Flea Market finds

by Logan Hendrickson August 18, 2011

Flea Market finds

We drove up to LA last weekend to escape the Las Vegas heat (Torrance-70°, Las Vegas-108°) and on our way home, we stopped in Pasadena for the Rosebowl flea market. Our main goal was to find stuff for the wedding, which we did, but among other stuff. Roxy found a few tins and containers for center-pieces, tables, etc and I found a few numbers (maybe for save the dates or something) but we also found a few more things that weren't on the list but were too good of deals to turn down. Roxy picked up this striped rug up for $25, which is a pretty good deal compared to most rugs you see, especially this size and in this condition. I think this was the best find actually. I bought this cactus because I love it, it was almost three feet tall, and surprisingly only $8. It was a good investment too because people were clearing paths for me, with it sticking out of my cart. Finally, as we were walking out we passed this mid century walnut stereo console and started talking to the seller, who was a really nice guy. He said he was asking $150 but since it was the end of the day, he'd take $75 for it, plus the turntable wouldn't turn. We were both looking at it, thinking, when we discovered a new haggling strategy. Apparently just staring in silence can save you some money because he dropped it down to $55. It's in pretty good condition and well-built. AND it turns out the table DOES turn and actually plays vinyls. I just need to clean it up and try and get some scratches out, at the worst, I can re-veneer it. The coolest part is the pivoting solid-walnut louvers that conceal the speakers. We've got a little record collection already and it's perfect for the little "hang-out" room we're working on.

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kelley
kelley

September 23, 2015

i snagged the same cabinet last christmas for my husband – the woman selling it only wanted $25 and had said it would be great as tv stand (so sad) – the turn table worked for a while but with all the use it got just recently died but we’ve found a guy with access to the parts we need so it should be up and running shortly. the sound on it is amazing – excellent score.

Jeanne
Jeanne

September 23, 2015

I love that cabinet. I bought a smaller scale record player,but the player had been taken out. I’m using for storage. I want something like yours as my tv console. Great finds.

Rachelle
Rachelle

September 23, 2015

Great find! Also saw your console/ shoe holder on Apartment Therapy the other day. Congrats!

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

Hi Jan, you could do it yourself but it probably wouldn’t be too expensive for a cabinet shop to do it. I wouldn’t charge much if I was doing one for somebody. Any cabinet shop or refinishing person could do it for you, just make sure they use TEAK and not try to trick you. Tricksters

Jan Francis
Jan Francis

September 23, 2015

I am interesting in your comment that you could re-veneer the stereo console. We have a teak dining room table purchased in 1971 which really needs a new table top or this one re-veneered. Is it possible to do it yourself or are there places (if so where and how does one find them) which could do it? Any help much appreciated.

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