Death of Flip

I was always afraid of the day when I would see one of my flips on the side of the road.  Sadly that day was yesterday, and it was my own doing.

You may remember this wonderful lego table.  It was very cute and I thought for sure someone would want it.  I had it at the flea market all last summer and although kids liked to play with it, no one bought it.  So when I moved into the new indoor space in November, I thought surely someone would buy it as a Christmas present.   But no.DSCF1814    lego

The other day I decided to take it out of the booth to make room for some other things.  I decided I was going to donate it to a shelter for homeless families or abused kids. As I was loading into the van on a windy day, I dropped it and broke it.  It was beyond anything I could repair.  So yesterday I put it out on the curb with the hopes that someone else would come along and rescue it.  Maybe they could repair it or turn it into something else.


It was a sad moment seeing one of my “babies” left abandoned.  Yes, I know I get too attached and sentimental about things.  But when I came home last night I saw it was gone, so hopefully it’s gone on to another new life.

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!

Blood, spillage and death

Flipping furniture is a fun and creative hobby.  But there is a dark side too.


Injuries happen.  Luckily I haven’t cut off a finger or nailed something to myself by accent; I’ve not burned off skin with the sander or with chemicals;  I’ve not had saw dust or paint chips fly in eyes.  But I did have an injury last weekend while loading up the van for the market the next day.  As you may know, I work out of my second floor apartment so every time I get ready for market I have to up and down the stairs carrying furniture.  It IS like moving every weekend–twice.  Anyway, it’s a miracle I haven’t incurred any of the injuries listed above and it’s a miracle I haven’t fallen down the stairs.  But fall I did right off the curb and onto my knees. Luckily the ottoman I was carrying caught my fall so I didn’t go face down onto the street, just straight onto my knees.  OOOOUUUCH!!!


This is just one knee, both were badly banged up and bleeding.  I felt like such a child.  Now I’m walking around with bruised and scabby knees…isn’t that attractive?  Needless to say, I’ve been wearing long skirts to work this week!!


It’s another miracle that I haven’t had a huge spill and disaster in the room that I work in. I don’t have a good work environment at all.  The space is crowded and yes, a mess.  Working in there is a huge challenge.  A couple of weeks ago, when I was getting ready for work I went into the work room to get something and I saw it…a nearly full can of new, read paint.  What a mess!!!  And oh, that beautiful paint that I had just used once….


I wasn’t sure if Mia had knocked it over or if I had the night before when I was putting a large table into the room.  The paint had clearly been there for a while, the edges were drying, but luckily the paint didn’t seep through the carpet and onto the hard wood floor!  Another miracle!  It seems the flipping muses are watching out for me!


Yes, death comes to flipping.  I have now killed not one, but two sanders.  I don’t know what their life spans are supposed to be but I clearly am hard on them.


RIP sander #2.

So now you know the “flip side” of the flipping!  LOL!  That was pretty funny if I do say so myself!    Enjoy!


Well, that’s my opinion at least!

I’m happy to show you a couple of things available this Sunday at the Someville Flea.  Come by if you’re local…or even if you’re not!

So you may remember the world’s ugliest chairs that I found this summer at a thrift store.  No? Let me refresh your memory. Brace yourself, it’s not pretty!


Horrible!!  They had been spray painted silver and had and stand of faux silver tacks around the edge.  What can I say about the ugly upholstery?  Ugh.


This flip was one of the hardest and most time consuming because of the various layers of paint, some of it oil based, spray painted, and some sort of goo that was nearly impossible to sand off!  I thought this would a quick flip–sand, paint and re-upholster.  No!!  But I’m happy with out they turned out.  What do you think?


The blue turned out a little brighter than I thought it would be, but I like it!!

On to another ugly to beautiful:

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This is another that ended up taking much more time than I thought it would.  Five layers of paint!!!

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The photo on the left shows the first two layers, but as I went I found black, pink and red!!  I have to admit, at one point I found myself  thinking the multiple layers looked kind of cool.  There was something very graphic about the colors — sort of destressed graphic.  Or maybe I’d call it shabby graphic?  I don’t know there was something that reminded me of comic book artwork.  Well, I decided not to keep it and keep sanding.  And the final result???

Ta daaaa!

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I’m now obsessed with the idea of using two tones of one color, so yes you are seeing two shades of red.  I think this is my new favorite piece.  I want to keep it but I know it will sell.

So those are the two BIG dramatic make overs…or rather flips.  I’ll post a few other soon.

Thanks for checking it out!

Happy 100!!!

Happy 100 to me!!  I realized last night that I had reached the magic number of 100 sold flips!!  That doesn’t count clocks, boxes, lanterns, etc, only furniture.  And I also counted pairs as one, so technically I’ve sold over 100 items since I started selling three years ago.

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The scene of the event.

What was the luck 100th piece?

This baby!

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What made it even better was that it was the one piece I REALLY wanted to sell yesterday.  It’s a big, ol’ heavy, awkward-to-carry  1970’s end table.  I REALLY didn’t want to have to take it home and carry it up the stairs only to have to take it back to market next week. I priced it to sell, and sell it did!  PHEW!

It’s hard to see but the glass doors are dark yellow which is why I went for the yellow color.  How many of you grew up with similar pieces of furniture?  I know I did!  My mother bought a set which include a coffee table and two side tables–one of them in the shape of a hexagon.  No glass doors though, wood.  Ugh.

I found it on the side of the road and it had three feet, one was missing.  I tried to see if I could find another one to make the four, but no such luck.  So I opted to just remove the feet all together.

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A work in progress.

I’m glad it found a good home. The girl who bought it was excited and luckily her roommate’s boyfriend was there and was given the job to carry it back to the apartment.  He was a big guy so I’m sure he no problems.

She also bought this little cutie.

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It didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted but that’s okay.  She liked it and it has a home.

I’ll post more later and share with you the story of the horrible people who came into my booth.  Stay tuned!