Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Metrolina Flea Market

November 8, 2009

If you live in the Charlotte area and have never been to the Metrolina Antiques show, mark your calendar for the first weekend of the next month and GO! I've been to the flea market at the state fair grounds(which is supposedly huge) but I was just not impressed. I think I saw everything there in about an hour and walked out empty handed. When you got to Metrolina, plan to go for half a day. It's mostly outdoors so dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. Twice a year, the International Collectables and Antiques Show arrives in Charlotte for one week only(amazing craftsmen and antisans in tow). I've been to Metrolina many times, but this last time I did not know they were hosting the big international show until we arrive. I went with my mom and brother and we had a fun time walking around in the sunshine looking at EVERYTHING! It was bigger and more impressive than ever before. We found many things that we couldn't live without but since someone had already repurposed it and had their oun stamp on it, it was just a tad bit out of our price range(cough cough this $700 and $1200 table my brother drooled over, way more awesome in person with cast iron legs):

We almost left empty handed, which is very surprising for 3 shoppers, but something caught my eye right before we left. I saw this chair(hard to miss with that color) and immediatly saw potential. Thinking it would be $30(expensive like everything else we saw that day), I asked the dealer, before I got too excited, how much it was. He said $10(woah! Are you serious?) Well, if you know me, you know I always have to find out how low they will go. Mom asked "Would you take $5?" He replied, "I paid $5 for it myself". I said "I dunno, once you add $12 for paint and $8 for fabric, thats getting kinda up there. How about $7?" "Sure" "Deal!"

I just love the lines on this chair....but the fabric? I'll wait until we move to redo this one because it's a keeper and I don't know the colors of the new place yet. If I do it now, I'll have to pick something somewhat neutral so it can be moved from room to room. But it would look oh so cute in a different bold color and cute fabric. It could really make a room pop.

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