Hi sweeties! So today I'm going to share a few of my tips with you on how to Flea-Market. Believe it or not, there can be better ways to do this stuff! So here we go...
Tip #1: Timing. Depending on what you want out of your Flea Market experience you either want to arrive super early or super late. There are benefits from both. I usually arrive early because once it hits 9 or 10, there are thousands of others arriving at the same time as you. It is harder to maneuver between the rows. But one benefit of either staying the whole time or arriving later is that usually the booth owners lower their prices or go down with their price when bargaining. Their sole initiative is to sell. So if it is almost the end of the day, they are much more willing to go down on the price as they would be early in the morning. One more thing: usually flea markets will charge you extra to get in early. So it is up to you to see if that is worth it to you. The earlier you arrive- the less people there will be and the better stuff is available. The later you arrive- a discounted entry price and better chance for the venders to go down with items. So its up to you!
Tip #2: Dress down. I know that we girls love the chance to dress up and be all 'boho chic' to flea markets, but believe it or not it is better to dress down at these things. The booth tenders are more likely to not go down on prices when bargaining if you are wearing a super fab outfit. They will know you have the money. So instead, dress down, wear a baseball cap, jeans and a tee and you are more likely to get more bargains. Plus, most flea markets are super hot, so protect your skin by wearing a hat and sunscreen and also protect your feet by wearing flats, rainbows, or tennies.
Tip #3: Have cash. I try to only take out the cash I want to spend because one time I brought a crap load of cash, not thinking I'd spend it all. I did. Bad choice. So depending on your budget, only bring what you are willing to spend.
Tip #4: Bargain. Ask for a lesser price! I know its scary at first but it gets kinda fun! Plus a lot of the vendors like it when you counter offer their price. Just know, the majority of the vendors overprice their items. Sometimes its ridiculous! Make them an offer that you would be willing to pay. If they say yes, great! If they say no, then walk away. And I bet you 60% of the time, once you walk away, they will say, 'no no, okay! that sounds good' and sell it to you. It's a tricky business, this bargaining stuff. But trust me, my methods work ;). And if they say no two times and you still really want it, then get it. That's another thing. I still regret some things that I walked away from.
Tip #5: Bring your own food and water! Just like disneyland, these places way overcharge you. So before you go, throw some almonds, power bar, and apples in your cart and you'll be good to go. That sounds way better to me than a $10 hotdog.
That's all I got.
And this is what I got this last Sunday's flea market trip. What I'm wearing:
Flea Market Purse ($30) // Old Vintage Levi's ($12) // Vintage Embroidered Blouse ($15) // Wedges from Target // Anthropologie Hat //
Have a wonderful weekend dears!
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