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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!

Episodes

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Season 2, Episode 7

Flipping and Flirting

Two sets of roommates face off in this battle of the sexes challenge. Antique collectors Ron and Zach take on besties Vanessa and Lindsey. The cocky and confident guys think they've got it all over the girls and flirtatious antics ensue at New York's Stormville Airport Flea Market as the teams search for their Flip List projects: Retro Design, Light and Dark Project, and Create a Pair. One team is sure their vintage barbershop stand is their ace in the hole, but will they take a haircut at New York City's Antiques Garage? Hosted by Designer/Flea Market enthusiast and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Friday
Nov 21

10:30am | 9:30c

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.

Thursday
Feb 26

9:30am | 8:30c

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.

Thursday
Feb 26

10:30am | 9:30c

Season 2, Episode 6

Holy Cow Table!

Designers and friends Ingrid and Candace take on the creative husband-wife team of Ed and Lisa. Each team gets $500 to find, fix-up and flip items purchased at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. Given only one hour to hunted down and haggle for the projects on their Flip List: Good Bones, World Design and Mix & Match. Both teams then get to work transforming their finds in the hopes of making huge profits at NYC's Antiques Garage. One team embraces a whimsical cow print fabric which is a risky choice. Will it make them a whole lot of moo'la? We'll see! Hosted by Designer/Flea Market fanatic and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Apr 12

8am | 7c

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.

Saturday
May 23

8am | 7c

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.

Saturday
Jun 6

8:30am | 7:30c

Season 4, Episode 5

Best Flipping Friends Take On Flipping Fellas

Sassy friends, Katie and Jennifer go up against best buds, Scotty and Eddie. With $500 to spend at Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market in Upstate New York, each team has just one hour to find to the best deals on design projects from the Flip List that are Funk-tional, Steel-ing Beauty, and a Tribute Piece. The flipping gets personal when Jennifer reveals the emotional story behind her Tribute Piece. Will Scotty and Eddie be able to compete with Jennifer and Katie's transformations? The guys hope their pieces will connect with customers at New York's GreenFlea, because the team with the bigger profit will go home with $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market pro and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Saturday
Jul 11

9am | 8c

Season 4, Episode 12

You May Now Flip the Bride!

Stylish lovebirds, Princess and Mark Anthony, compete against designing darlings, Simone and Christian. With $500 in hand and just one hour to shop, the teams race down the aisles of Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut for gems to fix and flip. The projects from the Flip List include: Elegant Storage, Paper Project, and Yin & Yang. In the workshop, Simone and Christian have a little trouble balancing their Yin with their Yang, while Princess and Mark Anthony put the love into their loveseat. But it will be up the customers at New York's Long Island City Flea to determine which bride and groom will win. In the end, the team that makes the most profit wins the $5000 honeymoon fund. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market aficionado and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Sunday
Jul 26

8:30am | 7:30c

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.

Sunday
Aug 23

9:30am | 8:30c

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.

Sunday
Oct 11

9:30am | 8:30c

Season 2, Episode 7

Flipping and Flirting

Two sets of roommates face off in this battle of the sexes challenge. Antique collectors Ron and Zach take on besties Vanessa and Lindsey. The cocky and confident guys think they've got it all over the girls and flirtatious antics ensue at New York's Stormville Airport Flea Market as the teams search for their Flip List projects: Retro Design, Light and Dark Project, and Create a Pair. One team is sure their vintage barbershop stand is their ace in the hole, but will they take a haircut at New York City's Antiques Garage? Hosted by Designer/Flea Market enthusiast and Good Morning America Co-Anchor Lara Spencer.

Thursday
Dec 3

11:30am | 10:30c

Season 4, Episode 5

Best Flipping Friends Take On Flipping Fellas

Sassy friends, Katie and Jennifer go up against best buds, Scotty and Eddie. With $500 to spend at Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market in Upstate New York, each team has just one hour to find to the best deals on design projects from the Flip List that are Funk-tional, Steel-ing Beauty, and a Tribute Piece. The flipping gets personal when Jennifer reveals the emotional story behind her Tribute Piece. Will Scotty and Eddie be able to compete with Jennifer and Katie's transformations? The guys hope their pieces will connect with customers at New York's GreenFlea, because the team with the bigger profit will go home with $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market pro and Good Morning America Anchor, Lara Spencer.

Saturday
Dec 12

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.

Friday
Mar 4

8:30am | 7:30c

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.

Sunday
May 8

7am | 6c

Season 3, Episode 11

The Moose Is Loose!

Junkologists Scoop and Moose take on flea market-obsessed besties Sarah and Regina, as each team is given $500 to find, fix-up and flip items purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The teams shop for design projects that feature Double Duty, as well as Mirrored and Retro pieces. Then both teams get busy at the workshop transforming their finds, while unexpectedly becoming fast friends. Next stop is New York City's Antiques Garage, where the teams must look past their newfound friendship as they try to sell their reimagined pieces, because the team that makes the biggest profit wins $5000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market maven and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer.

Sunday
May 8

7:30am | 6:30c

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
May 8

8am | 7c

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
May 8

8:30am | 7:30c

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
May 8

9am | 8c

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
May 8

9:30am | 8:30c

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
May 8

10am | 9c

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
May 8

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
May 8

11am | 10c

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
May 8

11:30am | 10:30c

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.

Sunday
May 8

12pm | 11c

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
May 8

12:30pm | 11:30c

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
May 13

7:30am | 6:30c

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