Friday, April 26, 2013

How-To Flea Market

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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xo
Emily

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49 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You're gorgeous girl.

    Love that bike :)

    Tiff Ima
    Tiff Ima
    Style Honestly

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    1. oops didn't mean to type my name twice haha :)

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    2. Very nice post :)

      Have a nice sunday !

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      Coline ♡

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  2. Such a cute outfit!! I love it!
    Those are good tips. I've been dying to go to some of the flea markets here in LA and just haven't made the time yet.

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    1. Thanks sweetie! You totally should! The Long Beach Flea Market is my fav. Then of course Rosebowl is the classic.

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  3. Omg I love your wedges!! Such a cute outfit as well.
    Also, great tips - I rarely go to the markets and I feel so uncomfortable trying to haggle but my dad is so good at it..

    Louise
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  4. Oh these tips are so smart! I've only been to a flea market once and it was a bit overwhelming. Amazing ideas to make the most of the experience.
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, it can be super overwhelming for sure. Some months more than others too. I guess you have to be in the mood, you know? xo

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  5. Wow you are gorgeous and have such an incredible sense of style!! If you get a chance, I would love if you stopped by my blog! Thanks!

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    1. Of course Emily! I love your name ;) xo,Emily

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  6. very very cute! xoxo

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  7. Thanks for tips! I've never been, so I'll keep these in mind. Also, I'm loving your hat, ripped shorts, and blonde hair (:

    xx
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    1. Thanks girl!! You totally should go...you can find some great treasures! xo

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  8. I love the shoes! Your outfit is so cute!

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  9. Bonita blusa!!
    Saludos
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  10. You are absolutely gorgeous, Emily! Thanks so much for linking up with the I Feel Pretty link party this week. I'm so happy that we found each other. I adore those wedges. What a fun, cute outfit!

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    1. Aw thanks so much for thanking me! I'm glad I found ya'll link up :) Have a good week sweetie! xo

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  11. i am sooooooo in love w/ your outfit!! you are soo pretty!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  12. You are really beautiful! Loving those cutoffs, they are perfect! Your bag is so cute too. Lovely outfit :) x

    Fashion Landscape

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  13. Super fantastic purse! It looks awesome. Great tips, too! I usually don't go to flea markets because until about a month ago I worked every single weekend. =(

    Natashalh

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    1. Ugh. Work. Life sucks sometimes right?! haha I haven't been to one either in forever because of work too! Where do you work?

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  14. Love your bike pic! I have a similar bike. Your tips and outfit are great...especially love that top. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

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  15. "Hi, my name is Gaby. I am attracted by your wonderful posts and beautiful pics. I think we could be friends and i would like to concern your posts in the future. Would you like to follow back on my GFC and add me to your Google+ circle? I would definitly follow you back. xoxo
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  16. Love your finds they all look amazing! That purse reminds me of one I bought in Mexico when I was younger.
    Great shopping tips too! Thanks

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  17. k youre seriously just perfect. look at that blouse!! and those levis! swoon. not to mention the bag and wedges and you know im a sucker for hats. and your hair! flawless, everything is just spot on girl. can i come flea market shopping with you next time?!

    p.s. i nominated you for the versatile blogger award, just see my latest post for details xo
    http://myotherclosetiscouture.blogspot.com/2013/04/bead-it-just-bead-it.html

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    1. You're such a doll! And Yes!! Let's go next time together :)))! Which ones do you go to? For real lets do it. I like the Long Beach one!

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  18. Hi Emily. Those are great tips. I love your fun style plus photos! So pretty.

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  19. oh my gosh you are just so cute. i really love the last photo of you! so quirky

    francesca
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  20. Hi sweetie! Of course we can follow each other! I am as of now following you on GFC and Bloglovin, hope you do the same! :)

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

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  21. Lovely post on the tips of flea market shopping:) After reading this I definitely need to go to one next weekend and your bag is so pretty! Love the details just liked your facebook page and I actually just created a Facebook page for my blog and accessories line Whimsical Wildfox!


    First 20 people to join I will randomly choose 2 people to get free customized flower crown : )
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    1. Thanks sweetie! I liked you on facebook :) I really like your flower crowns! Would love to feature them on the blog someday! Good luck dear :) Looking forward to seeing your work!

      xo

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    2. Of course if you want to feature them anytime let me know:)

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  22. Great tips especially on nos. 2,3 and 5! Lovely outfit too although I usually wear flats/flat boots when I go to flea markets for easier walking and navigating around. ;)

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  23. These are so great tips! Especially the one not to dress up too much so you can get a better bargain. You look adorable in that fedora!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    $50 Target Giveaway!

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    1. yes that one does help :) thanks for your comment! Have a good day dear! xo

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    1. Thanks Kat!

      p.s. I call my sister kat! Love it :)

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  25. Perfect summer look -- totally digging it!

    xox,
    Kate

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  26. Ok you are darling! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog :) I'm your newest follower!
    This top is just beautiful and I especially love it combined with that cute summer hat, gorgeous photos!
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks sweetie! I'm so glad we found each others blogs! I hope you have a good day! xo

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  27. I love this look, everything is perfect and effortless! Please check out my blog and enter my Friday Link Up! :)

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    1. Aww thanks girl! I'll definitely enter your Link Up this week!!

      xo

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  28. You are seriously too cute!!!! I wonder if the flee markets here in AZ are good? I should check them out! This is like my favorite outfit of yours so adorable!!

    xoxo,
    Alyssa

    sincerelytrulyscrumptious.com

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    1. Oh my gosh!!! Girl!!! Do you live in Arizona?!?!! That's where I grew up!!! We have to talk!! Thanks for your comment sweetie! Talk soon! xo

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  29. Aw, I LOVE your outfit! All the bright colors and fun patterns. You're absolutely stunning. =) This is the perfect outfit to wear to the flea market.
    ~Callie
    www.creationsbycallie.com

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