Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Flea Market Wednesday - The Good, The Bad & The Rather Ugly~

I'm not gonna lie... 
Flea Market Wednesday wasn't fun.... 

It seems that every dealer and their sister were snatching up the goods. I can never get to the Wednesday Flea early enough (to find the really good stuff) because I have need to drive the kids to school. Those darn kids! Don't think I haven't wondered if they could just walk to school on Wednesdays....

(I'm kidding!)

There's nothing worse than parking your car and seeing treasure after treasure being loaded up in somebody elses truck! Okay, there is something worse.. bad flea market behavior!!

I saw it on Wednesday... 
(we will get to the "bad behavior" in a minute)

It was about 9:00am and I had just arrived at the flea market... A perfect morning to stroll about the flea market... 68 degrees and sunny... So, I was casually browsing the first aisle and feeling pretty good since I had already found and purchased a vintage brown transferware bowl/pitcher combo....


I added the brown transferware bowl to my collection....


This was GOOD!

Back to the flea market...
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a new seller arrive. She got out of her truck and started to unpack her merchandise... all of a sudden she was surrounded... other dealers started pulling and yanking stuff right out of her unloaded truck... There were masses of people all trying to "pick" this seller's goods... 

It was overwhelming to watch... The seller could not keep up with the crowd and I felt bad for her... People were yelling prices and snatching her things left and right... I watched from the distance... not even sure what I was seeing..

I turned to another shopper and jokingly said,
"What's she giving away???"... 

I was told 
"She just arrived and 
 she's got fresh merchandise"...

Fresh??

I looked over again....
I envisioned a pack of coyotes swarming their prey... 

Have you ever seen behavior like this???  
It was BAD!


Now are you ready for some 
UGLY??!!


I found this Rooster - Chicken concrete statue 
at Flea Market Wednesday 
just sitting an a seller's van... 

You know what that means right?? 

When an item is sitting in plain view
"In the Van"...

It's an unspoken flea market rule 

Let's call this
Rule #2

(Interested in reading about Rule #1 click here)

Rule #2 :
"I bought this item at the flea market 
very, very early this morning, 
(when you were busy taking your kids to school...) 

and it's for sale...

but you're going to pay me
DOUBLE
 what I paid for it" 


Since I have a thing for chickens
and 
I really like this dealer

I was willing to pay his price...

which was still a bargain in my book...

even if he did double his money!

But there was an unsightly ugly problem with the statue. 

Some of the paint was wonderful
and very chippy
which I loved.....


And some of the statue had been repainted
in a horrible shades of

red
and
brown...

The white paint seemed to be original 
with a great crackled patina....

but

the brown base looked so ugly with it's repainted finish!

To make matters worse, 
the red areas were newly painted 
a horrible shade of 
clown red!!

So, I debated whether or not I even wanted the statue....





The red part was the color that bothered me the most. 

The clown red was much brighter and uglier than my outdoor photos show. I expressed my concerns to the seller, not because I wanted him to knock some more $$ off the price, rather, I just wasn't sure the colors of this statue was going to work in my kitchen...

The seller gave me the best tip EVER!

And now I'm going to share it with you....

EASY OFF OVEN CLEANER!!

He told me to spray the 'new paint' with EASY OFF 
and then scrub it with a brush...

Guess what?

IT WORKED!!

Here is the before....


Notice the brown base above....


The Easy Off bubbling up the paint....


and the old, original paint starting to appear!! 
Look at the yellow and green original paint starting to appear!!

I did a total of 3 Easy Off coats on the brown base 
and I was very happy with the results!

BASE AFTER:



Next, I started to work on the red paint
and it was sticky and a bit more stubborn...

I ran out of oven cleaner after the first coat...

But, 
I am very impatient 
so I brought the statue into the kitchen anyway 
just to check it out...




I think the red areas could use 
another coat or two 
of the Easy Off...

and possibly some sandpaper!


But I think it's a BIG improvement 
after just one coat of the Easy Off!!



The statue is a nice compliment 
to the needlepoint cushion on my settee ...


Next time you see a great statue 
with a bad repaint job...

don't be afraid...

Get some Easy Off and strip the paint!

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59 comments:

~Sheri~ said...

great tip and it does go wonderfully with ur cushion....I have a think for poultry items too! HA

Pat said...

Thanks so much for the easy off tip! The statue looks great. I have a little bit of an obsession with roosters and hens..chicks too.

Sommer said...

Omigosh this is awesome. I use easy off for ALL kinds of stuff lol. I first learned it will take popcicle stains off the coutner tops. You know those otter pop kinds that are basically frozen cool aid? They stain the old formica counter tops and easy off takes care of it. It also gets red lip stick out of carpet! And now I know it gets red paint off chickens LOL!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Never would have thought Easy Off! How great that it just took off the new stuff and showed off the original underneath. It looks so much better; so does the red. It's a great match to your cushion. I also love the pitcher and bowl you got. I love the brown and white transferware the best.

Susan said...

I love the roosters! I have never heard of using Easy Off before!! But eh if it works!

Gina at Vintage Junk in My Trunk said...

Wow, that's amazing. Definitely will have to try it. I still can't get that image out of my head of that poor woman being surrounded by the swarm of ill-behaved flea marketers. Too bad she didn't have any Easy Off to spray at them! ;)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Thank you for the WONDERFUL tip! Wow! I just love how something makes our lives so much easier!
Your rooster is a real treasure and I am sure worth whatever you paid for it!
Great and informative post!
Yvonne

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Marcy!
Who KNEW?

God bless the man that shared this fantastic ti
dbit with you.
And thank YOU, for sharing it with all of us.... really.... how were we ever to know that?

:)
Now they are perfection!
xx
Alison

Pattie said...

Thanks for sharing! Thats great advise! 8>)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

That is incredible!!! I can't believe the difference. I have a thing for chicken's too and I love yours!
I would have been so angry if I were that dealer trying to get my goods out of my car. Poor thing.
Hope you have a lovely night!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Nelly said...

I really think we must invent some blinkers specifically created for us treasure hunters so we dont see what others have.
The story of the rish of grabbers to that ladies stall is a reson why I hate going early when crowds are there I hate all teh pushing etc.Yes I may miss out but better than getting stampeded lol.
Thanks for the oven cleaner tip so glad it worked for your choooks.

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Love Your Treasures.... the transformation of the Rooster is Amazing~
Cheryl

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Marcy! I never would have thought of using Easy Off. The rooster looks great without the bright paint. Love the transferware too. Thanks for sharing your new treasures at my party.
xo,
Sherry

Lori said...

Poor new dealer, she may never be the same or late.

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

great tip with the oven cleaner... the statue turned out great...

The Cranky Queen said...

What a great story...love the chippy shabby "much improved" concrete roosters! You did good...Thanx for sharing. Tiff

Wanda said...

Easy Off! Who'd-a thunk it? I love the bottom colors. The whole thing looks soooo much better. I'm sure I'd have passed on them with the new paint. Maybe not next time.

Yeah, it's hard to beat all those dealers. I'm a dealer and can't beat the dealers to the yard sales. LOL I remember the days of being annoyed because I had to take the kids to school on Fridays thus delaying my yard sale visits.

Sue said...

Marcy, Your brown transferware is gorgeous! I have such a terrible time finding it when I thrift. Great tip with the oven cleaner. If it's strong enough to remove baked on grease and food, I guess a little paint is just "cake!" :-) Sue

kathie said...

Easy Off… who knew?? What a fabulous tip, thank you!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Your rooster find looks great in that gorgeous kitchen you have, so very pretty. Love the fabric on your bench too. What a great find, and your made it look great!
Blessings, Nellie

Faded Charm said...

You can never go wrong with the brown transferware. The chicken statue looks much better and I've never heard of the Easy Off trick...I just might have to try that one sometime.

xoxo
Kathleen

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Love the Easy Off tip! I'm a bit scared for the new folks at your flea market now though!

Sarah Beth said...

What a great tip!!!

High Street Cottage said...

Wonderful tip Marcy! I will keep that one in mind. I think the Roosters are adorable. Love the Brown Transferware too. You find the best stuff.

Olive Cooper said...

Marcy, what a splendid tip. My neighbor has that same concrete piece in her yard sans new paint. ♥O

sarah atmyyellowhouse said...

Wow! You're brave...I would have passed it up because of that red paint! I like it now with just one coat done and a little red peeking through. and it looks GREAT on your counter! Thanks for the tip...I love when we all share what we've learned!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What an amazing tip! Thanks for sharing. And what a transformation! Incredible! It looks fantastic in your kitchen!!

LLH Designs said...

I love to get to markets early, but can't stand the craziness you described. Just turns me off and takes the fun right out of it.

Easy Off...who knew?!?!

Susanne said...

Fantastic! I'll have to remember that tip.

That bad behavior was so bad, hope she upped her prices and made them pay for it.
Susanne.

Urban Farmgirl said...

Easy off?? Who knew?! What a great idea! I want to try it now!

And I hate the 'swarm behavior'. I know I should be glad to have the sales when it happens to me, but it makes me so mad! I can't help but be annoyed! Lol! ;o)

Mary

Heidi said...

like those before me, I am loving the easy-off tip and hate that swarm behavior. and love your chcken of course :)
Heidi

Debra@Common Ground said...

whodathunkit? what a great tip! I think it's starting to look wonderful, and oh wow, that tapestry is just amazing, love it!!
Thanks for linking up with VIF,
xo,
Debra

Stephanie said...

Oh Marcy - my heart is beating faster over that brown & white transferware pitcher & bowl!! I know the Easy Off trick and I think your statue turned out GREAT!

Holly Kennedy said...

Thank you for sharing the Easy Off trick! This will open a whole new world off possibilities at the flea market! And thanks for the flea market rules! I LOVE them!

Hardin County Keepsakes said...

I love your flea market prize.

I do not want to be a kill joy here but because you have the prize on your counter I will say be careful with chippy paint it could be old lead paint.
I see so many using the chippy paint things but some are dangerous so be careful.
judy j

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

oh....oh!! are we so excited about that wonderful tip - and look how great that looks - LOVE IT!!
THAT is a great find indeed!
Giggling at your rules as well...and yes, we absolutely hate bad behavior at Flea markets...tisk, tisk, tisk!
We should come up with a book of rules to hand out to people as they come in....do you think that would work - ok, maybe not!!
Enjoy your weekend!!
Karla & Karrie

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

OK I thought it was perfect in the first place!

I do like the way the Easyoff faded the colors!!
That is an amazing tip!!!

I like the colors that came through!!
It's perfect!!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Oh and I agree with your rules!!!

Designs By Pinky said...

WOW< who knew!!!???? Great post, I just LOVE your "new" rooster!!! It looks wonderful in the kitchen and with the pillow! XO, Pinky

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Much better! It looks like the all original paint now.
I've never seen anyone do that at a flea market before. I wonder if the poor woman was even paid for everything.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Easy off?!!? I am loving that tip!! :) I love your charming statue and love your post- I would love to go flea marketing with you!!! Sounds like so much fun! :) Sharing this on FB~ Thanks for sharing at FNF!

kluless said...

Wow, Easy Off, who knew?? Thanks so much for the great tip! I just found your blog thanks to Vintage Inspiration Friday and I love it. I will be following.

Sheilla @ Style de Boheme said...

Great post (and great finds too, by the way). I could so relate to the "bad" part of your post, though. Since I lived in a very rural area with little traffic I got permission from a friend to have a yard sale at her place in town last summer. I arrived about 5AM, taking care not to wake her or the neighbors as I started unpacking my things. I had advertised the start time for the sale at 8:00 and figured the dealers would be out around 7. I thought that would give me about 2 hours to get things set up. Wrong answer. It wasn't even 5:15 when they started arriving as I tried to set up my tables. Most of my stuff was still in boxes in the trunk of my car or inside my friend's house. It really made for a lousy sale. They missed out because I had some good stuff for sale that they didn't even get to see, and I missed out because my best potential buyers had come and gone before I had time to get my merchandise out of the car! I feel for the poor woman you saw. Thank you for also feeling for her and bringing her story to your blog.

joetterer said...

roosters have always been hot. that's a great tip about the oven cleaner!

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A Cottage Muse said...

What a great tip! It looks just wonderful in your kitchen (which is to die for!)!!

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

oooooh, great tip! you're fun. following you too!

michele

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

that is amazing! so nice of the seller to give you that tip as well! I'm going to remember that one for sure. The base is so pretty with the original colors exposed. I hope the poor seller who had the vultures was ok! hopefully she made some good money for all that! Thanks so much for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

You are so funny! First I laughed out loud over your comment and your bifoculs...now I read about your flea market day. Your ROO is awesome, and he looks so relic! Your home is gorgeous...thanks for sharing.

Simply Bungalow said...

Love the chicken. I have never heard of the Easy Off Tip. I'll definitely have to try that!

About Vintage French Hen said...

The roosters turned out so cute! Who knew? Easy Off? Happy Easter, Marcia

Auntie Bliss said...

Wow! At first I didn't like your chicken LOL...but in your kitchen with that chair cushion...I love it!!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Love Love LOVE that rooster!! And what a great tip! Easy Off! I wonder who figures this stuff out for the first time? LOL I would never think to use oven cleaner to remove paint...but now I know!

Thanks for passing along this info!

Lou Cinda

Finding Home said...

What a great tip! Thanks and I am a follower now! Take care! Laura

Pam said...

I can't believe I missed this post. Great tip on the oven cleaner. I can't believe someone would have painted that base a plain old brown. The original was so much better. Great find.

hometown girl said...

fun tip! love the transfer ware! people do get pretty crazy i've been to sales where there's pushing and shoving, i don't need anything that bad! have a great weekend!! susan

Sarah said...

Well, this pair looks grand with their new Easy Off treatment. What a great tip. ~ Sarah

Sue Farrant said...

I remember seeing exactly the same scenario at a Flea Market when a new seller arrived ..It was awful!!!
Great work on the rooster!

Sue Farrant said...

I remember seeing exactly the same scenario at a Flea Market when a new seller arrived ..It was awful!!!
Great work on the rooster!

Sue Farrant said...

I remember seeing exactly the same scenario at a Flea Market when a new seller arrived ..It was awful!!!
Great work on the rooster!