No vintage home decor scheme is complete without something you’ve plucked straight from a flea market. Get ahead of fellow bargain hunters by following these top tips on how to nab the best buys. (Check-out our top 10 must-visit flea markets here).
GET THERE EARLY
Beat the crowds and the hagglers and get there early. The great buys will be spotted and snapped up quickly, so give yourself the time to have a quick browse ahead of the masses.
The first price you hear shouldn’t be the last. For example, a seller asks for £100, you say that’s out of your budget. He says £90, you say you love it and you’re sure he’ll get that for it, but you start to walk away. He asks you your top price – you say £80. It doesn’t always work, but stallholders do expect you to haggle.
FURNITURE BEFORE ACCESSORIES
Larger items tend to be snapped up more quickly, so focus on furniture first and then move onto smaller home accessories.
SET YOURSELF A BUDGET
Flea markets are a feast for the senses and it’s easy to get carried away by the mass of eye-candy that surrounds you! Set yourself a budget, or else you’ll head home with bucketfuls of bric-a-brac and eating beans-on-toast for a month.
WRITE A LIST
Similar to setting a budget this will help you to stay focused and not waste time and money.
CONSIDER SHAPE & STYLE, NOT COLOUR
A hallmark of vintage home decor is mixing old with new, renovating, restoring and up-cycling old rustic finds. With this in mind, never let colour deter you – that can be changed. In fact, some of the most gorgeous, personal pieces in our homes are those that we lovingly paint and restore. They’re the items with true vintage character and appeal.
Sounds obvious, but don’t forget or you’ll likely go home empty handed.
MAKE QUICK DECISIONS
Great buys will be spotted by many and quickly snapped up. Don’t linger. If you love it and you can negotiate a good price for it, don’t get pipped to the post – buy it pronto.
LOOK FOR SOLID WOOD & CAST IRON
Don’t compromise on quality. Nothing beats solid wooden furniture or cast iron kitchenware and flea markets are fantastic places to pick these up.