If you're on Pinterest at all, you've likely noticed the Mason Jar trend, as well as just an overall trend toward mixing vintage with modern decor. Last fall, I took a trip to First Monday flea market in Canton, Texas (a 6-acre flea market) that jumpstarted my own collection of aqua mason jars and other vintage finds (my jars are pictured above). After the trip, I got hooked on combining vintage with modern decor.
With First Monday coming up this weekend (it only happens once a month!), I figured it would be a good time to share my 6-month process to redo our guest bedroom into a home office/craft room/guest room inspired by vintage finds. So, this week I'll be sharing pics and learnings from my experience with the makeover. And, in case you too have a love of vintage, you may consider taking a last minute-trip to Canton this weekend! If you do, I've listed some tips below :)
As for the mason jars, I'm building a collection to use for storage of small craft items. I love that you can see what you have in each individual jar, but there's still uniformity with color and texture of the jars. Also, there's one jar I found that had an open lip - perfect for brushes and pens...I'm looking for more of these!
Below are some tips if you ever plan to visit First Monday flea market in Canton. For my non-Texas friends, www.estatesales.net is a great resource for finding local estate sales specialzing in vintage.
First Monday Tips:
1. Make it fun and allow plenty of time. My Mom lives in Dallas, so we made it a day trip from her house (less than an hour), but I could have gone back the next day! Either way, plan to spend all day and know that it's an experience. Afterall, there's 6 acres to cover!
2. Go before the summer to beat the heat. While there's some indoor shopping, most is outside and you don't want to be uncomforable. No amount of umbrella or tree shade can make shopping all day in the Texas heat fun ;)
3. Make conversation with the booth owners. I learned some really interesting stories about the jars I was buying. One couple sources their jars from the lawn of an old home owned by the family. She told me that whenever they are running low on product, they just go dig more up from the yard LOL! She said the beautiful blue jars are buried all over the property.
4. Don't forget your own shopping bags. I know we do this anyway for everyday shopping, but bring bags that are big enough and easy to carry. I brought ones with extra long handles to hang over my shoulder.
5. Make a wish list before you go. First Monday can be very overwhelming and it's easy to get distracted. Have an idea of what you are looking for. When I went, I was diabollically focused on blue mason jars, vintage Christmas ornaments and old suitcases. I could have easlily gotten distracted, so it helps to have a plan. Plus, you can ask people where to find what you are looking for.
6. Pavillions vs. open air booths. Other than the Civic Center, I didn't have much luck with the indoor shopping. But, I was focused on Vintage and the indoor vendors I visited were mainly new crafts, cloths and jewelry. I much preferred the open air vendors where I could go "junking" through all the old stuff.
7. Flea market vs. eBay. I'll admit I was skeptcial to go through the trouble of traveling to First Monday. Afterall, you can find a lot on eBay. However, the pricess are so much better at the flea market. My mason jars were $5 each for small and $8-10 for the big ones. On ebay, I have yet to see one for less than $8 (if not more) when you include shipping. And that's for the small ones. Also - if you buy in bulk, you can get better deals at First Monday.
Do you like Vintage decor? Would love to hear what inspires you when decorating!