Flea markets are a bargain hunter’s dream come true. Many items for sale are in mint condition or a rare find that will fit in perfectly in your home. If you are preparing for your next visit to a flea market, how can you get the best deals of all?
The way you dress at a flea market is very important. Remember that you will be rifling through old, possibly dirty, items. If you are an avid flea market shopper, you will want to think comfort above all else, especially if you plan to make a day of it. Wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty and a good pair of walking shoes. Also, bring along a pair of gloves as you handle items, to keep your hands clean.
Another point to bear in mind is that dressing down will help you to bag the best bargains of all. Coming along to a flea market decked out in your most expensive Prada or Armani and flashing expensive jewelery will make it harder to haggle, as you will be viewed in a different light to ordinary customers. After all, if it looks like you can afford to pay full ticket price, why should stall holders drop their prices just for you?
Some flea market shoppers do not come away with the best deals and then wonder why. One of the reasons is because they have not yet mastered the art of haggling. Aggressive or rude customers rarely get what they want as they try to haggle, which is why you should watch your manners and haggle appropriately.
According to Flea Market Know-How, published on Better Homes and Gardens, if you ask “Will you take $X for this item?” make sure that the price you are offering is reasonable. Many sellers find it offensive when their ticket price is shot down by more than half. Sellers do not have to part with their merchandise if they find your offers too low. If you want to haggle ask, “Is this your best price?” If the seller is willing to budge on the ticket price, this question will lead in, in a non-confrontational manner. However, if you see a sign saying “Firm”, no amount of haggling will change the seller’s mind, as they have a set price in mind and are not willing to go any lower.
It is possible to pick up some great bargains at flea markets if you take the time to sift through merchandise and look for the best deals. Start out by dressing down for the occasion. This will improve your chances of successful haggling. Correct haggling will help you to get an even better deal, but be polite about it and do not expect rock bottom prices on merchandise that is clearly worth more.
Better Homes and Gardens, Flea Market Know-How