The Flea Market Check List: Get the most out of your flea market visit

If you’ve ever been to a flea market, you know it can be quite chaotic. Odds are you’ll have to sift through tons of junk to find a few a hidden gems. So here’s a list to help you add some method to the madness and get the most out of your flea market experience.

If you’ve ever been to a flea market, you know it can be quite chaotic. If you haven’t, well, brace yourself. Odds are you’ll have to sift through tons of junk to find a few a hidden gems. So here’s a list to help you add some method to the madness and get the most out of your flea market experience.

Follows these tips and end up a flea market conquerer

Comfortable Footwear:

Flea Markets often call for a lot of legwork. Wear comfortable shoes, like loafers, moccasins, sneakers or floaters.

Program your GPS:

Maneuvering in a flea market can be quite the undertaking. Make sure you have the location programmed into your phone. Also, arrive early and scope out parking, because, let’s be honest, it will cause a hinderance and you’ll be left lugging your bags around. The early bird catches the worm, the same goes for parking spots.

Carry change:

Using big note like 1000s and 500s, will waste time in acquiring change and you might miss out on a potential steal at another stall. So make sure you carry multiple denominations of 100s, 50s, and 10s

Practice your haggling skills:

Flea Markets call for ample bargaining. Find a friend and practice!

Water:

Hydration is key. Nuff said.

Research:

Most flea markets do a lot of promotions, displaying the vendors. Do your research, look for favorite vendors, their products and find out their stall numbers, to increase efficiency.

Map:

Try to find a map of the flea market, and analyse your route of assault. Time is key, use it well. For example, start with the small stuff first and then move up to the larger, sizeable objects, so that you’re not left hoisting big packages around.

Large Tote:

Carry a handy tote to carry all your wares. You don’t want to lose anything in the hubbub.

List:

A list in a checklist, inception much? Lol, jk. In order to not be swayed by everything you see, make a comprehensive list of things you want to purchase and try your hardest to stick to it. Try?

This checklist is kind of like your cheat sheet, your holy grail to conquering a flea market and reigning victorious. Share with us your tips, tricks and hacks, on any of our handles, on successfully braving a flea market.

Vinita Daga

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