Flea Market Shopping Tips
A perfect Sunday to me is spending some time at the flea market early in the morning. I have way too much fun browsing isle by isle looking at all of the antique items that are for sale. It’s awesome to see what people have on their tables; you can find everything from old army memorabilia to collectable cameras. It’s the perfect place to go to shop without breaking the bank and to get some inspiration! Of course there are always a few tips that can help you shop better at a flea market and I’ve listed them below!
Head out to the flea market VERY early, I’m talking rooster call early. Parking can be a nightmare and you also want to get first dibs on all of the great items!
Carry an extra tote for your purchases. While I usually wear a cross body when shopping at the flea market, I always tuck away a collapsible tote for larger purchases!
Bring cash! This seems like a no brainer but a lot of people forget that flea markets operate on a cash only basis.
Wear comfortable shoes. I like to wear a really comfortable sneaker or sandal when I’m at the flea market. You would be surprised, but people actually will run or try and beat you to a booth just to purchase something that has caught their eye. Be prepared!
Leave your expensive bags and jewelry at home. This has totally tripped me up a few times. I wear my Michael Kors watch every single day, its part of my uniform. However, I sometimes forget to leave it at home before going to the flea market. I have had vendors compliment my watch and then I instantly have an “Oh shit” moment because now the item that I'm looking at just went up a few dollars in price. You’ll always have a better shot at negotiating if you dress down.
Pace yourself. Flea markets can be very overwhelming. There are so many people and so much commotion it can knock you off track. Take your time and don’t feel like you need to keep up with the crowd. If I’m looking for specific things, I’ll write them down on a note pad before my trip just so I can stay focused.
Be nice and introduce yourself to vendors. I always find that a simple "hello" or "good morning" Is the best way to begin before rummaging through a booth. Vendors appreciate the kindness and it helps a lot when negotiating!
What are some tips that you think are important when flea market shopping? Comment and share!