Tonight’s episode of “Flea Market Flip” is where two teams go to flea markets, purchase items for them to transform, then attempt to flip their items for a profit. Lara Spencer, a veteran of flea-market finds and transformations, hosts this show. The winning team goes home with $5,000, so the competition is fierce. With a budget of $500 and only one hour to shop, they must follow three criteria set in place by Lara.
On this episode, at the Stormville Airport Flea Market, in Stormville, N.Y., two savvy design teams went head to head. The team of Ron and Zach, business partners who pride themselves in giving new life to old pieces, and Vanessa and Lindsay, who have been lifelong stylish friends.
The three criteria for this challenge are: Retro Design, to update worn-out furniture in an unexpected way, Light and Dark, to transform furniture using contrasting colors and Create a Pair, to pair up items to sell as a set.
With one hour to find three items, the guys found two VW Beetle back windows to use as tabletops, the women found two chairs that were similar, but different to use for the pair at only $5 each. The men found an old barber cabinet to redo into a modern item, and they found a barber shop sign to match it. The women also found a vintage hall tree, with a mirror and coat racks for $80 as time ran down to zero.
With their creativity and the craftsmen provided to them by “Flea Market Flip,” the two teams got busy in the workshop. They were engaged painting, sanding and getting their ideas together. The men plan to revamp a pair of bar stools, create side tables out of wooden barrels using the car window glass as tops and use the barber stand as a hip mini-bar. The women plan to update a pair of 1950s side tables, use the two chairs as a bench and modernize the hall tree that is also known as a hat rack.
The women planned to replace the awesome wooden finials on the hall tree, but the design team persuaded them to leave the vintage pieces intact. The two teams enjoyed their projects, but it seemed that they enjoyed busting each other’s chops more.
At the Antiques Garage, they hoped to sell all their pieces and make a good profit. The first sale was the barrel tables with the window tops for $110. The women made the next sale for the two tables for $100. Next the two chairs made into a bench were sold for $200. The men sold the bar stools next, and time was running out. The men sold their barber stand for $280, and the hall tree went for $60. In the end, the highest profit went to the guys who made the most on the their items on “Flea Market Flip,” they walked away with the $5,000 prize and lots of fun and creativity giving viewers some great ideas.
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