How to Accessorize with Flea Market Finds

How to Accessorize with Flea Market Finds

Sarah Coffey
Aug 9, 2010
These milk glass goblets cost just a few dollars for the group and easily clean up to make a centerpiece.

Over the weekend, I stopped by the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market at 39th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan. Snapping photos, I was reminded how certain things always pop up at the flea market and can easily be transformed into high-style decor with a little bit of cleaning and maybe a coat of paint — here are a few simple ideas.

Coordinate with color. Shop for dishes, bottles, or jars in the same color. Dust them off, and arrange them at home on a table or buffet to create an instant centerpiece.

Repurpose. Basic items like teacups and canisters work well as organizers for jewelry or loose change.

Anything can be artwork. A few letterpress blocks, artfully arranged in a typecase, create unique wall art for very little money or effort.

Spraypaint. A collection of empty frames look cohesive when they're given a matching coat of paint and hung together on the wall.

Keep an eye out for textiles. Rugs are common finds, and they can be layered for a Bohemian look or used in oddly shaped spaces like hallways and nooks.

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Photos: Sarah Coffey (Hell's Kitchen photos), Amanda Johnson (milk glass centerpiece), ASK Dzign (typecase display), Jessica Watson (hallway rug), Martha Stewart (teacup jewelry organizers and spraypainted frames)

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