Flea markets are full of stuff everywhere, and most of it has some wear and tear on it. If you’re excepting a mall with tidiness and cleanliness, you got another thing coming. Just like any side hustle, if you want a big score you have to be willing to take a chance on something others won’t. Get your hands dirty and start digging through the piles of treasure that may look like it’s been sitting outside for a decade. Take your time and make sure you don’t miss out on the solid wood table under the rusted tool box.
There are a ton of unique antiques and collectible at flea markets. These items might not look the greatest and can be in rough shape but overlook the small details and look at the bigger picture. For example, vintage antique granddaddy clock. Pieces might be faded or have scratches and the arm might tick but with a little elbow grease, they can be turned into fabulous modern pieces.Another example is dirty or really dated upholstered furniture. For most people, they see these pieces and move on. But if the quality of the frame, design, and style is there…one can make a killing simply reupholstering the piece.
One thing you should have in your head before entering a flea market is to be ready to negotiate. Everything at a flea market is negotiable so don’t buy anything at sticker price. Especially when you’re flipping, you need to maximize your profit. Do the math ahead of time and calculate how much you’ll put into the piece and how much you can sell it for afterward. Be kind and nice to your vendor while still having a straight face. Then use that to help you negotiate the price of the item. Don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price.