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 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.

Thursday
Dec 18
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.

Sunday
Mar 8
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 8

The Battle of the Green Chaise

Great friends Renita and Charmaine take on sweethearts John Paul and Ashleigh. Each team is given a $500 budget to find, fix-up and flip items purchased at New York's Stormville Airport Flea Market. Given only one hour to find their items, the teams must shop for design projects that feature elements of glass, dining and wild card. After discovering some hidden gems, including a coveted chaise lounge, the teams get to work transforming their finds in the hopes of raking in big profits at New York's Brooklyn Flea. The team that makes the most net profit goes home $5,000 richer. For one team, it's a big risk, the chaise lounge will either pay off big or fall flat. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Saturday
Jun 6
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 13

Peace, Love, and Flipping

Flipping friends, Bridget and Eileen duke it out with peace-loving couple, Fred and Denise. Ready with $500 each, and just one hour to shop, the teams make their way through the aisles of Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. They need to find three items to transform from the Flip List: Salvage Design, Custom Seating, and Sets and Pairs. In the workshop, Bridget and Eileen are confident their flipping skills will give them an edge over their competitors, but Fred and Denise are convinced that with Sets and Pairs, they'll win with chairs. They'll find out who's right when the teams sell their transformed items at New York's GreenFlea Market, where whoever makes the most profit wins $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market fanatic and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Friday
Jun 19
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 3, Episode 4

Sparks are Flying!

Experienced pickers Heshy and Michael go toe-to-toe with fashionable friends Holly and Carlyle, as each team gets $500 to find, fix, and flip pieces they'll buy at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Projects they'll be shopping for include Durable Design, Elements of Glass, and a nostalgia project. After haggling for some hidden gems, the teams head into the workshop, where Heshy and Michael create a steampunk-inspired piece which impresses some, but sparks fly when their competitors say it looks like an electric chair! Ultimately, shoppers at New York City's Antiques Garage will decide the teams' fate, since the ones that makes the biggest profit off their transformed pieces takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market connoisseur and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jun 28
8am | 7c
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
Jul 3
8am | 7c
Season 3, Episode 4

Sparks are Flying!

Experienced pickers Heshy and Michael go toe-to-toe with fashionable friends Holly and Carlyle, as each team gets $500 to find, fix, and flip pieces they'll buy at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Projects they'll be shopping for include Durable Design, Elements of Glass, and a nostalgia project. After haggling for some hidden gems, the teams head into the workshop, where Heshy and Michael create a steampunk-inspired piece which impresses some, but sparks fly when their competitors say it looks like an electric chair! Ultimately, shoppers at New York City's Antiques Garage will decide the teams' fate, since the ones that makes the biggest profit off their transformed pieces takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market connoisseur and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Aug 23
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 8

The Battle of the Green Chaise

Great friends Renita and Charmaine take on sweethearts John Paul and Ashleigh. Each team is given a $500 budget to find, fix-up and flip items purchased at New York's Stormville Airport Flea Market. Given only one hour to find their items, the teams must shop for design projects that feature elements of glass, dining and wild card. After discovering some hidden gems, including a coveted chaise lounge, the teams get to work transforming their finds in the hopes of raking in big profits at New York's Brooklyn Flea. The team that makes the most net profit goes home $5,000 richer. For one team, it's a big risk, the chaise lounge will either pay off big or fall flat. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Oct 23
9am | 8c
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
Dec 18
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 12

Eclectic friends compete against frequent flippers.

Eclectic friends, Doug and June are competing against frequent flippers, Cindy and Lynn. The search for flea market gems begins at Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts, where the teams have $500 and one hour to find items from their Flip List: Industrial Design, Retro Chic, and Multipurpose. Next, it's time to transform their finds, in the workshop. Doug and June turn a Model A car grill into a decorative mirror, while Cindy and Lynn give an antique Dictaphone a new life. But when it comes time to sell, which flipped items will connect with shoppers at the Long Island City Flea's Winter Market? In the end, the team that makes the most profit wins the $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market Aficionado and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Dec 27
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Sunday
Jan 10
12:30pm | 11:30c
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 9

DIY Daters vs. Bickering Buds

Dating flippers Kelly and Jay are going to battle against designing friends Laura and Diane. Both teams are determined to find the best bargains at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. With one hour to shop and a budget of $500, the teams race to find pieces from our Flip List: Bistro Set, Graphic Design, and a Mash-Up Project. Next, the teams get started in the workshop where they have one day to transform their flea market finds into profitable pieces. Whoever makes the most profit wins $5,000.

Friday
Aug 19
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 28
7am | 6c
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.

Sunday
Aug 28
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
Aug 28
8am | 7c
Season 3, Episode 4

Sparks are Flying!

Experienced pickers Heshy and Michael go toe-to-toe with fashionable friends Holly and Carlyle, as each team gets $500 to find, fix, and flip pieces they'll buy at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Projects they'll be shopping for include Durable Design, Elements of Glass, and a nostalgia project. After haggling for some hidden gems, the teams head into the workshop, where Heshy and Michael create a steampunk-inspired piece which impresses some, but sparks fly when their competitors say it looks like an electric chair! Ultimately, shoppers at New York City's Antiques Garage will decide the teams' fate, since the ones that makes the biggest profit off their transformed pieces takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market connoisseur and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Aug 28
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 28
9am | 8c
Season 3, Episode 6

Flippin' Feathers

Engaged couple Solomon and Amanda, aren't afraid of bold colors. They'll take on friends Minetta & Rob who have some outside-the-box ideas of their own. Both teams will race through the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut with $500 to spend on Flip List projects that feature Mid-century design, Dining, and a Funk-tional piece. But one team's feathers get a little ruffled in the workshop, when one of their projects doesn't come out as expected, but will buyers at New York City's Green Flea make it fly out of the booth? Hopefully, because the team that makes the biggest profit flies off with $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market maven and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Aug 28
9:30am | 8:30c
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
Aug 28
10am | 9c
Season 3, Episode 8

Heads or Tails?

Fashionable friends with similar tastes, who even share their first name, Laura, go up against fun-loving friends Dianne and Clyde. Each team is handed $500 and given only an hour to find pieces at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut, that they'll fix-up and flip. Their Flip List includes Hollywood Regency, as well as Upholstery and Mash-up projects. After hustling through the flea market, both teams hit the workshop to transform their pieces. Relying on chance, team Laura often flips a coin to decide their next move. The teams will then take their transformed pieces to sell at New York City's Green Flea, and the team that makes the biggest profit takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market enthusiast and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Aug 28
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 28
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 9

DIY Daters vs. Bickering Buds

Dating flippers Kelly and Jay are going to battle against designing friends Laura and Diane. Both teams are determined to find the best bargains at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. With one hour to shop and a budget of $500, the teams race to find pieces from our Flip List: Bistro Set, Graphic Design, and a Mash-Up Project. Next, the teams get started in the workshop where they have one day to transform their flea market finds into profitable pieces. Whoever makes the most profit wins $5,000.

Sunday
Aug 28
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 6, Episode 10

Flipping Bingo

Pat and Lisa are fierce friends who are ready to take on creative couple Russell and Marc. The game begins at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts, where the teams have a $500 budget and only one hour to shop. They hunt for unique pieces to transform into three projects from the Flip List: Hip to be Square, Mixed Mediums, and Inspired-by-Design. It's all fun and games as the teams head to the workshop where they have one day to transform their pieces. Whichever team makes the most profit walks away with $5,000.

Sunday
Aug 28
12pm | 11c
Season 6, Episode 11

Clash of the Couples

New York flippers Amanda and Nick go toe-to-toe against Christina and Billy, two designing sweethearts from New Jersey. Armed with $500 each and just one hour to shop, the teams make their way down the aisles of the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. They'll need to find three items to transform for our Flip List: Accent Design, Metallics, and Restoration Remix. The battle continues in the workshop where the couples have just one day to flip their pieces. Whoever makes the most profit at Long Island City Flea will take home $5,000.

Sunday
Aug 28
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Saturday
Sep 3
7am | 6c

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