If I wasn’t going to refinish it, then I needed to reposition it.
The latter would be far less time consuming, and would get this rustic desk sold within days. And given my limited studio space, this seemed prudent. (Although deep down I would have loved to refinish this desk.)
Thus, this beaten up old desk became an alluring “Flea Market Chic Desk.” And it did in fact sell for a decent price, with many inquiries, within days, on Craigslist.
Have you considered stylizing your space a-la Flea Market? There are different ways and extents to which you can add some flea market flair to your home decor. Check out these two Flea Market Chic dining rooms for inspiration:
This dining room has a clean, cottage feel, infused with some Flea Market Chic. Notice the chairs at this table. They are perfectly flea marketed to imperfection, giving this room just a touch of flea market fab. As well, the slight bulges in the wood on the table blend in with the look and feel of the room, as though they were done deliberately.
from Design Sponge
Or go full-on Flea Market and you too will have “a colorful midwestern home filled with flea market finds.” Here’s how Jennifer Harrison made her dining room (pictured above) a marvel of Flea Market Chic, while getting her barter on as well!
“The lights were from a garage sale. I found them wrapped in garbage bags on the floor with all the beads in the bottom of the bag. When I got them home and put them together, they were awesome – for $3. The chairs are from the historical Cleveland- based Higbee’s from their ice cream parlor that was located in the basement of the store. I purchased 6 of them for a $1 each and reupholstered them with a cowhide rug I had. The rug I got on ebay from Turkey is a 13ft kilim rug, I’m in love with it and the color it brings to this room. My table was out of a flower shop, it’s what they used for their work station. The top has an amazing patina which adds to the character.”
If you live in Chicago or the Chicagoland area, and want to go flea-ing, here are a few recos:
And if you live somewhere else and know of a great flea market, please share!