Because we wanted to enjoy flea markets more, we researched tips and suggestions for flea market beginners like us. We learned treasure hunting is beginning before a flea market. We need to plan and to prepare for treasure hunting!
- Check location: Visit web site if available. Sometime we can get a coupon for admission/parking.
- Do our home work: Research about item(s) before going flea market. The value in today’s market, availability, rarity and color etc…
- Get Cash and bring a check book.
- Don’t overdress and be prepared for anything: Wearing jeans and a T-shit is comfortable but we found it can help us to stay on budget/good deals. According to flea market pros, vendors often use our clothes/shoes to decide how much we can afford. Also, bring a jacket/an umbrella/a raincoat to prepare for any weather condition (including sunglasses, sunscreen etc...)
- Pack lunch and drinks: save more money for our treasure.
- Bring a bag/a cart
- Arrive early/Come late: To hunt treasures, get the flea market as soon as it opens. To get the best bargain/good deals, go late in the day/the end of the market.
- Browse vendors, dig later: We hunt our target item(s) first and dig later.
- Make a friend first. Respect vendors: Giving nice impression and making a good relationship with vendors is connected to good deals.
- Be prepared to walk away: The pro said “In the end, the person who is willing to walk away is going to get the best deal” A vendor might change his/her mind when we walk away.
- Don’t outsmart ourselves: According to the pro, we should not call attention to the brand or manufacturer. We will have to pay more!
- Don’t pay store price. Negotiate.
- Group purchases: Then we can negotiate a price for the group!
- The most important! Enjoy and have fun.
We will post about recent flea market experience soon!