Treasure Hunting: How flea market finds can pay off with up-cycl - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Treasure Hunting: How flea market finds can pay off with up-cycling

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - The swap meet is a bargain hunter's paradise, but how do 'do-it-yourselfers' refurbish and sometimes resell their great finds at a flea market?

Websites like Etsy and Pinterest teach and inspire people to re-purpose items found at flea markets like furniture and house ware goods.

One place in San Diego that serves as a creative resource is Kobey’s Swap Meet.

Kobey’s general manager, Anthony Pretto said what may seem as junk piled up at a flea market for one person is a treasure on the up-cycle market for another person.

“Glassware is very popular. People use it for jewelry trays or as decorative items at dining room tables,” said Pretto.

At Kobey’s, shoppers can find estate sale vendors like Steve Mattson, who says thrift and antique stores make big business by polishing up what is left behind. “I would say 25 to 30 percent of my business is re-purposing,” he says.

“You can get items for a dollar, two dollars without spending a lot of money and put some tender love and care and you have a brand new item,” said Pretto.

For a former public-relations-executive turned interior-designer-student like Meghan Whitney, she says, “It’s hours of looking online and what’s out there in-store, and then you’re like, ‘I don’t want to pay that much for it and I can do that myself.’”

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Westboro Baptist planning protests in East County San Diego

    Westboro Baptist planning protests in East County San Diego

    Tuesday, March 19 2019 10:26 PM EDT2019-03-20 02:26:58 GMT

    Westboro Baptist Church has gained notoriety for their protests targeting the LGBT community and other minority groups. They also show up at the funerals of fallen U.S. troops. Westboro members are now planning protests at two high schools in East County San Diego.

     

    Westboro Baptist Church has gained notoriety for their protests targeting the LGBT community and other minority groups. They also show up at the funerals of fallen U.S. troops. Westboro members are now planning protests at two high schools in East County San Diego.

     
  • Democratic groups condemn Beiser's alleged conduct described in lawsuit

    Democratic groups condemn Beiser's alleged conduct described in lawsuit

    Tuesday, March 19 2019 10:10 PM EDT2019-03-20 02:10:48 GMT

    Two local political groups called today on San Diego Unified School Board District B Trustee Kevin Beiser to resign, and the county Democratic Party was mulling whether to do the same, in response to allegations that he sexually abused a local political consultant from 2013 to 2018.

     

    Two local political groups called today on San Diego Unified School Board District B Trustee Kevin Beiser to resign, and the county Democratic Party was mulling whether to do the same, in response to allegations that he sexually abused a local political consultant from 2013 to 2018.

     
  • Police seek to ID man who tried to kidnap toddler in Morena area

    Police seek to ID man who tried to kidnap toddler in Morena area

    Tuesday, March 19 2019 9:51 PM EDT2019-03-20 01:51:03 GMT

    Authorities reached out to the public Tuesday for help in identifying and tracking down a would-be kidnapper who grabbed a toddler on a Morena-area roadside, dropping her and fleeing when her mother began hitting him.

     

    Authorities reached out to the public Tuesday for help in identifying and tracking down a would-be kidnapper who grabbed a toddler on a Morena-area roadside, dropping her and fleeing when her mother began hitting him.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.