We’ve all been to flea markets, so we think we know the drill. But in case you haven’t been in a while, consider these 10 tips to make your trip a fruitful one.
• Bring cash. Most markets don’t accommodate credit cards — though many newer ones will — and it is easier to bargain with cash in hand. Plus, some charge for parking or admission.
• Go early. Most markets are not climate-controlled. Many, like Canton, are outdoors and brutal in the summer.
• Shop late. Sundays are typically the best days to find a deal. You can get some items half-price.
• Park close. You may be carrying a dresser for blocks or acres.
• Have a plan, and ask yourself: How will I get it home? Where will it fit? Is it practical? Is it on my list of wants?
• Bargain, don’t insult. Most vendors expect to haggle, but keep in mind many of these people are using this as a second source of income.
• Be friendly. Talk to the vendor and share your interest; you may get a good deal or an item not on display.
• Don’t wear expensive clothing or jewelry. You’ll be an easy mark!
• Bring a friend. You cover more ground that way and have someone to help you load and carry.
• Stay focused. Have a list with what you are looking for or a budget to stick to.
— Joanna Cattanach, Special to DFW.com