Friday night’s episode of “Flea Market Flip,” where two teams go to flea markets, purchase items for them to transform, then compete 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, two savvy design teams went head to head at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market, in New Milford, Conn. The team of David and Penny, floral designers were pitted against theatrical designers, Julia and Zach. The three criteria for this challenge are: Restoration Project, to restore a piece of furniture, Organic Design, to create furniture made from natural materials and Fabric Project, to use fabric in an unexpected way.
With one hour to find three items, each team found numerous items that gave viewers food for thought and Lara a cause for concern. David and Penny were finished with time to spare, while Julia and Zach just made it. David and Penny bought a wooden cabinet to restore, purchased two vintage metal chairs to make a love seat and using an old Army gurney with wood, make a bench.
Julia and Zach will be making a footstool/magazine rack from an old soda crate and several items, re-purpose an old theater light with a telescope tripod and make a lounge chair using rolls of various materials.
With their creativity and the craftsmen provided to them by “Flea Market Flip,” the two teams got busy in the workshop. They were busy getting their ideas together while Lara gave them some much-needed tips.
At the Antiques Garage, they hoped to sell all their pieces and make a good profit with just one day to complete their deals. The theater light sold for $280 first, and the ottoman sold for $95 for Julia and Zach. The cabinet sold next for $200 and the bench for $100 to the same buyer, and the coffee table made from the gurney sold for $140. One item was remaining for the team of Julia and Zach; it was the fabric chair that sold for $200 seconds before time ran out.
The winners were Penny and David, who made $23 more than the other team 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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