Jan 24, 2014

10 Tips for the Flea Market

Antiquing isn't for the faint of heart, but if you are prepared, know what you're looking for and speak the wheel and deal lingo, you'll be good to go. Here in town, we have Renninger's, which is a huge flea market/antique center. During the fall and winter months they hold Extravaganzas. Tons of sellers come into town from all over the country, set up shop and sell their items. It's a ton of fun to walk around and look at everything. I'm not going to lie, there's a lot of junk to shift through at times, but when you find exactly what you're looking for, it all becomes worth it. One of my favorite finds is a Royal Typewriter from the 1940s and it's in working condition. All I had to do was buy a new ink strip, which I found on Amazon and now it works like a dream!

Everyone has their own way of doing things that works for them, but here are some fail proof tips to keep in mind for your next venture to the flea market.

1. Know what you're looking for (typewriter, old wooden desk, wicker chairs)
2. Bring someone equally excited about the day's venture (there's nothing worse than having someone tag along that is bored out of their mind)
3. Dress comfortable (sneakers, t-shirt and jeans or shorts, something you don't mind getting dirty)
4. Bring Cash (cash is a surefire way of lowering the cost of any item)
5. The right vehicle for what you're looking for (rent a u-haul, borrow a friend's SUV)
6. Get there early for the good stuff
7. Organize your day/plan of attack. Are you gonna walk the vendors once to see what they have and then go back through? If so, on your first pass, if you see something you may want, see if the seller will hold it for an hour, if they agree, make sure you're back to get it before the hour is up.
8. Haggle respectfully
9. Think outside the box, items can be repurposed
10. Focus on the quality; if an item has worn well, ask yourself if scrapes and smudges can be buffed away.

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