Flea Market Fun!!

Author: Christie Hurd

Hey guys!  Sorry we missed you last week, we were playing catch-up here at the shop (that’s the downside of traveling lol) Well we are a bit delayed but heading into my favorite time of the year...Flea Market Season!  I know that many of you have the same passion for junk as we do so I thought I would share how we here at Salvage Chic go Flea Market junkin!  

Flea Markets are my happy place so I thought I would share with you some of my best flea market tips and tricks for spending a day at the flea, hanging with your junk girls (or guys), scoring a great deal and having some good ole fashion fun!

Tip 1:  YOU GOTTA START EARLY

Get up, eat a hearty breakfast, clean out your car so it’s empty and hit the road!  We always go early to have the fresh pick of the crop but then also stay late to get the best deal!  If you are looking for a “must find” you have to remember, the early bird gets the worm.  Dealers are less likely to give you their “best deal” but you will get first dibs on your “must haves”   We start from back to front and browse the booths this way we have less crowds to deal with then circle back later in the day for the “best deals”.  You have a better chance at the end of the day to get a better price as the dealers would rather not pack it up and take it back home!

Tip 2:  DRESS FOR COMFORT

I know we all want to look cute and you still can but it’s got to be be a comfort cute. For us it’s usually a pair of jeans or jean shorts and a fun tee shirt and a pair of cowboy boots.  You are doing ALOT of walking, you are picking through junk and you are probably gonna get dirty!   Oh and don’t for get a hat!!!  No one wants a facial sunburn. It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be dusty, maybe some mud puddles etc closed toed shoes or boots are a must! Your feet will thank you for it later!

Tip 3:  BRING A LARGE TOTE, COLLAPSABLE WAGON OR CART

Some of your flea market finds may be big and bulky and you don’t want to keep running back and forth to your car all day.  We keep a large totebag in the cart so we can just pop our littles down in the bag and we always stay “hands free”  Many vendors don’t provide shopping bags!

Tip 4:  BRING CASH

You want to come prepared with cash in all sizes bills.  Many vendors do take credit cards but you will get a much better bargain if you can offer them a straight up cash amount.  Plus, I hate to make a low offer on something, have them take it and then have to give me change, which by the way goes along with my next tip...

Tip 5:  DON’T BE AFRAID TO HAGGLE

Dealers at the flea market price their items knowing that they will get some haggling!  I personally always ask “What is your best price” instead of making them a lower offer as many times their “Best Price” is even lower than my offer would have been!  You also want to be respectful of the dealer and not insult them with a really low ball offer!  Mamma always said you’ll get more with sugar than with salt!

Tip 6:  DON’T HESITATE

If you see something you absolutely LOVE and MUST HAVE, don’t hesitate to buy it then and there...I promise you if you walk away and then come back, it will be gone!

Tip 7:  BRING WATER AND SNACKS

You will get hungry!  Many fleas provide food trucks but the lines are typically long and the prices are high.  Pack a picnic lunch and some snacks to munch on and a large bottle of water and you are good to go for the day!  DO take a break midday to chill and relax and get your 2nd wind as the day is typically long and hot!

Tip 8:  BRING WIPES AND HAND SANITIZER

The flea market environment is major dirt and dust!  Most of the items you are looking at are dusty, rusty and junky and your hands can get pretty gross.  And now we enter COVID, enough said!

Tip 9: MY FAVORITE FLEAS

BROOKLYN FLEA:This flea market is also quite popular amongst those who are flea market-goers. It’s the best in NYC and they have a Holiday Flea at Christmas!  This flea market has been featured on many HGTV shows but is most popular on “Flea Market Flip”.

THE NASHVILLE FLEA:  The Nashville Flea Market is held at the Nashville Fairgrounds.  There are many booths inside in the climate controlled buildings, but outside in the dust and elements is a great place to find the Junk stuff I like.  

ELEPHANTS TRUNK FLEA, CT:  I love this flea.  You better empty the car before you head out to this pickers paradise!   You are definitely unlikely to go home empty handed. 

CHESAPEAKE MARKETPLACE INDOOR FLEA, MD:  This is an indoor flea with many different types of vendors, great place to browse on a rainy day!

STORMVILLE FLEA, NY:  Like Elephants trunk, this flea is huge!  The drive is beautiful and again, something to be found for everyone!

Tip 10: HAVE FUN!!!

Going to the flea market is an event all in itself.  You never know what you'll find and there's always something for everyone!  Enjoy!

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