So I think it is really funny when people say they are doing very normal things “like a boss”. In honor of being bossy, I wanted to share with you 5 tried and true tips on shopping the flea without getting overwhelmed and ruining your trip. 1) See the potential in an item. Often times people can only see an item at face value. The beauty of a flea market is that you get unique items at often times dirt cheap prices because someone did not see the potential. I am going to turn this brass accessory into a plant holder. Cleaning it up and a little paint will have this looking better than new. 2). Only buy unique and one of a kind items. The number one reason to shop a flea market is to get things that are not at the big box stores. Do not buy Walmart rejects! This painting is a perfect example of a great buy because it is a custom piece that no one else has. A new frame, and you have a work of art. 3) Only buy an item if you have a clear and direct purpose for it. It can be very easy to go crazy with all of the nice things you come across. Take my word for it, resist the urge to buy an item just because you like it. You will end up with your own flea market in your garage. The next thing you know, you’re on Hoarders. If you don’t know what you would do with, or where you would put an item DON’T BUY IT!
4) Don’t be afraid to sift. At most flea markets there is a very bizarre mix of stuff. You can find everything from rolls of tape and trash bags to one of kind, hand woven baskets. You have to dig deep sometimes to find the hidden treasures.
5) Have fun and take it all in! Shopping the flea is supposed to be a good time. Don’t get stressed and bogged down by all the stuff. There are some cool people and things there, so enjoy yourself.