Vintage markets are ALL THE RAGE. I have been wanting to go to one for a while, but my schedule hadn't allowed for it. I finally made it and I want to share 5 things I learned at my first vintage market.
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5 Things I Learned at My First Vintage Market
Bring Plenty of Money
I wanted to buy SO much stuff. Obviously, I had to restrain myself and only get what I could afford. Luckily I had tucked some money back from my garage sale last spring that made over $1000! There are lots of BIG items…as in furniture…and that stuff isn't cheap. My lesson was to bring even more money next time I go, LOL!
Bring a Cart of Some Kind
A LOT of ladies had carts, wagons, etc with them at the vintage market. I wish I had thought to bring along something like that to hold my stash of vintage goodies. I ended up buying items, leaving them at the booth to pick up later and then wandering around trying to find that booth again! Yeah…not the best method, LOL! I really like the utility wagon pictured below…it folds up to only 8 inches! The folding shopping cart is also a great option because it can hold up to 120 pounds! Some of that vintage stuff is HEAVY! The other cart I saw a lot was the portable tool carrier. I actually have one of these at home that I could have taken. 🙁
Go With a Friend
There are lots of reasons to go to the vintage market with a friend. I was lucky to have one of my good friends with me for my first trip to the vintage market! Besides the obvious reason….it is FUN…..there are other good reasons!
Your friend can give you advice about purchases. My friend was really handy when I had trouble deciding between some different items for my house. I have trouble making decisions when it comes to decor and if Kathy hadn't been there to help me…I would probably have ended up with NOTHING!
Your friend can help you load heavy items into your vehicle! Luckily I had a friend to help me load a heavy bench into my vehicle.
Your friend can help you remember what booth you wanted to check out again! We walked back to several spots to pick items up and look at things again. Between the two of us we were able to find our way
“Vintage” Means Something Different to Everyone
So not everything I saw at the market was what I would consider vintage. It was totally okay with me because I like a variety of crafts! Some people are very strict when it comes to these things and I don't want anyone to be disappointed if they go to a vintage market and see things that really aren't vintage. I saw some general craft items, lots of antiques and things that looked like store-bought vintage.
Keep My Eyes Open
I was surprised at some of the things I saw flying off the shelves at this vintage market. Some of the items are things I see regularly at garage sales. Some items I know I could make myself with a little DIY action! I was careful to buy things that I LOVED and make a mental note of things I will look for at garage sales, estate sales or even make myself.
What are Your Favorite Vintage Market Tips?
I shared what I learned at my first vintage market and now it is your turn to share! Which markets are your favorites? Have anymore tips to share with my readers? I would love to hear about your favorite vintage items to buy when you go too!