With a little patience and some good scavenging skills you can end up with interesting and unique items that can’t be found in any retail store. These tips can help you hunt for the best items at the best prices!
Timing is EverythingFor the very best selection, arrive at flea markets or estate sales early. If you’re one of the first shoppers, you’ll have the best selection and first crack at these incredible finds. Conversely, if you’re the last shopper merchants are more likely to give you a deal because they’d rather sell their merchandise then take it home.
Paint Goes a Long WayIf you find a piece that you love but it’s just not the right color, don’t walk away. A little paint and creativity can dramatically change the look of any flea market or estate sale find.
Consider all the CostsSometimes you’ll find an item that’s everything you’re looking for and you can incorporate it right in your home as is. But, if that’s not the case, be sure that you calculate all of the costs involved in turning that piece into what you want. There may be paint, fabric and a seamstress or other outside vendor involved and all of that can add up.
Know What You’re Willing to PayYou can walk away with the item you’ve set your sights on by paying the price on the sticker, but know that at these types of establishments haggling is acceptable, just make sure you do it respectfully. Don’t insult the vendor with a price that’s way too low. Know how much you’re willing to pay for an item and when you’re willing to walk away.
Prepare to Get it HomeUnlike big box retail stores, when you shop a flea market or estate sale getting your merchandise home is typically your responsibility. Be sure that you have, or rent, the appropriate vehicle to bring home your purchases, big or small. Also consider moving blankets or other protection if you’re purchasing furniture or other delicate items.
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