One of the most common things I find at flea markets are brass mid-century animals. The beauties were all the rage in the 1960s and still very popular today. They are the perfect touch to warm up a mantel, to add some depth to your bookshelves or to add visual interest or height to a side table. I absolutely love them and find them so useful in decorating.
(on a whole different subject, I want to paint my bedroom pink now - check out how great her master bedroom is!)
Cranes, ducks and swans are the most prevalent. I have found elephants, turtles, crabs...the list goes on and on. I prefer leaving them in their natural patina but you can shine them up, depending on the look you want.
I am always on the hunt for the really large ones (I am talking about like a big ole antelope). I also hope to come across a little pelican one day. (I mean, how stinking totally crazy adorbs is this guy!?!?)
What animals do you have in your collection? Anyone have a few of the big boys in their mist?!