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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Flea Market Finds Bookazine

Flea Market Finds: It's a book. It's a magazine. It's a bookazine and it's now on a news stand near you...are you heading out the door yet?

The project you have been reading about here has become a reality.

Thanks to the pros at Buoy Point Media and Media Source publishing, the results are top notch. Brilliant editing by Susan Elkin and creative art direction by Fabia Wargin bring the pages to life.

Flea Market Finds looks like a magazine, but it is similar to a book in the sense that, with the exception of a fantastic foreward written by Cari Cucksey, all 132 pages were written by one person --and I feel lucky and grateful to have been that person.

Over the course of a couple of months last spring, I had the opportunity to photograph, interview and research the people, places and trends that have made flea marketing one of America's favorite past times.


Between the covers you will meet HGTV stars like my fabulous new friend, Ms. Cari Cucksey, the dynamic duo of the Junk Gypsys (sisters Amie and Jolie Sikes), Antiques Roadshow expert appraisers Kathleen Guzman and Phil Weiss and the Grande Dame of flea marketing Shabby Chic's Rachel Ashwell.

I had the chance to speak with PBS' Market Warriors who shared their professional secrets and their personal journeys.

Entrepreneurs such as Retroda's Gary Oda, Salvage Design Company's Heather Roth, the Jennifer Price Studio, Allyn Scura Eyewear , medical salvage guru Tony Munoz, and Tim Byrne of Get Back, Inc. show what can happen when you find your passion and follow your heart, and creative interiors and ideas abound.

I would also like to give a shout out to Texas photog, April Pizana, the amazing artist who contributed photos of the Junk Gypsys as well as the interior shots of Dirks Bentley's Airstream. She absolutely rocks. Check out her work and her story on her beautiful blog, April Pizana

But wait, there's more, in addition to the talented folks who show us what is possible with a imagination and elbow grease, Flea Market Finds is also about where to find the best flea markets and how to make the most of your trip once you get there.

I hope you'll check it out (and maybe position it front and center on the news stand for me...just a thought...) at your local Costco, Target, Barnes and Noble, Walgreens, CVS, and supermarket news stands near you. 

 I hope you enjoy meeting the folks on these pages as much as I did!

 Happy hunting, and may all your flea markets be fabulous!


  1. Can't wait to pick up a copy ... GREAT WORK!
    Nashville, TN

  2. Bonnie,
    Such a fantastic publication! A keepsake for sure. Shirley

  3. What fun! Love your writing style, the flow of content and your pictures. What a great piece! Keep them coming!

  4. I am such a flea market fanatic, this book could be my new bible. Cannot wait to get out and buy it today!
    Elvera H

  5. Just picked up this magazine this afternoon and finished reading it this evening. I am delighted with this wonderful publication which is so unlike current magazines in this genre. What interesting & well written articles and profiles. I am chomping at the bit to attend some of the events and flea markets you wrote about and am already circling the first week of October on my calendar to attend Roundtop in Texas. Hope to see more issues of this great "bookazine".

  6. Thank you so much Shirley & Elvera & Anonymous'!!! It was the perfect project for me and I was thrilled to be a part of it!! It was a blast getting to know some amazing people and I definitely have some new places on my bucket list! Thanks so much for the very kind & supportive remarks -your encouragement means a lot! Have a great weekend all! -Bonnie


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