Shopping + Thrifting

The Nashville Flea Market

Guitar Wall Art /

About a year ago, my little brother moved to Nashville – aka Music City. Greg and I both lived in Tennessee (about 30 minutes from Chattanooga and an hour from Knoxville) during college, and we loved it, but Nashville is just… Nashville! It’s laid back yet still busy and we’re quite smitten with it. We love Virginia, but if we had to move and could move anywhere, Nashville would be right up there on the list with Burbank, California. (Oh my goodness, how I love California weather! No humidity = amazing.)

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Whenever we’re able to make a trip to Nashville, we always plan it around the dates for the Nashville Flea Market. It may seem like a lot of trouble to go to in order to just visit a Flea Market, but this is no ordinary flea market. It’s known to be one of the top ten flea markets in the country, and in my book, it’s right up there with Disney World — and you know how much I love Disney World.

I have a bunch of photos that we’ve taken at the Flea Market, but rather than filling up this post with a ton of iPhone photos and making it a huge scrolling-fest, I’m just going to post them here in photo gallery type fashion so you can look through them if you want. (Just hover over the photo and click the arrows to go forward and back.)

As you can see in the photos, there is so. much. stuff. We didn’t even cover the entire area, and the pedometer on Greg’s phone still said that we had walked 7 miles when we got back in the car that day.

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During our last trip, we came across a booth with “vintage” church windows. They aren’t actually vintage, but they are made to look old and beat up. I’ve got to be honest: most of the time, things made to look vintage really bug me. I’d much rather have a piece in my home that’s authentically old and weathered. However, in this instance, the windows were made really well and the faux vintage finishes were executed just right. Each large window was $85, which isn’t bad for a huge, awesome, unique piece of wall art.

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Along with the large windows, they also had medium and small windows available in three different colors. They were marked 2 for $35.

Nashville Flea Market

I sent a photo of them to a few of my friends back home, and the next thing we knew, Greg and my uncle were trying to fit ten (ten!!) windows in the back of the car to take back to Virginia.

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We picked up three of the large ones for our church foyer, and they look so good hanging on the wall side-by-side. We’ve had quite a few people ask where they were from, and they’re always disappointed when we say they came all the way from Nashville. In my decor-loving-opinion, they’re worth the trip! On our next trip in the Fall (Cannot wait!), we’re going to pick one up for our house. Not sure where we’re going to put it yet, but every time I see them at church I wish we had gotten one for our house too – then again, I doubt we could have fit 11 windows in the car. (The photo above was taken by one of our church photography team members, the crazy talented, Alex!)

Yes, we love the windows, but my and Greg’s favorite find from the Nashville Flea Market to date is a beat up vintage guitar. For a while now, I’ve been saying that I wanted to find an old guitar to hang on the wall in the dining room – something that looked like it belonged in Deacon Clayborne’s house. (Anyone else excited that Nashville isn’t being cancelled and just moving to another network?!)

Flea Market Find / Vintage Guitar Wall Hanging

Long story short, my mom was in Nashville with a friend of hers, and I told her to be on the lookout for an old beat up guitar for our dining room. Literally within an hour of walking around, they found one! They texted me a photo (the one above) and even without completely looking at the guitar, I sent a text back saying, “YES! Get it!!!”

We picked it up from my brother’s house on our next trip out there and brought it home with the ten windows we picked up for our friends. Needless to say, it was a very, very cramped car ride back to Richmond. (Yes, we really love our friends, haha!)

Flea Market Find / Vintage Guitar Wall Hanging

I cleaned up the guitar with a magic eraser and a bit of vinegar. I didn’t want to clean it up too much because I didn’t want to take away the “good dust” that made it look awesome and old. I just wanted it to be relatively clean and free of loose dirt.

Vintage Guitar Wall Hanging

We thought about just getting a simple guitar hook to hang it on the wall, but then realized that would be too bulky. So Greg rigged up a solution using some picture hanging wire and a inexpensive black hook (like this one) bought from the hardware store.

Vintage Guitar Wall Hanging

Come to think of it, the long skinny dough bowl on the table is also from the Nashville Flea Market!

Dough Bowl Centerpiece / Nashville Flea Market

They had of dough bowls in all different shapes and sizes, but I loved this one because it’s thin enough that you still have room on either side of the table for someone to have their dinner plate and drink without being too cramped. My plan is to switch out what’s in it by the season, but right now it’s filled with some green moss (I got this moss from Michaels, but this is similar) and white, unscented votive candles – “dinner” candles as they call them – from Target.

Hopefully, I’ll have more good finds to show you guys after our trip in the Fall. Our list of things to keep an eye out for includes small vintage rugs, a tray for the kitchen peninsula and, last but not least, just one more window. 🙂

So, do you guys have any favorite go-to Flea Market stops? Have any of you been to the Nashville Flea Market? We’d love to hear your stories and see your finds!

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    July 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Love the Nashville Flea Market! It can be overwhelming since it is so big-I also saw the trailer that said Dead People’s Stuff LOL. I live in Ohio and they say Spring field Ohio flea market is great and then in Indiana Shipshewana. I cannot forget to mention the route 127 yard sales coming up and Lincoln Highway Biway sales.

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      July 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Yes! My mom and aunt (Who’s name is also DeeDee, by the way!) had been there before, so that was super helpful on our first visit. I’d love to check out the Route 127 yard sale sometime!

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    July 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Love the dining room curtains! Care to share where they came from? Thanks!

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      July 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks, Amanda! We bought them from West Elm a while back.

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    July 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    The Brooklyn Flea is my favorite! So many cool, ecclectic, and unique finds.

    Love the guitar – my husband would love that as decor in our house.

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      July 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Ooh, I’ve heard great things about the Brooklyn Flea!

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    July 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    So fun! This looks to be very similar to the Round Top Antiques Fair we have here in Texas. My mom and I walked 9 miles the first day and 7 the next (according to our iphones) and still didn’t cover everything. I’d love to see Nashville and make it to this Flea Market. The guitar is beautiful and so are the windows!!!

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      Kim G
      July 29, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      I’m a Kim, too! and I LOVE going to the Round Top Antiques show. It is the first weekend of April and October, but they start the week before without really advertising it. People from all over the world come for this show to purchase antiques. I have filled an Excursion to the brim by myself with stuff from Round Top! 😉

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    Kala M.
    July 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    That place looks amazing! I’d love to go but it is a bit of a drive for me since we live in Connecticut. New to find an amazing flea market like that near by. I hear there is one in Massachusetts that is pretty awesome.

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      November 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Kala. You should hit up Elephant Trunk Flea Market in CT.

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    July 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    This is amazing! Wish there was a place like this in Richmond! We just moved into our first home and would love to find some unique pieces for it!

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      Lori H
      July 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Emily, have you tried Governor’s Antiques in Mechanicsville (just east of RVA)? I also like Class n Trash, Gather, and the big Flea Market (I forget the name) on Hull Street.

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    Kelli K
    August 2, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I’ve been to the Nashville Flea Market! It is a flea market lover’s dream! I often wonder if Joanna Gaines knows about that place. It looks like her kind of stompin’ grounds:) When I was there they had fliers everywhere advertising a bus trip to Texas to visit Magnolia Market and the new Silos. Sounds like it would have been a great trip too! (So excited to see 7th House back!)😊

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    September 13, 2016 at 8:53 am

    A great place to visit! The things that were sold looks really nice too!

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    Cathy gibbond
    September 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Love the church style window you bought!! Do you know the name of the vendor and do you know if they sell online? Is he at the flea market every month? Thanks for your help.

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      October 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      I don’t, I’m sorry! We’re going back in November and if I see him, I’ll be sure to ask if he has a website. We’ve had a lot of people ask us!

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    Keri Underwood
    October 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    OMG that dough bowl centerpiece!!! Genious!!

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    D. Sarah H.
    October 22, 2016 at 3:46 am

    The next time you’re out here in beautiful Burbank, California, you could time your visit to line up with the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena! It’s HUGE and amazing! I’m sure you’ll find some lovely thing worth taking home to Virginia (or maybe have it shipped back). 🙂

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