This afternoon we hit a local flea market. And booth number two had this great vintage school chair right out front just waiting for me to find it. It was the end of the day and I figured the seller didn’t want to have to load it back up so I asked for a deal. He didn’t budge much. I think I showed too much enthusiasm in the piece to start. Turns out he really wanted to sell both pieces so I agreed to take the desk and got a better deal. I am thinking I might repurpose the desk as a drink stand, (lid up with chalk board paint on inside).
I also found an old bingo set. Last summer I passed on an old basket style bingo set and I have regretted it ever since. This one doesn’t have the desired basket, but I took it anyway for the cards for just $3! (More not shown)
A few flea market tips:
1- Take along an empty bag (or cart if you are on a bigger hunt).
2- Have a mental list of items that you are looking for, but be open to what you didn’t know existed.
3- Walk away if you are on the fence about an item. My goal is to stay in my personal style and not be swayed by what’s trending at the moment. I don’t need to love it forever, but it has to fit with what I have. Also- be realistic about what kind of work you want to put into something. Does it need paint or repair? Will you actually do the work? If no- skip it. No one needs clutter!
4- Be friendly to the vendors. It’s a long day for them and the haggling can be exhausting I am sure. A smile and sincere interest goes a long way.
5- Kids in tow? Give them a dollar to spend anyway they wish.