Trash and Treasures…. thrift stores & flea markets

I’ve always wanted to go to a flea market. I’ve heard many great things (and some bad):

  • You can bargain with people (definitely takes me back to my days in the Congo!)
  • You can find very random things you might not have known you were looking for
  • You can find great deals
  • You can people watch….
Those were enough reasons for me today!

I was on a shopping trip to Wal Mart today for a few Valentines-y things I wanted. In the parking lot next to my Wal Mart, there’s a  giant lot called the Lynnway Mart. They have an indoor area filled with lots of little shops (but I’ve never been inside to be honest… I’ve only heard about it!) and then they have a big parking lot (full every weekend) where people set up tables and set up shop.

Full parking lot:lynnway mart parking lot

Yes, they had boxes and boxes of junk…. of course I saw hundreds of pirated DVDs, knock-off fashion accessories, etc.

Now, I wasn’t very hopeful going in…. I left my wallet in the car, kept some cash in my pocket, and walked around. I was surprised to find quite a few things I would have liked to bring home. Some of the furniture looked decent enough, and I’m sure I could have bargained and gotten a better price than Zimman’s would have given me… 🙂 But I’m not gonna lie. I did see a lot of stuff that looks like someone found in a dumpster and brought it to the market. Most everything seemed covered in a layer of dust…. and there were bins and bins of just pure junk. There was even a guy selling tires!

Yes, it felt very developing world-ish, but I wasn’t bothered at all, … no one was pushy, which made me happy.

I found one friendly Boston man selling some stuff that almost looked vintage or antique. When I started picking things up and asking him for the price, everything I asked him got the answer “That’s five dollahs.”

“–and what about this?”

“Same thing, five dollahs for that one too.”

I was happy to leave his table with a little wooden art case and a rusty kettle. For 5 dollahs each.

This is a “Vintage ‘aht’ box” the guy explained:

art box

Haha, right… not sure if this can be considered “vintage” yet!artist box

On my way home, since I was on a “shop for junk” kick, I stopped at the tiny Salvation Army store in Central Square. I got lucky there too! I found a neat oil lantern for $6 and a dark metal lamp (without a shade but I’ll get one eventually) for $7.99!

kettle, art case, lantern

That’s what a good day feels like. 🙂

lantern

Creative Stands to Show off your Sweet Treats

I came across this idea on Centsational Girl and decided that today was the day I would try it. She has tons of awesome ideas, so definitely check her blog out if you haven’t already.

Go to see Centsational's how-to

 

Cute, right? And it’s so easy to find cheap mismatched dishes… whether you go to Goodwill or Dollar Tree (which is where I found mine) or if you have some lying around your house that need some love, this is an easy idea you shouldn’t pass up. Especially with Valentines Day coming soon—you’ll need a cute way to display those sweet little treats.

I’ve had a lot of free time this weekend, so I trecked to Home Depot today and bought my supplies. Okay, well, I had to get a few other things while I was there too.

Best Buy bounty

Supplies you’ll need:
supplies 

  • Frosted Glass spray paint (for priming the dishes) $4.98
  • Krylon Colored Spray Paint $3.47/can
  • Silicone adhesive sealant (this is like your “glue”) $3.89
  • Gloves
  • And of course a few unique glasses (goblets, wine glasses, martini glasses,…go crazy!) and dessert plates

Let’s go! If you haven’t spray painted much (like me), watch this helpful video from Centsational Girl!

Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) so you don’t inhale TOO many fumes. Get as much newspaper out as you can (more than you think you’ll need) or lay down some plastic.

Step 1:
Clean your dishes with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Don’t forget to take off sticky price tags if there are any!

Clean!

Step 2:
Start by spraying your dishes inside and out with the glass froster. Hold the can 10-12 inches away and have at it!
Once your dishes are “frosted,” let them dry for at least 10 mins. You might have to turn them over and let the other sides dry for 10 mins too.

Frosty Glasses

Step 3:
Once you have frosty white glasses & plates, turn the plate upside down and place the glass where you will want to glue it. Try to keep it still while you spray so you’ll have a nice ring underneath that will help you know exactly where to draw the silicone ring.

Now grab your colored spray paint and spray spray spray. You might want to do 2-3 coats depending on the look you’re going for. In between coats, turn your plate over and get that side really well. Let  the dishes dry for a couple hours before starting step 4.

shiny black

shiny!

Step 4:
After a few hours, grab your sillicone sealant. Trace the ring you have on the bottom of the plate with the sealant. Use a pretty good amount and then smoosh the glass on top of the layer of silicone. Press down firmly and let dry. Read the instructions to see how long it takes to “cure” but I’d say wait about 12 hours. After that, you’re done and ready to put some treats on these babies!

Ready to serve on!

After 🙂

DIY dessert stands

And one last pictures for those of you looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas! Valentines Day Stands

Note: For my spray paint colors I used Krylon Metallic Silver, Gold, and Black. I’m planning on using the gold and silver ones next year for Christmas and New Years!