Score at the Flea Market!! | Fredericksburg Virginia Wedding Photographer

I’ve posted before about how I love to go antiquing and it is something my Gram used to drag me around to do!  Last week I found a vintage camera which to my delight had a roll of film ready to be developed waiting in it!  Today I headed over to the Fredericksburg Expo Center in Central Park to check out the flea market and see what I could find.  I was on a mission looking for farmers market type stuff and I brought cash to do some haggling.  I started off the journey with 5 other girls 3 of whom happen to be photographers.  Haha see we travel in packs when it comes to searching for props!  I was prepared for this show, I had a list of what I was looking for and a price range I wanted to keep the items in.  I also have a rule that no big items come home unless I can use them for lots of things.  I currently have plenty of furniture and stuff in my house as it is and my hubby might kill me if I bring home any more “junk”.  Hey one man’s trash is another man’s treasure right?!?!  So we wandered amongst all the booths with my lovely friend Rebecca pointing out some cool stuff to me but I just wasn’t feeling anything yet.  Until I spied a beautiful turquoise mason jar on the next row over at the top of a booth.  Rebecca thought I was mad I’m sure as I took off in delight for the pretty blue jar.  See blue Ball mason jars were on my list!  But at $30 per jar I was not so happy anymore, way way way over budget.  So we kept moving and I silently sulked that $30 for a piece of blue glass was highway robbery!  We were walking down the last row of the Expo and I noticed some shabby chic furniture and if you read my link above to the antiquing post you would know that I love anything shabby chic!!!  Curvy lined furniture with embellishments and a coat of white/cream paint and I’m all over it.  While Rebecca was checking out a dresser I spied a basketful of beautiful turquoise jars across the booth.  I noticed some plain mason jars next to them marked at $1.50 a piece and I hoped against hope that maybe the blue ones were reasonably priced too!!!  They were exactly what I was looking for and match the decorating scheme of my living room and dining room, I can get loads of use out of them and fill them with flowers and whatever my heart desires.  They are so pretty!!!!  So I picked one up and looked for a price but none was to be found so I asked the shop keeper and held my breath.  He said you have to take all 6 of them and the basket for…….$20!!!!!!!  I broke a land speed record whipping out my wallet and getting one Mr. Andrew Jackson into his hand, forget haggling I was willing to pay a lot more.  Seriously $20 for 6 jars, okay I don’t really need 6 jars but it was a mega deal.  As Rebecca pointed out in typical girl logic I saved $160 compared to buying 6 from the other guy at $30 a piece!  I’ve been doing a happy dance ever since.  Rebecca scored a killer deal on the dresser she was looking at too, $65.  I think I spent 3x that amount on the sideboard in my dining room and that is exactly what she is going to use it for.  Considering we went shopping at Arhaus and saw a teal distressed sideboard for 10x that amount she was a happy girl.  Now to break out some teal paint and turn her $65 dresser into a $650 sideboard!  We came back to this particular booth a couple times and I swear I just kept handing the man $10 because I kept finding more and more stuff!  It might be dangerous for me to go to the Chantilly show in March to check out his booth again!  So check out my pretty mason jars and I can’t wait to stop by Anthomanic and get some flowers to fill them with!!

Blue Ball mason jars perfect for Virginia weddings

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