Tips To Have A Smoother Day At The Fleamasters Fleamarket
Whether you’re a regular shopper or a first-timer to the fleamarket, there are certain things to keep in mind that can make your day (and the other shoppers) much more enjoyable.
1. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag).
The number one rule at any fleamarket is that you must bring your own bag. This allows for faster shopping because you don’t have to stop and pick up a bag every time you find something. It also saves the shoppers behind you from having to step over and around your personal items that you place by the entrance, and it keeps your “treasure” intact until you can get home.
2. Shop In Your Circle.
A huge mistake that first-time shoppers make is to walk all the way up and down every row on one side of the fleamarket before circling back around to the other side. This usually results in a lot of lost time spent looking for a specific booth you might have missed or having to fight through an unusually large crowd of people gathering in one spot.
3. Bring Cash.
Most vendors only accept cash, so make sure to bring enough so that you don’t have to starve or go thirsty because you were waiting for an ATM. And most importantly, save yourself the embarrassment of having to unload your pockets at the cash register!
4. Bring Hand Sanitizer And Wipes.
Whether you have kids or not, this is a MUST. Your hands will become covered with dirt, dust, and grime before you make it through your first row. No matter how much of a germaphobe you might be, in order to survive the fleamarkets, use hand sanitizer at every corner in addition to wipes in case your hands are extra dirty.
5. Stay Hydrated And Sunscreen Up!
You will quickly lose all sense of time and become so consumed with finding treasures that you won’t realize how long you’ve been looking for them. Stay hydrated and remember to use sunscreen! A tan is not a treasure, but at least it’s something you can take home with you.
6. Keep An Eye Out For Hidden Treasures.
A lot of vendors will put out items that are in great condition but don’t necessarily fit their stand’s theme, so keep an eye out for things like clothes or jewelry! Even if they aren’t your size or something you’d wear, you can usually get a good price for things that are in excellent condition.
7. Ask Questions If You’re Unsure About Something.
Just because someone is older doesn’t mean they know more than you do about their items, so feel free to ask questions and make sure you understand before committing to anything!
8. Check Out The Food Court.
From fresh fruit and vegetables to a variety of ethnic cuisines, the food court at the fleamarkets is a great place to take a break from shopping and enjoy something delicious for lunch or breakfast! Just make sure you bring your own water if it’s hot out because no one wants a plate of hot food and a bottle of room temperature water!
9. Dress Appropriately.
The weather is always unpredictable at the fleamarkets, so go prepared with sunscreen, an umbrella for unexpected rain showers, as well as layers to keep you warm or cool depending on how things turn out. There’s nothing more frustrating than walking all the way across a crowded fleamarket and realizing you didn’t bring the right shoes and you’re stuck walking on hot asphalt for hours.
10. Bring An Extra Set Of Eyes And Ears.
It’s always a good idea to bring along an extra set of eyes and ears, so bring a friend or family member. This way you have someone to help carry your items, keep track of where everything is, and maybe even haggle for you if that’s not something you’re comfortable with.
In conclusion, it is very important to be prepared before going on a fleamarket. This way you can have a better chance of finding some treasures and enjoying the experience without any hassle!
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