“Flea Market Flip” is a TV show hosted by Lara Spencer. She meets with two duos of designers and gives each duo $500 to spend at a flea market. They must create new pieces of furniture out of the items they buy from the flea market. After the projects are finished, the duos return to the flea market and set up shop. Whichever group makes the most money at the flea market wins.
We decided to attempt this with some designers in the area. Since we do not have quite the budget (or time) that they do for the TV program, we had to make some tweaks. We reached out to seven local designers who jumped at the chance to be part of our project. Instead of $500, we gave each designer $100 to make whatever furniture or home decor piece he or she wanted. The designers were instructed to keep the cost as close to $100 as possible because—here’s a twist—this is a nonprofit project.
These pieces will not be going to a flea market.
Instead, we had the bright idea to have our readers bid on these pieces at AboutStark.com/vintage. All of the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity and ReStore. We chose Habitat for Humanity because our readers voted it as the favorite nonprofit and volunteer opportunity in our Local Faves issue in September.
We wanted to give back to the community, and we thought this would be a great way to do that. Plus, you can find some pretty great stuff for your own vintage restoration at places such as ReStore.
Kelsey Reinhart, editor