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There is a common misconception that flea markets are dirty and only sell junk. This could not be further from the truth! You can find so many beautiful items at very affordable prices when you shop at the flea market. Flea markets offer clothes, toys, household items and even food! We have found some of the most beautiful furniture at flea markets! Our beloved pie safe came from a flea market in Maryland. If you are looking for unique decor items, this is the place!
How to Save Money at the Flea Market
Knowing how to shop at a flea market can mean big savings!
You’ve probably heard the phrase the early bird catches the worm, and this is definitely the case when shopping at a flea market. You should also show up on the first day of the flea market.
Shopping early will allow you to see what is available and not have to go through what has already been picked over. This is generally when you find those gems that people are letting go of.
I know, I know you just read that you should shop early! While shopping early gives you the biggest selection, and is perfect if you are looking for something specific. Shopping late might give you the most significant savings. If you shop late in the day right before the flea market closes, vendors might be willing to haggle a little more.
Vendors show up at the flea market to sell their stuff not pack it all up and drag it home. This option will net you the great savings but don’t count on items you like in the morning to still be there.
Shopping at a flea market is not like shopping at Target. Prices are marked on items but typically not set in stone. Do not be afraid to try to negotiate on the sale price. Start a little low and work your way up. If you don’t believe the vendor is being fair, walk away!
Physically walking away will usually entice the seller to call you back and start some serious negotiations with you. One great negotiating tip is to bundle items; you can normally get bigger savings if you buy more than one item fro the same vendor!
Fee negotiation tips. Never show or say how much you love something, they then know they can get more money out of you. Also, don’t be afraid to point out items flaws or fixes you will have to make such a scratches rips, etc.
Be sure to take cash with you when going to a flea market. Most flea markets don’t take credit cards, and the vendors that do aren’t typically willing to negotiate as much. You should also carry small bills with you in case a vendor can’t break larger bills.
Find Things To Repurpose
Some vendors sell brand new items, but other vendors sell used items. Do not overlook the vendors selling used items! You will often find great furniture that just needs a little TLC.
Getting an item that needs a little work is a great way to take something old and make it beautiful and new again! Not to mention used items are typically sold at a much lower price than new items.
Buy Your Produce
Yes, you can even purchase produce at most flea markets! The best thing about purchasing your produce at the flea market is it is cheap and normally comes straight from the farmer.
I have seen produce at the flea market being sold 25% to sometimes even 50% lower than grocery store prices! The reason is the farmers are able to cut out the middlemen who all want a cut of the profit, and they pass those savings to you!
Bring A List
Of course, you are going to find great bargains that you didn’t plan on purchasing and that is okay! However, if you are going to the flea market to look for specific items make sure to bring a list with you.
Shopping at the flea market can be very overwhelming, and it is very easy to lose focus of what you came for. Having a list with you will keep you on track when it comes to finding those specific items.
What are your flea market shopping tips?