I caught this show last night and enjoyed it for the most part. Agree with the OP that the second one was not that wonderful.
It was a show that had some good ideas for finding "treasures" which can be used to give some personality to your home and lift it out of the "ho hum" category. There were only a couple of things I liked about that large home she decorated for her friends - most of it, to me, would have been overload. I thought the items she placed in her NY friends'spaces were better done. However, I know from experience, that when a client has her mind set on sky blue purple or whatever, you work around it to give her what she wants. A happy client is not only a repeat client, but one who will spread the word.
I came upon this show by accident. I thought the host was personable and fun to watch. I have always been a big flea market/antiques shopping fan. Some of the design choices were a bit far out for me personally, but overall as a show, I would definitely watch this again.
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Like the show, didn't like the competition one that followed. Enough phony competition, ok?
Lara Spencer is a likable host to watch and she has great ideas. Some of the ** she spent were over the top for used furniture, I thought. But every area of the country is different I suppose. A good show though, and if it's on again, I will watch.
Liked the show, in general. Thought her tips and secrets were extremely basic, however. Still drooling over that Tom Ford coffee table she supposedly picked up for $100 at auction. Agree, liked the NY rooms better but those were easier tasks, IMHO.
Checked my dvr to see if/when it repeats but they showed it as a 1-time special.
I checked the HGTV site for showings and none are listed. They do usually repeat them eventually. "I Brake for yard Sales" is a special that basically introduced us to Lara Spencer in her decorating capacity. The actual series is going to be "Flea Market Flip" While I enjoyed seeing what the competitors did with their items, I just wish it wasn't a competition. Plus when the cost of each item was shown I don't think any of the extras like fabric and paint were included. So the actual money made was most likely quite different.
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I had a personal experience with yard sales, I learned that people that attend yard sales want to find items for pennies, and will not expend dollars for items that are of that value, I probably would not mind a state sale, in which I can find items of all prices.
I am assuming that there are people at HGTV doing their research and their research is telling them that the competition-type shows are doing well and that this Flea Market Flip one passed some sort of focus group, but I would like to know who these people are that they're getting feedback and research from because the results are depressing.
HGTV is so blah these days. I would MUCH rather watch the "I Brake for Yard Sales" special as a series vs. the actual competition show. I thought maybe HGTV was on the upward trend when finally it seemed like they were having more interesting hosts and content like Emily Henderson's show and Sarah Richardson, etc. But they've pushed Sarah back again and they keep putting more and more crap on.
Basically, I thought the actual show that was the purpose of the whole thing (the Flip competition) wasn't good, and in general I think the competition shows just aren't useful. You don't actually learn anything from those. You don't learn techniques or anything in depth, it ends up being about the competitors and the competition process. HGTV clearly has talented designers and people I would actually watch like Lara, but the format is just all wrong. Make "Brake" an actual series and I would watch that in a heartbeat....but I don't plan on tuning any for anymore of the Flea Market Flip. Bummer, I was pretty excited before I realized the special wasn't actually the show.