There are many things that make me giddy....but nothing more than a good flea market! The Nashville Flea Market is open one weekend a month. I've been going with my bestie for years, and never come home empty handed!
There are several things to think about when preparing for your flea market jaunt.
Be sure to check the forecast to see what you are up against. Some flea markets will be there rain or shine, but check that out beforehand so you don't show up to an empty lot!
It's easy to get caught up in the amount of "goodies" that are offered. Having a list of things you are looking for in particular (and an idea of what you are willing to pay form them) is a good plan. If you have been to a particular flea market enough to know where vendors are set up, it's very helpful to list the items you are looking for in the order in which you will find those vendors that offer them.
Shopping takes a lot out of you and can make you hungry! You will find food at most flea markets, but are you willing to pay the price for what they offer? It might be worth it to pack snacks or even a light lunch. I have a stylish small backpack that is perfect for holding a water and a small snack or sandwich.
Have CA$H! Some vendors will take a major credit card...and a small few might take a check, so to be on the safe side, make sure you have cash! Some totals will be insignificant amounts, so be sure to have some small bills on hands. If you are looking to purchase items at a greater value, you might want to have some larger bills so you don't have a huge wad of bills to fumble through!
So you want a bargain! Nothing wrong with that. Most vendors welcome a little dickering/haggling. Actually it can be quite fun! However, don't go so low the original asking price that it is an insult...but don't just pay the asking price if you don't want to spend that much...you just might be surprised! It always feels great to have a SCORE!!!
So you're finding some good stuff that you can't resist. Now, how can you carry it all? Investing in a shopping cart is a great idea. My bestie and I went if half each for a cart that we take each time we to flea marketing. It has most definitely paid off in a huge way! So...if you ask me...bite the bullet and get one!
Well...I'm off to the flea market soon to have some FUN! I can't wait to see what's in store for me there...it's always different...and the anticipation is always exciting!