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10 Repurpose Ideas for Common Flea Market Finds
Photographer and vintage treasure hunter Andrea Figlewicz shares her simple and creative ways to reuse what you have.
Written by Jickie Torres & Jennifer Gaudet
Photography by Bret Gum


  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    You Can Do It!

    Andrea Figlewicz uses vintage mason jars and canning jars to display her sea glass and seashell collections—a fun travel memento commemorating the locations Casey has chased the surf.

    ​She has a large collection displayed on the fireplace mantel in various heights and levels. They make a great conversation piece as guests read tags that identify each collection which comes from places as far reaching as Morocco, Nicaragua, Oahu, Tavarua and Namotu to their local beaches in the South Bay of Los Angeles. “Every time we go to a new beach, I hope to find sea glass!” Andrea says.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    Art for a Song

    Andrea created an art piece by mounting Beach Boys album covers to the wall—a special statement piece that is perfectly accented by the eclectic, Bohemian pillows and blankets beneath. The collection is not only the perfect motif for their beach-side home, it’s also meaningful—Casey inherited many of the these records from his family. Bonus: Not only are old records a cheap and easy find—it’s a great way to create a large-scale art wall with little budget.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    Nature’s Garland

    Andrea adorns her dining room with strings of twine and vintage clothespins that hold clippings of fragrant herbs from her garden! It’s a great way to decorate for a dinner party and makes the room smell even more amazing. Looking for a more colorful option for a party? Try hanging cut flowers instead. The best part? Whether you hang herbs or blooms, they’ll dry nicely and can be used after for cooking or for potpourri.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    Garden Variety

    An avid urban gardener who believes in making the most of even a small plot for growing, Andrea brings her vintage style even to her outdoor spaces. Give your garden vintage character by reusing found items in fun ways. This child’s chair placed in a planting bed adds flea-market charm; the climbing plants poke right up through the seat for a bit of natural beauty.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    Rags to Riches

    Andrea brightens up the window in her laundry room with these easy-to-make fabric garlands. She takes old sheets, shirts or just about any vintage linen that has seen better days and tears it into strips. Then she ties them in a row on a length of string, yarn or twine. Mix fabric from a variety of patterns and textures in matching colors for a look that full or dimension and whimsy.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    Terrific Tray

    Contain your clutter in any space by turning an old drawer into a tabletop tray organizer. Here Andrea repurposed a vintage refrigerator pull-out shelf into a caddy for the empty soda bottles she reuses. Want to amp up the repurposing factor? Screw handles onto an old drawer for a portable tray you can use for hosting.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    Great Crates

    Andrea’s open-minded approach to styling her home has allowed her to bring a cohesive look to various unique pieces collected over time. On her husband’s nightstand, an old divided crate that sat in the garage for a while gets turned on its side and functions as an extra shelving unit to sit atop the table. By embracing change rather than shying away from it, Andrea’s discovered how to make all of the pieces she treasures blend together. “Don’t be afraid to change things around. Every time I rearrange, new ideas pop into my head. And always pick up treasures!” she says.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    Vintage Carry All for it All

    Treasures inherited and passed down from relatives fill personalized nooks and corners throughout the cottage—especially in Andrea’s bedroom–enhancing its comforts. This old suitcase acts as a dresser valet keeping all of Andrea bedroom trinket’s neatly organized. And just above it, an old hat rack has been repurposed as a wall-mounted jewelry organizer. Try tucking an old open suitcase under a tabletop or counter as a great stand-in for a basket.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    The Art of the Frame

    When your storage and organization tools are this cute, they should be on full display. Andrea salvaged an old frame and updated it with a fresh coat of paint. Then she cut a piece of chicken wire to size to fit perfectly inside. Hung on the wall with a mix of art, it’s a beautiful way to store her earrings and keep her faves at easy reach.

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  • If there’s anything Andrea Figlewicz is an expert at it’s looking at the world through a creative lens. Andrea and her husband Casey, both photographers, have not only filled their South Bay home with finds from their favorite Southern California flea markets, they’ve also curated a treasure trove of personal family mementos and they’ve done it all with creative panache.

    Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

    “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large-trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says with a laugh.

    In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. Here we share some our favorite snapshots and creative details from her home. Interested in seeing the full tour? Click here!

    Step It Up

    Andrea and Casey removed the doors of their bedroom closet not only because the sliding doors that were added before they bought the house were less than smooth, they just didn’t add anything to the space. Instead, Andrea took her fabric garland to the next level and tore a colorful old sheet into strips and hung them at the top of the closet door frame to create a pretty curtain that’s easy to pull back to access their clothes. An old ladder with a pretty patina acts as accessory stand where Andrea hangs her seasonal hats and scarves.

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