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Four Flea Finds That Made Us Smile

This past weekend, we went to the last Elkhorn Flea Market of the season, also known as our first flea trip of the season. (That garden unit took everything out of us!) Elkhorn is one of our very favorites – worth the hour and a half drive from Chicago – and we’ve been enough times to beeline towards our favorite vendors. We made it through the entire fairground in about 2 hours, which is no small feat for the amount of goods they pack in! 

We took you along on a flea trip last year in our very first vlog, but this for this trip, we kept it brief and took you with us through an Instagram Story. You all kept pointing out the best little knick knacks that we didn’t catch while shooting on our phones, and it had me wishing I could step back in time to take a second look. Shoot! (Also, watching the Stories back after the fact had us laughing – we couldn’t have looked more tired as we buckled into the car at 6:30 on Sunday morning!) In case you missed it, we still want to share the four finds we came home with, and although we struck out on our wish list for larger items to fill the Tree House, each one of these things make us smile. Note: I’ll include the price for each item, too! 

1| A Pretty Leather Lamp

It’s incredibly heavy (like, you gotta use two hands heavy), it works perfectly, and it’s wrapped in the most handsome camel colored leather. There are two seams along the sides with detail stitching, and while the leather is in decent shape, Scott can’t wait to rub some leather lotion into it. All it needs is a clean white drum shade and bulb, and it’ll be good to go! (It’s reminiscent of this stud, no?) Someday, it’s going to look so stunning sitting atop a dresser or nightstand in the lake house. $35

2| A New-to-Us Workshop Sconce

I picked this up on a whim, and as soon as Scott saw it, he said, it matches our workbenchWe already have a cute IKEA sconce in our workshop, but we don’t have an ounce of guilt swapping it for our bench’s long lost friend. It’s tall and skinny, and aside from polishing up the metal and lubing the joints, we might re-wire it with a vibrant cloth cord. We’re thinking red to match our tools, of course, ha! $30

3| A(n Itty Bitty) Lucite + Brass Globe

Scott somehow spotted this on the messiest vendor table, and he said, we need this for baby girl’s room, right? My heart burst out of my chest right then and there. Yes!, we absolutely do. We somehow always leave the flea with a globe, but we’ve yet to come home with one this sweet. $30

4| Jungle Babies Book

The book is mostly words, but they’re the cutest words you ever did read:

Once upon a time, there was a small part of Africa which was called Littleland. […] There were tiny lions, small rhinos, wee elephants and tiny antelopes. Even the hills and rocks were small; the trees were small; the grass was very short, and the butterflies were no larger than midges.

The book is thick and compact, and the spine is stamped with pretty silver lettering. Although it’s not exactly a practical nursery book, we can hardly wait to tuck it onto a shelf in the baby’s room. $5

We left $100 lighter, and although we can’t say that we got a screaming deal on every last item, they each make us incredibly happy, making it worth every last penny. For our other flea market lovers out there, what were your favorite finds of the summer?

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  • Stacy G.9.28.17 - 6:46 AM

    The globe and the book are my favorites. <3 So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • rebecca.celotto@gmail.com9.28.17 - 7:12 AM

    I love old big lamps too! But I struggle with finding shades that use spider fitters and that modernize them. I currently have two tall amazing lamp bases, but their shades are dingy, dated, and beige. Where do you look?ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.28.17 - 7:50 AM

      We’re worried about that too! But I think lamps.com had a lot of options, and make sure to check any local fix it shops in your area. We actually have a small lamp/fix it store not far from us if we can’t find something else… Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • susan9.28.17 - 7:32 AM

    Don’t be surprised if your daughter doesn’t end up liking that book most of all. It’s a marvelous find.ReplyCancel

  • Ann9.28.17 - 10:56 AM

    And those red tools would, of course, be Milwaukee tools.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret9.28.17 - 1:56 PM

    I love that lamp! Great find. Where did you get that “I have always known it was you” print? I tried your shop our home page, but the internet doesn’t love me today :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim9.28.17 - 2:03 PM

      We got it several years ago from a shop that our friend owned – Row Boat Press – but he’s sadly closed up!ReplyCancel

  • Erin9.28.17 - 2:28 PM

    The globe! Be still my heart.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl10.2.17 - 2:26 PM

    That. Glooooobe! Oh my goodness, it’s so perfect. (Also, I cannot wait to hear stirrings of a nursery.)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi10.5.17 - 9:57 AM

    That leather lamp is amazing and I am IN LOVE with the globe. It’s perfect.ReplyCancel

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