Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Decorating With Flea Market Finds: Stocking the Kitchen

The challenge last Saturday at Wolff's Flea Market in Palatine was the result of an idea that popped into my mind about 5 minutes before I announced it on the loud speaker. I am currently developing a long-term theme, "Decorating With Flea Market Finds", that will run through the end of the summer. As I thought about how to apply and share this idea with our thousands of followers, inspiration hit me. I remembered a conversation I had at the National Flea Market Conference with Anthony Pretto of Kobey's Swap Meet, San Diego.  He had created a "how-to" video for cheaply furnishing an apartment. I thought, "YES, we can do that at Wolff's!" It is so exciting to hear about new ideas that my subconscious immediately began to ruminate. Hence, Saturday's theme emerged.

Usually, when I create what I call a "facebook photo theme",  I invite members of Wolff's Flea Market Facebook Group and announce it over the speaker at Palatine so that customers and vendors will know what I have planned for the day. Saturday's theme called for a "virtual stocking" of basic kitchen supplies.  I planned to meander the market in search of kitchen items.  I would ask prices, and take photos and video of my finds. The theme would not include food or large appliances. Beyond that, I didn't know what I would find, nor if I could find it all in one place or on one day.

Guess what? I did it! Take a look at this video and you'll see how we stocked our kitchen for under $400!
Items include: dishes, glasses, silverware, mixing bowls, pots and pans. coffee maker, microwave, toaster oven, utensils, blender, knives, bowls, coffee mugs and more! Most items were new and some were gently used. Definitely a great starter collection of kitchen supplies!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs0jToFN4Rc  Watch the video here.

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