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How To Shopping at Flea Markets and Antique Shows


How To Shopping at Flea Markets and Antique Shows

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Flea markets can be fun if you are prepared. Have a flea market "kit" ready to go at all times, just add cash!
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: N/A

Here's How:

  1. Find a comfortable carryall in your particular style (tote or backpack). If the markets are indoors or paved, a folding, wheeled shopping cart will save your back and your treasures.
  2. Pack a small wallet with your drivers license, blank checks (in case you find an expensive treasure)and lots of little bills -- your flea market cash-stash.
  3. Consider adding a flashlight, tape measure, a small memo pad and pencil for taking phone numbers or making notes.
  4. A string expandable shopping bag weighs almost nothing, takes no space, but is worth a mint if you need more hands to carry stuff.
  5. If you are into small items, a magnifying glass or jewelers loupe to identify marks will save your eyes -- meanwhile everyone will think you know what you are doing!
  6. Still adding to the backpack, but handy to have is a small pocket-size price or mark guide. Even though the back pack is getting full, it's nice to have it when you need it. If your car is nearby, this can always be left there and you can go back if needed.
  7. If you are interested in brass -- a small magnet.
  8. Take personal business cards to leave with sellers who deal with the type of stuff you are interested in. It's much easier than writing your name and number on scraps of paper.
  9. Don't be afraid to haggle with the dealer, but don't be insulting with your offers.


  1. Don't make bag too heavy or cumbersome -- edit above to only carry what you will use. Or leave some of the items in the car.
  2. Leave your purse at home, just transfer drivers license and one credit card to cash stash. If you can fit wallet and cash into a secure pocket, it's even better.

What You Need

  • Tote Bag or Backpack
  • Tape Measure
  • Note Pad and Pen
  • Magnet
  • Small Bills
  • Price Guide

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