Why We Give

by Heather Moore, past chair of the Board of Trustees

Andy and I have joked that our gifts to HMF often feel selfish. Since we’ve lived in the Intown Macon historic district, we’ve directly benefited from so many of HMF’s programs. As our neighbors have participated in the façade loan program and taken advantage of HMF’s tax consulting services, our neighborhood seems to get more beautiful each time we walk around the block. While we enjoy the improved aesthetics, practically, we’ve watched our personal home value rise as the area continues to become more desirable due to newly restored properties. In addition, getting properties back on the tax rolls means our community has more dollars to re-invest in services and infrastructure that make Macon an even better place to live. The many public-private partnerships that HMF has fostered are helping to build a preservation ethos in Macon that will ensure we’re good stewards of our city’s biggest asset – its historic architecture. Preservation is economic development!

Andy & I believe in Historic Macon’s mission to not only revitalize neighborhoods and properties, but to tell their stories, and we understand that while we’ve been able to experience HMF’s programs first hand, the economic impact reaches far beyond just our neighborhood. We give because the continued vitality of our historic districts is critical to our success as a city and the quality of life of its residents.

 Heather and Andy purchased their home from Historic Macon after it served as the Decorators' Showhouse in 2011.

Heather and Andy purchased their home from Historic Macon after it served as the Decorators' Showhouse in 2011.

#MaconFleaFinds | Instagram's Top Picks

We’ve been posting and you’ve been liking! This week’s #maconfleafinds post showcases the items that have gotten the most buzz on our Instagram account through likes and comments. We couldn’t agree with you more.

1. Don’t be green with envy, Instagram! Buy this mint dresser this weekend!

2. It’s never been easier to furnish your man cave, Instagram.

3. That’s right @halesbails, our prices are incredible.

4. Stuff on stuff on stuff, Instagram approves.

5. We should have known Instagram would like this bar/server.

6. A chair that would look great in any room, Instagram.

7. Why yes this side table is exquisite and beautiful, @quintontard and @tfromtifton.

8. Instagram is ready for a dinner party.

9. The Old Clinton pick-up caught everyone’s attention

10. Someone from Dallas is ready to purchase this item #hottytoddy

What? You don’t follow us on Instagram? That needs to change. Our Instagram showcases more than just great #maconfleafinds. We also post updates of our rehabilitation projects, educational programming and all those things that your Flea Market dollars fund to make Macon a better place.

Come to the Historic Macon Flea Market this weekend, October 2-4 at 536 Third Street. You can see all these and more, in person. Until the Flea Market, flea on!

#MaconFleaFinds | Fabulous Furniture

The Flea Market is only a week away! Now is the time to purchase your Flea Market Preview Party tickets to ensure you get some of our best deals. This week, you’re seeing not 5, but 10, furniture pieces we know you’ll love and want to take home with you.

1. Get comfy on a rosy sofa.

2. Display the other Flea Market treasures you’re sure to find in a new hutch.

3. A throne fit for a king (or queen) of the castle (and by castle, we mean your home in Macon).

4. Stash away your sundries in a retro metal cabinet.

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5. Entertain in style on this beautiful table

6. Turn an old trunk into a coffee table and sitting area centerpiece.

7. Show off your conversation starters on another great hutch.

8. You’ll have sweet dreams in this king bed.

9. Sit pretty in a set of 6 dining room chairs.

10. A darling desk ready for you to write (or type) your next novel.

Did we mention that 77¢ of every dollar you spend at the Flea Market goes straight back to Historic Macon’s operating expenses? That means 77¢ of your dollar goes directly to the work that we do best -revitalizing our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. You can rest easy in that new-to-you bed or chair from the Flea Market knowing you got an incredible deal and you also supported an organization committed to making Macon a better place.

So be sure to purchase your Preview Party tickets today and come out to the sale on Saturday, October 3 from 8am to 3pm and on Sunday, October 4 from 1pm to 5pm at 536 Third Street.

Until next week, flea on!

#MaconFleaFinds | Festive Fall

Fall is in the air. The days are a bit shorter and the temperature outside is bearable again. Which means it’s time for pumpkin-flavored treats and festive decorations. The Flea Market has everything you need to ring in this season in style.

1.  This guy will be a the perfect greeter for trick-or-treaters.

2. Time for a new wreath on the door! These twig ones would look great plain or with some festive embellishments.

3. A lamp that looks like it belonged to the Addams family can easily be updated for a fresh fall look.

4. Find plenty of accessories for your game day look or your Halloween costume.

5. We’re all smiles at Historic Macon because the Flea Market is only 2 weeks away! Buy your Preview Party tickets today.

You can find these items and so much more at Historic Macon’s Flea Market. The Flea Market takes place October 2-4, 2015 in the former Karsten-Denson Hardware Store building at 536 Third Street. Buy your tickets for the Flea Market Preview Party to make sure you get the best deals.

Also follow #maconfleafinds on Instagram and Twitter to see more items. Until next week, flea on!

#MaconFleaFinds | Get Yo' Retro

Mad Men may be off the air, but mid-century modern styles are going strong at Historic Macon’s Flea Market. Lovers of vintage and retro items will have a hay day the first weekend in October when they shop to support preservation in Macon.

1. Find a new perch with a pair of love birds.

2. Say cheese for this vintage camera, complete with case and lens cap.

3. Who says camping means roughin’ it? You can have your coffee while experiencing the great outdoors with this portable and light camping kit.

4. Perfect for the set of Mad Men, this Widdicomb table and chairs will provide mid-century modern elegance to any dining room.

5. Take home an icon of American design when you purchase this replica Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

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You can find these items and so much more at Historic Macon’s Flea Market. The Flea Market takes place October 2-4, 2015 in the former Karsten-Denson Hardware Store building at 536 Third Street. Buy your tickets for the Flea Market Preview Party to make sure you get the best deals.

Also follow #maconfleafinds on Instagram and Twitter to see more items. Until next week, flea on!

#MaconFleaFinds | Rustic Revival

You never know what you’ll find when you go on a Flea Market pick-up. Last week, staff members and volunteers ventured out to Old Clinton to one of the oldest houses in the historic town. That feeling of history happened here was palpable as we walked through the home and grounds. Ethiel and myself had the pleasure of speaking with descendants of the family that owned and occupied the house for over 150 years.

 Ethiel, HMF director, and Jim pose with the Historic Macon truck after a few hours of treasure hunting.

Ethiel, HMF director, and Jim pose with the Historic Macon truck after a few hours of treasure hunting.

Needless to say, there was quite a lot to find for Historic Macon’s Flea Market. See just a few of the items we uncovered in this week’s edition of #maconfleafinds. There’s more where that came from!

1. Whether you’re trying to hide buried treasure or just want a cool coffee table, we have several antique trunks that fit all your needs.

2. Oh baby! What a cute chair!

3. Just a swingin’ -this wooden swing would be a great addition to any front porch. Mint juleps not included.

4. Walk right in, sit right down…on these primitive chairs.

5. Red never looked so good on handmade side table.

You can find these items and so much more at Historic Macon’s Flea Market. The Flea Market takes place October 2-4, 2015 in the former Karsten-Denson Hardware Store building at 536 Third Street.

Also follow #maconfleafinds on Instagram and Twitter to see more items. Until next week, flea on!