While her credentials are impressive, indeed, Tricia is also an avid flea marketeer! Frequenting sales in Long Island - where she is renovating an 18th century farmhouse - and New York, Tricia generously shares her flea marketing tips and experiences with us.
LM: Tricia, how does vintage style factor in to your design work?
TF: I love beautiful old pieces and not only collect them to "save" them, but to incorporate into my life and home and use for inspiration in designing product and interiors.
LM: What are you collecting right now?
TF: I usually only buy functional things, especially glass containers, crystal, china, baskets, silver, vintage luggage, textiles, old books for research, and landscape paintings I can't live without. I'm currently looking for anything with calligraphy...old deeds, letters, notebooks, etc. I weave these things into my linen closet to use on beds and in bathrooms, incorporate china and crystal in table settings, and containers for storage. I really use my library for research as well as pleasure!
LM: What is the biggest thing you have ever dragged home from a flea-market or yard-sale?
TF: I would have to say a set of 20 Danish modern library chairs from an upstate college!
LM: What is your thrifting/flea marketing “uniform”? Do you dress down to get a better deal?
A. My goal is to be comfortable and have lots of pockets. Walking shoes and layers - to be ready for any weather - are a must! Basically, black leggings, flip-flops, and a well worn safari jacket are my uniform; and I always have an old cashmere sweater and wellies in the station wagon to layer on. A few canvas bags that fit over my shoulder to fill up are always on hand to tote my finds. Ultimately, I don't purposely dress down to get a better deal, and I don't like to bargain. I ask the dealers for their best price and if I want it and can afford it, I buy it!
LM: Do you have a colour crush? And if so, does it influence your collecting?
TF: I love natural colors and materials. My signature colors are black and white, and I have lots of texture and old patina in vintage wood, wicker, and painted metal pieces. I am most definitely influenced by my color crushes! I zero right in on any cream ware, silver, natural linens, and Shaker or Scandinavian pieces in any flea market setting!