Category Archives: Flea Market

An Antique Crate For Pet Toys

My wife Leigh Ann has her veterinary practice in a restored 1920s house, so when I spotted this antique beverage crate in a flea market, I knew it would be perfect for the pet toys she keeps in her waiting room.

After vacuuming out the cobwebs and dirt, I brushed on a coat of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane, using the satin sheen to protect and retain the old look of the wood.

The bottom of the crate still had its original slats, so I cut and dropped in some stiff cardboard to keep the toys from falling out from between the spaces between the slats.

As soon as the finish dried, we took the box over to Leigh Ann’s clinic, where it blended in well with the old heart-pine floors and woodwork . . . .

But it didn’t take long for Jasper and Daisy to begin pulling their favorite toys back out of the box! At least we now have a place to store them when they’re done playing.

Until next time,

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Organizing Your Collection of Clamps

You can never have too many clamps, but keeping them organized and easy to reach can be a challenge. I find inexpensive used clamps at yard sales and flea markets. My method is to mount them on a board I attached to one end of my workbench with a few wood screws. Now whenever I need to apply pressure to a freshly glued joint, I can reach for whatever size clamp I need. Give it a try!

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Stained Glass Artistry

Years ago I got talked into buying an empty lot on a lake, and ended up taking two years to build us a small house on it. I had some regrets back then, but not today. One reason why – I love hitting up the flea markets looking for lake-themed cast-offs, like my most recent find, this stained glass window (for just $95!) that’s now in one of our windows.

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Old saying:  “The only people who don’t find anything are the ones who gave up looking.”

Birds of a feather…

Leigh Ann and I have always been collectors, and right now we enjoy looking for inexpensive hand-carved shore birds at flea markets. She found this hand-made ibis, carved from a piece of driftwood in a junk shop for just five dollars. As you can see, it was very dry and in danger of cracking, but I knew just what it needed.

A quick coat of Minwax® Wipe-On Poly restored the missing oils and will protect the wood while still keeping him looking very natural. As soon as he dries, I’ll move him inside to join the rest of the flock.

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