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My Latest Flea Market Haul1

I went to the Rose Bowl last month and I bought that woman above, Jen Gotch, for $40, amongst a pile of awesome garbage you’ll see below. She also convinced me/inspired me to buy some vintage clothes which I will debut later but of which Brian thinks are great additions to my costume box. I fear that’s only because he’s used to my years of chambray-all-day and has forgotten OG Emily who did in fact dress in questionable and risky/cool thrifted clothes because it’s all I could afford. People claimed I pulled it off, but that’s easy when you are 24 and preternaturally perky.

Jen gave no permission to post that image but I literally didn’t have any photos of me at the Rose Bowl from this last trip (stupid of me) and two really nice readers from Nashville stopped us as we were shopping and offered to take a photo (after they said some very nice things that made us both feel VERY good).

ANYWAY. Here’s what I bought and why.

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What I Bought:

Flea Market Finds

These two mushroom stump stool things are by far the best score of the day. Here’s why:

1. They are unique. I’ve never seen these before…have you? (Liar.)

2. They are conversation pieces and I’ve always said to splurge on the conversation pieces. I can recover the tops and put these in a kids’ playroom next to a white Target play table and a simple rug and the room would STILL look interesting and unique. These mushrooms are not “basic b” ottomans, no they are not.

3. THEY SWIVEL. Not sure why I want them to, but that’s pretty fun.

4. They are going to go in the mountain house in the kids’ attic playroom which I’m painfully excited by. I’ll likely recover the top in something extremely kid-friendly (although I kind of just want to go with something white so the wood pops). Ooh, maybe I’ll slipcover them so that I can wash them.

5. They are graphic, and while they are absolutely unique, they are also simple in shape. This is a silhouette that your eye can easily figure out. Your eye tells your brain “MUSHROOM” and your brain says, “wait, that IS a mushroom” and then your brain tells your mouth to say “omg is that an ottamon shaped like a mushroon made out of a real wood stump?” And then my mouth says “YES.”

Would this go in any house? NAY. But in my modern mountain Scandinavian California chalet family cabin, it sure does.

If you can’t tell, I’m VERY EXCITED that these two entered my life.

But the problem about shopping at the flea market without cash or a car (what…I uber on the weekends because I hate driving THAT MUCH) is that you kinda splurge at a single vendor because it’s so easy to pay and get delivery from just one guy. That might be hard to understand, but you know how sometimes when you are shopping it’s hard to break the seal and make that first purchase but then when you do you kinda throw in all these things you don’t really need mostly because you are paying already with Venmo (am I the only one that thinks that doesn’t feel like real money) and it’s just so easy??

Well, that’s what I did. This guy was like “sure I can deliver…want anything else? I’ll give you a good deal,” and the dopamine that I was about to get from that purchase spoke for me…

So here’s what else I got from him:

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This chair. Now I LOVE the arms, I do, but I’m less excited about it than I was that day (again, the dopamine from my retail rush is responsible for my irresponsibility). The vendor was originally asking $300 for it, but I got it for less with the bundle deal. I’ll redo the fabric—likely just a cream linen but maybe charcoal depending on the room I put it in the mountain house. There is something about the dip in the top of the back that feels more ’90s contemporary than I want it to. We’ll see if I can make it work.

The table next to the chair (the big raw edge one on the left) is ALSO from the same guy, and no I don’t really need it either, but it was $200 and pretty great so I took it home with me. Dangerous is this dopamine drug, combined with free delivery and Venmo.

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Now, this piece is cool and pretty in person and was $200 so I “threw it in” but it’s not in the best shape and needs some love. I don’t have a place for it nor do I really need it but I figured for a shoot or a flash makeover, it’s GREAT. It’s about the same price as a piece at a mass retailer, but it’s more unique.

Here’s the good news: that painting that I almost bought a month before at the Rose Bowl was there again.

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I like it, I do and while I passed it up the first time because it was $225, I thought about it a lot the last month with only slight (but still there) pangs of regret. This time, the vendor told me it was $150, not remembering that it was more last time. Or maybe he did remember but dropped the price. Regardless, I wasn’t going to remind him of his previous quote because honestly, I don’t think it’s worth more than $200 (at a flea market anyway). So now I have my umbrella/shirt/bentwood chair still life that Brian has always been dreaming of (opposite).

Speaking of good news for Brian, I bought you another shabby chic landscape that i’I’llrobably never actually use but my heart made me do it…

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It’s big and pretty and I think it was around $100 with a pretty crumbly frame. The style of the moutnain house is rapidly getting more eclectic. My inability to go truly minimalist is going to disappoint some of you, but my love of pretty old pieces will help give a newly renovated house some soul and charm. I want some quirky antique pieces to make sure it doesn’t feel basic. And this piece is really pretty. In my current house, which is feeling WAY TOO GRANNY RIGHT NOW, it would feel too…well, granny, but picture it next to all the modern finishes and fixtures at the mountain house and I’m into it. I can see it on a crisp white wall, next to our beautiful natural wood doors, a mid-century chair and ottoman, a sculptural task lamp, and thin black side table…feeling me?

A fun joke at my house goes as follows: I say, earnestly and casually, “oh, hey, good news Bri,” (he falls for it every time), “what”‘ he questions, then I continue in a cute/mischevious way with a big grin, “I bought you that indigo bolster pillow with tassels for the Paul McCobb chair in the bedroom you’ve been looking for.” He rolls his eyes, but we both know it’s hilarious.

NEW FUN FACT: Brian, my husband who lives in my house with me, literally didn’t notice that I changed out the chandelier OR DINING CHAIRS in the dining room. Charlie and Elliot did (and they love the new one because it’s “golden”). That’s how used to it he is and yes, he is welcoming back OG Emily because he sees how happy it makes me to change stuff out even though it can disrupt the house.

Okay, off to what I passed on and how I feel about my choice.

What I Didn’t Buy:

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I love a modern take on the wingback, but my inventory is pretty high right now due to my constant chair hoarding and this felt annoying to deal with. The reason I love it is that irreverent pop of the wood arm with brass detailing. It says, “you thought I was a granny wingback with tufting, but actually I’ve got some edge.” I think they wanted $350 and knowing that the upholstery would cost likely another $300 (fabric + labor), I passed.

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I liked this little dresser, but passed on it for the following reasons:

  1. I don’t need it.
  2. It’s a bit too “mid-century” for me right now. While I myself was trying to figure out what that actually means, I think it’s mostly the finish. It’s too mid-century teak and orange. So I’d need to refinish or paint it which would be a good option, but would cost $300. I didn’t ask how much it was but I know this vendor and I bet it was $350.
  3. I think I was mostly attracted to it for the cute knobs and hardware isn’t a good reason to buy something (unless it’s a steal, but not for $350). You can buy awesome hardware online to dress up any dresser. Now, had this been $75 with bad hardware then you’ve got yourself a deal and only a mini project of shopping for hardware online.

Next up, the victorian wicker and bamboo picnic lounge chair of Brian’s dreams…

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I’m attracted to this kind of stuff and always will be, but it’s VERY specific and not the “simple but special” vibe that I’m going for. Could this “make the shot?” You bet your bloomers, but it’s not very functional (so low) and feels VERY fragile. It was also $250. Had it been $40, I would have hoarded it for its perfect editorial moment, but I wasn’t going to invest $250 in a large prop that my kids would likely destroy before I actually shoot it.

Then there was this bench.

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I thought this bench was super pretty while I was at the flea market but now I’m questioning myself. It’s from a train station which is charming and it definitely could be GREAT at the perfect dining table or in a modern farmhouse entry. But I think it was like $400 or something insane like that.

Here’s another painting I’ve been staring at for two months:

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It’s so pretty and I don’t know WHY I wouldn’t buy it, but there is something that feels too “bright” to me. But then I think “ooh, it can go in the kids’ room at the mountain house” and then I think well, is it sad? It’s also too expensive, weighing in at $350 (I think, maybe even $375). I skipped it again and I’m glad I did.

Lastly, I love a whimsical wood sculpture for a kids’ room…

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I’m already regretting NOT getting this wood plane. It was really big (check scale by looking at the chair/ottoman) and while yes, it was just a prop (pun), it would have really created “a moment” in Charlie’s room (the next version of his room, which might be coming soon as I’ve NEVER been happy with it). We have a thing for planes in this family as Brian’s dad, both grandpas and uncle are/were pilots. So Charlie and Bobba (Brian’s dad named Bob, not to be mistaken with “papa” which is my dad…also named Bob) watch timelapse plane building videos all the time and he’s highly interested in how they are built/made. Which makes me think, actually, that maybe this one wouldn’t have impressed him nearly as much as it does me. It would go the way of the natural wood train set that “I got for him,” of which he rarely touched.

Anyway. It wasn’t a huge haul, but I did forget to take photos of two things that I’ll show you on my stories at some point today.

But a question for you: it seems like you guys are enjoying the flea market posts (THANK YOU #OGEHD). Now, in this post, we didn’t shoot the pieces at my house because frankly, we are backed up on shooting/editing right now and I said “hey, maybe we don’t actually need to re-shoot these…maybe the iPhone pics are indeed sufficient.” Our thoughts were this: we are trying to make some posts easier to produce so we can really focus our time on the larger design reveals that need more of a push on other platforms (we want to create more videos to support the makeovers but right now we are just too busy). The first flea market post took 2-3 additional hours to shoot/edit (with Brady and Sara) + 1 hour for me to write + 1 hour to edit and link + 5 hours for the roundup of similar pieces. Whereas this post took just 15 minutes for me to upload, + 1 1/2 hours for me to write + 1 hour of Arlyn’s editing and linking time, but that’s it. So, it’s basically 13 hours versus 3. Saving 10 hours a week of our collective time seems like a good thing.

We wondered if these flea market posts could be more fun and “less produced,” meaning with less good photos and no roundups. Now the proof is in the pudding (comments and traffic) but I’m curious what you guys think. What I WILL do next time, regardless, is take more and better photos of each piece and get shots of me IN the photos to make the post more fun. I wasn’t planning on posting these so I didn’t get enough photos and these photos are frankly bad.

But my question to you is, how much do you care about seeing the photos on a clean background, well shot, in my house? Does it really matter? or do you just like seeing the stuff and hearing about the whys?

  1. I’d save the hours! This post felt like a nod to the “old days” of blogging. Sometimes it’s just nice to read some good #OGEHD commentary!

    I’m VERY intrigued by these mushrooms. I can’t tell if I absolutely love them or hate them, but I sure can’t wait to see how you use them in the mountain house!

    1. Totally agree ! and i LOVE these posts !

    2. Same, and it’s super helpful to see how your finds looked in the wild so we can up our own yard sale games.

      1. ‘In the wild’ haha. Agreed. Like the au natural post!

    3. Yes to this. More casual posts=more authentic content, in my opinion. I am very excited about the mushroom stools. (Kinda obsessed with mushrooms these days, to the extent that I’m selling jumbo 3d mushroom pillows on Etsy these days. https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuirkshopDesign)

    4. I completely agree! The most interesting parts to me are the thoughts – I’m learning how to choose, re-imagine, and evaluate flea market purchases. It’s also cool to see the things you find, but they don’t really need to be photographed well or have similar products linked to.

      Can’t wait to see how those (my first thought was WHaaaaaat? but you saw they’re awesome and I trust you) mushrooms turn out.

    5. Yes, agree!

    6. Yes! This!

    7. Ditto…OG Emily and a simple, straightforward blog post ! The why’s are also helpful. The overstyled, wordy blog posts are just annoying now

  2. I like these simple and quick posts! It’s refreshing and still interesting.

    1. I love your flea market posts! It takes me to the flea market, which there is not one near me, and I get to spend your money!!

  3. I’d say keep it simple and keep it real. I liked the feeling of going browsing with you at the flea market. And I like knowing why you nabbed some things and left others behind (even if that reason was dopamine). Can I point out that there was a great opportunity to reference your chinoiserie posts from a few weeks back in the first picture under “what I didn’t buy”? 🙂 Would also definitely like to see updates to see how your re-upholstering goes.

    1. I agree! I love seeing the things you choose in their flea market context as well. It’s helpful to see what your eye/camera is seeing when you yourself are browsing for things and what stops you! I say, K.I.S.S. – we all benefit!

  4. This was such a funny written post, loved it! My husband kept asking why I was laughing and I mumbled something about mushrooms.

  5. I say save the hours. For me, it is also interesting to see the stuff in its flea market surrounding. It makes it harder to recognize if something is precious (or actually garbage).

    1. This! There are no good flea markets around me. I enjoy seeing them shot as you saw them first.

  6. Keep them short and simple! I read every word and didn’t notice that the photos were “bad” at all. This post felt like a fun read from my slightly-crazy-flea market-shopping-friend. So fun!

  7. These are my favorite posts by far! Fleamarkets are basically my favorite place to be, so reading this is next best thing to being there. Love reading your why’s and why not’s as well.

  8. I love your flea market posts! Definitely #OGEHD and it’s amazing! I actually don’t care if you put extra pictures at your house. It’s almost more fun to see the items in their natural habitat at the flea market. Surrounded by their furniture friends. It sort of helps me see why you pick particular pieces over what’s around them.

    1. Totally agree with everything Robyn is saying (and her use of “furniture friends” cracked me up).

  9. Short & simple for the win!! I love these flea market posts.

  10. This post worked for me! I’d also suggest a compromise if it’s quick and easy- if/when these items show up in your house or a shoot, link back to the post where you got them.

    1. Yes, I agree. It’s great to see the pieces in their “found” form initially. But it will be just as interesting later to see them spiffed up and incorporated into your home/shoot later, with a reference back to the original included.

      For the bent-arm chair, I wonder if you could have the upholsterer smooth out that dip in the back: some extra padding or a new cross piece at the top? That’s probably a weird/too elaborate idea but hey, can’t hurt to ask your upholsterer.

      Definitely, keep these posts fun and low production value!

    2. I also agree about it would be interesting to see a post later with how these were integrated. It could be months in the future – no worries! But that is really good content — to see how you took flea market stuff and integrated it. (Even just one thing! A post about one thing, and where you integrated it.)

  11. This is good! I like how “not perfect” it is. Definitely a fun once a week post that can save you the hours!

  12. I’m fine w the less labor intensive flea market posts.

    Would love to see style finds you didn’t buy though. “Refined traditional,” the Victorian. Can’t remember all the names but would be a fun tie back to older content, especially for those that don’t love all the mcm stuff.

  13. What I love about these posts is that you tell us what you like in each piece. This, I think, is a different offering compared to how you bring a room together – which is what you usually do. I like that they have fewer pieces, more in depth commentary about each one. This does not have to be limited to flea finds, but regular shopping as well (e.g. the five chairs I considered for the mountain house living room).

    It would also be great if you could have a (separate) post about flea market finds after you repurposed them. You might include the options you considered, or the debate among the team (why should fireplaces get all the fun?)
    It would be nice to see how your vision carried through!

  14. The latter- I’m happy to see what you’ve picked/not picked at rose bowl with the iPhone pics. 😁

  15. Simple is great! None of love that curated life 100% of the time, so it feels real. Also the content is the important thing. Save pretty photography to show case design! Love it all.

  16. Can you please go all in with the mushrooms and make them actual mushrooms?! Red with polka dots, mustard with polka dots. That’s so whimsy / fun in a playroom. Use refined fabrics to make it classy, but go all in for the kids’ sake! (My inner kid wants that). I like the scaled down posts just as much.

    1. YES! That was what I was thinking too!

    2. I totally agree with this. I’m kinda obsessed with mushrooms rendered in interesting fabrics. In fact (shameless plug here), I sew up 3d oversized mushroom pillows in all kinds of fabulous fabrics and sell ’em on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuirkshopDesign

    3. Yes, I was thinking the same thing about the mushrooms. They would look so friggin adorable!! And it’s for a kids room!!

      Also, love this post so so much!!

    4. I agree. I think they look odd right now because they’re not covered in a kid oriented fabric.

  17. The photos here totally work! I also enjoy the reflection on what you passed on and why. I thought I would mainly focus on the furniture items, but I’m enjoying the dissection of the art as well, as it turns out!

  18. Love the post as is. Don’t worry about taking the extra photos/time!

  19. Yeah save the hours. I didnt notice the difference.

    But strangely i do recall a nice shot of that BIG wooden bowl thing with lots of cylindrical legs so i guess some things do slip into my visual memory.

    Okay, my official verdict is that you should only worry about pretty shots when youve got the time. Oh and i dont need a roundup ever. Im international : )

    1. I know exactly which huge footed wood bowl you are talking about. I’ve pouted several times since that post… WHY DOES EMILY GET THAT AMAZING BOWL?! Sigh. I can’t wait to see where she uses it!!!

      1. I randomly stumbled upon what that bowl is! It’s a Fijian kava bowl. If you look them up, you might find one like it. 🙂

  20. Love this style of post. Yes save the hours.
    Sorry Emily, it was refreshing to not have you in every shot.
    Sorry again.

  21. I agree with everyone else. It doesn’t really matter where the pics are shot, as long as we get to see them
    ! I love these posts, they are literally so much fun! And those mushroom stools are everything.

  22. I loved it like this! It felt like shopping with you and reminded me of why I’ve been reading your blog for so many, many years. I always come home and “back think” over what I did and didn’t buy (sometimes it can be overwhelming). It’s such a delight to read your thoughts on both sides and it’s somehow helped me not take my own decisions so seriously (it’s just stuff). These are really my favorite posts. I think you should allocate time elsewhere, although how you manage to write such quick, witty and polished posts is beyond me. Thanks for putting creativity out there to motivate people like me!

  23. Hi–I love this. No need to always link and/or shoot at your house. I just really enjoy your viewpoint–learning what you think is cool and priced appropriately. Also love the tips and tricks you share in the hunt. 3 hours all the way.

  24. I agree too – love these candid shots – make me feel like I was really there. Save the hours!

  25. Yes, more like these! We will eventually see stuff later anyway.

  26. 1. Those mushrooms need multiple fun covers with elastic so you (or the kids) can switch them out and have fun with them!
    2. THAT BENCH. It is amazing and I’d pay $400 for it.
    3. Don’t ever get the cloud painting. Def sad.

    I prefer the from-the-hip, iPhone pic, Emily’s flea market ramble over the well shot, more produced post! It feels more like we’re there shopping with you, and helps readers picture items at a flea or thrift location amongst other junk! I love the “what I bought” and “what I didn’t buy” comparison also.

    Couple ideas:

    1. Make it a slideshow with captions instead of a long scrolling post? Easier to read on a phone. I have no idea if that’s harder to produce or not.

    2. Maybe combine a flea/thrift haul post with something like the old “Craigslist Trolling” series. So it’s like what you bought AND what’s out there to be scored!

    1. Yes! I had the same thought! Gosh, do I MISS those unperfect, perfectly awesome flea market and Craigslist Trolling posts!! There is plenty of polished content in the blog world. And it is totally boring compared to stuff like this. Way back, THIS stuff made me love you, taught me something, felt relatable and happy. Authentic. Moooore of this please!

  27. Keep it simple! Love these posts!

  28. Save the hours! I’ve read all of the flea market find posts and I didn’t even notice that this one was different until I got to your comment about it. Also, just want to say that I’m glad the mountain house is starting to lean a little more eclectic :)!

  29. I’d save the hours!! This post felt very “old school” Emily-Love it!! I do agree that better pictures, closer, details shown, etc. would be nice. I also don’t think linking similar items is beneficial for me personally. I read these posts to get inspired, I wouldn’t purchase something linked on Etsy or a big box retailer, I would go to a local antique/flea market to explore! Love the recent posts and can’t WAIT to follow along with the Mountain house.

  30. I mean, if you don’t want to keep that lovely credenza I will buy it and find a way to drive to California to pick it up from you… #justsaying ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (My husband could disagree with this statement enormously as he doesn’t even like to drive across town for my 100th chair I purchased at our local flea. What is it about chairs?!)

    But I digress :). I love these posts, and I especially love that they’re just quick shots at the flea market. Not only do we have other items for context, but I just love seeing all the other background stuff that is there. Who doesn’t love a good flea?!

  31. I like this post better! Feels like the good ol days of blogging. I wouldn’t waste your time staging and shooting. I also like seeing what’s in the background at the flea market so I can be insanely jealous that such a thing doesn’t exist where I live.

  32. I like the simple, #authentic posts! Although seeing the pieces in their original habitat REALLY makes me want to go shopping. And I kind of want that big buckety thing in the last photo!

  33. I liked seeing things as they appeared when you first bought them, and I’m fine with iphone pictures. Having something new to read is more important to me than having something perfectly staged. Keep up the good work!

  34. Absolutely save your time! I’m allll about simplifying wherever possible these days and you gotta do what works for you!! Also I actually like seeing the items in their flea market “habitat” and seeing what else was around them. Love these posts!! I think they are helpful for those of us who are aspiring flea shoppers but feel overwhelmed or like we won’t make good choices.

  35. I agree with the masses – this is better!!! Thanks 🙂

  36. The more casual flea market post is fine. Bonus: seeing the pieces in the market instead of in your house helps readers imagine how you filter the good stuff out of the ocean of flea market crap ( something I struggle with). So, yes, save the hours!

  37. Interesting post. If the vendor selling that train bench was selling it as “authentic”, they are not an honest seller. The spindles on the bench back would always match the style of the legs; that bench is clearly a repro/mishmash/fake. Here is a link to what the bench should really look like: https://www.harpgallery.com/shop/item26130.html

  38. I prefer it this way! Makes me feel like we’re on the hunt with you. The styled photos felt too produced and I figure the good stuff will eventually show up anyway.

  39. Love these posts, love reading the whys of what you bought and didn’t. No additional styled photos or get the look necessary. I love revel posts but I think I love these shopping posts even more!!

  40. More OG Emily, more Emily explaining the whys and adding in random references to Brian (I don’t know why other people’s marriages interest me… I have my own but I love hearing about others…). Less stress, less perfectly styled photos, less work for everyone. Sounds perfect!

  41. Save the hours! Plus, we’re going to get to see these pieces styled out at some point, so it’s fun to first see them in the flea-market context where you originally saw their potential.

  42. I enjoyed the post with just the iPhone pics and your commentary (which is one of my favorite parts) but maybe if you found a really unique piece or something that you’re especially excited about one month you could shoot it styled out.

  43. My vote is to eliminate the shooting at your house – the in situ shots of the items at the market are enough.

    However, my vote is to keep the roundups. Partly because I actually bought one of the items last time. And partly because it helps me see how to apply the takeaways of the “hunt” to my own space. I live in a place where flea markets are uncommon (probably because the weather here is usually bad outside – rainy or snowy), so without the roundups I don’t find these posts that relevant (totally understand that others may feel differently, and that’s okay – I get that not every post is for everyone).

    I think if I were going to trim anything from these posts besides shooting / photography, it would be to trim some of the writing. Shaving off 30 minutes here could be done – I do love a long juicy post, but perhaps more so for other topics.

  44. frankly i don’ t think these photos are all that bad. and for me, i like seeing the items the way YOU saw them, amidst everything else, and getting a feel for why you picked them out in that mix. so i like these photos. a quick post is well worth your time… the extra photo shoots probably not so much.

  45. I also vote keep it simple! I actually really liked seeing the scores in their “natural habitat” – makes me wonder if I would spot them among all those other things around them. 🙂 And it will also make it more fun to see them in the styled shots, wherever you will decide to put them!

    I also really don’t mind not having the roundups as by their very nature they would not be exact matches anyway. 😉

  46. Love these posts and think the quick phone photos are fine! No need for a roundup or anything.

  47. I dont mind the short posts and unedited photos.
    Id love a more ‘how to’ post on flea markets. I honestly get so overwhelmed at flea markets vintage markets etc. its hard for me to pick out the gems among all of the junk. It all starts to look the same to me and hard to spot the right pieces for me. So anything on a how to and what you plan on spending and how to bargain etc would be great.

    Thanks!

  48. I like seeing the pics of the items surrounded by other flea market stuff. It helps to see how it would stand out in a sea of other flea things! Good for practicing my flea market hunting skills.

  49. Another vote for saving the time and doing these more in-the-field flea market posts. It is a nice change of pace.

  50. Save the hours! I love these posts! It feels like I am living vicariously through you.

  51. This format works great! You don’t need to spend the extra time. I love hearing your thought process.

  52. I like this version of the post more! Was able to see the scale of things, and it’s fun seeing them in the flea market setting. Save the time and stick with this format!

  53. I like the posts, especially with the commentary on pricing, what’s worth it and what isn’t and how pieces can be refinished or updated. However, in the interest of saving time, I’d be perfectly content if these posts were in list or bulleted form, rather than lengthier narratives, which tbh I mostly just skim.

  54. I love the “action shots” for your flea finds!!! It’s like we are shopping with you,

  55. I like it! Feels approachable, casual and like a conversation with a friend. Exactly what flea market shopping should be.

  56. I feel like we’re going to see the majority of these items in a fully-produced shoot later on, so I don’t think there’s a need for high quality photos on these kind of posts.

  57. I actually prefer this post! Save the work and stick with this. It seems more earnest/genuine/fun!

  58. Everything looks good when it is carefully shot. Seeing them at the flea market is actually more helpful to me as a shopper.

    1. Yes to this comment! I like the natural light and surrounding mish-mash of stuff. That, with your description of what drew you to the piece, is helpful.

  59. Save the hours! I think I even preferred the more casual vibe. Glad you are having fun!

  60. I like seeing your finds in their wild habitat.

  61. Yes to simple, quick posts! I especially love the awesome, random stuff you didn’t buy. As an avid thrifter I love the weird stuff and somehow feel vindicated in what I buy or don’t buy if you also like it.

  62. Another vote for in-the-wild flea market posts. But please link back when you show us the styled/cleaned/reupholstered versions later in their lives!

  63. Great choices, I can’t believe that umbrella painting was still there, score!
    I’m going to wait and see those mushroom chairs when they’re done because right now they’re a bit “I made this for my meditation basement patchouli guy who wears a ratty kimono and man bun around the house” — eh. Maybe if the new fabric is a big polka dot but not the expected red/white?
    I love the armchair, swoopy back notwithstanding. I know you will make it awesome.
    Maybe the biplane prop will still be there next month? Keep it coming, these are fun! iPhone pics are fine.

    1. Omg I am dying laughing. I had the same reaction to the mushrooms.

  64. Agree with the others – pass on the super-production, plus I don’t care about roundups for similar vintage items. Save the time!

  65. I like these thrifting posts just like this one. No need to stage or edit it in your home.

  66. It really depends. I did like this post, but sometimes I think seeing an object in a setting helps. It’s like “you see this quirky thing you would have never bought? Well, you were wrong: look at it here!”
    But I believe we’ll see the mashroom tools sooner or later and the same goes for most of your other purchases, so I’d skip the additional work, or MAYBE style only a single piece for each post.

  67. This post definitely didn’t feel like it was “missing” anything — it was actually really helpful to “see” through your eyes at the market and ignore all the junk to focus on the treasure. Whenever I go to fleas/antiques/vintage/thrift stores, I get overwhelmed FAST. This post makes thrifting seem more doable.

    That said, if you had TIME to shoot a couple of the weirder pieces in your house, that would be extra-helpful in visualizing how a weird piece could actually work with other decor.

    I never found the roundups for the flea posts that helpful, so I say absolutely ditch that extra 5 hours of work.

  68. Less produced photos are just fine. Life ain’t perfect and we need more “messy” pictures in our life.

  69. I like this style because the interesting part for me is the picture+commentary that says “of all the crap on this tarp, this is the piece I honed in on and why, and how I might use it.” The explanation of your eye helps develop my eye.

    And then, if a piece pops up in editorial later – so fun!

    Thank you!

  70. I’m fine with how you did this post, but I always love a round up.

  71. I agree that these photos are enough – and also that you should cover the mushrooms in red fabric with spots – like fairytale toadstools 🙂

  72. Love this type and style! It feels more like a conversation than the styled posts and also more authentic to flea market- if that makes sense? Love also seeing what you didn’t get and why as well. I would love to see something similar at a brand retailer- maybe Target? Non-styled, just browsing the shelves what you like and where you see it- kinda like a written out insta story?

  73. Oh Emily, thank you for this post and for your delightful sense of humor. I love seeing your “in the field” photos because it is like going along with you. Keep it simple and please know how much fun it is to have your blog to enjoy. I love whatever you have to share with us because you are authentic. The real treasures are you, your family and your team.

  74. Yes, I like the flea market posts — keep ’em coming! Makes me miss Los Angeles (I’m a native Californian, now living in New York) and shopping at the Rose Bowl flea market every month! Your description of your conversations with Brian remind me of trying to convince my husband we needed a brass vintage chandelier with pink teardrop crystals for the baby’s room (two weeks before, it turned out, my son was born)!

  75. Simple is best! I love the dose of realness. It feels like a throwback to the kind of blogging we all fell in love with in the first place.

  76. I’m totally fine with just images at the actual flea market. I think it creates an authentic vibe and the post didn’t feel lacking at all not having stylized images of your finds.

  77. These are my favorite posts. I love seeing your vintage, thrift, random finds!

  78. I’m cool with this post the way it is! I don’t care about them being in your house. I’d be interested though in seeing follow up posts of how you refinished them or what you ended up doing with them! That would be very useful information for me in future endeavours.

  79. Flea Market shopping is our favorite “my time” activity as a general contractor. There are auctions online for materials, tools and we love attending and picking out awesome materials then we later use in our construction projects. Its fun, and great for my family.

  80. Save the hours. Simple and fun!

  81. Love the flea market posts 🙂

  82. I vote: save the hours and spend more time at the flea market/more time on these great posts; this didn’t feel unprofessional and I liked that it didn’t feel “slick.” I miss your craigslist series too….

  83. For these types of items, I’d skip the fancy shots. Shot “in the wild” like you did is how anybody shopping at a flea market would see them anyway. And no point, to me, in rounding up links to similar items since the whole point of these types of items is that they are unique and something you kinda just stumble upon. Train your eyes to see potential in the items you can find in your own neighborhood, you know?

  84. Yaaas, keep it simple and manageable. I’m enjoying just as much.

  85. I like the iPhone pictures. Seems more realistic and helpful for when I’m thrifting.

  86. Seeing the stuff and hearing about the why’s!!!
    I love that your back to quirky vintage. I’ve taken the whole ride with you and loved it all. But the simplicity of a trip to the flea market with real authentic pictures is just refreshing and real. My daughter and I spend our weekends vintage shopping and we both love seeing what you choose more than a polished unobtainable post. 🖤🖤

  87. This is a great post! Don’t change a thing. I savored every word and enjoyed the photos. It definitely reminds me of the old Craigslist posts, which I loved.

  88. Love it! I saw your post on instagram and immediately clicked over because I love these round-up posts and reading about your thought process. I like seeing the pieces how you first saw them (surrounded by other junk) – it’s so interesting! I think I prefer it, honestly; and if it’s less time for you, win win!

  89. I’m good with these! it feels like we are shopping with you! and the pics are still super clear and show enough detail, not every blog post has to be IG worthy :p

  90. First, to answer your question… less produced is a nice change from the more formal content. I want to know what you found, how much it was, and the why or why not of purchasing. Save the time and let down your hair a little with these posts!

    Second- I had to laugh at Brian not noticing changes around the house. My husband is the same way. It might be weeks before he notices, if at all. We have trained them well!

  91. This was perfect- bad iphone photos and all! Looking forward to seeing these finds crop up in the final reveals of your mountain house! (or other projects!)

  92. Definitely save the time!
    One thing I like about this version with the items in their ‘natural habitat’ is that coupled with the whys, it kinda feels like we are there with you hearing your thought process as we shop 🙂

  93. I thought this post was super fun! I honestly did not realize the other flea market post was more produced. I enjoyed the pictures and content just as it is.

  94. I do enjoy the flea market posts because I’m a big thrifter myself. I like the simple iPhone ones just as much as the ‘produced’ ones – maybe even more? Because they seem more real, and remind me of ‘old Emily’. I also like to gape at the LA prices you pay for stuff – amazing! 💸 Oh! I also wanted to see the vintage clothes you got! So fun!

  95. 1. I really like these posts and definitely want you to keep doing them.

    2. I prefer the better photos, but 100% understand the desire to save time. Maybe if you made more of a point to photograph the pieces at the flea? For instsince, the raw edge table you purchased can hardly be seen in the chair photo. I don’t need perfectly edited pictures with a clean background, but I would like to be able to get a sense of a piece

  96. I love the pics at the flea market! I don’t get there so I lurve seeing all the other stuff in the photos. It’s like I’m on a virtual trip to the flea, which is such a good thing. Save the time and $$!

  97. I think it’s even better to have the iPhone snapshots for a flea market haul because it feels like I’m there with you! It’s even fun to peep the other stuff in the background!

  98. I really enjoyed this post as is! I didn’t even register it was less polished until you pointed it out at the end. It felt like the Emily friend we used to know and love (what the heck is OG anyway? I still haven’t figured it out) and less like Professional Designer Removed From My Reality. I think your mushrooms are insanely awesome and I agree with all your passes. Nice work EHD team. Relax, we can handle a few iphone photos of flea market piles.

  99. This post absolutely works! Save yourself the time and effort and just give us the iPhone pics.

    Can someone else go back and buy the wingback chair because those arm details are really cool and I want to see it reupholstered in something more current!

    I’m absolutely loving the mushroom poofs because they are supremely weird. Perfect for a kid space! Can’t wait to see them in action.

  100. I love this post as is! It reminds me of your old craigslist hunting posts, which i LOVED

  101. I like reading your inner monologue, so these posts are fun and personal!

    One comment that applies to these types of posts and posts more generally — sometimes the ‘get the look’ links can lead to dead ends, which is frustrating. For instance, i am searching for large scale art for my home and one of your vintage flea market scores was exactly that, but then the shopping link lead me to a much smaller scale 5in by 5in piece. I certainly appreciate how hard it can be to replicate vintage scores for the masses, and how time consuming for your team, so that said perhaps this means a vote for more streamlined posts of this variety to save the time for more meaningful reveals and round ups when they can actually be replicated.

  102. This was a very fun read and actually pretty helpful. I love it when you give us the scoop behind your thought process. I often take your perspective and inject it into my own style when shopping for new pieces. I think it makes a lot of sense to mix in the “less produced” posts with your more editorial ones. It makes your blog feel more authentic and less cookie cutter.

    I cannot wait to see how your mushroom stumps turn out. Admittedly, I can’t help but envision them in an awesome wool fabric that would fit the mountain vibe. Maybe a bright bold plaid pattern or confetti tweed a la Schoolhouse Electric. Just my two cents. Keep up the great work y’all!

  103. Love this! I just also want to see the clothes you bought!

  104. I love these posts. For me, what’s interesting is what you chose, how you picked it out from all the other visual chaos of a flea, and then what you think about it. I def don’t need to see them styled out right away, or have a round up– the thing about shopping a flea market is that the things are unique – round ups are only mildly interesting to me.

    Please do the easier-to-produce posts, and keep them coming! I love these. When you do eventually use these pieces, it would be satisfying to see a link back to when you purchased them, but I’d rather wait to see them styled as they will actually be used, rather than styled and shot for a post like this one.

    Yes! I am loving your return to OGEHD!!!

  105. Love these posts and definitely think it’s fine if they are less polished/edited! Can’t wait to see how you style these items in the Mountain House.

    Question – WHERE ON EARTH in the LA area can you get that chair re-upholstered (including fabric) for $300? I’ve been hoarding a real shabby wingback in my garage for five years and my husband is threatening to give it away for free on Craigslist if I don’t give it some love and bring it inside stat. Any guidance would be SO appreciated!

  106. I like seeing the photos you take at the flea market. Don’t waste your time reshooting them in your house, what a headache! It’s fun to also see the other stuff in the background of the pieces you buy that I can peek at.

  107. 100% YES to more casual flea market posts. It’s like a shop-with-me vlog on YT, which I am OBSESSED with. It’s virtual reality window shopping. No need to style and shoot the pieces, that takes all the initiative out if it for people to dream up how they would use the pieces. It would be more fun when a piece is used later down the road for content to call it out, like, hey remember this piece I bought at the flea market X time ago? Here’s how we used it!
    My 2 cents 🙂

  108. Emily, how about posts exactly like todays. BUT, when you actually use the piece in your decorating you give the pics the full artful Emily treatment? Best of both worlds. It also would help everyday people train their eyes to see the potential in a piece as it sits unstyled in a pile of junk. I also love to hear your whys and why nots.
    I loved that umbrella still life and I’m happy you took it home this time.

  109. I like seeing the stuff and hearing about the whys ☺️

  110. I bet Restor a Finish would make that sideboard table look great. I have used it on mcm furniture (along with the wax from the same company) and it is amazing how well it works and is so much cheaper than actually having it refinished.

  111. I agree with the save the hours inclination and would even say skip the “roundup”—the point of vintage shopping is that you can’t find it anywhere else.

  112. I like seeing the flea market snaps. Also kind of helps me “see” things differently when I’m at the flea, seeing things through your eyes.

    Ps. if you’re ever up in Norcal on a 1st Sunday of the month, come check out the Alameda Flea. Very editorial, with the city skyline and container cranes in the background.

  113. Save the time and give us pictures from the flea market. I like seeing what you didn’t buy as much as what you did buy. And, knowing that you too have those thoughts about what you didn’t buy.

    You should try to be in Sacramento for the Air Show next year. Charlie would love it.

  114. I generally dislike flea market shopping, so I haven’t looked at the other posts, but I actually loved this one! I’m kind of surprised by it, but if you’re getting this much love for 10 hours saved, I say keep on saving your hours!

  115. Loving these old school blogging type posts! I love the organic feel of this like I’m actually shopping with you.

  116. Definitely save the time. I love this style of post. It’s what brought me here in the first place! #OGEHD all the way.

  117. Future me is really disappointed not to see that bench up at the mountain house. It is GORGEOUS. Do they take offers at the flea market? Is haggling allowed? It seems absolutely perfect, and yet you spent more than $400 on items you said “not sure why I bought this” and “don’t have a place for this” and “we’ll see if I actually like it and use it later” about. Just my two cents!

    LOVE the toadstools for the kids room. And AMEN YES to slip covers.

  118. Save the hours! I love seeing the items in their more natural environment (e.g. at the flea market). It adds great context of how you pick things out! Also, I love the commentary of what you did/didn’t like.

  119. For this type of post – these pics work! It’s fun to see the actual flea market and honestly makes it more relatable. I’m sure some will say these aren’t pinworthy pics but they most likely also believe everything on insta is true to life and not staged.

  120. I agree these post are fun…I just need to find the kind of flea markets that you find but here in VT!

  121. Save the hours! Your content is just as helpful like this! The reveals are always prettier when there are professionals shooting, but this is more real life/real photography, which I appreciate too. Thanks for asking!!

  122. I vote for keeping the flea market post simple. Buy the plane if you see it again. SKIP THE BENCH. It looks like a cobbled up mess of furniture pieces. That’s just advice from a long-time thrifter/antique buyer.

  123. iPhone photos are sufficient/perfect! I’m just loving the window into your buying/evaluation process so don’t care at all about how the shots are styled. Yay!

  124. Love it. Simple, time saving, information delivered. It’s a workable, elegant way to do your flea market posts!!

  125. Save the hours….but for the love of pete, buy that darn plane!

  126. I don’t mind at all just seeing pics at the flea market and didn’t miss the nice photos in your house. Good for you for finding ways to streamline your time!

  127. I am down with these easy posts. Eventually the buys will show up in one of your houses. I am so jealous that you get to go to this flea market all the time.

    The part I can’t wrap my head around (and maybe I am in the minority of your followers) is how much money you spend on stuff and call it a deal. Like, almost $1K spent every time you hit the flea market… my husband would divorce me. And if you then have to reupholster, etc, these things just don’t seem like deals to me. I’d love to see more buys under $100.

    Then, I’m not a designer in an expensive city, so who knows.

  128. I like this post a lot. I like the fancy ones, but I actually hadn’t read much on the blog for some reason (I don’t really know why) lately. BUT – I saw the link to this in my email and clicked on it and boom – I read the whole thing and now I’m commenting. So, something is good about the post and now I’m back! Not everything has to be polished and perfect….sometimes it’s better not to feel like a magazine.

  129. Love these posts. Save yourself the time. these are perfect. Cannot wait to see the clothing haul!!

  130. Also, to add to my last post, since you will go fast and easy with your Iphone, why not have the person you go with record your negotiations with the vendor? If they don’t want to be on camera, can just be voices, but would be very cool to hear how you knock down pricing on these items!

  131. Absolutely save the hard work for the bigger posts! This is great as is. 👍👍

  132. Love this post, don’t need better pics or posed shots! This post reminds me (in a great way) of the old Trolling Craigslist series. I learn so much from your explanations about what prices are fair/exorbitant/great deals. I love hearing why you bought some things, skipped others–definitely helps me to make similar decisions when I vintage-shop. Another thing I loved about the old TC series is that you would say what kind of room/style a particular piece would go best in/with. You do that here too–again, your explanations are an education in themselves. I guess the difference is there were some TC items that you probably would never have bought for yourself b/c they did not go with your style, but they were cool pieces in themselves and you could explain what kind of buyer *should* get them…

  133. Loved the post and definitely didn’t think any of the photos were bad. Wish we got to see more of the raw edge table and the framed NY Herald, but not having headshots of those two items is probably just the product of you thinking you would photograph them at your house (all good!). Love how you talk about the pieces you bought or passed on and what you would do with them- makes me nostalgic of the trolling craigslist days 🙂 One ask is that you continue to tell us the price- I love hearing about what you think is a fair price and what you negotiate (for example would love to know what a good bundle deal is) as it helps me think about how to negotiate with vendors in my own thrifting! Congrats on all the gorgeous pieces!!

  134. Just seeing the stuff and hearing the why‘s is perfect!!!

  135. TOTALLY fine with just the quick shots “in situ”—save yourself the time. PLUS, it’s fun to see what other wacky and wonderful stuff the vendor is selling in the photo background!

  136. No need to reshoot!

  137. I just like seeing the stuff. Maybe just pick one thing with which to get fancy and style out. 🙂 It’s just fun to see what you like and why. You are my “wish I was there” shopper. Thanks for asking.

  138. I definitely prefer the on-the-ground flea market photos. It’s more fun, and it makes me feel like I got to go shopping at a flea market (just a little bit), and I also like seeing the things that didn’t make the cut. Team shortcut.

    I need those mushroom stools. Need. Them.

  139. great read! xx can’t wait to see the mushrooms and oops on the rest

  140. I like the simpler posts! PLEASE don’t put the videos in the posts, the blog videos and ads already crash my internet far too often to the point that I stopped reading for a couple of months. I love the content, but it sometimes gets to the point that it’s too techy to be enjoyable (GIFs that are too fast to process, take up memory and i’d prefer simple before and afters). I’m fine with videos but maybe link them out or have a videos page that you can navigate to, most of the time the sound and autoplay is so jarring and I would much rather read.

  141. LOVE THIS POST + Your finds 🙂

  142. That green sofa so would have come home with me!

  143. I actually prefer posts like this because it’s closer to my own experience. When I’m digging around a flea market or antique store it doesn’t look slick and produced (it’s dirty and dusty). I like experiences and posts where I have to use my imagination a little bit, it’s good for us! I’m loving the return of the old Emily. Still love Target posts and the remodel stuff, but a post like this is one is the real reason I come back.

  144. I really like thi. It’s chatty and fun. Simple and easy. I like the iphone photos. And yay to more of them. The Rose Bowl is such an amazing place, it’s nice to show it off. I love seeing what you chose and why but what I also like is that you wrote about what you didn’t get and why. I think that’s helpful fur people who are indecisive(not me) to understand that there are some things rhat you think about and just say no— and that’s ok., it’s all part of the design process.

  145. Love these… The quick, unedited pics and prices! Also enjoy reading about what you would do with something like the mushrooms. More, please!

  146. My 2 cents is that I luv these posts and think the shots with your cell phone at the flea market are great. I’m interested in what you choose and why, not the photography. Of course, I also luv to see the pieces you chose in your house– Seeing how you use them/style them in your home finishes the ‘story’!

  147. Totally fine not to re-shoot!! We will see the items later when they’re in place!! Love these posts and quick and dirty is fine!!

  148. I did not notice the difference in how you shot the items until you mentioned it. However, I “shopped” the rest of the items in each photo and enjoyed it as a vicarious trip to the flea market. So I would say keep on doing what you did with this shoot.

    Love the walnut console that you bought. Before you refinish it, try some Howard’s Restor-a-Finish on it. It will liquify the existing finish, allowing you to spread it around, and that should restore that top without an actual refinishing job, especially if you add a layer of wax on top of the “new” finish. Antique dealers rely on this product.

    Also love the landscape painting. I would call it “California Light,” instead of “Shabby Chic,” but hey, whatever you want. That frame looks like it may have been made for the painting – the color of the frame picks up on the colors in the painting, thereby extending the visual field of the painting. I would restore the frame, if possible.

    I also love the train station bench that you passed on. It would look smashing in an entry way as a place to drop purses, backpacks, etc, and then sit to take off boots.

    This is almost as much fun as going to the flea market myself!

  149. Save the hours! This version is better in my opinion.

  150. i truly love the post as-is without the pretty staging and props – it’s so much more real to me and i love trying to imagine how it would look as you describe your vision for the piece. keep it simple!!

  151. I thought that this post was just as good as the more produced ones. Plus, having a roundup and links of flea market stuff doesn’t make much sense, because even if I absolutely loved a product I wouldn’t be able to buy exactly that. And flea markets are random. Similar items are impossible.

  152. Save those hours, for sure! And #VivaOGEHD!

  153. Save the time/hours! Love this … only show staged if they actually make it in the house 🙂 P.S. love the Jen G. cameo 😉

  154. If you buy something, I’m assuming that we WILL see it in a future “pretty” photo, so no need to shoot it against a clean background in this post, imo.
    Also, with this kind of post I am more likely to actually read the copy from start to finish–something I do not always do. I see a photo of a granny chair and yeah–I want to know your thoughts, thus I actually read the post!
    And okay…what is it with you and these cruddy paintings…this is one point where I can’t agree with you, which does make our world a more interesting place… (!) It’s fine. But I truly detest them.
    (On the other hand, have you ever persuaded me to buy a weird, amateurish painting? Yes, maybe twice.)

  155. Yay for flea markets and thrifting! Just show the pieces there, no need to reshoot!! Then it’s a fun surprise to see them styled in real shoots later on 🙂

  156. I like seeing the items at the flea market so save all that time on other projects. 🙂

  157. To answer your question, save your time and just post the flea market pics and call it a day. LOVE these posts BTW. I’m sure we’ll see some of these items styled later, which will be fun. I have to say, that train station bench gave me heart eyes. The credenza you bought would look amazing painted in a deep dark harbor blue/green with the doors/knobs/legs stained natural. Just saying.

    Do you ever go to thrift stores or Goodwill? I’ve been getting the most amazing one-off vintage pottery lately at our Goodwill, for only a few dollars each. I almost wish they cost more to curb my collecting (read hoarding) tendencies. Thanks for this post! Long live #OGEHD

  158. These pics are definitely fine for me!

    The only time anything ever needs to be re-shot is if you can’t tell the scale…like if that neat wooden airplane was not next to something that accurately indicated its scale. Otherwise? These are just fine.

  159. I vote for “I just like seeing the stuff and hearing about the whys”!

  160. I like the casual/real world photos and I definitely don’t miss the link round ups. I’m okay with not being able to buy everything 🙂

  161. I did not notice the difference in how you shot the items until you mentioned it. However, I “shopped” the rest of the items in each photo and enjoyed it as a vicarious trip to the flea market. So I would say keep on doing what you did with this shoot.

    Love the walnut console that you bought. Before you refinish it, try some Howard’s Restor-a-Finish on it. It will liquify the existing finish, allowing you to spread it around, and that should restore that top without an actual refinishing job, especially if you add a layer of wax on top of the “new” finish. Antique dealers rely on this product.

    Also love the landscape painting. I would call it “California Light,” instead of “Shabby Chic,” but hey, whatever you want. That frame looks like it may have been made for the painting – the color of the frame picks up on the colors in the painting, thereby extending the visual field of the painting. I would restore the frame, if possible.

    And the toadstools are very cool. I like the earthy/mushroomy color of the upholstery, so I’m hoping that you will follow that lead in choosing new upholstery.

    I also love the train station bench that you passed on. It would look smashing in an entry way as a place to drop purses, backpacks, and then sit to take off boots, and put on shoes.

    This is almost as much fun as going to the flea market myself!

  162. I really enjoyed this post and I enthusiastically welcome #OGEHD back into my life. I’ve missed you, old friend. I think this post was great as is. I vote, save the time for bigger and better while giving us fun little nuggets like this in between. All the XOXO’S.

  163. I don’t care at all where they’re shot, the flea market photos are fine with me. But I love these posts and seeing what you find! It brings me back to the old craigslist roundup days which, I secretly long for.
    Side note, I’m obsessed with that plane and if it’s still there next time you’ve got to get it.

  164. Your comments about how *excited* Brian would be about some of these are soooo relatable!

    I love seeing the less produced pictures – it feels like I’m right there with you, and you’re not making a bigger deal out of some of the items than they really deserve. Sometimes, when you do the huge produced posts, it makes the small stuff seem like “who cares?” because it doesn’t have that treasure hunt feel. Surrounded by all the true junk, I appreciate the gems a bit more.

    I don’t agree with your comment that the pictures were “truly terrible” – they look like the same sort of pictures most of us take while shopping to send to our friends or husband to get an opinion, or to remember what something looks like while we decide if we want it. I had no idea you were planning to re-shoot the items later and just didn’t have the time until you mentioned it. Sounds like other readers agree, so save those hours for posts where they add more value!

  165. Yes to the less labor intensive posts! I mostly care about the how and the why. I do agree with others that if you do use in a room/styling, would love to see it and it mentioned.

  166. Emily, definitely save your time editing photos for the design posts. These adequately depict your trip to the flea market and are appreciated, just the way they are! Love your blog, it’s something both my daughter (at 32) and myself (at 59) enjoy!!!

  167. I love these flea market posts. Also love hearing about what you passed on. It’s fun and casual. Also looking forward to seeing the mushroom stools in their reveal.

  168. Do you need someone else to say how much they love the off-the-cuff posts with just iPhone pics and your commentary? Ok. Just did.

  169. Yes! I love that it makes it easier on you and your team, anything to keep these posts coming! Plus going to a flea market always feels like a treasure hunt and I love seeing the pieces as you found them!

  170. I like the less staged photos straight from the flea market!

  171. Love the flea market posts and iphone photos/more laid back production of these posts is actually preferable to me. I’m confused about the first sentance–did you mean you brought Jen (rather than bought her–but maybe you were making a joke)?

  172. I love hearing about the purchases, but honestly I like the more produced versions of these posts! It is helpful to see the things pulled out of the original context. Of course, 13 hours versus 3 hours…you gotta do what you gotta do.

  173. Seeing them like this! Unproduced!

  174. This post was great! Aka feel free to save time and use iphone photos – no need to shoot again cleanly at home.

  175. I just like seeing the stuff and hearing the whys. And silently agreeing with you and/or screaming in agony over my inability to go to a flea market and snag similarly amazing finds due to children and (minor detail) not having any money for home shopping at the moment. No need to reshoot or try to find similar pieces. Part of what’s interesting about these posts is that what you find is one of a kind.

    Also, love love love the mushrooms! I kiiiiind of want them to go literal. Like, full Mario Bros. Think about it.

  176. Yes, save the hours, this def felt like the kinds of posts you did years ago, the ones that made me fall in love with you because you explained the thought process of what you might do with the items, like the pricing combined with upholstery and hardware possibilities, etc. It’s the resourcefulness that’s the interesting thing. No round-ups needed, and no need for links to similar items, they’re never as good as the original thing anyway!

  177. I’d save the hours, too. We’ll eventually see what you bought all styled out somewhere, right? 🙂

  178. Save your time on re-shooting. It seems too ‘produced’ for just showing us what you bought. So not relatable. Who does that?

  179. WOW, what awesome finds! I love the mushrooms especially for what you have in mind. PERFECT & so unique! Love the paintings and chairs. I swooned over that bench! I would love to go flea marketing with some one with your zest / excitement. I’m the same way when I find some-thing unique…one-of-a-kind. It’s like a major RUSH! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
    ~Karen

  180. I really like that you are sharing things you didn’t get. Maybe sometime it would be cool if you went to a flea market and didn’t buy anything, but posted pictures of the things you might pick IF you were buying. I love seeing the things your eye picks out, it helps me find my own treasures in the wild. Thanks Emily!

  181. I love seeing these posts with the finds in their natural (flea market) habitat! It’s fun and casual. Loving OGEHD!

  182. I want to see both! It would help educate how an item can go from looking attractive at a flea market, to actually being used. Esp. if its kooky (and all the better)

  183. Saving time is a great idea and I like this post just as much as the other one, maybe more

  184. Umm… do the quickies! These were great, fun content for me. Any time I see “flea market” (especially with the pic of you as the entry pic), I’m going to click and read. 🙂 I love seeing what’s at flea markets. AND, the super best thing about these posts is hearing your thoughts on the pieces!

    My general feedback on the roundups is that I am definitely interested in roundups when you do, say, a collection of rugs or sofas, OR when you style a bedroom and give links (VERY useful! Room roundups, especially those on a budget, are like gold to me), or even links to your outfits. I am less likely to use a roundup of things from a this type of post, though.

    It’s so fun some readers from Nashville found you and snapped a pic! These are fun moments to hear about!

  185. Save the hours of work! I really just want to know the why you did or didn’t buy something. Also, you can style something really well in a house but I like being able to see what it looked like when it was among other things at the flea market, in its original state! Also, having left LA this makes me so nostalgic for the Rose Bowl Flea! I am planning my next trip around going but the question is how would I trek everything back to Seattle with me…hahaha!

  186. just like this is great! it feels very natural!

  187. Don’t care about cleaned up pictures at all! Just like hearing what’s in your head when you look at things.

  188. Those mushroom stools remind me of the ones in designer Karen Cole’s lakehouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxdC3VzFZSk

  189. I like seeing how you spotted the pieces “out in the wild”! All for the iPhone pics!

  190. Love this less produced version, more laid back and fun! Also the less produced the post the more of them we get right!? Please keep this series up I seriously miss/love it!!

  191. This post was great! No need to retake all the photos at home. Though of course, I want to see them when they find their “forever” home and how you ended up using them.
    Thanks for doing what you do!

  192. I’m an art historian and I have to say that I am so glad you bought that still life with the chair and umbrella!!! The first time you posted about it, I was like WHY DIDN’T SHE BUY THAT, it’s amazing. I think it’s by far the best/most interesting flea market painting you’ve posted about in the several years I’ve followed your blog. To be honest, most of the time I wish people who were into this trend of flea market paintings (like anonymous portraits, etc) would support young emerging artists charging similar prices instead. But I think this one was absolutely worth the price. It’s lovely!

  193. I have enjoyed both types of flea market posts for different reasons, but I will say that I always want to see pictures of the pieces (or other pieces you enjoyed) at the flea market! I’m a flea market/thrift enthusiast and love seeing what other people’s eyes catch when they’re at a flea market. I would love this to become a multi-part long term series, where you have these casual posts and then eventually we get to see the pieces designed into a space! I think that would be fun & useful for people who are flea market/thrift/antiquing-curious, but don’t know how to integrate these types of items into designs. Maybe like, “Flea Market Finds: Check-in” and have a few high production shots of pieces you’ve talked about in these posts, and then updates on ones that you haven’t used yet/are in progress (i.e. here’s this chair that I haven’t gotten reupholstered yet – here are some fabric swatches I’m considering! and here’s how much it is going to cost!). I think it would be great to see more of the process that’s required to take a fun flea market find and make it a dream piece.

  194. I’m 100% on board w the quick and dirty… I like round up posts to shop from anyway. And quick is sometimes more authentic I think….

  195. Love this post as is! As another commenter mentioned below, it’s actually really helpful to see these pieces how you found them–lumped in with a lot of not-so-special pieces–so we can open our minds to finding treasures within big ol’ piles of stuff.

    x Hannah // http://www.HomemadeBanana.com

  196. Definitely love the flea market posts! And I don’t really care if they are extra produced or not. In fact, I might prefer the simplicity of this off the cuff post more, since it mimics my own joy at searching for thrifty treasures.

  197. Just give us the stuff! All the stuff! No apres-styling needed. It’s so fun to see your haul and feels so wonderfully un-staged- sort of refreshing in the IG world. Cheers!

  198. I like this one just as much. 🙂

  199. Save the hours! This is great and I enjoyed the post. I love your finds!

  200. I “just like seeing the stuff and hearing about the whys”.

  201. I really enjoyed this post (enough to make my first comment!) and would love to see your finds happily situated in the future 🙂 Maybe a “where are they now” kind of follow up?

  202. Don’t care AT ALL about it being produced!! On to more important things 😉

    Please oh pretty please get the long, pretty (shaker-ish) bench!!! Swooon. Also, the top chair with the 90s dip in the top—ummm, the arms. So curvy. So long. It’s perfect.

  203. I love this post and I don’t need all the production values of the professional camera/photographer/editor etc and shots in your house. I love looking at what you found in situ and I search the rest of the shot to see if I would have picked something else out and to try to figure out where you are at the flea. I love these and I’d rather you half @ss lots of them than put a crazy amount of time into a post about going to the flea!!!

  204. I’d rather see more cool “stuff” than fancy shots with white backgrounds. But maybe that’s because I like thrifting myself … dining table and club chair both from Goodwill. At least, that’s recent stuff. A lot of the rest of my furniture is also second hand; I’ve just had it so long I think of me as always having had it.

    So bring on the stuff … and how to use it. In living rooms that don’t look like a used furniture store.

  205. Don’t care about fancy find market photos. I just enjoy the virtual-flea market shopping with you! My friends and I do this while thrifting to share finds and call dibs and call it virtual thrift. Wish I could shop at the Rose Bowl! Looks so good.

  206. I value your thought process, and casual pics are great. More content, less editing! x

  207. This was a great post! No need for all the fancy business on flea market hauls!

  208. Love this type of post. For me, as long as you, Emily, are writing them, then I want to hear your voice and what you have to say. The photos are totally fine.

  209. I’m all for making your life easier! I loved this post, and the casual “devil-may-care attitude of it all. I found the dresser part the most helpful bc I, too, find pieces and think “with a coat of paint that could be awesome,” but then underestimate cost/time/value ratio. Keep it ALL up, my dear. We’re still reading!

  210. I like the casual nature of these flea market posts. I don’t want EVERYTHING to feel produced. Sometimes, I just want to feel like we’re texting back and forth and you’re asking me my opinion on your finds 🙂

  211. I prefer non staged finds pictured off the cuff on the iphone. It’s casual and kind of what flea shopping is all about. When it doubt the age old K.I.S.S. method.

  212. I like a mixture of both. If the pictures aren’t great, I’ll be fine because I like the whys. If the pictures are instagram worthy, it’s just like browsing design porn. I love both. If this site was only one way, it would lack.

    Anna Kaiser of AKT asked this of her subscribers for her exercise service. She would do really polished professional videos and they were great. Then she played around with just filming very simply the classes in the studios. She asked us what we thought. I liked both. I was there for the classes and information and the sweat and I did not need it to be fancy. To this day, the subscription service offers both– a lot of low tech, low budget things and me as a longtime subscriber, I don’t care because I want the work and the information.

    Your question reminded me of AKT asking us the same things.

    I love your quirky, off the cuff, and weird. It doesn’t have to be polished to be awesome on your site. Just do both.

  213. Don’t care! We want to see the real life version.

  214. Hey Emily! Love this format! It actually feels more approachable to not have the peices styled. Like oh, maybe flea shopping is something I could actually do too! Lol
    And I always love hearing your rationale.

  215. I’m so(!) glad you bought the umbrella painting. When you passed it up in the last trip, I kept thinking “but I love that gem of a painting.” Now it has a great home and I look forward to seeing it on display.

  216. this post is totally great. totally save the 10 hours! i love the mushrooms too, and while being able to wash them is sounding very practical, i can’t help but want to see cow hide, or leather?? maybe micro suede(gasp)- but they are making that look pretty good these days, aren’t they? and as for your sexy arm chair, maybe your upholsterer can fix the dip in the top of the back rest? I think it’s a beautiful chair- those wood curves!!!

  217. Save your time! I honestly hadn’t even thought about the fact that these photos were less styled than the usual flea market posts. I like the raw quality, it makes it feel like I was there in the moment at the market with you.

  218. I loved this post! Save the 10hrs

  219. I like the iPhone photo quick post! It’s “vintage” blogging at its best. Though it would be great to do a follow up post, of the flea market items in situ, when the are actually used and styled.

  220. I was fully satisfied with what you shared!! It gave us insight to the things that grab you! Save the ten hours!!

  221. Love these kind of posts. I like just seeing stuff & hearing whys! I like seeing the market because then I can see all the other interesting things that you didn’t buy. I also like seeing a candid of you & your friends shopping (non-posed) so I can check out your outfits. I enjoy the styled shots, but actually much prefer ones like these. More please!

  222. I say do the quick and easy posts for the flea market finds. It’s interesting to see what you do and dont buy, but I don’t see the value of spending a lot of time and expense on these posts.

  223. The flea market posts are some of my favorites – no need to make them a full on production! I will be curious to see the mushrooms in action, but for now the pictures are perfect.

    Yours is the only blog I read now or have ever read. I don’t even really “do design” anymore, but it’s such nice indulgence/escape from my day job (attorney in a big firm, where creativity goes to die.)

    1. LOL, Alex!!

  224. Love these posts! They feel natural and the photo quality is still great! I’d love to see the pieces after though, styled at your home or elsewhere in situ, to be able to see the “before” and “after” 😉

  225. I love seeing your finds and the things you passed up. I feel you. I’m often turn in the moment. Loved your honesty. It would be so cool to follow up with the revamps of your finds. And I also like your comments about what you’d do to fix things up. It’s inspiring.
    Thank you,
    A fellow treasure hunter!

  226. The extra stuff is such a small part of what makes these posts enjoyable that I wouldn’t bother with it unless in some weird alternative universe you end up having too much time on your hands. If you have some extra time, a round up of pieces that made it into the house (or didn’t make it + why) would be nicer than “simply” having some clean shots.

  227. Emily. When I saw you had another flea market post this morning, I got really excited! 🙂 I really love them. I absolutely love a unique thrifted steal. It’s so interesting to see your finds and the reasons why you bought some and not others, and how you fit them in with your other stuff. It’s also so refreshing and a major relief to know that you, an uber successful interiors style gal, can still um and ah and deliberate on things like I do. And that your husband rolls his eyes at things like mine does. So, yes please keep posting more of them!
    Also, you need to come to the flea market near me in the UK. It is soooooo much cheaper than yours, I’m not kidding! You would have a field day!

  228. I LOVE these posts! I would not do the “find similar items” because they are vintage and that’s the thrill of it. You can’t imitate them and the draw to the post is what treasures you found. I would like to see what you think you will do with them and post pics of those instead (use others until you do it in your home/ready). It’s sparks people to
    A-buy vintage and the stories rhey bring to a house
    B-go on an adventure with a friend!
    C-add something fun and different to their home

    Keep doing it from one treasure hunter to another and the gal that still wants those Arne Norell Kontiki Chairs of yours lol!
    Stephanie

  229. Ooooh I think that mountain picture (you passed on!) is super cool. Great square shape, and very graphic.

  230. I like the more informal style of posts. Mostly interested in the finds and your thoughts about them. Save the time!

  231. Save the time for sure! I prefer the pics at the flea market!

  232. I love seeing your, real life iPhone snaps! It helps me see your thought process while seeing things surrounded by all that other stuff.

  233. YESSSS! this is the kind of post I will read to the end. Not overly long or redundant (how many angles do we really need of the mushroom stools?). The old flea market posts are what made me subscribe and felt very authentic. I love the throwback Emily combined with the “older and wiser” Emily.

  234. I’m obsessed with navy blue sailor dresses + can’t believe you didn’t mention this one in your blog post! Did you get it? I had a sleeveless, navy blue, linen sailor dress 20 years ago + wish I still had it!

  235. Very much behind this 🙂

  236. Love you flea market posts! No need to pretty the pictures up. Love them as is! ❤️

  237. I love this type of casual posts. And I also miss your Craigslist Trolling posts!

  238. PLEASE keep the flea market posts coming! I don’t care how you do them, just keep them coming!

  239. This post was so funny!! Love the commentary and stream of consciousness style.

  240. Definitely fine with it just like this! Like someone else said it’s nice to see how cool stuff looks “in the wild” so we can look at our own flea markets better.

  241. I like to see what you buy, the reasons why and ideas for the items! And I love seeing what you passed on and those reasons. Including the price is helpful, so we – non-designers — get a good idea of what is reasonable/a good deal at a flea market.
    I’d say save the hours!

  242. I like this just fine.

  243. 100% save the hours!! I think it is pretty clear we all love these posts. If getting them more often means getting them without a clean white background….we are all perfectly okay with that!
    I am lucky enough to visit the Rose Bowl Flea a time or two per year and these posts also help me set expectations for prices 🙂

  244. Do them just like this. Off the cuff Emily is very enjoyable! And like other people have said, it’s like going to the flea market without having to go!

  245. I’d save the hours- I read the last flea market post and enjoyed it but wouldn’t have remembered you shot the stuff in your house if you hadn’t mentioned it! These posts being more fun/casual seems fitting!

  246. I like both – so save the time if you are stretched too thin at the moment.

  247. Please, keep up with your fleas market finds photos and commentary on things you bought and the things you passed on. I love the eclectic Emily who creates first, with her heart and then weighs in with her head. This Emily is the one I started following so many years ago who helped me find my own “style for design”.

  248. I’m totally down with these posts not being perfectly polished. This type of content doesn’t need it, it’s already great as is.

  249. I HAVE TOTALLY seen mushroom stools before! Grillo Designs has a pretty great DIY https://grillo-designs.com/diy-tree-trunk-table-toadstools/
    Also, I much prefer the iphone pics with these flea market posts!

  250. Oh my gosh, this is posts that made me fall in love with your blog, back when you were working on the Fig House. Definitely want to see more of these posts!

    I am in love with those mushrooms! I think they’d look smashing in some mudcloth

  251. These shots are totally fine. In fact, it’s pretty interesting to see them as you spotted them with the other junk around. It helps me hone my eye to see how they popped out to you. I definitely don’t need a white background to enjoy them more or get more inspiration out of them. Hearing about what you were drawn to about them is the inspirational part. What I AM looking forward to is seeing them shot in your designed spaces, and day dreaming in the meantime about how you’ll make them work.

    I love these posts! Keep them up!

  252. I actually like this better than them staged in your home, because I can get a better sense of what to look for when I’m out thrifting!

  253. Yes, please, more of this! Save the hours, iPhone photos are fine. I love seeing the items at the flea market. It’s inspiring to see what you can see vision in!

  254. I liked it just the way it was. No need to go all fancy with the post. TIME IS MONEY – save your time 🙂

  255. Save the hours. I loved this post. Also, the old craigslist posts, where you would look for things in some new city on CL were some of my fave. I’d love to see one of those every once in awhile, or maybe add that concept to these flea market ones. It’s helpful to see how you would take something and use it or make it better.

  256. Keep it simple is my vote! I would never actually shop the “Get the Look” items because it isn’t the same. I just enjoy feeling like I’m at the flea market with you!

  257. Just let me see all the STUFF!! love doing this vicariously…..

  258. Does anyone else find the post icky sounding? You ‘bought’ this woman and she didn’t even give you permission to post a pic?

  259. I actually like seeing the items at the flea better, bc i’m SO bad at flea market shopping, so seeing how these items look “in the wild” vs up against a clean pretty white background helps me visualize how to better shop.

  260. No need for fancy when you have fun!

  261. Keep it simple! This post was a throwback to earlier days of blogging when everything wasn’t all styled out and professionally photographed (which is great of course for big reveals but not needed every time). And I always skip the roundups anyway, as I’m here for inspiration and entertainment, not to shop.

  262. No need to overdo it, this works.

  263. Save the hours! This post as-is was super fun to read.

    Rachel | http://www.rachelstriving.wordpress.com

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