I could really love a show like Flea Market Flip.
But please explain the use or lack thereof of the experts: today one couple actually redid their chairs; the other sat on a stoop while their furniture purchase was being professionally reupholstered.
Everytime I've seen the show, there was a terrible imbalance of one team using the handy help and the other grunting it out.
How can this be a contest? We don't get to see comparable skills.
I had the show on a little while ago and saw someone hammering those brass tacks into a chair to create a border. I thought, "Oh, just like the old days," (meaning 1950s stuff I saw at older relatives' homes) and then I heard someone say that they were making it look modern. I'm so out of touch....
Didn't really understand the show. Need to pay attention, I guess.
$1200 for a bike table, huh? Yet another thing I don't understand.
I was glad to see the return of Flea Market Flip. I like the show and was surprised they had professional workers helping the contestants. I don't remember help last year. Did I miss something? I had seen the episode with the bike table before. Didn't see it worth $1200 before and not now.
I was disappointed that the second half hour show was a repeat. That's what they have done with Cousins on Call...one new show and one repeat.
My name is David & I am one of the "experts" on the show.
We are there to assist the contestants with anything they might need. Some of the contestants are very handy & can do most of the work themselves while others don't know what a screw driver is. We will help in any capacity that they want.
we give them ground rules of what basic materials we have to work with and the extent of what can be done or not done. They literally have one day to complete the projects & I can attest that it's usually down to the last minute. It's a really fun challenge!
Sure, there are some projects that, well, lets just say there are projects that I wouldn't have chosen but the majority are really fun & when done, I'd have them in my own home. The bike project.....well, what can I say? I think it would have looked better if it were on fire in a dumpster LOL. How it sold I have no idea but I was there & I couldn't believe it. It's Brooklyn & I see people buying all sorts of stuff there.
On the show, we have Mark who is a furniture restoration expert, Cija (blonde girl) who is a carpenter and finishing master. She could get a paint brush & make my desk look like a finely carved piece of granite. She is amazing! Alex (the youngest guy) is an artist, carpenter and a regular jack of all trades. I am the welder, carpenter, wiring, inventer of all things old. the only thing I can't do really well is fine finish painting. I get really frustrated & try to rush it which we all know doesn't work.
Getting back to the help, we pick who we are going to help based on their projects and how long we feel it will take to complete. When you see the contestants working on something, we are somewhere close by working our butts off on their other projects. There has never been an episode where one team is on their own.
Feel free to ask me any questions. I'm on twitter ( DavidDall1) or just search flea market flip, you will find me. I also will be launching a web site shortly which will be a forum where people can discuss their flea finds, restoration projects, sell things, "Ask the experts" for help with projects & everything to do on this subject. I don't think I can post a link but contact me & I'll steer you in the right direction. It will be up in another week or so.
Thanks for watching the show! we have so much fun making it! Season two is going to continue into season three where we all went out to Los Angeles & shot at the Rose Bowl and Long Beach flea markets. We completer some REALLY cool items!!
Hi, David. Appreciate hearing from you. It is always a real plus to hear how things are done and the reasoning behind them. Thank you so much for giving us this insight on the people involved with the workings of Flea Market Flip make-overs.
I look forward to seeing the show from the Rose Bowl and Long Beach flea markets.
Thank you again, MaryleeThis message has been edited. Last edited by: mriley,
My pleasure, glad I could help!
Feel free to ask me any questions you like & this goes for everyone here.
So, does anyone have a favorite project so far? Worst liked? ( I can share plenty LOL).
I'll give you a few teaser hints of some of my favorites.
door & window projects
Ahhh, too many. I wish I could say more & those are lousy hints!
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