If you’re like most people, you love sleeping in on the weekends. Of course, not everyone is tucked under the comforter on Saturday. Some folks are already busy bargain hunting at 7:30 a.m. If you are wanting to get the latest deal on those perfect flea market items, you might not want to sleep in.
Looking for These Flea Market Items? You Better Come Early
We’ve all heard it’s best to arrive early to any flea market or swap meet, but what are you really missing by hitting the snooze button? We’ve gathered a list of the 10 hottest flea market items, so read through, take note and make a morning plan to visit the closest flea markets near you.
Have you ever shown up to a swap meet in the mid afternoon just to see a big yellow “SOLD” sticker on all the furniture pieces? When you arrive late to a flea market, you don’t usually see what’s already been sold. But since furniture takes a little planning to haul out of there, you will often see the aftermath of someone else’s shopping spree.
Tools (Including Power Tools)
Picking up tools from the local hardware story can be pricy, which is why handy men and women never pass up to chance to buy used. For a fraction of the cost you can pick up a near-complete tool set from flea markets and swap meets. If you want to beat the competition, arrive early with cash in hand.
Fitness Equipment & Athletic Shoes
Fitness has been a popular U.S. industry for decades. While it’s true that sales of dumbbells, athletic shoes and fitness equipment soar around the new year, buyers usually lose interest after only a few weeks.
And where does all this virtually unused equipment go? To flea markets and garage sales of course – and for deeply discounted prices.
Children’s Toys & Baby Supplies
Kids are some of the best customers. They are excited about every purchase, they love new things and they know what they like right away. Children’s toys are a flea-market staple because they are cheap and easy to stock. Of course, this is the same reason they are likely to fly out of bargain bins and into shoppers’ hands. This is especially true for vintage or collectors’ toys.
The same rule applies to baby products. While often pricey in retail stores, flea markets offer moderately priced strollers, car seats, cribs and more.
Seasons change and so do our buying habits. So whether you are shopping for picnic supplies in the summer or heavy blankets in the winter, it’s likely that everyone else is too.
Inexpensive sunglasses are a hot item at any merchant stand. Maybe it’s because they are so easy to try on, but customers always make a bee line to a mirror to model all the colors and styles. If you don’t show up in the morning, you may be looking at the leftovers.
Cell Phone Cases & Covers
Who doesn’t love adding some personal flair to their mobile device? Flea markets offer a vast array of phone cases, from the sleek and colorful, to the ornate and handcrafted.
However, unlike sunglasses which merchants usually supply in bulk, phone cases can be more personalized, unique and rare. Arriving early will give you the widest selection to match your taste.
Books & Movies
Pre-owned books and DVDs are popular because they are almost always dirt cheap. Of course, this is no secret to film and literature aficionados looking to beef up their collection.
Posters & Prints
Want some décor for your dorm room or man cave? Posters and prints are a mainstay of any flea market. While vendors usually have boxes full of options, the selection can dwindle by early afternoon. Classic concert posters or collectible prints are especially likely to be snatched up by savvy shoppers.
While you can find flea market jewelry for sale right up until closing, many of the more unique and handcrafted pieces sell out before you can find parking.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Bottom line, the closest flea markets are chalk full of bargain buys if you are willing to start your morning early. So this weekend set your alarm, grab a cup of coffee and get thrifty!
If you are like me you’re always on the look out for a great bargain. What are your tricks for getting the flea market items you need or want?