A flea market is a treasure hunt; going through all the stalls to find the best stuff and best deals for ourselves. Well, if it is also a Declutter Sale where you can also browse for second hand treasure, then it is an icing on the cake. So, here are some tips to score those killer stuff for yourself when you are shop-hopping in a flea:
Be an early bird
It might sound boring but, remember, if you want to get the best deals it’s better to be early than being late. The best things will go first and obviously all the amazing incredible pieces will be eaten up by all the early birds. You can go later if you want, only if you can be content with the good stuff rather than the best.
Keep an open mind and be optimistic
If you go to a flea market with a pre-defined view of what you are looking for, chances are you will blindly keep searching for it in the stalls while missing out on other great opportunities. Its good to keep a checklist of what you want but my advice is, use a bit of your imagination and picture how an item would look on you or in your home even though that was not what you came looking for.
Bring along cash
Most of the shops take cash only and do not accept cards. Some might accept cheques but why take the risk! On a safer side, it’s better to stuff your pocket with cash when going on a flea market shopping spree.
Possess something pre-loved
A lot of people in a flea might be selling things from their own personal collection. Chat with them and get an idea of how to mix and match it with your own collection. A thrift store shopping session is always a fun score.
Stroll through the stalls
Stroll, browse and discover! Sometimes, the best stuff are hiding and you notice awesome things unknowingly. That is why it is always wise to stroll at least twice a flea market venue. It will surprise you, trust me!
Follow the “Now or Never” Rule
Follow your heart in this case and if you are already smitten by something, do not think twice and go for it now! Quick shoppers won’t wait for you to pick it up. Its simple, you like it then you hold it in your hands because this is the only way you can prevent others from taking it away from you.
Happy FLEAting !