One of our friends, Brianne, also has an addiction to the West Bottoms Flea Market. So for today’s guest post, we asked her to share her favorite finds and how she’s used them in her home. As you can see, she’s so creative and has a knack for accessorizing. Jill and I are thrilled to be able to share her post with you because we know you’ll be inspired. Hope you enjoy today’s post, written by Brianne herself – thanks Brianne!
About two and a half years ago I was watching The Nate Berkus Show (RIP, unless you count the reruns on Oprah’s network, which I don’t.) There was a lady on that was showing how she repurposed furniture and she mentioned having a store in Kansas City called Good JuJu. She mentioned it being in the West Bottoms, which I only knew as the location of the haunted houses and a cool backdrop for urban style family photos. A quick Google search showed me that her store was amongst others in the Bottoms, all of which were only open the first weekend of every month which was called Warehouse Weekend. I hit the next sale to check it out for myself and have missed very few weekends over the years.
Just to show you all that the West Bottoms have to offer, I thought I’d share some of my favorite scores! All store’s vendors replenish stock throughout the weekend. Many of my earlier purchases came from Good JuJu. I purchased this buffet from a vendor there. She then painted it for me the color I needed. I love the clean lines and all of the storage it provides.
This turquoise mirror is also one of my Good JuJu finds.
I custom ordered this bookshelf from a store called Bottoms Up Antique Market. Bottoms Up has over 60 vendors and four floors. The vendor had one bookshelf on the floor but could also make them the dimensions you need and with the metal finish you’d like.
The tar-stained wood was from a chicken barn and was unfinished, but after living with it for a while I decided to stain it. The darker look just felt more like me and now I love it even more!
This milk crate came from a shop called Nook and Cranny. I love the milk company’s name on the front. I cleaned it up and filled it with some of my husband’s favorite adult bottles since we don’t have space in our home for an actual bar. Father’s Day gift success!
My most recent purchase was this amazing gold ornate mirror at this month’s sale. I literally walked/ran to it when I saw it from the doorway of the second floor at Bella Patina because I was so worried that someone else was seeing it at the same time I was. It was seriously large Marge and although I had no idea where I was going to put it, I knew I had to have it and would figure it out.
My favorite store by far for antique & vintage shopping in the West Bottoms is Restoration Emporium. Much of my smaller decorative items have come from here. From mason jar soap dispensers to décor for every season and holiday, it has everything and is always our first stop. I came across these vintage bug prints and knew they’d be perfect for my son Rowan’s camp-themed room. I purchased the wood-grained finish frames from Ikea and hung them above his art table. If you only have time to visit one store in the West Bottoms, Restoration Emporium is a can’t miss.
Thanks for checking out some of my favorite flea market finds! Hope they’ve inspired you to do some exploring and rethinking for your own home!