if it was short and I found some great things. Did I need anymore stuff? Probably not, but since summer decorating is commencing around here these items I picked up will certainly fit the bill.

I have been wanting some of these large Japanese fishing floats and came across these sitting on the floor under a table in the first store. I had seen some in Asheville, NC weeks ago for $30 each and passed them up. I was kicking myself for not getting them so I was so glad to find these at less than $25 each and they have the netting still around them. One I started to get even had barnacles on it and hubby thought that was gross so I put it back. These cost double and up around here and on ebay.

The floats are filthy so they will be getting a good cleaning.

Oh, and I found this great large rusty wire basket in the second store.

Love the red rubber handles. This basket can be used in so many ways.

In the same shop where I found the red handled wire basket I also found this old chippy cement garden urn. Just look at all that patina. This is another piece I have been hunting for at the right price. I have seen several, but they just want too much for them. I love how the finish is wearing off from sitting out for years.





There were two stores that were just pure junk, but at the last stop I lucked up and found a booth with some great pieces of real coral and shells. I love decorating with these any time, but especially for summer. When I think summer I  automatically think about the beach even though we don't go much anymore.

This was also at the last stop. I almost didn't see it since it was sitting in a small cupboard. These old Dundee jars are getting harder to find so I snatched this one at a great price.

There was one more piece I found and I will share it another time.

The stores I shopped in were in and around Montgomery, Alabama which is less than three hours away. All in all a nice getaway.

I'm sure you will be seeing these items used in many different ways and in different spaces.
Let the summer decorating begin!
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31 comments:

  1. Great, great finds....don't you just love a last minute getaway!...Especially when you come home with great loot!....I just did relocated and placed my Japanese fishing floats in a new container this weekend...I love the large ones you found!

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  2. Kim, I love your finds, especially the coral! Montgomery has a lot of neat places to shop! Have a great Monday!! Pam (everydayliving.me

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  3. We like get-aways, planned or not. I do not like flea markets much though! LOL Where did ya'll stay? Do they have some nice B&B's in that area? You may have got those floats at a good price because they may not be old. I would just guess that because the netting and rope looks awfully new. I prefer them without any covering but I have a couple with rope (twine?) but it looks much worse for the wear. I like using them in our landscaping! Love the urn - I actually inherited two that look very similar from my mom - which must be who I got my love of antiques from. We have them on either side of our arbor. We went antiquing in Asheville in April. We will have a little get-away in Menton, AL next month. Look it up - it's a great place. Beautiful, quiet and relaxing.

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    1. tina, I'm pretty sure these are old and even the replicas cost more at Homegoods. I may take the rope off the green one. We did not stay in a B & B so I don't know. The rope and netting do not look new and like I said one of the floats had banacles formed on it, but I put it back.

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  4. Great great finds. My daughter lives in North Carolina and is always on the hunt for items like these. Love the basket, so many ways to put it to good use. fondly ~lynne~

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  5. I always love when you share your fabulous finds! Great colors!
    Shelley

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  6. Nice Kim me living in Florida I have a lot of shell an Coral they are
    I nice in Sumer around the house
    Look like you enjoy a lot
    Happy Sumer
    Blessing
    Isora
    XOX

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  7. Fun finds, Kim. I found a or of the flats a couple years ago at good prices, and out them I our booths. One sold, one's still there. I have a fee Dundee crocks in there now, too. Our market seems to lag with catching on to trends whenever we bring coolthings in, so they could be there a while. :/

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  8. oh swoon, those fishing floats are fabulous, LOVE the color!
    Jenna

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  9. I love Flea Markets. I love searching for the "hidden treasures" like the ones you found this weekend! Sometimes the stores are just junk, but you never know what might be hiding!

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  10. You picked up some wonderful things Kim! I love the floats...

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  11. The antique floats are gorgeous!

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  12. Great summer décor finds, Kim. I dug out my coral and fishing floats last week for the summer season. I usually plan ahead if its a long distance trip but we will occasionally do a last minute getaway if its closer.

    We are heading down to MS in June to visit family so we are planning some shows and antique shopping around it. We plan on stopping first in Franklin, TN to go to the City Farmhouse Pop-up show. We went last fall to this show and loved it! If you have never been this is a show you show attend. They added a show in June this year in addition to their fall show in October.

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    1. Teresa, I have shopped at the City Farmhouse shop, but have not attended a show. Hmmm, may need to schedule a visit to my son's in Nashville.

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    2. City Farmhouse hosts the show and has a booth as well but the vendors are from all different states. Some of them are décor bloggers. If you cant attend the June show, then try and plan to go to the October show. You can find more details out on City Farmhouses blog.

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  13. Hi Kim,
    Love all your treasures found. The fisherman's balls are awesome. Love the color. The urn is so chippy and beautiful. Glad you had a great treasure hunt week end.
    Kris

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  14. You landed some pretty awesome stuff! Your little wire basket is adorable, and I'm sure you'll find many uses for it with the red accent handles:) Anxious to see what your holding back;) Did you buy that blue chippy door!?!?!

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    1. Cindy, I did not get the door. No where to use it and no room in my small suv.

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  15. Great finds and treasures Kim-love the rusty basket!

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  16. My favorite getaways are well planned in advance. I love the planning and I enjoy the anticipation that builds as I get ready. That being said, I absolutely love spur-of-the-moment getaways, too! They are so exciting and fun in a completely different way. My favorite spur-of-the-moment getaways involve thrifting, attending flea markets, visiting antique shops, and finding great little restaurants. It seems like your trip would have been right up my alley! I love the things you purchased. I live within a 5 minute walk to the beach, so I love including coastal-inspired items in my summer decorating. You found some great stuff!!!
    Best,
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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  17. Kim, We live just west of Asheville in Brevard. Do you know about the Flea For Ya'll in Asheville? Check out their FB page for information.

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  18. How much fun Kim!! a get away involving hunting and shopping is always fun!!
    Love your purchases!!

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  19. Great finds Kim...I love the floats and the chippy concrete urn. I'm heading to the Country Living fair on Friday can't wait!!

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  20. I certainly understand that "urge" or more like "drive" for me or I'll get down right cranky. Great finds and I'm sure you already have a perfect spot for them!

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  21. Great antique finds, Kim. I especially like the sea glass colours of the floats. I'm guessing they were an everyday part of a fisherman's life and as such the netting on his floats could have been repaired more than once.

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  22. Kim, you are such a savvy shopper! I have been wanting some authentic fishing floats for YEARS!

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  23. I have been looking for some Japanese floats too, first saw some at For the Love of a House. Love that basket too. Can't wait to see what else you found!

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  24. I love those old Dundee jars... The one I have stores my pens. Great finds for 1 weekend trip!!

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  25. I enjoy a spur of the moment get away. You found some fun things, Kim. I have a few Dundee jars too.

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  26. Hey Kim! You were out my way on your shopping trip! I live in Prattville--right next to Montgomery. Glad you had a good time and found some treasures.
    Now here is the really interesting item.....I bought a jar EXACTLY like the Dundee jar in your picture this afternoon!! I got a great price (or I think I did), too! I had to go get it to check it just now as I hadn't unwrapped or washed it yet for display. Mine may go in my husband's coffee station.

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