It’s no secret that I love to shop. I like to browse; I like to buy; I like to know what’s for sale and what’s on sale. And this, my friends, is one of my favorite places to shop. I know what you’re thinking. A flea mall? But trust me, this place is a hidden treasure. Located in Leeds, Alabama (just outside of Birmingham), Bama Flea Mall is a maze of booths full of antiques, furniture, china, toys, collectibles, and treasures waiting to be dusted off and taken home. If you’re in Birmingham and have a few hours to kill, this place is well worth your time! I try to go as often as I can, and I always find unique pieces that I love!
Several weeks ago I talked JD, Piper, my parents, and my sister, Ellen, into spending an afternoon at the flea mall with me. Ellen was excited and JD wasn’t, but you wouldn’t know it from this picture!
Some booths have better stuff than others, and this is one of the best. I love everything in this booth and would buy it all if I could! But this time I was looking for something specific — a coat rack for my foyer — and couldn’t be distracted by all the pretties in this booth.
A coat rack I needed and a coat rack I found! Actually, JD found this one. Maybe I was distracted by all the pretties! (Dad may look tired sitting here, but that’s because we had run a 5K earlier that morning. And don’t be fooled — looking at his mouth I can tell he was still talking!)
I love my coat rack, but it wasn’t the only treasure I found that day.
Check out my vintage Fiesta circle pitcher! We have Fiesta dishes, and I’ve been looking for a circle pitcher for years. They’re usually between $30 and $50 and not in a color that I like. This one, though, matches my dishes and the color of my kitchen, is in perfect condition, and only cost me $12! Score!
I LOVE Heritage candles, and this is one of my favorite scents. I think this is my fourth Lemongrass Sage candle, but this one cost less than I usually pay. Thanks, Bama Flea Mall!
Want to see the other treasures I’ve found on previous trips to the Flea Mall?
I wanted a table or desk for my foyer, and I found this beauty at the Flea Mall last spring. I wish I had a before picture, because it was blue (and not a cute blue.) A coat of paint and little accessorizing, and I love it.
(Disclaimer: The walls in our living room are green, but not THAT green! Please excuse my lack of photography skills.)
One of my first purchases at the Flea Mall was this set of wooden window inserts. I glued some fabric behind them and hung them on our bedroom wall. (And again, the colors aren’t that bright, I promise!)
While shopping with my friend Chrystal I found this cute little suitcase that matches our bedroom perfectly. How could I resist? I lined it with some fabric and now we use it as additional storage on our bathroom counter.
1) Know what you’re looking for. Sometimes I go with specific things in mind (like a coat rack), but I always have a list of things I’d like to find (like Fiestaware, old books, etc.)
2) Take your time. This isn’t a store to run in and out of; it’s a store to soak in and savor. Set aside a few hours, wear comfortable shoes, and enjoy the experience.
3) Imagine the possibilities. Like that desk but hate the color? Take it home and paint it! Keep an open mind and think of different ways you can use the treasures you find to make them work in your home.
4) Take a friend with you. I often enjoy shopping alone, but this is a fun store to share with a friend or family member. Try on the funny hats! Sit in the silly chairs! Have fun!
I hope you’ll take time to visit Bama Flea Mall sometime soon. I know I can’t wait to go back!