Antiquing at A Classy Flea

It’s been a long time since we went antiquing at A Classy Flea.  Just inside the front door I spotted this painted chest. This would be cute in so many places. I could see it in hallway, a bathroom, a bedroom or on a porch. Of course, you could use it in a dining room but I love using pieces like this is unexpected spots. $249

Painted Sideboard


I was tempted by this book, tons of beautiful pictures inside! $7

A Roomful of Flowers


Remember the oar I found in Marshalls one summer? I love hanging it above the hutch on the porch during the summer months.

Porch Hutch Decorated for Summer


They had a cute Tiki Bar Oar that would be great on a porch or deck or perfect for a beach house. $15

Tiki Bar Oar


This picture doesn’t do this piece justice. The light coming in through the windows created problems for my camera phone. It’s a beautiful chest-on-chest by Century Furniture, part of their Henry Ford Museum Collection. I love a chest-on-chest because they are such versatile pieces. This one could be used in a bedroom to store clothing or in a dining room to hold tablecloths, napkins and so much more. Where would you use a chest-on-chest?

Century Chest on Chest, Henry Ford Collection


Here’s a close up I took of the tag so I could remember how much it was. You can see how the wood and pulls look much better in this photo.

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I know it doesn’t look like it but this dining set was turquoise/aqua in person. It would be great out on a small screened porch where a smaller table is needed. $89.95.

Turquoise Wicker Dining Set


A cute lingerie chest…would be great in a bathroom for holding hand towels and such. $129

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I saw a lot dishware today! This is Royal Worcester Bone China and the pattern is Padua.

Royal Worcester Bone China


Johnson Brothers, Old Britain, pieces were priced individually.

Johnson Brothers Old Britain


Some pretty blue and cream-colored dishware…$49 for 27 pieces.



I thought this large painted porcelain egg was really pretty. It was huge, at least a foot tall! It would be pretty displayed on a stand in the center of round table in an entry, maybe an alternative to a vase of flowers.  $26.95

Painted Porcelain Egg


Loved this tall, metal bird cage…would be a fun, decorative piece for any room, especially a porch. $69

Tall Metal Bird Cage


Nautical themed child’s desk. $95

Child's Nautical Desk and Chair


I don’t normally like modern furniture but I really liked this blue desk. The top is made of blue glass. I could definitely see this in a college dorm room or any small space where a desk is needed. $79

Modern Blue Glass Desk


Two hand-painted bar stools…perfect for a cottage kitchen. $59 for the pair

Hand Painted Bunny Bar Stools


Here’s an unusual planter; it’s made from an antique oak chamber pot chair! $68

Antique Oak Chamber Pot Chair Planter


Wouldn’t these lamp shades be cute in a little girls room? It would be easy to make these, just hot glue a skinny, little pink boa around the base of a shade. $2.25 each

Small Lamp Shades



Remember when I made a wood flag for the porch? (Tutorial can be found here: Make a Wood Flag for Patriotic Holidays)

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I loved this flag I spotted in A Classy Flea. So clever simulating the stars with starfish!

DIY Wood Flag Made From Molding


It appeared to made from molding that was nailed down to a board, maybe plywood. The molding had a curve to it and they alternated the way it was installed which gave the effect of ripples, like the flag was blowing in a breeze. I really loved it and I don’t think it would be hard to make at all!  It was priced at $79

DIY Wood Flag


Remember my whimsical teapot found on a previous shopping trip to A Classy Flea?

Whimsical Teapot with Face 2


I’m pretty sure I ran into some of his relatives on this trip. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was so tempted to buy them but I resisted. I don’t need to start a new collection, but aren’t they adorable! The teapot and mugs were priced at $10 for all three pieces.

Funny Face Teapot and Mugs


So what did I buy? I couldn’t resist this antique children’s nursery rhyme bowl made in Germany. The illustrations were so cute! I think it would make a great gift for a new baby. Probably too pretty to eat on, I’d hate to risk scratching up the paint, but it would be beautiful displayed in a nursery.

Antique Nursery Rhyme Bowl from Germany


What was your last great find while thrifting/antiquing? See anything on our trip today that would have gone home with you?

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Love antiquing? Check out this previous trip to A Classy Flea: Let’s Go Antiquing!

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  1. What a great place to shop, even just virtually. You must share trips more often. It seems that each time you mentioned that an item would be great for a porch, that a “wink, wink” was implied. I could be wrong though…

    • I know I should. I’m afraid to go too often, for fear what I might bring home! Yeah, I always have porches on the brain…always decorating them in my head! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Carolyn Palmer says

    Loved your visit to A Classy Flea. Where is it? There were a ton of things I would have taken home….the Johnson Brothers dishes, the chest on chest, the birdcage, etc., etc. please share the location so that even if we don’t live close enough to shop there regularly, we could visit while vacationing. Thanks. Love your blog.

  3. I love your website! And I am wondering where the Classy Flea is located? I can’t imagine such low prices!

  4. Barbara says

    I wouldn’t have passed up that tea set for $10.00! It would be setting proudly in or on my china cabinet! How adorable.

  5. CityMommy says

    Susan, I don’t want to tell you how to shop, but you passed up that egg? Could totally see that on one of your tablescapes in the future. And frankly, I spend $26 at McDonalds and have NOTHING to show for it (other than high cholesterol) — you could have a centerpiece FOREVER. Oh, and just as a side note, I’d be tempted to drink that green concoction you made last week if I could serve it in those darling La Rochere bee glasses ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ha! I know…so tempting! I love those La Rochere glasses, too. I found some of those in a Marshalls one day and later again in a TJ Max for way less than they normally sell online. So watch for them when you’re in those stores.

  6. OK…the chest on chest is mine! Ha. If only I were close enough! I purchased a cherry highboy similar to the chest on chest style, from a friend who was moving. I put it in my dining room to hold napkin rings, napkins, candles, extra sets of flatware, etc. I would also like the johnson Bros dishes! Yes I would! And here I am trying to clean out my clutter! Ha!
    Have a great weekend. Sheila

  7. Marlene Stephenson says

    I love those places and if i were rich i could buy lots of stuff and then give away what i don’t want but,i’m not so i really have to say to myself do you really need that? Thanks for the tour that is the best way for me to see. lol

  8. The Classy Flea is a great store. After seeing some of your earlier posts about the store, I stopped there a couple of times and was impressed with the quality of the things they were selling and I thought the prices were very reasonable. I just returned from spending several days in Marietta and wish I had thought to stop by the store.

  9. What a great store! The shop owner has a great eye. I would be in so much trouble.

  10. Peggy Thal says

    Love your Classy Flea! I sure would buy the high boy- here in the Williamsburg area it would be at least $1,000. Today I went to a few consignment shops in Williamsburg and bought a few things. Also, thinking about and measuring to decide on some amazing night stands. They are huge and beautiful. P.S. That egg is pretty darn cute for Easter!

  11. Charlotte says

    Loved your post. I would be interested in the metal wall hanging you can see behind the birdcage. You’d need a big room for it, which I don’t have. A friend told me today she was in a boutique that was made just for me! lol I can’t wait to see it! Have a good weekend.

  12. Your teapot is magical. I never look at grotesque anythings but, this guy is just awesome.
    Thank you for taking us to this virtual shopping trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  13. That was so fun! I love all the great treasures that you snapped pictures of! I did not know that you got Mr. Teapot from the Classy Flea! He is so cute and I always love seeing him in your BNOTP book posts! There were so many fabulous things to look at in your post, it is a good thing I don’t live near this store. I would be in big trouble! I adored the transferware.

  14. Always fun to tag along to the Classy Flea! I’ve not been out and about, so no new finds here. I think your alphabet bowl is adorable!

  15. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    A trip to the Flea never disappoints. ๐Ÿ™‚ Susan, do you suppose they operate by people bringing in things they want to sell and selling directly to the Flea, or do they take items as consignment – or do you suppose they scour garage sales and Craigs lists ads for items to sell? Do they seem to do well? It sounds like it would be a fun business to run, so I was just wondering. Not that I would do something like that, but it does sounds like fun.

    • Well, it’s divided up into different areas/booths so there are lots of different dealers in A Classy Flea. I think they visit estate sales, garage sales, etc… Plus, I think some folks bring things in to them.

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        Ohh .. that’s different than I thought. I imagined it was one person’s business. What you described is something we have here and is optimistically called, an Antique Mall. ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, that’s cool though because there are more people looking out for good stuff! It’s always fun when you take a trip to the Flea. Thanks.

  16. Patricia says

    I can’t believe you didn’t spend the $10 and bring home Fred’s family. Love this shop, wish it was in Big D. Thanks for taking us along. Have a fun filled weekend. Oh, I also agree about the egg. With all your beautiful tablescapes it would have been beautiful.
    Keeping it real in Texas.

  17. Looks like a super fun place Susan. I think I would have had a hard time leaving that wicker table behind. We have a small enclosed porch and we have a small table for two but it’s iron and not comfy to sit on…but it’s been a good muse for some tablescapes

  18. The chest on chest would go into my dining room for tablecloths, napkins, flatware, napkin rings, candles, place mats, etc………what a great price!!! I would have taken home the Johnson Bros. dish set…..and it would have to live in my car because my house is bursting at the seams!!

    I have a good friend who has an amazing collection of children’s ABC plates, mugs and bowls………they command good prices even if they are scratched or faded. Am trying to be a good girl and stay out of stores like that!!!

  19. That Century furniture piece was a beauty! The prices there seem quite reasonable. I’m sure that would command a much higher price here in Michigan. That giant egg is quite something! How did they support it to display? The last time I went into a place like this I found an antique wall mirror. Have a great weekend!

    • Liz, I was trying to remember once I got home and was looking at that picture. I can’t remember now. I don’t recall seeing anything under it. I wonder if it was flat on bottom.

    • Liz, here’s a picture I took that I didn’t use in the post and it looks like it may be flat on the bottom. Wouldn’t it be pretty in a decorative wood stand…if one could be found to fit it. Decorative Egg

  20. Oh, so many lovely pieces!! I love that painted chest you saw when you walked in, although I’d love to chalk paint it in a duck-egg blue….also, the chest-on-chest would be gorgeous in a dining area to hold linen and flatware, all the transferware is beautiful, I would have had a hard time passing it up! It’s funny you ask, right now I am on the prowl right now for some architectural salvage pieces to incorporate into the house. Love this post, thank you for sharing!

  21. Wow! What amazing finds you have discovered. I think I might have to empty the SUV and head North sometime soon. I am so excited that I am buying a beautiful coastal style home in the next month and will so enjoy discovering wonderful treasures for it in the future! Thanks for giving me this glimpse of things I will be able to gather!


  23. Linda Louise S. says

    Loved, loved, loved this post. My sister-in-law and I just spent over 5 hours yesterday at tag/garage sales. It is our favorite thing to do on Saturdays. Most of the time it’s not what you buy but the hunt. You never know what you are going to find. My best buy was a lace tablecloth that’s the perfect size for my table for $2.00! Also, a set of 6 glass coasters for $1.00. Lots of good stuff yesterday. Have a great day.

  24. Thanks for sharing–I love that store and ALWAYS go when I’m visiting Atlanta!

  25. Susan,
    Thanks so much for posting pictures of my chest on chest. A determined buyer saw it and it is now on its way to its new home in Michigan!

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