Finding Deals at Flea Markets
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Finding Deals at Flea Markets

Posted on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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There are countless deals and bargains waiting to be discovered at flea markets. But if you’ve never shopped at a flea market before you may be overwhelmed by the rows of vendors and piles of stuff. So, here’s a quick walk through for how to get the best deals at flea markets so that you can get out there and start finding some money-saving bargains!

A Flea Market Overview

First of all, you might be wondering what, exactly, a flea market is. A flea market is sort of like a cross between a garage sale and a thrift store. At flea markets, vendors come to sell or barter second-hand goods. Flea markets can be either inside or outside and have an array of different merchandise available.

When and Where to Find a Flea Market

Flea markets are generally held on the weekends. Outdoor flea markets run during the summer months. To find a flea market near you, check this super-handy flea market directory!

How to Get the Best Deals at a Flea Market

  • To get the best deals at flea markets, go prepared with your best negotiating skills.
  • Shop early for the best selection of merchandise, or late to get the best price.
  • Dress the part. First, you’ll want to be comfortable. Second, you want to blend in. If you overdress, sellers will be likely to expect you to spend more and you will miss out on bargains.
  • Make offers. Bartering is a common practice at flea markets, so if you see something you like but don’t like the price, make an offer. If you see a few items you like, you can also make a bulk offer.
  • Practice self-control. Even if you absolutely love love love it, don’t let on. If you pretend you can live without it, you can barter a better price.
  • If you’re looking for something specific but aren’t finding it, ask around. It is likely someone will be able to point you in the right direction.
  • Be patient. Like with garage sales and thrift stores, shopping at flea markets can take some patience to find what you are looking for at the right price. However, if you keep an open mind you will have a lot of fun (and maybe find some extra deals you weren’t expecting)!

 

What to Avoid at Flea Markets

In some cases, flea market vendors have been caught illegally selling bootleg music and movies and knockoff clothing and accessories. If you get the feeling something isn’t right, trust your instinct and move on to the next vendor.

All-in-all, flea markets have a little bit of everything. With a little digging, you can find some real treasures and great bargains!

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