Monthly Archives: April 2010

Negotiate

If you see something you like, don’t be afraid to ask the vendor if the price marked is the best he or she can do. They expect negotiation from customers at flea markets. Make sure you don’t show too much excitement when looking at the item, or they will know you are already going to buy it. Instead, keep your face neutral and be prepared to offer an alternative price.

Vancouver Flea Market

VanFleaMkt (2) For the first time in many years I visited the Vancouver Flea Market and I have to tell you it hasn’t changed much! It is still packed from floor to ceiling with everything imaginable, new and used. When you go, make sure you allow lots of time for ‘browsing’ because even if you know exactly what you want you can’t help but get caught up in everything around you.

Don’t be fooled by booth appearances

A few things on a blanket will cost less than a fully arranged booth. The general rule is that the higher vendor merchandises, the more you’ll end up paying, so shop carefully. Many of these booths are simply extensions of retail outlets. If that’s the case, you might as well get the benefit of retail services and purchase the items in the store.