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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