New items for the new space!

Sunday is the big move day!   As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve rented a space in a collective of other vintage vendor types.   I don’t know how it will work out, but I’m anxious to try!!  I’m also anxious to have my dining room space back, even though I don’t really use it!

So here are a few of the new pieces I’ll be displaying:


Here’s the before of this sad table/ wall clock. And then…
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I decided to give it a nautical look and changed out the clock hands.  Much less sad looking now don’t you think?

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This telephone table (?) was a pretty easy flip.  I just reupholstered, cleaned it up and gave it a light retouch of the stain to give it a richer look.

You might remember this piece, it’s one that has had a serious identity crisis!  It’s a 19th century Aesthetic mirror frame, minus the mirror.  I didn’t want it but Gus gave it to me and I had a hard time figuring out what to do with it.  First I hung picture frames from it, but I didn’t like the way they dangled.  Then I put in a cork board, and covered it with fabric, but frankly, it was cheap and fell apart.  It sat in my apartment all summer until now.

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o here’s the latest incarnation:


It’s a chalkboard with a small piece inserted on top for push pins.  I like it!

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Another piece I didn’t do much with.  The lower left leg was missing the veneer so I just filled it with wood fill and painted it.  It doesn’t look great up close, but it looks fine from a normal vantage point!  Another good cleaning, and fresh coat of stain.  The biggest change was the painting of the metal handles.  Ugly non-discript metal, now a shiny silver! It’s a pretty cool piece!

This table was one a pair I had a couple of years ago.  Originally it had a glass top, but unfortunately I dropped the glass…   I couldn’t figure out what to do with it, but then I had an idea to just put a piece of wood in and decoupage!  How about a map!  Everyone needs a map in their living room, you can plan trips!

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And a couple of stools!

So there are the latest pieces!!  I’ll be sure to post photos of the new space, and I may start a new page on this site.  So I hope to see you again soon!!



This just in…. Flips by Phipps will begin a new chapter soon!!   Within the next couple of weeks you will be able to visit my “shop” in Danvers, MA!  I’ll be joining a collective market space of vendors selling and retro, vintage antique items, etc.     I’m very excited so stay tuned for more info.  This will also mean I get my dining room back!!


End of the season

As most of you know, I don’t flip furniture full time.  It’s a hobby I started a few  years ago as something to keep me busy, with a creative outlet, rather than just sitting around watching TV.  I like to call this a “self-sustaining hobby”  although that isn’t really true either.  It’s been a very disappointing and disheartening summer at the flea market for me.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep this up for next year.  Not only did I not make any money this season, I only broke even once this.  I’m glad I don’t have to rely on that income, but what ever I make at the market is my summer spending money.  Not too this year.  Anyway, besides that, it’s hard to do on my own, and in my space.  So I’ll have to make some decisions over the winter as to whether or not to keep it up.  But you don’t come here to read about my woes, but to see what I’ve been doing, so let’s look!!

This Sunday is the last market for the season. I have LOTS of nice things for sale!!  Here are the two latest flips:

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An ugly wine rack that need a little more pizzazz.


There was once some sort of shelf on the bottom, but not when I found this piece, so I had to put a new shelf in.  Then instead of painting I did a little decoupage. Wine First?  Well of course!!

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And the top needed some wine labels!  Just in case someone wasn’t sure what this item is for!

My neighbors convinced me not to paint the whole thing because of the woven detail on the sides and top.  I agreed, but painted the body of the piece which made the weave stand out that much.  Beyond that I just cleaned it up and re-stained the area holding the wine. Which by the way holds 24 bottles.  I like the way it turned out and hope it will sell.

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This table didn’t need too much.  A bit of wood glue and new pizzazz!  I love the way it turned out.  It has a very rustic look when you look closely (not distressed).  I wish I’d thought to take a detail photo of the pattern.  Maybe later. It’s one piece that I wouldn’t mind keeping but I really have no place to put it.  If it sells, it sells.  If not…

Tonight I’m trying to re-flip another piece.  This one might be called a TRIPLE back flip.  I had one version:

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I liked it okay, but the frames weren’t stationary and the movement made me crazy. So I tried another idea:


I added a cork board with fabric.  Nice idea but it was flimsy and fell apart.  So tonight I’m working the third version.  I HOPE I can finish it by tomorrow before I have to load up after work.  I’ll be tight but I’ll try!  I’ll post photos if  make it!

So there you have it! The last pieces for the season!