The 5 things you need to be looking for at the flea market

By Brady Alisaskas, Edited by Rachel Petersen

Flea markets. Most of us have been to at least one, but are we “flea marketing” the best that we possibly can? Knowing what to look for and having a better knowledge of the types of items you can find while at the flea market can turn you into a treasure hunting pro in no time!

Without further ado, I give you the top five items that you should always check the flea market for first.

#5 Appliances

We start our list off with an item that will surprise most people. However, a flea market can be the perfect place to find affordable used or liquidated appliances from brands such as Maytag, LG and Samsung. Why get the same item from a big-box store for twice the price?

#4 Clothing

If you’re like me, you get bored with your wardrobe regularly. Unfortunately, it’s pricey to constantly buy new clothing and accessories. This is where a flea market can save you a lot of money. Tons of cheap name-brand clothing and jewelry, both used and new, can be found while taking a stroll past different vendors’ tables.

#3 Books

Listen up, book worms! A flea market might be the best place to buy books. Whether it’s horror, romance or even science fiction that you’re looking for, a flea market has it all. You can pick up most books for only a dollar or two and they are usually in great condition.

#2 Furniture                                                         

Whether it’s an antique buffet table or a liquidated couch, a flea market is a great place to pick up your dream furniture without going over your budget. If you buy from a big-box store, you’ll likely pay the same price or higher for something you need to assemble yourself.

#1 Nostalgic Items

It’s no secret that flea markets are overflowing with antiques, but have you ever stopped to think about the nostalgic items that you may uncover while there? You could rediscover anything from a toy that you had as a child to a dish set that your mother had while you were growing up. Take a look around and see what looks familiar.

Whatever item you may be looking for, consider supporting your local flea market before looking online or going to a department store. You will be amazed at what you can find.