Flea Market Flip Tips

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Turn castoffs into pretty pieces you'll love and actually use. These simple how-tos from HGTV Magazine will get your creative ideas flowing.

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About the Host

Lara Spencer

Well-known as the co-anchor for ABC's Good Morning America, Lara also has a passion for flea market finds and cleverly-designed spaces.
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About the Show

Flea Market Flip shows viewers how a little cash can go a long way with the right amount of creativity. Each week a plethora of amazing items will be showcased by our teams as they creatively use their eye for style and some elbow grease to turn these leftovers into a main course by the show's conclusion. Given only $500, our Flea Market Flip contestants will scour the booths and tents in search of items they can buy, fix and then flip for a higher sum. With each team battling it out to win all of the profits earned that day, the true winner will be the viewer at home, who will have a variety of exciting ideas to inspire them as they begin their next project around their own home!
Season 1, Episode 3

Refurbished and Redesigned Table, Chairs, and Bench vs. a Sled Bench, a Saw Table, and Yolk Mirrors

On this episode of Flea Market Flip, it's the battle of the married couples, as Rachel and Kevin take on Trish and Dave. Each husband and wife team gets $500 to spend at the Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market on items that they must fix-up and flip. The teams have only one hour to shop for design projects that include transforming industrial items into stylish furniture, making seating out of unexpected pieces, and creating a matching set out of mismatched objects - to sell as a set. After striking some deals at the flea market, both teams use a bit of elbow grease as they transform their finds, in the hopes of outselling their competitors at New York's hip flea market, Brooklyn Flea. The team that comes out on top takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Bargain Hunter and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Nov 21
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 3, Episode 3

It's About Flipping Time!

Style Hunters Mar and Paul go up against the competitive husband and wife team of Ian and Amanda. Each team is given a $500 budget to find, fix-up and flip items purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. They'll have only one hour to hunt and haggle for bargains, as they shop for projects featuring industrial design, color theory, and transforming an "ugly duckling" piece. Both teams then get to work fixing up their finds in the workshop, in the hopes of raking in the dough at NYC's Antiques Garage. One team transforms an antique carriage wheel into a massive wall clock, but will it turn a tidy profit? The team that makes the most off their pieces wins $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market maven and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Nov 30
9am | 8c
Season 4, Episode 8

Team USA Vs Team Canada: Bring Your Eh Game

Canadian craftsmen, Austin and Moh are bringing their eh game against style-savvy American couple Lauren and Scott. The teams meet for the first time at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut where they each have $500 to transform their flea market finds into Elegant industrial, Art Deco, and Textile Projects. Their countries might share a border, but can the two teams share the workshop peacefully? We shall see. They have just one day to finish their projects before selling them at the Astoria Flea Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios, where the team that makes the biggest profit takes home $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market maven and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Thursday
Dec 18
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 3, Episode 14

Full-Contact Flipping

Kim, a professional female football player and her best friend Leslie share a love for flea markets. They'll take on designing dudes Ron and Peter. Each team is given $500 and only an hour to shop at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut for worn-out pieces to fix-up and flip. Their projects include Unexpected Seating, Vintage Modern, and a Paper project. After scoring some great deals at the flea market, both teams get their hands dirty the workshop, in the hopes of bringing their big ideas to life. Then the teams will hit the field once again, as they head to sell at New York's Long Island City Flea. When the clock expires the team that makes the biggest profit wins $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market aficionado and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Dec 28
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 4, Episode 11

Bilingual Beauties vs. Flip-sters.

Professional flip-sters, Jen and Kyle go head-to-head with bilingual beauties, Lindsay and Marizol...they might speak Spanish and Creole, but their first language is bargaining. The teams start their day at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut where they each have $500 and just one hour to find items from the Flip List: Rustic Design, Modular Design, and Textile. From there, it's off to the workshop, where they'll have one day to show off their skills and turn their flea market finds into profitable pieces. Lindsay and Marizol transform a dresser into a chair with French inspired upholstery. But will their pieces have enough je ne sais quoi when it comes time to sell? Hopefully so, because the team that makes the most profit at New York's Long Island City Flea will pocket $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market connoisseur and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Apr 12
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 8

Barbwire Lights, Mailbox Coffee Table, and a Brooklyn Painting vs. a Stove, a Map, and a Phonograph

This episode of Flea Market Flip features New Yorkers Larry and Ivan, two brash buddies who love to build, as they go up against Amy and Janel, who are two friends that have a keen eye for design. Each team gets $500 to spend at Connecticut's Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market on items to fix-up and flip. The teams only have one hour to shop for design projects that involve combining form and function, creating an original piece of art, and fashioning a durable design piece that can withstand the test of time. After finding their at the flea market, both teams get to work on transforming their finds, in the hopes of outselling the other team at New York's hippest flea market, Brooklyn Flea. The team that makes the most selling their refurbished and reimagined pieces takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Expert and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
May 1
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

Stylish Sisters Vs. Math Misters: Team Fashion Vs. Team Function

Stylish sisters Gail and Patricia are looking to best expert craftsmen, Devin and Tom. The teams start their search for bargains at Elephants Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. Armed with $500 each, they have just one hour to rustle up design projects from the Flip List that includes Twisted Traditional, Geometric Design, and Mix-and-Match. The gloves come off in the workshop as both teams transform their flea market finds. Devin and Tom bring their geometric-inspired skills to the next level when they make an icosahedron (20-sided) lamp – but will the customers at New York's Long Island City Flea appreciate their finely tuned skills? Whichever team makes the most profit will take home $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market connoisseur and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jul 3
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 3, Episode 12

Hooked on Flipping

Fashion bloggers Helene and Amy hope their stylish eyes can translate into big bucks, as they test their skills against experienced flippers Nicole and Luke. Both teams are given $500 and one hour to race down the aisles of the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The teams are tackling 3 design projects that feature creating pieces involving Paper, as well as Inspired By and Rustic to Refined projects. One team attempts to create a lighting fixture out of antique roofing hooks, but will it hook them up with big profits? The team that makes the most net profit at the Antiques Garage in New York City walks away $5,000 richer. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market authority and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Saturday
Sep 5
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 3, Episode 10

Ready For Take-Off!

Eclectic artists Chandi and Kim spar with former Wall Streeters Katie and Pels. With visions of winning $5,000, the teams hustle through the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut searching for items they can use for creating Lighting, a Double Duty piece, and a Retro-Futuristic Steampunk project. One team hopes their idea of transforming parts of an airplane into a design piece will take flight, but will they crash and burn on sale day at New York's Long Island City Flea? Hosted by Designer/Flea Market aficionado and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Oct 9
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 13

Battle of the Roomies

Two sets of roommates go head-to-head. Great friends Travis and Sydney take on the spunky duo of Gina and Lindsey. The fun starts when each team gets a $500 budget and only one hour to find pieces that need a little TLC at the grand daddy of west coast flea markets… The Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California. The teams waste no time, searching the flea for their projects: Seating, Fixer-Upper and Mix & Match. Once the shopping's over, the teams get busy transforming their finds in the workshop, in the hopes of scoring big profits at Hollywood's Melrose Trading Post. The team that makes the most profit takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market guru and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Oct 23
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 11

It's a Frenemy Face-off when two teams of friends flip for the win!

It's a Frenemy Face-off, when professional flippers, Ryan and Nina go head-to-head with their best friends, Jared and Rae. With $500 in hand and one hour to shop, the teams break out of the friend zone as they search the aisles of Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts for items from their Flip List: Fabric Project, House Party, and Smart Storage. The pressure is on in the workshop, when Lara reveals that the teams spent the same amount of money at Brimfield. Ryan and Nina get to work deconstructing a wingback chair, while keeping an eye on their frenemies. Meanwhile Jared and Rae reinvent a vintage chest. Next, it's time to take their transformed pieces to the Long Island City Flea's Winter Market. At the end of the day, Will these couples be friends or frenemies? Because whichever team makes the most profit will pocket $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Connoisseur and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Nov 1
11am | 10c
Season 3, Episode 9

Are Horseshoes Really Lucky?

Upcycling husband and wife team, Jeff and Ilana take on flipping friends Jeannine and Robin. The fun begins when each team gets $500 and only one hour to find pieces that need a little TLC at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. The teams waste no time, searching the flea for their projects: Good Bones, Global Design, and Fabric. Once the shopping's done, the teams get busy transforming their finds, which include a one-of-a-kind table made of recycled horseshoes, in the hopes of scoring big profits at New York's Long Island City Flea. But will these horseshoes be lucky enough to turn a big profit? In the end, the team that makes the most profit takes home $5,000. Hosted by Interior Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Thursday
Nov 5
9am | 8c
Season 4, Episode 14

Banking on a Flip

Competitive friends, Laura and Kim are putting their flipping skills to the test against college buddies, Drew and Justin. First stop is the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut where the teams have $500 and just one hour to find the best bargains they can. Their Flip List includes: Industrial Design, Elements of Glass, and Mash Up. From there, it's time to get fixing in the workshop. Laura and Kim try to breathe new life into their unique carcass carrier-turned coffee table, while Drew and Justin hope their transformations are bullet-proof against their competition. Who will cash in with customers at New York's GreenFlea Market? Whichever team makes the most profit will go home with $5000. Hosted by Designer and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Feb 21
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Flea Market Flip: Sibling Showdown

Stylish siblings, Marc and Dion bring their design expertise against brother and sister duo, David and Susan. The sibling showdown starts at Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market in Upstate New York where the teams have $500 and one hour to find three projects from the Flip List: Sets and Pairs, Twisted Traditional, and Elemental. In the workshop, Marc and Dion turn a pair of car jacks into matching end tables while David and Susan rebuild a vintage portable picnic set. Marc and Dion were big spenders at Stormville, will their expensive taste get the better of them, or will it help them to make big profits a Long Island City Flea? In the end, the family that flips together, wins together and whoever makes the biggest profit will nab $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Connoisseur and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jul 3
7am | 6c
Season 5, Episode 7

Battle of the British Empire - Brits vs. Kiwis.

It's a British Invasion on Flea Market Flip. English couple, Tony and Suzanne are throwing down for the Flipping crown against Team New Zealand, Andrew and Kelly. The battle begins at Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market in Upstate New York. Each team has a budget of $500 and one hour to find the items from their Flip List: World Design, Reclaimed Modern, and Mash Up Design. There's no time for tea, as the teams take their flea market finds into the workshop where they have just one day to complete their transformations. Tony and Suzanne keep calm and carry on as they restore a vintage radio while Andrew and Kelly give their dining set some Kiwi flair by adding traditional Maori accents. It will all come down to the 'bloody profit' when the teams sell their rehabbed projects at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City. The team that makes the most profit will take home $5000 and the Flipping Crown. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Royalty and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jul 3
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Seasoned Pickers take on Rookie Flippers

Sassy friends Shanae and Sarah are all dressed up and ready to flip. They're up against seasoned, married pickers, Gina and Mark. The teams meet for the first time at Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts where they have $500 to hunt down forgotten treasures and transform three design projects from their Flip List: Restoration Remix, Entertainment Project, and Eclectic Design. Mark and Gina know that experience counts, when it comes to finding timeworn treasures, but Shanae and Sarah are confident being young and on trend will win out. With their items in hand, the teams head to the workshop where they have just one day to transform their pieces before selling them at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City. When it comes to connecting with customers, Gina and Mark may have the know-how, but Shanae and Sarah have the confidence and style. Who will have the advantage? Whichever team flips their items for the biggest profit will take home $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Aficionado and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jul 3
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 9

It's a flipping battle between the Empire state and the Garden state.

Team New Jersey, Carolyn and Robert go head-to-head with Team New York, Amanda and Susan. The flipping begins when the teams get $500 and only one hour to find pieces that need a little TLC at Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The teams waste no time searching for projects from their Flip List: Seating Assignment, Rustic To Refined, and Salvage Design. Next, they head to the workshop where they have one day to transform their pieces. Upcycling pros, Amanda and Susan transform an architectural corbel into an elegant bench while married pickers, Carolyn and Robert, turn a motorcycle wheel into an industrial chandelier. Each team hopes to turn their projects into big profits at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City. Will the home turf advantage help Amanda and Susan win, or will Carolyn and Robert make the most profit and take the $5000 back to New Jersey? Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Expert and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jul 3
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 10

Married metal heads take on fierce flippers.

Best buds Anthony and Tonie are competing against married metal heads, Aaron and Angie. With $500 in hand, the teams hit the aisles of Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. They have one hour to find the best bargains from their Flip List: Metal Project, Bachelor Pad, and Less Is More. Next, the teams put the pedal to the metal in the workshop, where they have just one day to transform their projects. Aaron and Angie upcycle an industrial metal cart into a chic coffee table. Meanwhile, Anthony and Tonie hope that orange really is the new black as they upcycle a prison transpo bench into stylish seating. With their projects complete, the teams get ready to sell at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City. But will the customers at be in the mood for refurb'd metal projects or prison-chic? The team that scores the biggest profit will score $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Pro and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jul 3
9am | 8c
Season 5, Episode 1

Flea Market Flip: Flipping Happy Hour

Fashionable upcyclers, Jenn and Julissa, face off against drinking buddies, TomTom and Gina. The journey starts as the teams get to work, hunting down deals at Stormville Airport Flea Market and Antique Show in Upstate New York. Each team has $500 and one hour to purchase flea market finds on the Flip List: Stripping Beauty, A Texture Project, and Compact Design. Tempers start to flare in the workshop, when Gina torches a corner cabinet to create an aged finish and Jenn and Julissa's ottoman needs major rebuilding. Will the teams get their projects done in time for Happy Hour… We'll find out when the teams head to Long Island City Flea & Food where the team that makes the most profit will win $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Maven and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jul 3
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 3

The Vignette Flip

Confident Kendra and Erin plan to flip the script on Brooklyn artists Mikal and Nathan. The teams hit the ground running at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Each team gets $500 and and just one hour to complete our vignette challenge: they must find and transform three items that will complement one room. The team whose vignette makes more profit at Long Island City Flea will take away $5,000.

Sunday
Jul 3
10am | 9c
Season 6, Episode 4

Sky-High Flipping

Flight attendant flippers Isabell and Diahann take on fairy junk-mothers Stephany and Jane. The teams buckle up their seat belts and take off for the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Each team has $500 and only one hour to find three items from our Flip List: Compact Design, Modern Moroccan, and a Symmetrical Project. Next, it's time to fly into the workshop where the teams have just one day to transform their pieces. Each team hopes to get sky-high prices for their items, since the team with the biggest profit will fly away with $5,000.

Sunday
Jul 3
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 6, Episode 1

Rockers vs. Besties

Married rockers Nic and Carla turn it up to 11 when they take on bargain-hunting best buds Adam and Wade. The face-off begins as the teams race through the aisles of the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. With $500 in their pockets, the teams have just one hour to find the projects on their Flip List: Radical Reimagine, Fabric Remix and Geometric Design. Next, it's off to the workshop where the teams have one day to transform their flea market finds into profitable pieces. Will they make enough profit at Long Island City Flea to win the $5,000?

Sunday
Jul 3
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 2

Gypsies vs. Gents

Self-proclaimed design gypsies Ed and Terina plan to put their artistic skills to the test against DIY pros Gary and Jack. The teams have $500 to spend on the hunt through aisles of the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. They have just one hour to find three projects from our Flip List: Polished Industrial, Ombre Design, and Boho Modern. Each team hopes their flips will sell for big bucks at Long Island City Flea, because whoever makes the most money goes home with $5,000.

Sunday
Jul 3
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 6, Episode 5

Battle of the Boroughs

It's a battle of the boroughs when Manhattan ladies Tracey and Catherine get their nails out against Brooklyn builders Bryan and Hank. The teams throw down at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts, where they have just one hour and $500 to find three projects from our Flip List: Bachelor Pad, a Prototype Project, and Rehab Design. With projects in hand and ideas flowing, the teams head to the workshop where they have one day to transform their pieces. Both teams know that whoever makes the most profit will win this subway series and take home $5,000.

Sunday
Jul 3
12pm | 11c
Season 6, Episode 6

The Flipping Unicorn

Magic is in the air as design duo Cherise and Kim go head-to-head against creative craftsmen Joe and Andrew. The competition starts when the teams get $500 and one hour to find buried treasures to transform at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. They race to find projects from the Flip List: a Wabi-Sabi project, a Workspace project, and Pattern Play. The teams fight for the win, because whoever makes the bigger profit will take home $5,000.

Sunday
Jul 3
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 4, Episode 1

Flea Market Flip: When Harry Met Ingraham – a match made in Flea Market Heaven.

Designing duo, Dave and Teresa, face off against vintage experts, Laurie and Bobbi. The teams get to work hunting down bargains at Elephants Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. Each team has $500 and just one hour to purchase their best flea market finds on the Flip List: Upholstery, Steam Punk, and Great Pieces. In the workshop, Laurie and Bobbie, sporting their vintage aprons, get to work transforming an old clock into a new friend named Ingraham. But will their Ingraham clock be any match for Dave and Teresa's antique bicycle-turned-console table? We'll find out when the teams sell their projects at New York's Astoria Flea Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios, because the team that makes the most profit will win $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market maven and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jul 15
7:30am | 6:30c

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