It’s that time again — time for the Mount Vernon Big Flea. Well, the actual Big Flea won’t happen until May 4, 2013, but the fun has already begun.
The PTA at Mount Vernon Community School is using a temporary store front in Arlandria to keep their stock of merchandise for the Big Flea and every month (starting back in November) you can drop off household items and/or buy some of the stuff that has already been donated. Thus the name Shop N Drop — a win-win for people who want to both declutter and find some cool stuff to spruce up or repurpose.
The room may look empty now, but come March and April, it’ll be overflowing with bargains ‘o plenty.
December’s Shop N Drop was last week (don’t worry there are more scheduled) and I stopped by to drop off some old toys and see what other treasures I could find. Here are some of my favorites.
Like me, many people are looking to unload their kids’ outgrown toys. There are already tons of games, booster seats, plastic trucks, art easels, toddler toys and something every budding DIYer needs, a play work bench.
The kid furniture selection is impressive too — take a look at these sturdy, solid wood pieces. The chair on the left has a nice patina, but I think I would spray paint the rocker a glossy white or black.
And baskets with lids like this one would be great for harnessing the kids’ random action figures, cars and stuffed animals.
Moving on to the storage sector, I love this vintage cabinet. With a few coats of cherry red spray paint on the sides, it would be the perfect storage solution for a small-space kitchen. Yes, the inside is a little crusty, but some new contact paper should cover up those embarassing blemishes.
There’s even a whole bunch of dressers and desks — use as is, stain or refresh with some paint, and add new knobs and pulls.
Despite the blurry camera phone pic, this antique dresser is a true gem.
In the popular bric-a-brac department, glassware, candlesticks and, what you always wanted, a cactus planter.
My sole purchase of the day was the this owl plaque which I’m hoping to convert into a clock.
Some things might need a little TLC…
And others might help you apply some TLC.
But the pièce de résistance, and something I wish I had room for, is this magnificent red velvet chair. Check out the woodwork on the trim. Can’t you picture yourself sitting here with a hot cup of coffee, relaxing with a good book or embarking on your next knitting project? I’ll be honest, it’s a little beat up, but it’s got character and it’s actually quite comfortable. Please give her a good home!
But this is just the beginning and new items will arrive each month — a future refresh or repurpose project is right around the corner.
The next Shop N Drop is January 26, 2013, from 2-4pm at 3815 Mt. Vernon Ave. in the Arlandria neighborhood — right next to MOM’s and across the street from another local treasure, The Wafle House.
For more Shop N Drop dates, donation guidelines and additional information, visit http://mvbigflea.wordpress.com/.
p.s. All donations are tax-deductible and proceeds from the Big Flea support the Mount Vernon Community School PTA.