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Flea Market Shopping

Posted on: March 2, 2009

There are things to remember before you embark on your journey to the flea market. For one thing, be prepared before you leave the house. That means:

· Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

· Bring sunglasses, water, tape measure, lists of measurements, color samples, paper and pen, rope and blankets and bubble wrap for securing your prizes. You might need tools. And a helper.

You have a larger selection to choose from if you go early in the day. However, prices are usually lower just before closing. If you are smart you will start in the middle of the flea market, because the more expensive items are usually near the front.

Polite bargaining is not only allowed, but expected. Ask for 50 % off, and worked down from there. You should definitely get at least 20%, and 40 % is not impossible. Always offer less for damaged goods or missing parts. If you see things you like, but that are not perfect, ask the seller if he has more in his truck or at home.

Test electrical items, and check, drawers, cabinet doors, etc., before you buy. And if it is supposed to stand flat and level, make sure it does so!

Don’t be afraid to pick up that table that is just the right size because it has a scratch in it, or some other minor damage. If it stands level, with no wobbling, and can support the weight of a lamp, or knicknacks, or whatever you intend to use it for, you can easily work around the flaws.

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