It felt like an ETERNITY for our sell date to come around. We were desperate to see our refinished pieces again, we were curious about the logistics of selling, and we basically just wanted to hang out with our new FMF besties.
Both Jill and I lived in New York City for years, but neither of us had ever been to Antiques Garage. It’s literally a parking garage with two floors of vendors. We were curious how many people would actually show up to a parking garage on a sunny summer day and how big the market was. (Answer: it’s moderately crowded, and a moderate size as far as NYC flea markets go.)
Our flips were under wraps when we got there… but we tried to play it cool by not ripping the packing blankets off the minute we arrived. Antiques Garage is eclectic with lots of tchotchkes and artwork… our furniture items were a little bit of fish out of water amongst the Hawaiian shirts and African headpieces.
After some recap filming and the usual “what do you think about your competition” line of questions from Demetrius, we were ready to start our engines and get to selling.
The cameras aren’t front and center during selling, but it’s VERY clear that we are not just regular ol’ flea market venders. We were surprised by how many tourists were wandering around, and a settee is not exactly what they’re hoping to go home with. Thankfully, there were definitely folks interested and we had plenty of nibbles from locals. (Our first buyer was local and it turned out his mom was a fan of the show; he was the one who bought our locker bench for a bargain.)
It was discouraging how much we had to cut the price of our items, but ultimately it’s about selling everything within the given time period so we didn’t want to be too particular or rigid with our pricing.
If you’d checked in with us around lunch, we were in a slight state of panic having watched the guys sell 2 of their wacky items while we were still sitting on 2 of ours… Jill and I are both on the more Type A side of things and during the course of the day, we tried to keep track of how much money Ryan and Dave were making. We didn’t know what they’d SPENT for their things, but we had educated guesses… This meant that towards the end of our sell day, we had an idea of how much we could adjust the sale price of our items! Math for the win. Stay in school, kids.
All in all, the entire freakin’ experience was the best. We met a number of people during the course of our filming and WITHOUT exception, everyone was amazing: our producers, the poor sound guys who had to deal with my rattling necklaces and listen to us yabbering on all day, the PAs in charge of keeping this pregnant lady hydrated and anyone who had to hear us claim “world flea market domination” every hour on the hour. Jill and I might differ in our taste (she’s all for leopard and bedazzling, I’m all for a hodge podge of vintage ephemera) but we were the bestest of teammates and had the BESTEST of times! We both obsess a little bit over the details, we both love a bargain, and we both like to, ahem, WIN.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again… whenever you’re ready to stage a Flea Market Flip All Star Season, we’re IN, HGTV… call us! (That’s a “W”. Because why? Oh yeah… because weeeee wooooonnnn!!)