If there’s one thing I love about the weekend, it’s flea markets. There are a number of flea markets, both large and small, that take place every weekend in my area. Flea markets are so much fun to browse (not to mention the people watching is amazing!)
Going to a large flea market for the first time can be overwhelming, so it’s important to remember these tips:
1. Wear comfortable shoes; you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
2. Carry cash! It’s so much easier to make a transaction using cash over a debit or credit card.
3. Be ready to haggle. You can ask for a lower price on an item if you really want it. Only ask once, though, or it will be considered rude to the seller.
4. Make sure to check out any furniture you purchase for damage or cheap material. For example, try out a chair by sitting in it to make sure it’s sturdy and well-made. Don’t purchase anything for a high price if it’s made from particle board, plastic, or any other cheap material.
5. If you find something you really, really, really like early on in your shopping venture, buy it! Do not wait to come back for it later in the day. Chances are, if you like it, someone else does, too, and they will grab it before you come back. Don’t miss out on a great piece!
Here’s a list I found of the best flea markets around the country. I hope you get to check them out if they’re in your area!