Flea Market Tips, a Treasure and a VideoTips for Flea Market Shopping Have you ever been to a flea market? They are a cross between a humongous garage sale, a bad discount store, and a treasure hunt. It's the treasure hunt part that's fun. Not everything billing itself a "flea market" has much in the way of vintage glass. In the last couple years our local market has had more of the overstock import dollar store stuff and less of the good stuff. By good stuff I mean glass. Or china. Or vintage neat thingies that you don't need but can't live without. There's a knack to flea market shopping. I'm not a whiz by any means (Extreme Flea Marketing: The Movie anyone?) but I do OK as long as I stick to a few basic rules.
- Dress right.
- Bring packing materials and a sturdy shopping bag
- Bring something to clean off glass before you buy it.
- If you find something it's OK to act interested if you are. But set a price in your mind and walk away if the dealer wants more than you want to spend.
- It's OK to bargain but be polite.