Sunday, August 8, 2010

Flea Market Bain-Marie (and other great finds)

 All polished up and ready to use!

Today we ventured to our annual Antiques Faire in town and came home with some wonderful finds.  I saw this copper and porcelain Bain-Marie (double boiler) and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a $4 price tag.  FOUR DOLLARS!  These sell new for three hundred dollars!

Before photo
 Before photo
My husband gently hammered out the small ding on the lid.  The protective coating was still on the lid and all of the copper was pretty grungy. After a little a LOT of elbow grease it "Shown like the top of the Empire State Building!"
I also paid $4 for the cute zinc pitcher and quickly filled it with flowers from the garden

The blue enamel coffee pot was purchased on our way home from Yosemite National Park two weeks ago.  It, too is darling filled with fresh flowers.  I've got the "flea market" bug again and hope to make it to the "Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons" in Île de Chatou (near Paris) next month and do some SERIOUS flea market shopping!  Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh....don't tell my husband  :)




  1. I love all of your great finds. The zinc pitcher filled with flowers from your garden looks beautiful.What a great price for your beautiful bain-marie. You had a great day...Kathy

  2. Those were really great finds - and that's what keeps us all heading back to the flea markets. I'd give anything to be living in Europe again and visiting all the Sunday markets. Take me with you!

  3. That bain-marie is such a find! Well done...

  4. Hi there Nancy, you reminded of my love for flea markets. Can I come with you when you are going. Also need to go to Paris to buy paint brushes. I love your pitchers and your flowers. My garden looks horrible and for the first year I can't cut fresh flowers. The consistent heat seems to kill everything.

    Have a happy week

    Heidi - Plays with paints

  5. Hi, Nancy! Thanks for stopping by; I'm glad you were able to get an idea or two from those old frames. You certainly scored some great flea finds! I'm on to read some more...! : )

  6. Great finds! I'm loving that zinc little number with the flowers.
    Very rustic.

    Thanks for stopping by Popcorn. I brought my buffet inside to really get the feel of it and I will be painting and staining very soon. Stay tuned.

    Take care,


  7. Great pics--awsome finds! I love the deep blue of that coffee pot. Your burlap tote is so cool--now I wish I had some burlap!! AAhhh-another shopping online trip is in order after seeing your tutorial. :o)

  8. Nancy - I'm swooning over that adorable zinc pitcher!!!! What fun you must'ave had!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  9. You were lucky to get some great flea market finds! Your wing slipcover turned out great and you did a tute too? much work! Thanks for stopping by Nouveau Stitch...I hope you come by often!


  10. You did great!

    I love the bain marie-
    I spotted one recently and now I am going to go back and find it!

    White Spray Paint

  11. Fabulous finds! I try to get to that antique fair every year and am always out of town. The house down the street had an estate sale yesterday - great things - crazy high prices...I got nothing. I need a good flea market day!

  12. what did you use to polish them...? they look new!!! great job!!!

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  15. That bain-marie is definitely a great find!


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