To get the best deals at flea markets and yard sales, Lara says get to the sale early, stay late, bring cash, don't be afraid to negotiate price and if you see something you like, take it or someone else will.
Most of all, have fun!
Find the Mark
Also look for a maker's mark, a stamp or engraving on the bottom of the piece indicating the manufacturer, country of origin, manufactured date and even how many were created. Maker's marks help determine the value of the piece.
Locker Room and Bench in One
The locker itself would have been great for a mudroom or in the garage, but Lara went a step further by adding a seat cushion. Now, this piece serves double duty as storage and seating.
A simple coat of paint made this kitchen cabinet look new and modern.
The industrial rustic trend doesn't seem to be going away any time soon, which is perfectly alright with us. Lara's DIY wire basket pendant lights are easy to recreate and add definite industrial flare.
Reuse Abandoned Picture Frames
Picture frames are dirt-cheap at yard sales, estate sales and flea markets. Pick up a few in different sizes and shapes to create an eclectic gallery wall.
Luggage Side Table With Storage
Lara uses old suitcases to create storage in a brand new way. While you may not be in the market for new luggage, any old suitcases lying around can be stacked to create a side table with storage.
Don't just stick to familiar territory. Look through boxes, go to the back of the shop and look for good "bones" on furniture.
Go Ahead and Haggle!
Get what you really want by always being charming, bundling your purchase, and buying at the end of the day.
Mind the Chips
Don't be discouraged by a chair's chipped paint or torn fabric. Lara brought new life to this cane-back chair with crisp white paint and bold fabric, as seen on GACTV's Flea Market Flip.
Mason Jar Flip
Mason jars are ubiquitous in the DIY/upcycling world. Take a stab at the repurposing trend by turning these containers into a rustic chandelier.
Before and After: Painted and Printed
Paint and printed fabric brought this outdated and worn antique chair back to life.
Industrial Pulley, Boat Propeller and Glass Table
An industrial pulley, boat propeller and piece of glass come together to create a one-of-a-kind coffee table (or side table).
Code of Conduct
Unspoken rules of bargaining include if you break it, you buy it, and if you let go of something, it's fair game for another shopper. Also, don't ask for half price immediately, be open to negotiation. And remember, niceness goes a long way.
Cluster of Candles
We love Lara's ingenious idea to use candlesticks as lamps. When clustered together, these unique light fixtures provide tons of light and add interest to any room.
This vintage display case could hold myriad objects: books, dinnerware, baskets, movies, pantry items, toys, etc. Lara updated it with a mirrored interior panel and a fresh coat of paint.
Hanging Coat Rack
A coat stand takes up valuable floor space in small rooms; instead, utilize wall space with a wooden hanging rack. Lara added a mirror and industrial hooks, making this piece multi-functional.
Check out this nightstand flip from Flea Market Flips.