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Summer is scavenger season for pickers. Yard sales, estate sales, and flea markets pop up like wildflowers. While you might try to beat the heat, the one thing you cannot beat is a great bargain on furniture. Vendors often do not want to load heavy items back onto their trucks at the end of show, so it can be a prime time to find a treasure or two.

In my years of scouting for great pieces of furniture to flip, I have come across several that would land at the top of my list. With some imagination, muscle, paint and perseverance, my husband and I managed to create some great pieces from our thrifty finds.

One especially unique piece was a workstation cabinet that was reported to have come from The Greenbrier resort. We picked this piece up for right around $100 and after an intense cleaning, we painted it a dark gray and added additional corbel supports and a barn-wood top to make a stunning bar.

The cabinet was purchased by a couple who actually lived in Lewisburg, down the road from the hotel in White Sulphur Springs, so the circle of that special find was complete.

If you have followed Salvaged to Sassy on social media or ever been to one of our sales, you know I have a buffet obsession. I love finding them at flea markets and it is even better if they are in rough shape.

Veneer chips, missing pulls, scratches and scuffs can all work to your benefit by getting a better price. Vintage buffets can run anywhere from $75 to $200 as is, meaning you will probably have to do some work to make it sassy again.

Tops can be sanded and re-stained, veneer can be stripped or patched and, many times, painting them becomes the best option to mask years of wear and tear. These pieces work well in homes we stage, if they are sold before we get to use them. Pictured here are a few of my buffet transformations.

A simple barn gate I purchased for $20 has become another one of my favorite finds. It makes a great rustic frame for wreaths and photos, or just about anything else you would want to highlight. So, on these warm summer days, get out to a flea market and take advantage of some hot deals.

Lesa Smith is owner of Salvaged to Sassy, an occasional vintage market and home staging/decorating provider. To find out more about Sassy Shed Sales or The Gathering Vintage Market on August 24 and 25, visit the website at or on Facebook and Instagram at Salvaged to Sassy.

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