One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s High-End Coffee Table

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Laura Spencer from HGTV’s ‘Flea Market Flip’

“Find it, fix it, flip it!” is Lara Spencer’s motto as she hosts the second season of HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip.” If you haven’t caught an episode yet, you’re missing out on some healthy competition that results in fantastic works of art. This isn’t your everyday fixer-upper show.

Teams of two compete head to head to create three fabulous and functional pieces that sell for big bucks. So, you’re probably asking, where’s the challenge? The creations are made out of … well … junk! The teams are given $500 each to scour through the unwanteds at flea market vendors. Whether the item is a rusty antique, like a chandelier that simply needs a spit shine, or a random conversation piece, like a traffic light that’s missing some components, the goal is to get it at rock bottom price. Whichever team turns the biggest profit gets a $5,000 prize! The show follows the teams as they take others’ junk and turn it into artistic treasures. A painting easel becomes a polished, industrial-looking mirror fit for a Manhattan loft; an uninteresting bureau becomes a gorgeous wet bar that you’d only find in the sleekest Williamsburg apartment.

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The individual projects range from quirky to beautiful to vintage to modern to weird to over-the-top to shabby-sheek to rustic to high-end to charming to artsy, with only one thing in common–all are visually astounding. Though profit is the ultimate goal, the innovative pieces have individual stories to them that are priceless. The results are more than just spruced up chaise lounges and stylized end tables: they are masterpieces. It just goes to show how far creativity, a DIY attitude, and a little elbow grease can go. Check out “Flea Market Flip” on Fridays 9pm/8c on HGTV.


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