A girlfriend and I hit up an outdoor flea market near me this weekend in Dover, New Hampshire. Followed up with a lobster roll at Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store in York, Maine. Aren’t those just the best kind of days?

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We had no idea what to expect at all! But a quick walk around and we found everything from the super expensive and overpriced to the best thrift finds!


Dough Bowl

I have admired vintage dough bowls from afar for quite some time now! I’ve always found them, especially the larger bowls, to be a bit on the expensive side, pricing upwards of $1,000 or more. Until I found these dough bowls, at this flea market near me this weekend!

Dough Bowls
  • What is an antique dough bowl? A traditional dough bowl, also known as a bread trough, is typically a shallow, wooden bowl hand-carved into a rectangular or oval shape. Over the centuries, it has traditionally been used to make bread by many different cultures across the continents. Source: Bowl & Board
  • Why are wooden bowls used for making bread?  Wooden bowls have always been the preferred choice for bread-making because the heat generated by the yeast is retained in the wood, giving the dough an even rise—and because the bowl’s high sides protect the dough from drafts. Source: Bowl & Board
  • What can you put in a dough bowl? Today, Dough bowls have become popular collected pieces used in farmhouse tables, kitchens, dining rooms, and more. Decorated with flowers, fruits, plates, plants, and more. Many reproductions are also available today.

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I decided I wanted to hang this antique dough bowl on the wall in our dining room. The size of the dough bowl honestly, overwhelmed our table as a centerpiece and I love the statement it makes against the white plastered wall in the dining room.

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How to Hang a Flea Market Dough Bowl?

The dough bowl is very heavy and awkward. It’s also not in perfect shape. But these are the reasons I treasure pieces like this. It wasn’t that difficult, however, to hang with a few hooks, screws, and wire.

What do you think?

One thing always leads to another, doesn’t it?

3 Finds From an Outdoor Flea Market Near Me

I moved the old chippy apothecary out of the sunroom into this spot under the dough bowl in our dining room. A few collected dishes and some dried greens add to the new pieces in this space. This was a quick “put together”. So be sure to follow along to see how this space finishes out.

3 Finds From an Outdoor Flea Market Near Me

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3 Finds at a Flea Market Near Me This Weekend

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Wooden Flea Market Train Set

The second treasure I found at this outdoor flea market near me this weekend was this wooden train set for $45. It’s super heavy, and I can envision it at Christmas time at our home in Vermont.

3 Finds from an Outdoor Flea Market Near Me


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The train set is now packed away in my car for its next trip back to Vermont with me.

Crate Barrel

The third piece I found at the flea market near me this weekend was this old barrel, which also resembles an old crate. I love the blonde color. It was marked $65, but I was able to get it for $50.

3 Finds from an Outdoor Flea Market Near Me this weekend.

What would you use this flea market barrel for in your house? I’ve been moving it all around trying to find just the perfect home for it.

Fill it with?

  • Flowers
  • Umbrellas
  • Weeds
  • Croquet Mallets

As I finish up writing this blog post for you, I just finished a day “Thrifting with the Gals” where I purchased three “Cries of London” by Francis Wheatley (England 1931) gold framed prints for $49 apiece.

Cries of London Prints

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  1. Marlene Stephenson says:

    What lovely old pieces, can’t wait to see how you use them. Thanks Ann.

  2. I believe your beautiful barrel is a nail keg but without further inspection, it’s hard to say. You truly found some interesting pieces. I love the pictures and that train…wow!

    1. Thanks so much, Shirley. I didn’t know it was a nail keg. I just love the rustic charm of it. Isn’t the train a beauty!

  3. Rachel Smith says:

    Score! I have a new, carved by my SIL’s Uncle Buddy, signed dough bowl and we love it. We serve Frogmore Stew in it.

    1. Thanks so much, Rachel, I’m so glad you liked it. And wow lucky you to have a signed dough bowl. They are such beautiful pieces.

    1. Oh, Anne, I love that idea, thank you!!

  4. Such amazing finds, Ann. The train is amazing, I can’t wait to see it at Christmas.
    Hugs to you.

    1. Thank you so much, Renae! I can’t wait to get the train back to Vermont with me and yes for Christmas!