2012 May 10

Flea Market Chatter with Blogger Aimee Song

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Macy’s is joining in on the vintage fair bandwagon. The department store’s contemporary line ‘bar III’ is going on a road trip and setting up shop at flea markets across the nation. Tents will soon be popping up in top vintage style bazaars, including L.A., Chicago, and Denver, and recently on Hester Street Fair in the LES. Macy’s appointed popular fashion blogger Aimee Song, of Songs of Style, as their “bar III at the flea” ambassador. Chic got on the phone with Song to get the deets on her new gig. 

Congrats on being named ‘bar III at the flea’ ambassador! It's a very fancy title. 
I’ll be traveling to different cities and to popular flea markets in Pasadena, Chicago, Denver, and New York. I’ll be helping style bar III clothes and offer up styling tips--anything from clothing and accessories to furniture and house ware stuff.

Did you have to apply for the job?
They just pitched it to me. But every single weekend I’m always at the flea markets, so I think that’s why they picked me.

Which flea markets do you go to?
I’m in California, so I always go to the Rose Bowl. When I used to live in San Francisco, I went to the Alameda flea, which is kind of like the Rose Bowl but the Northern California version. And then every weekend I go to the Fairfax flea market, which is in West Hollywood. The Rose Bowl is the best because I always come out with something there.

Any flea market tips off the top of your head?
I usually know what I really want to buy that day. For example, if I’m planning on purchasing furniture, then I’ll wear my most comfortable shoes and have a little $20 shopping cart that I got from Ralph’s. A lot of people just go and buy big pieces of furniture, but it’s so hard to carry it back to your car, and obviously you’re going to do a whole lot of walking. 

Anything else?
If I’m buying furniture, I always write down the layout of my apartment, so that I know exactly where the furniture is going to be placed. That way it’s not a waste of money. When I’m buying vintage clothes, I try to go for a statement piece that I’m never going to see again.

What are your biggest, baddest flea market finds?
Normally furniture. I have a faux gold glass art deco floor lamp that I got for $40 because the vendor thought the electricity wasn't working. All you had to do was reroute it. I googled how much similar lamps are and the cheapest I found was $700. I also have a bunch of blazers and belts. I feel like vintage flea market belts are so much better because they're actually real leather and last longer.

What is it about your blog that appeals to the masses?
One of the things that my readers really appreciate about me is that I reuse my items a lot. If I’m wearing a $500 pair of shoes, I try to make the most of it by finding at least ten ways to wear it. Not everybody has an unlimited budget, and we all recycle the same items over and over again.

Want to pick up your own flea finds at a major market? Check out the schedule below!

Sunday, May 13: Pasadena’s Rose Bowl
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27: Chicago’s Randolph Street Market
Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3: Denver’s Mile High Market
Saturday, June 9: New York’s Hester Street Fair
Sunday, June 10: New York’s Green Flea 

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