When it comes to shopping for unique items for your home, there is just no better place to visit than the flea market. You never know what the heck you're gonna find, and most prices are bound to be pretty dang low. Just where we like 'em.
Recently the rookies decided to trek up to the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, IL for some good ol' fashioned bargain hunting. (*If you're a Chi-town resident, definitely hit this place up. They're only open on the first weekend of every month, so plan accordingly.)
Now, if you're new to the "flea market game" don't you worry. We've outlined all of the steps so you can make the most of your trip.
1. The Gameplan: Grab a small notebook that will fit in your purse or bag. We suggest you write down a list of all of the treasures that you're keeping an eye out for. It's also important to write down some measurements. For example, if you're hunting for a new dresser, you'll want to measure your space at home and have those measurements written down in your notebook.
-newspaper (to wrap up any fragile purchases)
-an empty bag or small collapsible cart (for storing your finds)
-snack & water (keep hydrated and fuel up to keep on going!)
4. Don't Dress to Impress: Instead, be sure to dress for the weather. Some flea markets feature both indoor and outdoor vendors. We recently went at the beginning of March and there was still snow on the ground in Illinois. Get out your scarves, hats, mittens and bundle up! Be sure to wear the correct footwear too. Boots (especially ones that you can rinse off) are probably your best bet.
Here's something we didn't keep in mind on our last visit. Many big flea markets get extremely crowded. We're talking shoulder to shoulder, suck it all in, squeeze between people kinda crowds. If you're with a group, we suggest wearing something brightly colored so you can spot your fellow shoppers. Unfortunately we didn't take this advice and were texting/calling every time we got lost. #rookiefail.
The only person we easily kept track of was Janimal and her brightly colored winter coat. #yougogirl
-Don't show your excitement over a piece.
-Never admit how much you love something, because that weakens your negotiating power.
-Remain calm and casually ask for the price
-Here are 2 wonderful lines to have in your arsenal...
"Is that your best price?" & "Can you do any better?"
Yep..you may even find your very own $4 pencil sharpener at the flea market. It must be a teacher thing??
So there you go...our list of tips and tricks to have a WINNING trip to the flea market. I'm sure we forgot many...so why don't you help add to the list. Can you think of anything we forgot?
We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend... flea market shopping anyone? Can't wait to see you back here Monday morning.