If you are like most of us, you love getting great deals at flea markets and yard sales. You can find some really interesting stuff, including a lot of neat vintage things. But the questione is: what to do with your flea market finds? Here are some tips to help you put those items to really good use:
1. Get Colorful
Take some of those old items and give them new life with a bit of paint. Spray paint some items in bold colors, and display them. Hint: Use bright colors to really make these items come to life.
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2. Fancy Candelabras
Everyone loves candles, but the same old candle holders from stores get boring after a while. Try using an old chandelier, turned upside down as a nice candelabra.
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3. Show Off Coffee Mugs
Use an old battery rack to create a cute display for your favorite coffee mugs (such as a collection of flea market mugs).
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4. Transform a Room
You can fill up a room with your flea market goodies so every time you walk into the room you feel like you are stepping back in time. Try stacking some old trays, displaying figurines, or showing off a collection of vintage kitchen items. Add unusual duvet covers and check out Vintage Maya to get the ideas.
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5. Have Fun in the Bathroom
Replace the garbage can with a large retro can, or replace your sink with an old soda cooler.
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6. Get Organized
Use old Mason jars, milk bottles, etc. as vases, pencil holders, and more.
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7. Decorate with Shutters
Turn old shutters into works of art for your walls by hanging them or leaning them against the walls.
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8. Add Shelving
Use old boards to create awesome vintage shelves for books, knickknacks, and more.
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9. New Uses for Old Doorknobs
You can find some really beautiful old doorknobs, which can be used as coat hangers, picture holders, curtain hooks, and more.
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10. Window Art
Hang old windows as artwork. If you have an old French door, you can hang it sideways, add a few coat hooks, and fill the sections with your favorite photos.
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11. Dining Room Décor
Use an old water filter to create a unique accent piece in your dining room.
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12. Anything Goes for Candles
You can turn just about anything into a candle holder with a bit of imagination. Try using a meat grinder for an interesting dining table display, or use deep fryer baskets for outdoor luminaries.
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13. Playing Games
If you have old board games, they make really cool artwork for your walls, and you don’t have to worry if you are missing any pieces.
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14. Kitchen Storage
Use a vintage grocery store scale instead of baskets for storing fruit and bread.
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15. Create Storage Space
Old suitcases are great for storing things you aren’t currently using. They can be used for filing, craft supplies, and more.
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16. Hang a Bottle Opener
You can have a boring bottle opener sitting in your cutlery drawer, or you can have a cool, vintage opener attached to a wall, or better yet, to a vintage wooden table.
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17. Crate Drawers
Place old wooden crates on shelves, and voila, instant drawers for storage.
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18. Keep Magazines Neat
Use an old apple-picker’s pouch to keep magazines in one place. This is also a great place to keep remote controls.
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19. Eliminate Clutter
A vintage tool box is ideal to use as a spice jar rack. Another idea is to use a tool box as a desk organizer.
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20. Play with Old Toys
While many old toys are expensive, damaged ones are pretty cheap. Use old toy trucks as a holder for the TV remote, or turn game pieces into fridge magnets. This is your chance to have fun with your creativity.
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