As an interior designer and décor editor, I am also, naturally, a flea market junkie. While hopping from market to market, it is interesting to see trends come and go on a smaller level, just as they do in high-end antique shops and big-box stores. As popular pieces like industrial tables and marquee signs fade out of fashion at flea markets, check out the new pieces I see popping up in vintage booths from coast to coast.
Chairish Vintage Solid White Kilim Rug ($1035)
Simple, heathered kilim rugs in solid tones are often overlooked and underestimated. They are great for layering under more-colorful pieces, or using solo for a simple, refined look.
One Kings Lane Pace Ello-Style Travertine Tables ($655)
This porous, natural stone is making a comeback in a major way. Look out for lamp bases and tables of all sizes in this super-chic material.
1stdibs Plywood Lounge Chairs ($2434)
Pieces by Pierre Jeanneret, Jean Prouve, and Jean Royere are much sought-after for adding a bit of vintage French refinement into a modern mix. Keep an eye out for similar pieces with wire frame lines, plywood bases, and rudimentary construction details.
Shop Assorted Stoneware Crockpots on eBay (prices vary)
These vintage stoneware crockpots are easy to find, and high-end dealers are nabbing them up and reselling them for five times what you can get them for at a flea market. They make for stylish countertop storage, or planters if you can find them in larger sizes.
Chairish Small Tramp Art Mirror ($275)
Look out for ethnic carved mirrors in all sizes. The more geometric the details, the more on-trend you will be.
Etsy Vintage Industrial Office Chair ($99)
I laugh every time I see one of these in a high-end antique store for $1500, because I see them every weekend at the flea market for under $100! I think vintage bank chairs look best when sanded down to the raw frame, so even if you find one with a stain on it, don’t be afraid to strip it down to its natural beauty.
Shop Indigo Dogan Fabric on eBay (prices vary)
This blue striped African fabric looks incredible as a pillow or pieced together as upholstery. You can fetch a sheet for anywhere between $50 and $150. Just make sure to dry-clean before using!
Chairish Mater Dome Table Lamp ($450)
Dome-shaped lighting pieces were big in the psychedelic era and still look sharp in a casual, eclectic setting. Keep an eye out for playful, ’70s-inspired lighting in your scouting.
Jayson Home Double Myrtle Topiary ($65)
These little guys are an easy way to bring life to the kitchen and bath windowsills. Check in with the garden vendor at your flea market, and if they don’t carry topiaries, put in a special request for next time!
What trends have you been seeing in the flea markets? Tell us below.