Next time you wake up on a Saturday morning (of afternoon) and don’t know what to do for the day, try going to the Philadelphia Flea Market! Hosted every Saturday at different locations around the city, this flea market is full of vendors from all over the place selling everything under the sun. From furniture to vintage clothing and records, there’s something for everyone. Here are some tips for the first-timers out there:
1. Try to go early
- The best stuff at flea markets go fast, so it’s always a good idea to go early for some treasure hunting. You never know what you may find when the doors open!
2. Bring cash
- Most dealers at flea markets don’t take credit cards, so bringing cash is a must! You’ll also save yourself the ATM fee from machines near the flea market by bringing enough cash for any random purchases that may occur.
3. Learn how to check the quality of items
- Some items may look dull and old (they’re vintage for a reason!), but you’d be surprised what fun DIY projects can occur from a little creativity. By checking the quality of items, you’ll be able to judge whether or not you’re really able to save the brass centerpiece with super fine wool and brass polish, or if it’s not even worth it to buy.
4. Learn the art of negotiation
- Negotiations will become your best friend at Flea Markets. Ask for a cheaper price than whatever the dealer gives you and work up from there in cost. If you have a nice smile and friendly attitude, dealers are more likely to negotiate with you and give you a good deal. At the end of the day, these dealers are trying to get rid of their stuff and make a profit, so be reasonable and be open minded to negotiations.
Check out photos from the recent Fairmount Flea Market below!