Smoky Mountain Flea Markets
lea markets have evolved from the occasional gathering where people sold old items they no longer wanted to today’s markets that are open all the time, include new merchandise and can include literally hundreds of sellers. For many individuals, this is their livelihood. This is as opposed to the weekend yard/garage sale where usually one family gets rid of used items. No matter the size or frequency, you can have a great adventure looking for that item you always wanted, even if you didn’t know you wanted or needed it.
Many flea market items have a reserved value. Be polite and listen. In fact, there are a number of “rules” that go with the flea market experience. Keep these in mind when visiting flea markets, because they can make the experience much more pleasant:
- Ask questions of the seller. Many flea market items have a history and if you display an interest and respect for the item, you might get it cheaper.
- Haggling for the price is expected, but be polite and respectful. You can also get a better price if the weather is turning bad or it’s near closing time.
- Determine whether a seller has more than one item you might want—and then strike a deal for the group of items. This will increase chances of a better price as well.
- Don’t display too much interest in an item you really want. You have to be willing to walk away to negotiate a better price.
- Bring cash—enough said. Flea markets are traditionally a cash venture.
- If you experience abuse or fraud, report the merchant to the flea market manager.
With the advent of the Internet, we now have flea markets online. There is eBay—the Big Daddy of them all. The trick here is to maneuver around the addition of auction to the action. There is nothing like the up close and personal experience of a real flea market, but these online adventures are good for those with a constant craving for the game! An added twist to shopping online is the added shipping costs and making sure it is a secure transaction site. Make sure you ask lots of questions or check to verify if the seller has a good solid trustworthy ranking, if that info is available.
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