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Q:What are your strate­gies for find­ing the best bar­gains at an­tique shops, flea mar­kets and rum­mage sales? Af­ter por­ing over ads, I use on­line maps to plan my route so I’m not go­ing over the same ter­ri­tory and wast­ing time. I pack fruit and wa­ter to keep my en­ergy up, and I leave early to get the best se­lec­tion. As for ne­go­ti­a­tion, gen­er­ally on the first day of a sale (es­pe­cially in the morn­ing) there’s lit­tle room to dicker on prices—but it doesn’t hurt to ask. And if I see some­thing I’m pretty sure I want, I carry it as I browse. I can al­ways put it back if I change my mind. Noth­ing more dis­ap­point­ing than go­ing back to find an item you wanted is gone.

SANDY ERDMAN WI­NONA, MIN­NESOTA

My son and I live on op­po­site sides of Michi­gan, and we both love a good deal. We use our phones to send each other pic­tures and give the yea or nay for pur­chas­ing. This way we can con­firm, when in doubt, whether we have what the other one is look­ing for, or if they’ve al­ready found it. I also sug­gest look­ing un­der ta­bles and in­side boxes.

JEANETTE GRONDA GROSSE ILE, MICHI­GAN

When­ever my hus­band, two chil­dren and I used to shop at an­tique stores, first we would look up where a num­ber of shops were lo­cated, usu­ally within an hour’s drive from where we lived. Once we started look­ing for spe­cific things and view­ing sim­i­lar items at the var­i­ous shops, it was easy to make com­par­isons for pur­chase. Boy, was it fun look­ing for the best prices.

SHARON BLUMBERG MUN­STER, IN­DI­ANA

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