If you’re a passionate bargain hunter at tag sales and enjoy frequenting flea markets, then you also recognize the importance of “tools-of-the-trade,” and probably have your own idea of a secret weapon for scoring a great deal. Today, we’ll reveal some of the common tools that the experts put in practice when they’re at work, and they’re great tips to remember when you’re on your next weekend adventure that will make you feel more like a pro!
1. There is no doubt that technology has made our lives easier and will continue to do so, and with this we recommend the Apple iPhone as being the best piece of technology while at flea markets and garage sales. Here’s a sample of what it can do incase you don’t already have one:
- You can research anything on the spot with the 3G connection to the internet, look up special marks you see on an item, dates, names, codes, etc. You may even be able to authenticate something a bit easier. You can also use it as a price guide and the power of the internet at your fingertips in real time will have more value than a simple price guide that you have lug around.
- The camera is great too because in just a few seconds you can snap a few pictures, email them to a friend who can email you right back with more details.
- Did you know the iPhone has a notepad right on it? You can keep notes and records of what you find and revisit them when you like.
- Keep in touch with the group you came with
- Lastly, your iPhone can be a great networking tool when it comes to shopping at flea markets and tag sales, you can input names, business addresses and phone numbers of vendors or dealers you meet.
2. Don’t underestimate the power of magnets! This simple tool is essential when determining what types of metal might be used or not used. For example, magnets don’t stick to brass or copper.
3. A magnifying glass can be very helpful to shoppers when certain items are too difficult to see with the naked eye. Such items include coins, stamps, symbols or engravings.
4. A simple tape measure will serve you well when shopping for artwork to hang in your home or furniture that needs to fit just right.
5. Flashlights are very useful at the crack of dawn then all the experts and bargain hunters arrive. They’ll also help you if you happen to be looking at items on a dreary day. For this we recommend a “mini-mag” with an LED bulb installed in it.
6. Canvas bag. Yes, an eco-friendly bag that is light weight and stylish that you can tote around with you all day and keep all your new found treasures in.
7. Packing supplies – bubble wrap, moving blankets, rope and tissue paper. All will be helpful to you whether you’re walking around with goodies in your tote bag or looking to take a big item home and preparing it for travel.
8. Hand sanitizer or hand wipes – Just imagine how many people touch things and do you really expect the dealers and vendors to dust, clean or wipe much of that down all day? Probably best to wipe your hands clean every so often when you’re at the flea market.
These are the essential elements or “tools-of-the-trade” you should keep in mind and pack before your next adventure. Happy bargain hunting!