Now, I am aware that people make fun of me for being over prepared. People laugh at me when I roll up with my fully loaded wagon to a baseball tournament…but who do you think they come to when they need a lint brush or a safety pin or bug spray or a baggie for ice for a sore elbow?
ME!! That’s who!
I mean, there are obviously people out there who aspire to be over prepared hoarders. That is why my post on Baseball Mom Organization has been viewed over 30,000 times!
So now let’s apply that same level of insanity to preparing for the flea market.
Now, I have done a series where I have somewhat covered this topic. In my Junk 101 series, I covered THRIFT STORE 101 and FLEA MARKET 101, but in those posts I mostly discussed methods and strategies. If that is your interest, you can check out those posts. I have also listed the topics covered so far in my JUNK 101 series at the end of this post!
Now on to the STUFF!!
- Cart or wagon – for carrying all of my stuff
- Shopping Cart Liner-to protect the stuff in your cart (I use a huge shopping bag!)
- Tote Bags – a place for all those smalls
- Boxes or crates – leave in the car for your breakables on the way home
- Plastic Grocery Bags – for extra toting and for cushioning stuff in your cart
- Blankets – to lay in the car and wrap your finds
- Carabiners – to hold smaller bags on your cart
“FLEA MARKET BAG” STUFF
- Cash – many sizes… lots of ones and even quarters!
- ATM card – just in case…most flea markets have a high priced ATM
- Water – shopping is thirsty work
- Coffee – no explanation needed
- Snacks – in case you are insane and don’t like pork rinds and boiled peanuts…
- Sunscreen: I get scalded
- Bug Spray – keep the elements at bay (I personally love No-Natz!)
- Wet Wipes-yes, it is a dirty place
- Tape Measure – to make sure it will fit
- Pouch– I keep paint chips, my want list, my pad, pencil, and my “house notebook” with room dimensions all in here. Its good to have a “want list” because sometimes I get distracted and forget what I was really looking for when I see a shiny squirrel
- Pad/Pencil – I write down the things I buy that I have to go back for. I once forgot a $40 wine fridge.
- Cell Phone/Camera – to take pics and look up mystery stuff and prices
STUFF TO WEAR
- Layers – mornings can be cool, but before lunch it can be hellish
- Hat – hair is not a priority at the Jockey Lot, and it gets HOT
- Sunglasses – helps with my poker face so I can act like I don’t really want something
- Rain Jacket – you never know
- Comfy Shoes – comfort is key…depending on weather it is running shoes or flip flops
- Boots – on a rainy day
What do you take with you to the flea market?
JUNK 101 SERIES:
- Junk 101: Feed Sack Quilts
- Junk 101: Antique Tool Boxes
- Junk 101: Vintage Thermoses
- Junk 101: Cake Carriers
- Junk 101: Coke Crates and Carriers
- Junk 101: Radios
- Junk 101:Pyrex
- Junk 101: Tobacco Tins
- Junk 101: Blue Willow
- Junk 101: Silver
- Junk 101: Sunbeam Mixmasters
- Junk 101: Oil Lamps
- Junk 101: Office Supplies
- Junk 101: Soda Bottles
- Junk 101: Baby Ben Clocks
- 31 Days of Junk
- Junk 101: Mixing Bowls
- Junk 101: Composer Busts
- Junk 101: Hen on a Nest
- Junk 101: 1973 Looney Tunes Pepsi Glasses
- Junk 101: Tupperware Tumblers aka the Uncle Si Tea Glass
- Junk 101: Hobnail Milk Glass
- Junk 101: Big Top Peanut Butter Glasses
- Junk 101: Cast Iron
- Junk 101: Rolling Pins
- Junk 101: Ironstone
- Junk 101: Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk
- Junk 101: Waffle House Dinnerware
- Junk 101: Flow Blue
- Junk 101: Coffee Cups
- Junk 101: Jadeite
- Junk 101: Vintage Shakers and Range Sets
- Junk 101: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys
- Junk 101: Insulators
- Junk 101: Canning Jars
- Thrift Store 101
- Flea Market 101
- 31 Days of Junk