Flea Market Mondays

What a bust.  Here’s how it went down.  I met Leo (my assistant) at PCC at 7am.  ’Wow, we are like one of the first cars here.  huh’ and as i walk into the campus where it normally is I get the eerie feeling that we aren’t going to find the flea market here today.  So i check the calendar and i got my sundays mixed up.  

No worries, because there is one 25 miles away in Santa Monica.  No big deal.  We’ve only missed the first hour which is the most important furniture hour.  

Whatever.  It’s a beautiful morning, my loved ones are all alive and healthy so i brush it off.  

We arrive in Santa Monica, now 8:15 and it was a total bust.  Nothing.  Nada.  Sure the flea market was there, but either all the good stuff was already bought or the dealers didn’t bring it this week.  I bought a chair and a lamp, both good, but not really blog worthy.  

Then I hit up Melrose Trading post where all the real crap lives.  Wasted two hours, fighting LA hipsters for crap that neither of us needed.

It’s like i’m a drug addict where i’m used to have the dealers that i can trust to give me the best product, and getting crap from bozos for the same price makes me go into withdrawals.  and angry.  

So here is what I bought recently, at stores.  

Pretty cute little industrial cart.  $70

 

mid-century coffee table. I’m not the biggest glass top table fan, but this was $60 (although the glass will probably cost 50) and seemed like a good deal.

 

 

 

Here’s a video that Leo took of me last week at the Long Beach flea Market.  I will warn you that I was insanely ‘tired’ and low energy and unenthused by both the flea market and being shot.  And after seeing myself i was like, woah, this host gots ta start bringing her game even when its a flip cam.  But he did a great job of cutting together 2 hours of boring shopping in the rain after me getting like 4 hours of sleep.  The video we took yesterday is hopefully better, its still hard for me bring the big personality in front of a bunch of vendors at the flea, but i’m trying.  and hopefully getting more entertaining than this.  Thank god for good music, though, eh?

Adventures at the Long Beach Swap Meet from Emily Henderson on Vimeo.

 

 And btdubs, the big thing that i bought that rhymes with schmernal schmanders was for an over the top first look.  It was $80 and after checking with the producers and finding out that we in fact can’t show it, the dealer bought it back from me for $125 because he had someone offer him $200.  We made $45 bucks, not bad. Was it totally nuts?  yep.  But kinda awesome, too.   trust.

 

  1. S@sha

    It might be impossible to find thin enough, but maybe you could put a marble top in the round coffee table instead of glass. I wish I could find an old round coffee table where I live for $60. I've been looking forever. Why are round tables so hard to find?

  2. Hayley

    I love the LB Flea! Funny- I bought the painting shown in the beginning of the video- at 14 seconds- of the ladies back sitting in a chair. Still trying to decide where to hang it. Would love to see more tips for flea market shopping. I always go toward the end of the day when the dealers give the "i don't want to load this back on the trucks" deals. Cheers!

  3. Will

    "Too hungover to shop" love that! Made me smile.

  4. Debra

    Don't forget there is another long beach flea on Halloween. I wish I could be there.

  5. Hannah Flora

    Flea Market Monday's remind me of my "Street Merch Monday's!" The streets of New York are my 'flea market' and I peruse them until I find the perfect potential ridden piece!

    You are too cute for words Emily – what a treat to read your daily styling musings! Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah
    hannahkateflora.blogspot.com

  6. AmberK

    Is anyone else having problems seeing the photos Emily is posting? Ever since the site moved a lot of the photos are just little boxes with a red x…

  7. Callie

    I, also, am having trouble seeing the pictures that Emily is posting – lots of little boxes with red Xs in them – didn't have this problem with the old site. Maybe red Xs are a new design!

  8. erica

    I can't see the pics, either, but I also don't see boxes with red x's…

  9. Erin

    Nice to see the EmersonMade jacket in action! You got me totally hooked on her website.

  10. I can't see the pictures. Totally bummed. :(

  11. No pics for moi either.. I'm guessing it's not just me…

    Anywho. Kudos for making $45 on the kernal haha.. i mean colonel. But if "they" let you use that in the "space", I would be for sure watching the episope it's dedicated to (not that I'm not already watching.. but in case I wasn't) because I'd be all, ohmygoshwhereisshegoingtoputthecolonel?… so maybe they shouldn't be so strict.

    Get the pics figured out because i wanna see your goodies!

    xo
    -julie

  12. love the video!

    i was just clicking around on hgtv and came across some negative comments about you. it is so strange to see that about someone i think is so awesome. how do you deal with the haters? i'd love to read a post about that…

  13. oh and I was able to see the photos on my blackberry, but not on my computer…

  14. Mardigrasqueen

    Don't ya sometimes hate production rules? I work in video production and we'd have great shots we couldn't use because of rights and all that jazz. Kills the creativity, I tell ya!

    Though, I'm sure you've come up with a great replacement.

  15. Riverrun2

    Can't see the pics either… little red x instead. Will keep checking back and hopefully it'll get fixed. Thanks for all the inspiration Emily!!

  16. Heidi

    Here is a non-hater. If that makes it any better. Amy: I don't like going on to the HGTV website because of the same reason.

    I was really psyched when Emily won the Design Star. She was my favorite from the beginning. Well I am a design addict from Scandinavia, so I am always trying to find something unique to watch on the American TV. Antonio and Emily are something I like to watch, I am glued to the screen. Others I don't care about, too generic/seen before and safe.

    I am also glad I found Emily's blog.

    I wish we had flea markets like those that Emily visits in Midwest. Maybe there are and I just don't know about them, or go early enough there, or the dealers don't bring their precious with them when I go. I love going through junk and gunk if I have a feel I can really find something. Any tips for Chicago area?

    Heidi

  17. Lindsay T

    Emily- Would you be willing to put together a list of the flea markets you like to frequent (with dates and locations, or maybe links?)? I'm not an Angelino, but my boyfriend is, and I think we'd both get a kick out of spending a morning out in the cold morning drizzle when I'm visiting. ;) If not a list, maybe just the deets on your fave? Much love!

  18. Kelly

    Hi Emily!

    I'm not sure if you even read these post but I wanted to pick your brain. I am a huge fan of your style and talent. I had a question in regard to how you fix your finds. When you choose furniture, how do you decide on staining and refinishing it? Do you like it for its color and age? Is it a bad idea to modernize it? What's your take on when to spray paint something? Just wondering. I notice you tend to embrace the pieces story and it is effortlessly (appears) beautiful and whimsical. I'd love to understand your approach.

    Thanks for reading,
    Kelly

  19. Emily G.

    I'm just wondering why you're not a fan of glass coffee tables.

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