On Saturday, Layla and I headed up to the Nashville Flea Market to check it out. We had both heard good things about it, so I was anxious to see it for myself. We did enjoy it a lot and by far, the best things to be found are outside the buildings.
I have very fond memories of Lakewood Antiques in Atlanta and have been there countless times over the years. Color me sad when that placed closed down a few years ago. I think many of us are still mourning that one. The Nashville flea market has a bit of the same vibe as the old Lakewood market, but it’s not nearly as big.
(Kim, Layla, Rhoda)
As August usually is, it was a hot day at the market and we felt every bit of it. We were there about 3 hours and saw plenty until we couldn’t take the heat any longer. We also met up with our friend, Kim at Twice Remembered Cottage. We had met her earlier this year at the Blissdom conference and she lives in the area. Fun to see her again. So, come on along with us and we’ll show you some junk that we saw. Plenty of good junk too! Loved this mantle/shelf thingie that would be great on the wall.Ahhh, blue shutters that were oh so pretty. In just that perfect shade of turquoise. Browsing with some water on hand. You gotta have water when it’s this hot out.Loved this lantern that might have been made out of reclaimed wood. So pretty, I think it was $50. All these colorful old bottles caught my eye too. I think these were some sort of old grain scoops, maybe. They were really cool looking. Would be great for hanging on the wall to sort things. Layla checking out some vintage stuff. These were candle holders that were pretty cute.
Glass floats. I loved these, but don’t know where in the world I’d put something this big. They were $25 each or 5 for $100, so not that bad. But, they are huge. Cowhide chairs and rugs. Zebra is still making a big showing. Some old fans waiting to be taken home. Farmhouse table. These sure are popular now. A painted and distressed table and chairs that were already sold, I thought this set was very pretty. These old seltzer bottles are always pretty to me, but at $200 a little much. White painted furniture is still the rage too. One booth of nothing but crystal chandeliers. Rusty old gates. One dealer had a whole slew of vintage beadboard stuff, which was quite pretty. These were benches. And check out the beadboard bed. I thought this was pretty clever. Some very unique items at this shop. More beadboard shelves. Ceiling tins. This was a really cool piece and the dealer said it was already sold and that they were going to put a slab of granite on top and use it as a kitchen island. These old carts with wheels are still popular as coffee tables. Rustic and chic. Old sign letters. Plenty of painted furniture. Loved this pair of glass cabinet doors, in a pretty shade of aqua. And saw a sweet little puppy along the way.A whole area of old hardware and vintage baubles.
Set of chairs for the taking. Layla, trying out an old bench.
And this was either a really HUGE dough bowl or some sort of trough. We figured it was a horse trough or something. Painted corner piece. Huge set of wood corbels, these would be gorgeous in the right kind of house. I didn’t buy a thing. Remember, we are having a yardsale in 2 weeks and I need to pare down, not bring more home. It was fun looking though. Definitely worth it if you are in the area.
Layla found a ladder that she couldn’t live without, for $10. We couldn’t figure out how to get the seats folded down in the backseat of her car, sooooooo……..We drove home like this all the way back to Birmingham.
That didn’t stop us from talking non-stop the WHOLE way back though. It was so much fun to spend some time with this girl and browse a flea market again. The last time we did that was last year at the Longest Yardsale.
Always a fun time!
REMINDER: Layla and I are having a HUGE yardsale on Saturday, September 11th, at my house in Birmingham, so if you are in the area, I hope you’ll come on out and see us. It’s going to be a LOT of fun and we will have a TON of stuff, between the 2 of us.
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what a fun post for me to stumble on, as i live in franklin, just outside nashville and frequent the Flea every month! i was just there on Friday and scored some great Justin boots for twenty dollars! fun to recognize almost every photo you shared……how about that huge doughbowl?! boy, it sure was hot out…
have a good day,
I think you did really well to come home with nothing. So much great stuff. I must say though I wuold have had the ladder. I see them here and there for quilt storage and would love to find one myself.
Centsational Girl says
Sooooo fun!! I wish I could have gone with you gals, what treasures !
Jess @ Reclaimed Marketplace says
I love this post! You girls look like you had a blast. The photo of Layla in the car with the ladder is priceless. I live in Arizona and am so bummed we have nothing like this. Although my girlfriend just move to Texas so we definitely will be heading there for some flea market finds soon. Ive heard they have some great ones. Have you heard that too? Anyone know a specific one to watch for?
Another good reason to go to Nashville!
I am sitting here water bottle in hand taking the tour with you. I don’t have air conditioning but know it is not as hot as you were in the sun. Will you share any photos from inside the buildings?
I am proud of you for not buying anything if it did not tug at your heartstrings.
Hey, Rhoda…this looks like so so much fun. Wish I could find a car load of money and head for a thrifting time like this!! :))
I have a question and you are so good to help us OLDEN bloggers…:)
I am having trouble coping and pasting a previous post to a new post, without taking along the old comments. I have done it for a year and now, all at once, it’s not working. 🙁
I change old editor to NEW editor, copy old post in HTML, then change NEW editor back to OLD editor and go to NEW post and paste. It’s not working…am I leaving out a step that I’ve forgotten?
I thank you dearly for your help…
Daisy Cottage says
Woohoo! Three of my favorite girls together for a fun shopping adventure! AWESOME PHOTOS girlfriend! You are working that camera! I loved going with y’all even if it was virtually. So fun!
Hi, Looks like a fantastic place to shop and to have fun. I especially like the furniture made from old bead board. I’d have a hard time resisting it all. Thanks for hosting Today’s Thrifty Treasures. I’ll have fun looking around.
Elizabeth Marchus says
What a great day! shopping is always fun with a friend. I fade pretty fast in heat, you girls did really well..
I love the turquoise shutters, I would have snatched those little pretties up in a hot min….
I enjoyed your post very much.
Have a sweet day, big hugs~Elizabeth
[email protected] says
I’m an old Lakewood junkie, too. Nashville just didn’t look like it compared to Lakewood. I’m debating going to the Junkmarket show in Mpls in a couple of weeks. Have you ever been? I don’t think I will be able to buy cheap enough to resell (I have a few booths), but thought I might steal some good repurposing ideas from those yankees! Anyway, will you be posting directions on how to get to your sale? I’m in Tuscaloosa and will bring a few girlfriends with me. Thanks for sharing, Sue
You didn’t buy anything? Wow.. that is amazing… with all that great stuff. I want the blue shutters…. Do you want to go back and pick them up for me…lol
Keep Calm and Decorate says
Rhoda, I wish I lived closer to you! I would love to come to your yard sale. You and Layla looked like you had a great time! Don’t you just love all of the unique stuff you can find at flea markets? I hope you are having a great week!
Rhoda!!! Wish I had found this earlier. My daughter lives in Clarksville, TN just north of Nashville and I had no idea that there was going to be a Nashville Flea Market. Do you know if this will be a once a year event or will there be other dates scheduled. Would love to get dates if possible or any link to dates. Thanks so much for sharing your day!
meredith c says
OMG! I live in Birmingham! Would love to come to your sale..where are you located? Thanks!
You definitely go to the most interesting places with the most fascinating items. I love to look at your pictures of those kind of trips.
I live in B’ham and would love to come by your yard sale next weekend. What’s the address?
Also, my hubby and I were going to go to the B’ham Fairgrounds today for the flea mkt. but it was canceled this month. Any other ideas of close places that we could check out that would have some cool items?
Screaming Meme says
Rhoda, It looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! If you get a chance, swing by Screaming Meme’s and look at a dining room I recently designed…Have an awesome weekend! Meme
Savannah Blackburn says
Hi there! I love your blog. I live in San Antonio, TX and I was wondering if you know of any places I can visit that will carry vintage treasures? … similar to the ones you found in the above posting.
Hi, Savannah, so sorry but I don’t know a thing about San Antonio. I would get online or look in the yellow pages for any flea markets or antique malls in your area.