How to Find Cool Stuff at Flea Markets

Here are a few quick tips on how to shop flea markets and find the stuff you really want:

  • Get there early:  The early bird gets the worm…and all the good buys!
  • Have plenty of cash:  While you’re spending the time to write a check, someone else is finding the good stuff.
  • Move quickly to get an overview:  This is tricky.  You want to move fast enough to cover a lot of ground, but not so fast that you miss things.
  • Keep an open mind:  Don’t go there looking for just one thing.  It can get frustrating and you might miss out on some really fun things.
  • Be decisive:  Either buy your item right away or forget about it.  If you “think about it” and walk away, it will be gone when you get back.
  • If you collect something specific, bring a photo with you:  A picture is worth a thousand words and it really speeds things up.
  • Talk to the dealers:  Be friendly and tell them what you are looking for.  You never know…next time they might bring something especially for you!
  • Inspect things carefully:  Some dealers sell things as they find them….dirty.  Be sure to carefully check the items you’re going to buy.
  • Outdoor market?  Don’t forget your sunscreen and water!
Now get out there and shop ’til you drop!!

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