Flea Market Shopping Guide

Getting ready to go to a local flea market? After last week’s flea market street style post, we thought we’d piece together a fun flea market guide to make sure you return with plenty of good loot on your next trip to the fleas!

Since you’ll be shopping non-stop, it’s good to have a game plan so you’ll have some direction when searching through the racks. I like to go through my closet beforehand, and think of key themes for my hunt. But, also remember to have an open mind and think outside of the season. You might just find the perfect winter coat in the middle of summer!

Once you have a basic idea of what you’re looking for, grab a proper bag. Looking for little trinkets? A nice tote like the eco-friendly Point of Convergence Fold-Up Bag should do the trick, and save a few plastic bags. If you’re going in for the big haul, bring a granny cart! Your back will thank you.

At the market, make sure you haggle! Many vendors mark up their prices, expecting that you’ll try to talk them down. You might pay full price for one brooch, but if you pick out two or three, see if they give you a package deal. Researching how to identify vintage can also help you date pieces and evaluate their worth. Books such as Let’s Bring Back and The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping are great places to start.

Phew, this is a lot of work! I’m going to channel your mother now, and remind you to keep hydrated with the Help Me Hope Travel Mug and to wear sunscreen! (I like the friendly, organic Badger Balm brand.) You’re most likely going to be outside in the direct sunlight, so it’s good to be prepared.

This look is versatile enough to carry you through your day: Pitch Dark Cardigan, Novel Tee in Benjamin Button, Sweet ‘n’ Simple Skirt, Cherry Truffle Socks, Dancing on the Ceiling Flat, and Squiggle Giggle Sunglasses.

As for your outfit, I find that dressing in a way that’s representative of my style tips off the vendors to my interests. Starting up a conversation and talking about what you’re into can sometimes lead to a great score. Also, dressing in comfy layers is ideal, so you can regulate your temperature and easily try things on. Just know your measurements and bring a measuring tape (which you can easily find at craft stores like Joann).

That’s all I’ve got! What are your flea market shopping tips?


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    Amanda 10/12/2010 at 1:17 pm #

    OH em GEE I am in love with the outfit you put together *le sigh*

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    LifeAsIShowIt 10/12/2010 at 1:21 pm #

    I want those sunnies!

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    Higgenbottom 10/12/2010 at 2:53 pm #

    brilliant! it never occurred to me to bring a granny cart and a measuring tape. my tip is to never bring a friend/boyfriend with a low tolerance for shopping. i don’t want to be rushed.

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      Erin (ModCloth) 10/12/2010 at 6:32 pm #

      Aha! That is a very good tip. Always good to bring your best shopping buddy!

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    Jessica 10/12/2010 at 4:39 pm #

    Great tips, thanks!

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    eastlandgrl 10/18/2010 at 6:30 am #

    interesting, thanks

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