The Savvy Scavenger — Vintage Finds at Long Island City Flea and Picks of the Week

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My pendant lamp (currently getting some TLC) and a patina drawer handle I plan to use as a towel hook.

My pendant lamp (currently getting some TLC) and a patina drawer handle I plan to use as a towel hook.

One of my favorite things about living in New York City is stumbling upon countless resale shops on every corner, stoop sales and flea markets. There’s just so much to uncover and even if I don’t find anything to bring home, the browsing part is enough to keep me happy. That said, this weekend I scored big!

While out shopping with my mother this weekend, I found a mod metal pendant lamp ($8) and a vintage drawer handle with plenty of patina ($2) at a great resale shop in the Lower East Side. The lamp needs a fresh coat of spray paint and a light kit from the local hardware store. My mom is repurposing the drawer handle as a towel hook in her rustic kitchen.

Quite possibly the most adorable find at the Long Island City Flea.

Quite possibly the most adorable find at the Long Island City Flea.

We also took the East River Ferry north to visit the Long Island City Flea. Having just opened earlier this summer, this market isn’t nearly as big as the Brooklyn Flea. But what it lacks in size and variety, it makes up in potential. There’s a growing selection of food vendors and vintage home furnishing and clothing dealers.

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I love the family portrait vibe this print gives to a gallery wall. I’d hang it up between baby photos and wait for our guests to notice.

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My musical talents are pretty much nonexistent, but hey, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a great instrument. The charm of this handcrafted banjo might be enough to make me take some lessons. (Read more about how artist Barry Rust makes these beautiful instruments!

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I can’t get enough industrial in my home! This 1900s shoe drying rack would look so cool with stacks of china and serving ware and pots and pans. The wheels are an added bonus.

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Fall is my favorite season of the year and I’m counting down the weeks to its official start. Let’s celebrate the crisper temperatures by filling this trunk with cuddle-worthy throws and pillows, shall we?

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This chic sequined blazer will carry you from summer through fall. Dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans or brighten up your favorite ‘lil black dress.

 

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