Why I love Flea Markets

A few weeks ago, I went on a girls getaway with my mom to celebrate Mother’s Day.  We shopped The Hobnob Market in Effingham, Illinois and had the best time!

The weather was perfect, there was live entertainment, yummy food and a plethora of amazing vendors and shops.

These markets always remind me how much talent and creativity fills this world.

I love being inspired by the vendors – through their styling and signage.

One of our favorite vendors was Passiflora.  I’m currently obsessed with topiaries, and the shop had the cutest plants. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a website or social media accounts to share.  All I know is that this vendor is from Michigan.  I ended up buying 5 plants (and that was showing restraint because I wanted more)!

Another of my favorite vendors was Lucy’s Southern Twine from Missouri.  They are a talented mother/daughter duo who offers a variety of unique handmade and hand lettered home decor and apparel.

I bought this gorgeous hand-painted floral crowned cow for Lena’s room.  You can find them on Etsy!

We had so much fun trying on clothes.  There were several clothing bus/trailer boutiques.

Eye candy and pretty color combinations were everywhere you looked.

I have a thing for street signs, so you can imagine my excitement when I found this collection:

I added my Hobnob Market finds to some DIY open shelving, and I’ll be sharing that project soon!

We really did have the best weekend!  If you aren’t a flea market shopper, you need to give it a try.  I prefer flea markets over antique stores.  I find the prices are generally better because the vendors are more open to negotiating (they would usually rather sell then pack the item(s) back up).

Google flea markets in your area.  I found an article from Huffington Post which shares some of the best flea markets in the United States by region.  You can see more HERE.

Happy shopping!

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