|Written by Bill Hanks|
Everyone likes a good bargain. ¬†Flea markets offer you a chance at making a deal for items of interest. ¬†Half the fun of shopping is being able to locate that ideal item and then bargain for it. ¬†This article will give some suggestions. ¬†It is sort of a beginners guide for flea market shopping. ¬†Chelsea Zalopany of the New York Times has some great ideas. ¬†Most are listed below.
1. ¬†Know what you want before you go. ¬†Most people have an idea of what they are looking for and how much they are willing to spend, before they leave.
2. ¬†Go early. ¬†Try to get there and look before they even open, if at all possible. ¬†This allows you to do several things. ¬†first, it shows that you have a strong interest for a particular item. ¬†Second, you might get the best item available. ¬†Third, strike that deal early.
3. ¬†Cash is the word. ¬†More shop owners like the idea of cash over checks are cards. ¬†Exact change is even a better idea.
4. ¬†Weather makes a difference. ¬†There are less shops open on a cold day. ¬†Many vendors are ready to strike a deal and move on.
5. ¬†Dress like a pauper. ¬†Shoppers with expensive clothing means money to a vendor. ¬†Be comfortable, but very casual. ¬†Sneakers, jeans and a sweat shirt can go a long way.
6. ¬†Let the vendor talk and you listen. ¬†Do not be naive but, do show some interest. ¬†If you spot something you want, look for something else but, keep an eye on what you really want. ¬†Show a lot of interest in the obscure item but, your goal is to get what you really want. ¬†Ask what it would cost to add your main item to your sale. ¬†Many times, if you are buying other items, you might get a deal on the item you really want.
7. ¬†Do not embarrass the vendor. ¬†Show respect when you bargain and be honest with your bargaining power.
8. ¬†Score some vintage. ¬†There is a lot of good to be said about old but not ancient items. ¬†Things like pocket watches, pocket knives, lunch boxes and silver compact mirrors are great pick ups.
9. ¬†Look underneath. ¬†Many times heavy or damaged items are placed under tables. ¬†Keep a close eye on these items. ¬†They are bot hidden for a reason.
10. ¬†Tag It. ¬†If you purchase an item but can't move it immediately, tag it with your name, phone number and address. ¬†Mark "Sold" on it. ¬†You might even want them to place it at the rear of the shop or tent.
Enjoy yourself. ¬†Remember you don't have to buy. ¬†There is nothing wrong with being a thrift shopper either. ¬†Keep in mind that everything has a price, but everything is for sale.