Ever since I moved back to Del Ray (almost 3 years ago), I have always wanted to go to the MV Big Flea that occurs annually this time of year. The MV Big Flea is a large fundraiser that benefits the Mount Vernon Community School PTA, in Del Ray, Virginia. However, up until this year I have been either busy or out of town.
On Saturday morning I woke up bright and early so I could get “Early Bird” access (for a fee of $10) to the flea market at 7am. People that came at 8am and on could get in for free. This timing mainly had to do with my schedule for the rest day, not me really wanting to get first dibs on everything.
Year-round there are calls for any unwanted household items and furniture from neighbors near and far. All donations to this flea market are tax deductible. The flea market is held in the Mount Vernon Recreation Center and the selection is pretty big, I must say, given how large the rec center is.
If you’re a longtime reader, you know I follow the popular blog Cupcakes and Cashmere and found the post on navigating flea markets very timely late-last week! As I strolled through the aisles on Saturday morning, I loosely kept these tips in mind as I was looking around. I really wasn’t looking for anything in particular, which made the experience chilled and relaxed.
Most of the furniture available at the flea market wasn’t really my style. I did find a few more modern pieces, but couldn’t picture them anywhere in my house.
I had been seriously eyeing a really nice, functional picnic basket to use this summer, but thought too long about it (left it and came back for it) and it had already been scooped up. Guess I learned my lesson!
My only treasure of the morning was a darling wooden baby doll crib for Ava which I knew she would adore and she did!
I spent about 45 minutes at the flea market and it was really all I needed. This flea market didn’t have a clothes or jewelry section which definitely cut my time down and while there was a vast array of furniture, other household items, and kids toys, I wasn’t “shopping” for those items so I was able to quickly speed through these sections.
I definitely liked the concept of this fundraiser and plan on going next year if I’m able!