As I mentioned in my previous post about gardening and green thumbs, my mom paid me a wonderful visit last week. There are 14 long hours dividing me from my family, and as much as I love our home in Tennessee, that is the one thing I would change. My mom is the ultimate encourager and helper as I start my little journey as wife and homemaker. If you know her, you know she is a light to everyone she touches. I'm getting mushy.
So, we spent our whole weekend laughing, talking, gardening, and SHOPPING! For home things. Discounted, of course. She is an expert at discount shopping, and I like to think I have inherited part of that gene.
If you live in Nashville (or anywhere close), and you have never been to the Flea Market at the Tennessee State Fair Grounds, remove whatever you have scheduled for the fourth weekend of this month and replace it with a trip to the Flea Market. You will thank me.
My mom and I spent over three hours shopping til we dropped, and I still think we barely saw half of what was there. It was unreal. We could have spent all day there.
There are inside booths, outside booths, and too many pavilions like this for me to count. People sell antiques, crafts, art, food, and lots of weird, cheap things like generic shampoo and paper plates and weird plastic squishy things shaped like eyeballs. I just avoided those.
I spotted some really neat things, and I had to keep a tight grip on my wallet to keep from buying way more than I did.
But I did walk away with a few really great finds which means projects are on the way. Window pane: $5 Ikat Bath Mat: $12 Vintage Mid-Century Ottoman: $15 Shabby Chic Side Table: $16 Vintage Ginger Ale Storage Crate:$17 Total: $65
I practiced my bartering a bit and was able to save some money, but I think it will take a few more trips to the flea market to really hone those heckling skills :-)
The bath mat found a home in the basement guest bath, and I love the way the storage crate combines style and functionality as a home for misfit things in our living room.
The rest of the pieces will be used in the office transformation which is currently underway. Keep an eye out for updates coming soon!