In search of the best bargain? Take a look at these sensible shopping tips that will surely decrease your expenses and increase your finds!
- It’s all about timing!
Wait until the end of the day to make your biggest purchases. The early birds may get the best selection, but the late birds get the best bargains! If you see something that’s a bit out of your price range early in the day–hang around until the end of the day when the vendor is getting ready to pack up. Sellers would prefer to settle at a lower price than carry their merchandise home.
- Finding Fleas
Know where to look to find flea markets in your area. Visit findafleamarket.com for a list of sales. You can also go to local sites like craigslist.org for yard, estate, garage and personal sale listings.
- Be in the KNOW about what NOT to wear.
You’re not the only one sizing up the merchandise. Sellers often size you up when deciding the price tag to stick on an item. So stick to less flashy attire when on the hunt for the best deal. Leave your expensive jewelry and designer labels at home!
- Keep your money to yourself!
A haggler is more successful when they aren’t holding a $20 in their hand when they are only looking to pay $10! Keep smaller bills accessible when trying to make a deal… don’t show all your cards right away. Also avoid belittling the item in question during the deal making process, if the seller isnt budging on the price, ask them to throw in an extra item in the deal. It may be more beneficial to take more merchandise off their hands than walk away with nothing.
- Be prepared! Do your homework!
Prepare a list of items that you’re looking for before leaving your house. Take the proper measurements, note color matches, bring photos or fabric swatches and know what styles you’re on the hunt for. Dont forget to pack a tape measure! If you’re on the prowl for something specific, have a price range in mind for the item(s). To check on the suggested price of an item visit kovels.com. Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide lists the value of almost all antiques and their rate on the market.
[Source: Yahoo Shine]