Real Life Design: 3 Flea Market Shoppers Share Their Finds

I'm always interested in what others are buying. Personally, I gravitate towards items with clean, mid-century lines. This week I decided to step back and watch my fellow deal hunters. I asked three people if I could take a quick picture of what they bought and why. Here's a little about their purchases:

Who: Gabriel
What: Vintage Pepsi Bottle Crate
Why: Gabriel scored this vintage soda crate for $10. He's thinking it will be a nice storage solution for his kitchen. Wooden crates vary in size, quality, and most definitely price. Some vendors charge upwards of $40 for a small square crate! Gabriel was lucky and talked the vendor down from $20. I too have a wooden soda crate — mine's from the old LA Seven Up Bottling Company and I use it to hold my Elvis Costello record collection. They're a great way to mix up your interior, adding a little bit of industrial vintage.

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Who: Carol
What: Mounted Antler/Mirror Duo
Why: Carol and her boyfriend wanted a whimsical piece of art. Antlers add dimension to a typically flat space and are currently a hot ticket item. Vendors are selling unmounted racks for $35-90! Carol got this antler/mirror combo for a steal at $30. I'd love to hang this mirror above my dresser and hang my necklaces on the antlers. It would keep my jewelry tangle free and create an interesting multi- dimensional display.

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Who: Ashley
What: Wooden Trunk
Why: Ashley just moved into a new apartment that lacks storage. She found this solid wooden trunk and couldn't believe the price, $25. Too good to be true! She wants to put the trunk in her bedroom--a wise decision. This would look great at the foot of your bed, or even as a nightstand if your bed is low. The lines of this piece are simple and timeless, as is the medium brown stain. Trunks of all shapes and sizes are great storage solutions because they're an interesting focal point in a room and cleverly store all your bulky sweaters or guest towels!

~ Alison

Images: Alison Brislin

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