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Eddie Ross's 3 Must-Have Solutions For Cleaning Up Flea Market Finds

Eddie Ross's 3 Must Haves For Restoring Flea Market Finds

The New York Times recently sat down with Eddie Ross to chat about flea marketing. Ross is an incessant flea market and antique fair shopper and even gives guided tours of markets around the country, so he's really an expert when it comes to sifting through the goods. He's also made a habit of styling gorgeous tablescapes and vignettes throughout his home using his finds, and he works wonders on vintage décor that may have seen better days. So I couldn't help but pass along his must-have solutions for cleaning up flea market finds, which he shared with The Times. Check them out below!

Old Linens

If you've picked up antique table linens that have yellowed over time, Ross recommends The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to safely whiten, brighten, and disinfect them. The solution is nontoxic, nonabrasive, environmentally friendly, and can be used on all colors and fabrics except for wool and silk. You can also use it to clean your kitchens, bathrooms, and hard, nonwooden surfaces and floors throughout your home. Just mix 1/4 cup with water.
Continue reading to see what Ross recommends for silverware and painted furniture!


Whether it's antique or simply used, the silverware you'll find at flea markets is rarely polished. Ross recommends using Gorham Anti-Tarnish Silver Polish to restore your silverware's brilliant luster and keep it tarnish-free. The solution is available in a 12 oz. bottle, as well as disposable polish cloths.

Painting Furniture

"If people are going to paint furniture, they'll want to prime it with a shellac-based product called Zinsser B-I-N Primer-Sealer that locks in old dark stains so they don't bleed through the beautiful new paint," says Ross.

Check out the NY Times article for more of Eddie Ross's flea marketing tips!

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bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 5 years
This is great! Another useful product I've discovered is Howard's Feed-N-Wax, a citrus-scented wood polish that works wonders on old, dry wood. I've found things at thrift stores and flea markets that looked horrible, but after polishing them they seem to glow. One of the things I've cleaned up with it:
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