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 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
Mar 8
11:30am | 10:30c
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 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.

Friday
May 1
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Bustin' Up and Bustin' Out

Brooklyn buddies Anthony and Jack go up against cute and crafty lovebirds Cole and Kelly. Both teams get one hour and a $500 budget to race through the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts to shop for design projects that feature chic storage, busted design, and a dining project. The teams then head into the workshop to bust out their pieces, while busting each other's chops. In the end, they'll take their reimagined finds to New York City's Antiques Garage, where the team that makes the biggest profit wins $5000. Hosted by Designer and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
May 1
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Saturday
May 23
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 2, Episode 9

Mother-Daughter Showdown

The fur flies when our mother/daughter duos - Aphrodite and Bethany take on Kelly and Noelle. With $500 and only one hour to shop at the one and only Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California, the teams must find items on their Flip List – Fabric Project, World Design and Reimagine. After drumming up some bargains both teams work side-by-side in the workshop to transform their finds. Next, it' time to sell, hopefully for big bucks, at the Hollywood's Melrose Trading Post. The ladies that make the biggest profit take home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market devotee and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jun 28
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 5

City vs. Country

City slickers Jill and James are ready for anything, including taking on sassy country girls, Karla and Michelle. The competition starts when the teams gets $500 and one hour to find diamonds in the rough at Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market in Upstate New York. They race to find projects from the Flip List: A Fabric Project, Color Design, and A Remix Project. Next, it's time for the teams to head to the workshop, where they have one day to transform their pieces. Jill and James bring their funky fresh city style to transform an industrial locker into a hanging bar, while Karla and Michelle use vintage yardsticks to add texture to a metal cart. But will the teams get everything done in time to sell at Long Island City Flea?

Friday
Jul 17
11am | 10c
Season 4, Episode 4

Happy Flipping Anniversary!

Hipster pals, Jonathan and Elise take on experienced Upcyclers, husband and wife, John and Sarah. Armed with $500 and a Flip List of three projects: Stylish Storage, Modern Americana, and Mixed Textures, each team searches the aisles of Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market in Upstate New York for the best deals. The teams bring their remodel plans into the workshop and get to work on their transformations. But Jonathan and Elise don't think their opponents' pieces will resonate with flea market shoppers. Will their prediction come true, or will John and Sarah's wedding anniversary bring them good luck at New York's Long Island City Flea? The team that makes the most profit on their pieces wins $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market ace and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Aug 9
11am | 10c
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 5, Episode 13

Married flippers take on a creative couple.

Married pickers, Jeff and Amy have been turning trash into treasure for 25 years. They're going up against Dina and Shanna. The teams start their flip looking for hidden gems at Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. They have $500 and one hour to find three items from their Flip List: Simple Living, Radical Reimagine, and Geometric Design. The competition gets a little hair-raising as Jeff and Amy transform an antique dress-form into a one-of-a-kind 'wine babe.' Meanwhile, Dina and Shanna reinvent a worn-out wooden cabinet into their own version of a modern wine bar. Will Amy's big blonde hair be her team's secret weapon? We'll find out when it comes time to sell at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City. The team makes the most profit on their projects wins $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Fanatic and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Sep 20
11am | 10c
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.

Saturday
Dec 12
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Thursday
Mar 24
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 2

Hold Onto Your Hat & Keep a Lid On It!

Eclectic friends, Eddie and Rodney go up against Brandon and Sam, a couple who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty to find a bargain. The two teams head to Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut, where they each have $500 to spend on three projects (Flip List): Occasional Seating, Hollywood Regency style, and Hip to be Square. Both teams bring their best designs and skills into the workshop, until Sam gets more involved with painting their projects than she bargained for. With their transformations complete, it's up to the buyers at Astoria Flea Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios to decide which team will make the biggest profit and go home with $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jun 5
7:30am | 6:30c
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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