Here are some more of my tips to start collecting for FUN & $$$. This is a hobby that is rewarding in fun and a few extra dollars. Have a great day.
FLEA MARKET SHOPPING
Check around your area to locate the flea markets near you. Odds are you will need a car to these locations. Generally speaking these places are only opened on weekends. Some are only open once a month, so look up the information in your local newspaper. Most vendors are set up early in the morning and shut down and head for home around 1-2 p.m. These folks have about anything under the sun for sale. The vast majority of their items are used, or over stock items.
I normally visit my favorite flea market around 10-11 a.m. time frame. Allow yourself plenty of time to just walk around to all the vendors. That way you will learn which vendors have the item you are interested in collecting. You can ask the vendor questions about the item of interest, look it over as much as you like. Generally speaking some give and take can be done to determine the final selling price. The selection of items is greater earlier in the day. Prices however generally are lower after noon time, for these folks want to head home. If you collect larger items then have pick up truck or van really comes in handy.
Some flea markets Have building with the vendors inside. Normally these markets also have food and soft drinks for sale. The big advantage for the vendors inside is folks can shop not mater what the weather. This is important in parts of the country with winter type weather.
Another advantage of dealing with flea market vendors is you can do some trading. Items you have around the house you do not want or need can be traded or sold to vendors you deal with. These folks will also be on the lookout for items you prefer. They realize having things for regular customers means more money in their pocket.
If you have the internet there are a number of web sites listing flea markets around the country. These sites provide details as where the markets are located, when opened, any admission charge. Some even list items sold and if food is offered for sale as well. I hope this helps with visiting a flea market to acquire items for YOUR collection.
My 2nd article on collecting as a hobby is at
YARD &GARAGE SALES GUIDELINES.
My 4TH. article on collecting as a hobby is at
ESTATE (TAG) SALE GUIDELINES.
Have a great day of hunting for YOUR treasures.