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 2, Episode 10

Young Hipsters vs. Old School Design

Hip newlyweds Rachel and Blair take on besties Jyl and Michael. Each team gets $500 cash and one hour to shop at the world famous Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California, that they'll fix-up and flip. After haggling for some hidden gems both teams hit the workshop to transform their pieces, in the hopes of raking in big profits at Hollywood's Melrose Trading Post. There, they'll battle for customers and the team that makes the biggest profit takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market connoisseur and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Oct 19
7am | 6c
Season 3, Episode 7

'Til Death Do Us Flip

The husband and wife team Al and Merry, duke it out with best friends Erika and Evey. With $500 in hand and an hour to hunt down bargains at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut, the teams must find pieces that they'll fix-up and flip. Their Flip List features Chic Storage, as well as Mirror and Salvage projects. In the workshop, Merry does her best to keep Al on track and hopefully their makeover mishaps won't cost them when it comes time to selling at New York City's Green Flea. Because the team that rakes in the biggest profits... wins $5000. Hosted by Interior Designer/Flea Market guru and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Oct 19
10:30am | 9:30c
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
Dec 28
7am | 6c
Season 3, Episode 5

Bringing the Bling!

Flashy upcyclers Darren and Stephan go to battle with stylish siblings Rose and Sophie. Each pair gets $500 to find, fix-up and flip items purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Given only one hour to hunt and haggle for some bargains, the teams shop for design projects featuring Lighting, Inspired by Nature, and a "Twisted Traditional" assignment. Darren and Stephan bring their own brand of bling into the workshop, where things don't go exactly as planned, but will that help or hurt them when the teams head to New York City's Green Flea to sell their refurb'd pieces? In the end, the team that makes the biggest profit... Wins $5000! Hosted by Designer/Flea Market fanatic and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jan 16
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 5

Goth vs. Glamour

Goth lovebirds Clara and Micah spar with fashionistas Sophia and Geri. Sporting either 5 inch heels or their Victorian Goth look the teams are given a $500 budget and one hour to race down the aisles of the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. The teams are tackling 3 design projects that feature creating a lighting fixture, a coffee table and taking on a reimagine project. Things don't go as planned in the workshop and dreams of making big profits are at risk when one team member seems to be a no show. 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 Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Mar 13
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 11

Turn Up the Radio!

Neighbors Frank and Patrick take on stylish husband wife team of Marc and Tiffany. Each team has a $500 budget, and only one hour to shop at Southern California's Long Beach Antique Market. Their Flip List projects include Chic Storage, Mirror Project and Light & Dark Design. After hustling through the flea market, both teams must transform their pieces, which include a vintage console radio, in an effort to rake in the big bucks. The team with the biggest profit on their re-imagined pieces wins $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market devotee and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jun 19
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

Rocker Dudes vs. Designing Moms

Rocker dudes, Dave and Ryan are throwing down against designing moms Charlotte and Jill in a battle for Total Flea Market Domination. The verbal jabs start flying between these two competitive teams while shopping at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Here, they'll have only one hour, and $500 to purchase 3 projects, including unexpected seating, creating a "funk-tional" piece, and a reimagine project. Next the teams head into the workshop, where the sparks continue to fly as they makeover their pieces in the hopes of raking in big profits at New York City's Antiques Garage. The team that comes out on top takes home $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Oct 9
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

The Balloon of Doom

Sassy best friends April and Jenn battle it out with married couple Mark and Veronica. Each team gets $500 and only one hour to shop at Southern California's Long Beach Antique Market for pieces to fix-up and flip. Their Flip List projects include: Lighting, Double-Duty and Inspirational Design. After landing some deals at the flea market, both teams get to work, in the hopes of bringing their big ideas to life. Things don't go entirely as planned for one team whose plans include some doilies and papier-mâché! Will their setback set them back when it comes time to sell? Hopefully not, because the team that makes the biggest profit wins $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market maven and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Oct 23
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Feb 21
11am | 10c
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.

Friday
Mar 4
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
Jun 5
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 14

No cement in this man cave!

It's a family style Flip, as brothers-in-law Marc and Henry go up against sisters Amanda and Whitney. With $500 in hand and an hour to shop at the world famous Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California, the teams must find pieces that they'll fix-up and flip. The design projects on the Flip List feature: Good Bones, Elements of Glass, and Industrial Design. After haggling for some deals, which include ambitious plans for a some concrete and a metal table, both teams get to work transforming their finds. Finally it's time to Flip and hopefully bring in big bucks at Hollywood's Melrose Trading Post. Will the Just made concrete table dry in time for the sell day, or have they bitten off more than they can chew? Hosted by Designer/Flea Market enthusiast and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Saturday
Jun 18
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 15
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Cops and Flippers

Flipping friends, Jenn and Jen are going to have to know their rights when they go up against the law…cop cousins, Tom and Mike. The teams are locked, loaded, and have just one hour and $500 to search for the best pieces they can find at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford Connecticut. Their projects (the Flip List) are: Mid-Century Modern, Rustic to Refined, and Inspired by Nature. Then in the workshop, cops Tom and Mike lay down the law and both teams get to work on their transformations. But which projects will warrant big sales at New York's GreenFlea? In the end, the team that makes the biggest profit will nab $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market authority and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jul 29
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Battle of the Dining Sets

Competitive friends, Jake and Karen are throwing down against crafty couple, Nick and Angela. The teams start their search for flea market finds at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut where they each have $500 and just one hour to find three items from the Flip List: Time to Dine, Vintage Modern, and Re-imagine. Next, it's time for the teams to head to the workshop where they have one day to transform their pieces before trying to sell at New York's Astoria Flea Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios. Will they be able to serve up their dining sets to New York shoppers or will customers try to dine and dash? Whichever team makes the most profit takes home $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jul 29
8am | 7c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 9

Family Feud Style. A Father/Son team take on a Mother/Daughter team.

Father/son duo, TJ and Mike, go toe-to-toe against Mother/daughter team, Jess and Hettie. The family fun begins when each team gets a $500 budget and only one hour to find pieces that need a little TLC at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. The teams waste no time searching for projects from the Flip List: Durable, World Design, and Light & Dark Design. Next, they head to the workshop where they have one day to transform their pieces. Jess and Hettie attempt to turn a 100-year-old flour storage container into a lantern, in the hopes of making big profits at New York's Long Island City Flea. In the end, will it be the Mother or the Father that knows best and leads their team to victory? The team with the biggest profit will take home $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jul 29
9am | 8c
Season 4, Episode 10

Mus-Stache for Cash

Experienced flippers, Brenda and Mark are ready to take on designing sweethearts, Lauren and Ben. With just one hour to shop and $500 in hand, each team hunts the aisles at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut for hidden gems they can flip for big profits. The Flip List projects include: Radical Restoration, Geometric Design, and Mash up Design. In the workshop, Brenda and Mark put their skills to the test while Lauren and Ben try turn their treasures into gold. When it comes time to sell at New York's Long Island City Flea, will Mark's mustache be their lucky charm? The team that makes the most profit will score $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market pro and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jul 29
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
10am | 9c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 6, Episode 7

Brothers vs. Sisters

This flip is all about family, as brash brothers Bradley and Ryan face off against fearless flipping sisters Sam and Shimmy. The family feud begins at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. With just one hour to shop and $500 on hand, the teams hunt for projects from our Flip List: House Party Project, Reclaimed Modern, and a Sets and Pairs Project. From there, it's off to the workshop, where the teams have one day to transform their pieces into profitable items. The family that makes the most profit will go home with $5,000.

Friday
Jul 29
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 8

Kids vs. Parents

In a first for Flea Market Flip, proud parents Mike and Mary take on their own daughters Erin and Julia. It's time to put the flip before family as the teams race down the aisles of the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. With $500 in hand and just one hour to shop, the teams search for items from our Flip List of projects: Pop-a-Color, Sleek Storage, and Heirloom Overhaul. Next it's on to the Workshop, where the teams have just one day for their transformations. The stakes are high because whichever team makes the most profit will take home $5,000.

Friday
Jul 29
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 2, Episode 1

Love Letters or Hate Mail?

Best buddies Randy and Frank are passionate about reinventing found objects. They'll take on BFF's Susie and Michelle, who'd rather be at a flea market than on vacation. The hunt starts at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut with $500 to spend on their Flip List projects: Industrial Design, A Work of Art and an Ugly Duckling. But a battle heats up in the workshop when one team's love letters turns into hate mail for their opponents. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market fanatic and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Aug 5
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

Put a sock in it!

Theatrical designers Julia and Zach go up against floral designers David and Penny. With visions of winning $5,000, the teams hustle through the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut searching for items on their Flip List - A Fabric Project, Restoration and Organic Design. But one team's ideas are more than a little out there. Will they really pull off a chair made from rolled up socks and blue jeans, or will the other team sock it to them on their sale day at Manhattan's Antiques Garage? Hosted by Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Aug 5
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 3

Prohibition and Pop Stars

College friends Merry and Jessica square off against New York artisans Chuck and Suzanne. With only one hour and a $500 budget the teams race through the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. They'll be hunting and haggling for design projects that feature upholstery, stylish storage, and inspirational design. Then with no time to waste the teams hit the workshop. Merry and Jessica go for a prohibition theme while Chuck and Suzanne create tribute pieces to the 80s. Which era will resonate with buyers at New York's Brooklyn Flea… Will it be 80s nostalgia or speakeasy chic? The team that makes the most net profit goes home $5,000 richer. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market addict and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Aug 5
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

Is Gaudy Good?

Style hunters Nancy and Julie take on best friends Vanessa and Arthur, who describe their style as Gaudy Fabulous. Each team is given a $500 budget to find, fix-up and flip items purchased at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. The teams shop for design projects that feature home entertaining, stylish seating and a pop of color. Then both teams head to the workshop to transform their finds. Next stop is New York's Brooklyn Flea, where the teams must try to sell their wares but will buyers agree that gaudy is good? Hosted by Designer/Flea Market shopper and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Aug 5
9am | 8c

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