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Where you'll find every day folk selling their de-cluttered wardrobes and home goods, in amongst small traders, and artists selling their handmade goods.
Tips to seek out the treasure from the trash:
note: we arrived at 7am. 7am on a Sunday folks, that's early isn't it? I have to say, we were not the first to arrive, with buyers already bargaining with vendors that had yet the chance to unpack their cars.
Don't concentrate too much of your time searching for a particular item in mind, otherwise you may find yourself missing out on other treasures.
note: I went to the market today with the intention of buying wine glasses, and found none! I did not however, concentrate too much of time looking for wine glasses, and instead found other little specials along the way.
Do partake in a little bartering. Sellers will expect a little bartering, but be fair, remember that most sellers are just like you are I, selling items from their houses to make a bit of money. If you think you can knock off a few dollars then ask, but be reasonable and polite.
note: I found a Country Road shrug, which the seller asked $8, I offered $5, she agreed and we were both happy.
Don't take your small children with you! (leave at home with loved ones if possible) If you do take your kids with you, you'll be concentrating too much time on your little ones, and less time on your treasure hunt.
note: 3 of us left our sprogs (4 kids under the age of 4) at home with our partners. This gave us time to shop without distraction, yet we still returned home with; Thomas the Tank Engine books, children's shoes, children's clothes, matchbox cars, and a Bob The Builder hat.. !!
Do go late.. err, OK this contradicts tip one, but, if you're not an early bird, getting to the markets before they are about to close can be a great option to score some bargains. Many stall holders will want to rid their stalls of as much as possible, probably discounting their wares considerably, to prevent having to pack up too much at the end of their tiring day.
Don't forget to change your notes for coinage before you arrive at the market. There is nothing worse than bargaining your potential sale, to find you only have large notes in your wallet, which can be difficult for the seller to change.
Do scan the market more than once if time permits. You may miss things on your first scout around the market, that you'll spot on your second or third round.
Do you have any additional tips for a successful flea market / trash and treasure/ car boot sale visit?
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Top $1 (stained, will dye)
Curtain $5 (to use fabric for clothing)
Sub-total clothing: $17
Mohair blanket $5
Cars and hat for Jnr RF $1.50
Remaining clothing budget for 2012: $297 - $17 = $280.00