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.)
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.
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.
Along with the large windows, they also had medium and small windows available in three different colors. They were marked 2 for $35.
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.
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?!)
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!)
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.
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.
Come to think of it, the long skinny dough bowl on the table is also from the 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!