Bob Richter buys with his heart and with his head. Here's 6 tips from Bob on shopping at flea markets:
1. Buy what you love. At the end of the day, if it makes you happy and it enriches your home, then it’s all good.
2. Treat vendors with respect and kindness. They get up awfully early and weed through a lot of stuff to find beautiful things. If you take time to have a real conversation, you might just get a better price and make a friend.
3. Consider flea markets for one-of-a-kind art that is often very inexpensive.
4. Look for vintage frames – they cost considerably less than a new frame, look great, and can be adjusted in size by a good framer if need be.
5. It doesn't get more green than buying what already exists. Shopping in flea markets is not only fun, it's environmentally friendly.
7. BYOB: Bring your own bag. Dealers often run out, and carrying loose items can weigh you down. While you're at it, toss in a bottle of water and some hand sanitizer. You'll be glad you did!