Flea markets are like the craziest treasure hunts you will ever participate in. You never go into one with any big expectations, but somehow, you are almost guaranteed to find a gem or something surprising. However, most people usually end up getting disappointed after attending a flea market. This is because they don’t go about the right way. While there is no written formula that establishes how people are supposed to go flea market shopping to guarantee themselves walking away with a gem, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances.
Below are a few tips and tricks as well as dos and don’ts for whenever you plan to go to the Dallas flea market.
Always Go During “Prime Time”
Prime time when it comes to flea markets isn’t the time when most people are there but instead the times when you are most likely to find good deals. This is usually at the very start of the flea market and during the last day. At the start of the flea market is when you are most likely to find the best selections before other people take them. On the last day, you have better chances of getting good deals because most vendors are trying to clear out their stock before the flea market closes.
Know the Layout Of the Flea Market
Different flea markets have different layouts, while others are just random. If the one you’re attending has a specified layout, then try to find that out in advance. Some even offer maps and guides to customers. This way, you will know which direction to go when in need of a particular item. It will end up saving you loads of time looking for something, and you’ll be less tired at the end of the day.
Always Carry Cash
Cashless methods of payment might be the in thing right now due to their convenience and advantages, but you need to have some cash on you. Rarely do flea market vendors accept credit and debit cards. Also, most flea markets don’t have ATMs, so if you don’t have any cash, you’re as good as doomed. If possible, have plenty of small bills because it will always help you when haggling prices.
Wear Something Comfortable
Flea market shopping is almost an extreme sport. There’s lots of moving around, so you need to be in an outfit that doesn’t restrict you. Something like a tracksuit or shorts and comfortable sneakers should be comfortable for the whole day. Also, dress in lightweight layers you can add or remove as needed, the weather can be very unpredictable, and you need to be prepared for anything.
Carry Some Water
Even if the flea market has a concession stand, the lines are usually long, and the prices are not so fair. You are always going to be better off if you carry your own bottle of water.
Think of Ways To Repurpose Finds
If you can’t use something as it is, try and be creative and repurpose it for something else. It could be ages before you come across something like that ever again.
Don’t Haggle on Something You Don’t Plan on Buying
For the sake of everyone involved, there’s no need to try bargaining for something if you don’t intend on buying it. You’ll be wasting both your and the vendor’s time. It also does damage to your credibility, and you are likely not to be taken seriously after that. This could come back to haunt you when you actually come across something you like and want to get a good deal.
Don’t Pay for Large Items Without Knowing the Pick-Up Policy
Different dealers in the Dallas flea market have different policies regarding holding items. Some will have no problem holding it for you while you go on with your shopping, but others might not be willing as it could be taking up loads of space. So, when you pay for a large item and haven’t organized for its transportation, inquire about the pick-up policy and find out how long they are willing to hold it for you.
With these tips and tricks, you shouldn’t have a problem getting the most out of the flea market next time it’s in town.